Church would have immeasurably greater influence via BYU football, if coaches
& players made football their #1 priority, ditched the firesides, and
behaved more normally. If Bronco has to have his friday fix each Friday instead
of better preparing for the games, he's really not doing BYU or the church any
Nothing like a good touchy feely story to whip up the BYU-haters!
Keep the firesides coming. They inspire a lot of youth and the gospel is what
matters most. If football can be used to strengthen faith, go for it!! Funny how rivals has such interest in BYU, even obsessing over language
and haircuts. Good thing BYU believes in forgiveness, seems like no one else
does. Turns out no matter what the Cougs do, people find fault (read
rival fans). Just keep it coming Cougs, don't be deterred by jealousy and envy.
Dear Bronco, Just win. That's the best missionary tool you can
offer. Second, it's football, not a mission. Let the kids play
football without thinking they have to shoulder the entire mission of the church
on every play. Sincerely, One Disenchanted Fan
Uncle RicoNo.Sometimes.No.I see your point.
Obviously Bronco loves the firesides and has "magnified his calling"
as a football coach to that of a spiritual advisor. I think he believes that
that is his "mission call," so to speak, since he didn't serve a
full-time mission as a youth. IMHO.
Do all of BYU sports do this, or is this just a football thing? Does the
Basketball team have regular firesides? Do the non-revenue sports have
firesides before games/meets?
Paragraphs 1-4 (and 9) provide an interesting human interest story on a unique
BYU tradition, and how much it means to the coach. I'd hope everyone has some
similar activity in their life that means so much to them.Paragraphs
5-8, however, take a bizarre turn. Some things are sacred. Football is not
sacred, not even BYU football. It's an athletic endeavor for participants, its
entertainment for fans. Just play the game in a sportsmanlike manner. Don't
portray BYU football as something more than it is. If this is the attitude that
is being nurtured, no wonder some of these athletes (and their parents) are able
to talk themselves into believing that pursuing a sport at BYU is the same as
full time mission service.The lesson from football, like most of
life's pursuits, should simply be to work hard and work honorably. End of
I just love all the trolls that come on these articles. Just like the crazed
pastor down in Texas who says that Mormonism is a cult, they all show their true
colors. They must have a very sad life in that they cannot think of anything
else but to tear down and find fault. Is your life that sad?
"In a nutshell, all we're trying to do is live gospel standards and
demonstrate them through a game that's watched by the world," he said.
"And if they can watch us play and then draw that connection, that's my job
description."I'm with Timp on this one. If that is his primary
goal, and not necessarily winning football games, then he is not being entirely
successful. Like Timp, I don't particularly care if he does that out of
frustration--that's football. But if Bronco's primary goal is to hold the
football team as a "light unto the world," then he really stumbled
there.My point is, first and foremost, Bronco's job should be to
WIN. Developing character and showcasing "gospel standards" should be
secondary. If BYU wins and becomes a feared and respected football program (BSU
comes to mind) then I believe BYU football (and other BYU sports) can be an
effective missionary or PR tool for the Church. But with this Independence
thing, if we don't WIN, it backfires, and it just won't work. Please Bronco,
focus on WINNING!
Friday night is when High Schools play football. BYU is a good fit.
"Trying to do is live gospel standards" seems like a clear statement
of intent and not final achivement. I like a man with Standards. I have
standards that I am striving for. If I reach them, I push them highter to
become better. For those who mock attempts to live a standard I would ask what
do people look up to you for? That is correct, no one is looking to you. Hence
you don't need to look for a time of peace and solace of the soul as Bronco
does.As for a bizarre story? I found it uplifting and pleasant to read.
Focusing your spiritual peace once a week is admirable. Dave Rose does it also.
So your comments are bizzare...What are you lookig for in life? As for
JJ's comment. You're right, it was an unfortunate slip by a young man I came to
respect by his sincere gentlemanly behavior to my wife and I when we got to talk
to him for a while. Very respectful and appropriate. As I know you your selves
are without faults...may I get you a stone to throw so you can be first?
TimpWhat does DiLuigi dropping an F-bomb have to do with Bronco's
fireside? J.J. wasn't at the fireside and he's not LDS. As an LDS member, you
should learn to be a little more tolerant of other people's imperfections.
This story was truly bizarre. After reading, I agree with the Big 12. BYU
doesn't belong. If the coach is more focused on firesides, rather than games,
and believes that his job description is the same as a seminary teacher's, the
playing on the field will reflect it. And it does.I'm so glad Dave
Rose isn't this confused.And I agree with Timp, team members
sideline use of the F-word makes this spiritual journey that much more
I'm sure this one won't get through the Dnews filter on this feel good story but
here I go...Is living the gospel the BYU player dropping the F-word
twice on national TV? No. And frankly as an LDS member I don't care. It's
football, not General Conference and most (if not all) are watching it for
entertainment, not to be spiritually enlightened.