After everyone at the DN has had their shot to spin the jersey gate fiasco the
question that remains unanswered and will probably always remain
unanswered...How could Bronco be so completely out of touch with his
players, his bosses, and the Cougar fanbase?
I don't think having the names on the jerseys has any effect on putting the
team first,individual second and all that stuff. The kind of values that are
important for a football team are values young men learn as they grow from their
parents and teachers and then their coaches. When the Chicago White Sox first
put names on their jerseys in 1960, baseball execs were
stunned...".what's that going to do to program sales....?." The
first college football team to wear names was Maryland back in 1961. There are
a handful of teams who choose not to wear names.....Penn St. and Army are just
two. Two other teams without names....Notre Dame 12-1 last year and University
of Colorado 1-11. Success has nothing to do with names and numbers. BYU knows
what qualities are necessary to win.....and there's no need to advertise
them on the backs of the jerseys.
As a fan, I just want the names there so I can get to know the players better
and know who did what on the field. I think it's helpful for fans.
Are Notre Dame players less accountable because they don't have any names
on their jerseys? To them it's a reminder that football is more of a team
sport than any other. No one makes a big deal about that.Air Force
has jerseys with 'F-22 Raptor' and 'B-2 Spirit' on them. To
me that's stranger that BYU's proposed jerseys, but it represents the
academy's values to the players. No one makes a big deal about that.Heck, Utah wore jerseys with slogans the last time they got waxed at
home by TCU. No one made a big deal about that. I'm not a fan
of messing around with traditional things like names on jerseys. But the outcry
over BYU doing something different to represent its values is beyond ridiculous,
and comparing the media's treatment of Utah and BYU on this issue exposes
complete double standards.
Good points made in the article, but probably mostly applicable only when
pointed out to the players. Like CougarSunDevil mentioned, he didn't give
a thought to the name on his jersey. That was a missed opportunity by the coach
to teach what that name could, and should mean. Probably most people don't
think much of it beyond making a player more recognizable on the field. A
little deeper thought about the meaning of the name on the jersey, by each
player, is probably a good idea, and could be an effective tool for helping to
build Spirit, Honor, and Tradition, probably more so with the name on the jersey
instead of the value.As a casual fan, it makes the game much more
enjoyable when the names are on the backs of the jerseys. I suspect a lot of
people are like me and don't recognize players just by their numbers or
where they line up, and once the action starts... well, just forget about
knowing who's who without the names.Keep the names, teach the
lessons, everybody wins.
@Dan Maloy ....and it looks like you have an axe to grind against anything
and everything related to BYU.Sad...Now that's
funny. Not sure where the all encompassing "axe to grind against EVERYTHING
related to BYU" came from. In your zeal you're totally overlooking the
hundreds of Cougar (yes I capitalized it out of respect) faithful who have
posted they're not wild about it either.
@ Proud Ute - "Looks like the DN is desperately trying to put some lipstick
on Bronco's pig."....and it looks like you have an axe to
grind against anything and everything related to BYU.Sad...
Yeah, that's a good argument, but it comes off as sounding a bit selfish.
I'm sure that you (or someone else) could write an equally impressive
article about the flipside, i.e. all the benefits of unity, brotherhood,
sacrificing for the greater good of the team, the importance of being a team
player and not playing for personal pride or glory. Those are much more
compelling arguments in my eyes, and I see what Bronco was going for. The world
wasn't ready for it, unfortunately. Those of us in the Cougar
community immensely respect Mendenhall for all he has done, and continues to do,
to make BYU Football about something more than just football.
We had a similar situation at ASU with the new sparky that looked like the
burger king guy. It didn't go so well, and now it's over. This will
blow over. In regards to the article and continued coverage...who
cares! When I was in college, the last thing I thought of was honoring my last
name that was fixated on the back of my shirt. Amy approached this from a pure
academic and theoretical viewpoint, many of which rarely pan out in the real
world. Putting everyone's name on their shirts...give me a break. What a
waste of time and a read on this Monday morning.
It is easier to hide in a group when you are nameless. Wearing your name on
your back for all to see is a subtle reminder to always do the right thing.
Looks like the DN is desperately trying to put some lipstick on Bronco's
Cheesy is a nice way to put it. I'm a strong supporter of BYU and Bronco,
but I just can't reconcile my frustration on this topic. No matter how
hard I try, I can't understand how the idea of putting "Values" on
jerseys got beyond more than a mere consideration in Bronco's mind.
It's not just cheesy and dumb, it's insulting and arrogant. If you want to run a program with the guiding principles of Spirit, Honor, and
Tradition... great! But don't be so arrogant and presumptive as to try and
advertise those values. Show me through your actions and accomplishments. Let
your behavior and disposition serve as the measure of your honor, spirit, and
tradition. Abolish this misguided notion for Homecoming as well.Although it's a bit of a stretch, can you imagine missionaries wearing
words on their lapel such as Service, Charity, Christian??? Again, I'm
angry and dismayed that we're even talking about this.
Ok, time to drop it and move on, go BYU!
A lot of the things we value are seen as cheesy these days.These
players are not bad for wanting the honor of wearing their own names in
connection with something greater than them all.But Bronco, too,
isn't the villain or the idiot that so many are gleefully making him out to
be for wanting to honor the values that make BYU football worth anything to
begin with.My anonymous defense of something old and valuable means
nothing, so sign me Mike Brame.
This was an incredibly cheesy idea - plain and simple.