Lifelong Cougar fan changing his colors this week
Dec. 10th, 2008.Congratulations Tom. We will watch Utes
on Jan 2nd @ 5:00pm at the Sugar Bowl on Channel 11. Here we come New Orleans!
Hopefully the weather will calm down. Hope to see your son, Kalani the Coach
walking around there just as he did while they played against San Diego State
last month, giving our son all the encouragement he needed while he played. We will look forward to seeing our son Junior too "96" wearing red but
probably sitting on the bench, or on the sidelines! If Utah performs as well as
before, hopefully they will win over Alabama. You must be proud, or we would
rather say a very well-pleased father. You have raised up great
sons that your parents, grandparents and greatgrandparents must be also be very
proud of. Just happens to check my cousin's funeral pictures on planet-tonga,
Tisi Naufahu, and we spotted your name on the side.We send our love
and best wishes on the Next Big Game.Folau and Tolini from LA
Cant wait for the real big game on Saturday...............Texas Tech versus
Oklahoma....GO BIG RED....RED and BLACK that is Red Raider nation....sorry folks
just keeping it real as far as the real big games...but if I was to pick out of
BYU and Utah, no doubt.......Utah..too strong for BYU...just keeping it real
As we say....family first!! Good on you.
It's is not about UTAH or BYU; TJ or KALANI, RED or BLUE, it's about who will
represent our home (STATE OF UTAH)to the next level. I pick Ute to win. It will
bring better cash to the conference. I hope that the Y is humble and effective
to be a winner. The FANS be FIRM & FRIENDLY. May the best team win and may the
loser respected and rejoice in the game well played.
As much as the BYU/Utah rivalry is important to a lot of people, ( I'm one of
them, GO COUGARS!! ) after all is said and done, family relationships and
friendship will still go on and that's more important than any sports rivalry.
My dad's a Ute fan but we don't knock heads over our teams because it's all good
no matter who we are cheering for. I live in Provo but we have some awesome
neighbors who are Ute fans too but ain't nothin' wrong with that either. It'll
be an awesome game tomorrow. It's cool that charitable causes are involved with
Love this guy! Go Tom and Sitake Family. Love you all!
This is the best story I've seen printed in years regarding any aspect of the
Utah BYU rivalry. Family First, This is just a game,but still the
same, you have to cheer for someone. Go Mr. Red!!
BYU will be up by 3 TDs with 1 minute to go in the game. Then Bronco will have
his players stand around and fumble away the ball so utah can score 3
uncontested TDs and a 2 point conversion to win it by 1 point so that they can
go to a BCS bowl and get the tar beat out of them by a legitimate top 10 team
and we'll get a share of their BCS money.
A man who had not one but TWO sons play for BYU and now he pulls for Utah just
because his son is the lienbacker coach?How weak of an argument is
that?!Keelhaul him!Or, at least increase his tithing to
20%. : - )
I will always be a BYU fan as well, but if my son ever goes to the U and plays
on their football team, my loyalty will change in an instant. I totally
understand where Tom Sitake is coming from.I still don't like the
color red though.
He looks great in red! I bet it will grow on him!
To the anonymous disrespecting the Utes, not the one that gave decent comments
on the article: You're one of the fans that will make Utah beating BYU so much
fun! By the way, you've only had a couple games that you've won in the last
two years. 2003-2005 weren't good years for the Y, and 2008 is going to be
added to the list. By the way, no BYU player will be open this year!
Even if Utah wins this one they will have to play a real team in a BCS game.
Unlike the High School they played in 04. Utah will get blown off the field by
an OU, Penn State, Texas Tech, Texas, Alabama, or Florida.
It's easy after reading the comments from BYU fans what this comes down to...It's an undefeated thing and you Cougars wouldn't understand.BYU has no business being in a BCS bowl after getting shellacked by TCU. It
all comes down to BYU's BCS envy of Utah. It is going to be classic for Utah to
have appeared twice in the BCS and BYU to have never made it. Keep dreaming
The problem is the big 12 champion. How do you shun someone from that
conference out of the NC? Especially if Texas Tech runs the table. Do you
really think an undefeated Utah would go to the NC over an undefeated Texas Tech
or a one-loss Florida?Everyone knows the SEC and the Big XII have
reservations for the title game this year. I can appreciate a
cinderella, but until a playoff, it's not going to happen unless some very good
Actually, the heart of the Rivalry is that in the past years of 3 generations,
Utah has come up as the big losers. OK, OK, so for the past one generation it is
10/10...but face it, the Utes were dominated during the 70's 80's and better
part of the 90's. Any win, any day for the Utes over BYU makes their season. The
heart of the truth is that it is just another game for the Cougars. Oh yea,
there is the proximity of campuses and the community rivalry, but for the most
part, the players at the Y take it as another game. The Utes could be 1-10
coming into this game and if they won, it would be a winning season, Whit would
keep his job for another year and the Alumni would stay off their neighbors
computers asking for Whit's job.The heart of it is that the Utes
have a better defense. The heart of it is that the Utes have a better secondary.
The heart of it is that the Cougars have a better offense and a better
quarterback.The heart of it is, the Utes don't have the heart to win
Utes Rock, and Friends,You can rant all you want, but just like ALL
of us HONEST Cougar Fans, you are VERY nervous about the outcome of this game.
It is HUGE for BOTH Teams!Also, though unlikely, there IS a scenario
in which BYU will be selected to play in a BCS Bowl. It is this simple: BYU
beats UTAH (this is an honest toss-up), BSU loses to UNR (in Reno) or Fresno
State (in Boise). Both UNR and FSU are at 6-4 and have beaten some decent
teams. Ball State is already behind BYU in BCS Poll, so they are irrelevant
(they still face two 8-2 teams).The most important part of the
equation: the winner of THE HOLY WAR!Good luck to both BYU and
Grew up Red. Went to all the U games. Went to East High & worked at the U of U
Hospital for years. Played golf many many times at the U. You name it I was
Red. I then decided to go to the Y and I became Blue with Red trim. I am a U
fan all but one day. I think you can be a fan of both especially when they are
doing well. What a great year. Would we want it any other way? For
all of you out there on BOTH sides.1) It is not a sin to route for
the U2) You are not self righteous to route for the YHello - Both
are just football teams. I wish both sides would grow up. Rivalry
yes, Idiots no. I won many pizzas in the late 70s from my U buds on
the outcome of the game. Sat next to the band and feared for my life from the
not so sober frat boys. May both teams play their best and then may
the best team win. And whoever does win let's congratulate them and practice
sportsmanship on both sides. Here too
He is rooting for the Utes, because he doesn't want to have to answer to his
boy. Only a fool would take the Cougs on this one.
There is an article over at yahoosports about BCS possibilities, and BYU isn't
even mentioned. Utah is mentioned several times, in several different
scenarios. Enough said. BYU fans need to quit hoping they have a shot at BCU,
or at beating the Utes, it ain't gonna happen. I'm not predicting a score, only
a win. For (UNBEATEN) Utah.
This weekend is going to be EPIC.... Its gonna be a true blue weekend as far as
i can see... Bingham high school takes state and BYU wins the big
rivalry........ TRUE BLUE.... GO COUGARS!!!!
The FABS make this rivalry stupid, not the players of coaches. My goodness!
Former UTAH and UTAH STATE players built BYU and then BYU began sending it's
greatest former assistants and players into the coaching ranks including Kyle
Wittingham and Sitake. I didn't come from here. I can't stand the bitterness
and ignorance that surrounds this rivalry from both sides. I love both schools
for different ACADEMIC reasons. Both are great institutions. Friendly banter
is one thing. Having fun with the rivalry is one thing. I thought it was
hilarious that Urban Meyer threw URINAL CAKES with a "Y" on them in the Ute
Toto. I'm a Cougar. My wife is a Ute. We love and root for both schools and
the winner has to cook Sunday dinner. What's the big deal...it's a grame, a
great one at that. This year we are being treated to one of the best matchups
in history. It doesn't get better than that. Winner may get a BCS Bowl
Birth....It's what we all hoped for. Go Nevada and Fresno State....Beat
Boysenberry State and lets have fun! UTAH by 5.....Don't tell my wife I am
hoping for BYU by 6 (wink). I'll even cook!
They should Broadcast it to Germany....
Great article about the coaches and family loyalties. I wish I could meet them
and feel of the love he has for his family. Saturday will be a
wonderful game that will likely go to the wire. BYU by 3, 24 -21.
Go Cougars from a German Fan, I 'll be following on the net!
Harmon,Thanks for a great story, (to balance out the lousy other one
you wrote about U fans being the meanies in the rivalry).My family
while I was growing up was split UTE/BYU, and I have lots of friends on both
sides. I am totally RED, and a little nervous of the Y passing attack. GO
UTES, GO Sitake!
Utah versus Florida. Amazing to think about. Only thing that needs to happen
is Utah must beat BYU and Florida must beat Alabama. I think it would be a
great thing. What politics are in play behind the scenes? If Utah played would
there be a bigger push for an NCAA football Championship playoff system? I am
sure there are some big entities pushing one way or the other. What about Texas
Tech if they are undefeated? Don't they get the same respect? Could be a big
shake-up one way or another and those behind the scenes may want it that way.
You can disparage as much as you want. I have the facts.FOX *DOES*
have control. They own exclusive TV rights which means they carry a LOT of
weight. Utah is very attractive to them because of the "Cinderella" aspect. The
driver behind the discussion is that the past 2 years have been dreadful ratings
for the BCS title game (TV ratings of 17.4) compared to previous ratings (in the
mid 20s). They want to inject new life into the BCS ... and thus the push for
Utah in the title game.
This is to all you BYU fans out there, you need to stop running your mouths.
Because you know what it dosen't matter how much you trash talk it's not up to
you it's up to the players. Now i'm not saying that BYU dosen't have a good
player or maby two but lets face it UTAH will win this one.GO UTES!!!!!!
Better check your sourcesUtah's chances of playing in the BCS title
game are about 1 in a million and FOX Sports has absolutely NO CONTROL over who
finishes in the top 2 BCS spots, which is the only criteria for playing in the
BCS championship game.Oklahoma, Texas, Texas Tech, USC, and Penn
State would all have to suffer another loss for Utah to meet the Alabama/Florida
winner in the BCS NC game.BYU has a much better chance of playing in
a BCS game than Utah does of playing in the NC game.BYU only needs
to beat Utah and have Boise State lose to Nevada or Fresno State to clinch a BCS
Sorry, your erroneous 37-17 score has already been trumped, but, just for the
recordBYU 38 (5 TDs, 1 FG)JUG 19 (1 TD, 4 FGs)JUG
= the Jolly Utah Gang as in"I am a Utah Man, sir, and I live across
the green, Our gang it is the jolliest that you have ever seen."
My father's ex-business partner, who I know personally and spoke with about
this, is an executive at FOX Sports in the College Football division that
manages the relationship with the BCS.He confirmed that they have
discussed at length that if Utah wins on Saturday, they will put them in the BCS
title game versus either Alabama or Florida (depending on who wins between them
on Dec6).How awesome will it be if Utah wins the national title!!
Are classy people who love their family and the game of football, but don't
confuse a game with what is really important, supporting their own. Kalani is a
super coach and BYU failed miserably when they didn't hire him, he adds more
than just coaching ability, he recruits well and will definitely be a force from
the sideline for many years to come. Go Kalani, keep up the great work and good
luck on Saturday!!!
I realize the word retarded is not PC however, we should make an exception in
your case. Utah 37 TDS 17.
BYU 35 (5 TDs)Utah 15 (5 FGs)
Utah has yet to face an offense as potent at BYU's. Hopefully BYU learned from
the mistakes they made at TCU. This should be a hard fought game...BYU 34Utah 27
Zoobie zoobie zoo...
Slow news day, huh? I'm sure that in his heart of hearts he won't be sad when
the COUGARS win.
I LOVE BYU but this game is relegated to a high school playoff because NO ONE
CAN SEE IT! Dump the Mtn. network or let Comcast distribute it for free. I
can't wait to HEAR about the biggest game in the history of the Mountain West
conference that 99% of the country can't see even if they searched for it.
Another BYU fan here. The Collie and Harline jokes were old the day after the
games were over.The passion of the rivalry shouldn't preclude the
fans of their intellect; either small or large.
I have to say based on some of the comments made some Byu fans have no class,
Saturday will be a great time for BYU to show what they are made of, are they
starting to peak or were they really not that good to begin with, Utah also has
to answer some questions about their offence that has struggeled, I've
questioned BYU's heart and last week they showed how good they can be but can
they build on that or will they let us down. Utah clearly has the pressure on
them with so much on the line with the BCS and all, we will see if they crack
under pressue espically if BYU comes to play.All in All it will be a great
game Go Cougers but I would like to see a Utah/ Mtn West team in A BCS game.
Do you really feel there is no pressure on the Cougars. They are loosie goosie.
I think the outcome definately means some thing. They want to win. They want
a good BCS ranking to end the year, in preparation for next year's win. They
want They want a share of the MWC title. They do not want Utah to defeat them
nor do they want Utah to end the regular season on a loss for them.Both teams are pretty equal, both with fine records. I disagree with Cranky
Coug at 9:46 AM.BYU feels some big time pressure. If they got heart this
ain't a no pressure game for them.
I graduated from BYU in 1948 and then attended U of Utah for three years. At
that time BYU had won the big game only once. That was 1942. The war was on and
after that game inter-collegiate sports were cancelled for the duration of the
war. At post-war BYU emotions for the big game were high, even
"rabid". Then at Utah I found the students cared less. BYU was just another
game, a joke and a patsy on their schedule.BYU's second win was in
1958. I saw this slugfest which had many injuries including broken bones.Today, of course, emotions at both schools are high for the game. The
rivalry is great and now days BYU has a chance to win. There may be
a few living members of BYU's 1942 team, the first to beat Utah. Why not find
them and recognize them? Why not check out the 1958 team as well?
what a great story,
Should have his name stricken from the books at the Y. Cheer for the team that
fired your father? Turn down your alma mater? Talk about confused loyalties.
If there is one thing the Utes and their fans do well year after year...its
choke! Support Prop 8 and Go Cougs! Expose Utah as the
most over-rated team in the country!
This story has a powerful message: Friendships can exist and flourish despite
the rivalries. I remember during my early sportswriting days one of the
leaders of the Oregon State boosters told me that Oregon and Oregon State were
rivals on the field but friends off. This is the way it should be between BYU
and Utah. Oregon and Oregon State partisans have accomplished a lot of good
because of these friendships. I enjoyed this story very much.
I suspect you are not living right enough, based on your ill-conceived comments.
Otherwise, your trust in prayer, particularly yours, or the BCS to take a
non-BCS team with even a single loss, is likewise ill-conceived.
All these foolish BYU fans who KEEP saying that BYU still has any chance
whatsoever of getting a BCS birth are morons! THERE IS NO WAY. Even if the
Cougtards win on Saturday (which they won't) they still finish with one lopsided
loss to TCU. That game was an embarrassment for BYU, and exposed them for what
they are. Besides, Boise St. will finish undefeated, and if Utah loses, they
leap ahead in the BCS polls and LOCK up that one spot. It's either Utah or Boise
St. BYU has been out of that race since they were demoralized in Texas.
That was one of the most vile comments I've seen on this site and you are an
embarassment to BYU fans everywhere. "Tom should have raised his son better?"
Wow wow wow. You sicken me.
To the guy that says for the MWC for Utah to win would be the best, not true,
there is still a chance if BYU makes it into the top 12 after beating the Utes,
they could still be chosen over BSU or Ball St so. Will have to wait and see.
an interesting point, Cougar fans.If one is drunk and acts
boorishly, the behavior is understandable.But the only thing that
accounts for being ill-mannered when you're stone-cold sober, is if you are in
BYU +infinityUtah -infinityThere, that should cover anymore
silly predictions from Utah fans!
Keys to the game: 1) Pressure on Hall. 2) Utah's success
in man to man coverage on wideouts. 3) BYU's defense - who shows up, the
good one or the terrible one. 4) Turnovers - this could start momentum
rolling one way or the other.If I were to guess I would say it will
be a shootout. The last team with the ball and some time will win.My
advice to BYU. If Utah has the ball with a couple of minutes on the clock and
BYU has less than a touchdown lead, lay down, let them score and let the offense
win the game with the last drive.
Love the article. Love the Utes. Half of my family is BYU Blue the other Utah
Red, but we are always family. Thanks for the great human interest story.
The Cougs are starting to show some fire again. Tom should have raised his son
better. The old slogan "better dead than red" should have been inculcated so
deep into his children that they would never turn against the Y. That said, a father loves even the prodigal. Seems the best coachs at the U
come from the Y family after all. Let us all pray that the Cougs
school the prodigals and win one for LE. Then we can hope and pray that either
Reno or Fresno trips up the Broncos.Sugar would be nice. Really like
NO food and music.Y 38 U 21
I'm a true blue BYU fan and I agree the Harline & Collie comments are old. I
was at both games and loved the plays & the result but fellow cougar fans give
it a rest!Hope to be in the stadium on Saturday. Go Cougars!
That comment sure shows some ignorance.1)They used to have an Indian
mascot that rode on a horse in every football game. The University was forced
to change because it was deemed politically incorrect.2)History has
little to do with the game on Saturday. It will come down to match ups and I
have to say that I like Utah's Chances.3)Again, what happened the
past two years has little bearing on the game on Saturday. If your going to
look at anything, look at this year. Every time you face a team with decent
athletes, the cougars struggle. It could be a very long day for your precious
cougs on Saturday.
From a BYU fan. The Harline and Collie being open jokes are getting old. Give it
up, it is like the knock knock jokes. After you hear it 100 times it just isn'ty
funny. Nothing matters except the next game. There is nothing we can do about
past games. Live in the present, hope for the future. Past is past.
Mountain West Conference is much better off with Utes win over BYU.... MTN West
will then be represented in BCS....
Utah will lose.......here's why1) Their mascot is a chicken (Why not
a Ute Indian?)2) They have only won 2 outright championships since 1964
(Tom would have been 5 years old then, HAHA!)3) They're the Utes and
choking against BYU is what they do best!Go COUGS!ps: Harline
and Collie are STILL open!!!
Just a small note about Tom. I worked at the st Hospital too and he is one of
the finest man you could ever have the privilage of knowing. They don't come
any finer. And his loyality to his family is as strong a one as you will ever
find. I am a die hard BYU fan and have been for many years so I know his love
ofr the school. I wishfor him all the good things that come from his devided
love Arvalee Swenson
It's amazing how close the two teams really are. They have played similar
schedules, scored lots of points, come back to win games that seemed lost,
buckled down on defense in crucial situations, blocked kicks, willed kicks to
miss, faced and overcome adversity of many sorts, have great players, and it all
comes down to who blinks in the showdown on Saturday.This year's
team of destiny? The Utes.My Dad always told me it's better to be
lucky than good. The Utes are both.
Re Tough Decision 6:17amJust another uneducated (football) Ute fan,
these guys can barely walk and chew gum at the same time.Pressure is
on Utah...Big Time!
Utah is favored. Ranked higher, better wins thus far, better defense and better
special teams. I love coming into this game as an underdog!
The title of this article says it all! Although we love our hometown
PROVO and of course, the hometown team, the Cougars...we love our brother MORE!
We support any team he supports...after all, that's what FAMILY is all about!Good luck to my relatives on the BYU roster!!!!Good luck to my
relatives on the U of U roster!!!!it's going to be a great game!
How much do you think ESPN or other major networks would be willing to pay for
the right to air this game?
OFFENSE: Utah 36.5 PPG BYU 36.3 PPGedge to utahDEFENSE: Utah 16.6 Points allowed per game BYU 18.7
Points allowed per gameedge to utahSPECIAL TEAMS: Utah
has the obvious edge with louie sakoda.So, going off stats
utah has the advantage in every aspect, but then again stats usually mean
nothing in a rivalry game. Just some fun facts.
Utah 31 BYU 27Go Utes!
utah 34 byu 3
With all the challenges in the world, Happy Valley is in their own little world
thinking this rivalry is the most important situation in the worrld. Narcissism
is not a very attractive characteristic. Please realize that this is a game--it
will not mean much in the scheme of things.
What a game this is going to be. I don't remember a one meaning so much to
either team. The Utes want an outright solo MWC championship and a guaranteed
BCS appearance, and the Cougars want redemption and a share of the honor. I've
always bled blue, but for what should be a spectacular football finish, it is
too bad that one of these great teams will walk away from this one with an
'L'.(BYU 34-31 UT)
waited 20 plus years for this to bad both teams are not 11-0
There are no losers for any of us. We have two great teams to root for. Acting like a silly high schooler threatened by your cross town rival
only makes you look immature.This will be a fun game to watch IF
everybody plays well. That is what we should hope for.
Well said Tom. The football rivalry is great. The disrespecting fans, not so
puzzled why anybody would question where his loyalties are. Of course he wants
his son to win. Wouldn't anybody!!! I would have been shocked if it was any
Go uncle Tom! We love you!
Who do you root for? The son who is assistant coach for the Varsity team, or do
you pick the JV team and just accept being second best. Obviously he picks the
A team because he knows where the power resides.Utah 47 BYU 10
(all fourth quarter points against third string D)
Actually, this is good. For you, there are no losers! That's the way it should
be for all of us.
I have had many Ute friends call me (a Coug fan) and try to talk smack. Most,
if not all, finish the call by saying they are very nervous. They should be!
There is so much at stake here. I can't remember a game between these two teams
where the stakes have been this high. I can't wait!
We still embrace Mr. Sitake as our own and respect his desire to support family.
However, he is treading on thin ice--do not test the cougar nation.
What if one if one of his other sons goes to the Y as a coach? who will he root
for then?? mind blowing, would not want to be in the family i COULD NEVER CHEER
FOR THE Y let alone wear blue.. I love the attitude - Great choice Tom - GO UTES!!!!!!!!!!! your heart finally came home..