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Published: Sunday, Dec. 1 2013 10:55 p.m. MST

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Who am I sir?
Cottonwood Heights, UT

As a season ticket holder for over 40 years, I don't believe I have ever enjoyed a penalty against the Utes as I did this one! Team captain, great football player, outstanding father, and a good man. First, only the third interception of the year. Smart enough to know he won the game if he did not turn the ball over so he went down. Game over! So as the ball was in the air so were the yellow flags! Did any official not throw one? And I cheered as each yard was walked off! Thanks Trevor and thanks to all the Utes!

toosmartforyou
Farmington, UT

Having been a football official I understand a little about players frustrations at the end of, during or proceeding a game. And Utah has had plenty of that this and last year.

That said, it's OK for the fans to think it was "wonderful" to have a display of unsportsmanlike conduct, really, but a sportswriter should know better.

RBN
Salt Lake City, UT

@toosmartforyou

While Reilly violated the rule, was his act, in context, unsportsmanlike? Was he showing up an opponent? Nope. And that's why it was wonderful.

Monk
Pleasant Grove, UT

@toosmart

15 yard penalty on you for taking the play out of context. The game was over. His college career was over. He made an amazing play. He was the best player on the team this year. He's been through unimaginable trials. So, it had no bearing on the game whatsoever. He just blew off a ton of steam with a small amount of gusto. Any decent official would understand the whole of the game a little better.

JohnInSLC
Cottonwood Heights, UT

It's not-too-smart for a former "official" (and obvious y "fan", which raises obvious questions about bias) to "Tsk, tsk" Donaldson for seeing the proper context.

He ought to be sharing his "official" talents with his team about excessive penalties in their game Saturday.

MyPerspective
Salt Lake City, UT

toosmartforyou

Sad comment...even for you.

What a great way for Trevor Reilly to end his career at Utah. There is nothing the man wouldn't do for his team. One of the premiere line backers in the college game. Donaldson is right, Reilly is forever etched into the hearts of Utah fans.

Veritas Aequitas
Fruit Heights, UT

toosmartforyou

Lighten up. There are times when it is OK to take the penalty. I think this young man earned the right to take 15 yds...

StGtoSLC
SALT LAKE CITY, UT

No one likes a whistle-blower. Joking, toosmart, someone had to say it. But I disagree with you on Amy being out-of-bounds (puns all over the place!) on this one. I thought it was poignant. She's not an AP game recap writer, she's entitled to opinion and her own emotions coming out in a column. Well done, Amy!

Kralon
HUNTINGTON BEACH, CA

I understand the officials have to do their jobs, but how can any football fan fault Reilly, after all he has given and been through, for this show of emotion?

Tuffy Parker
Salem, UT

@toosmart - Sorry, but you missed the whole point of the article. It's a well written and well expressed insight of why sports is more important than the outcome of a game itself.

BTW, I am a die-hard BYU fan that's not disappointed by the outcome of the Ute's season and used to pull for the Utes every game but one until rivalry turned ugly under Urban Meyer's watch.

Sports Are Great
Salt Lake City, UT

Tuffy, my feelings are similar. I remember a few things done under Urban that had Bronco done then ute "fans" would be calling for him to be fired. A few of them would likely not be printed in a family newspaper, but one of the more tame ones included putting byu stickers(no one likes stickers more than Ute fans, as we see all the Pac 12 stickers these days) in Ute restroom. "classy" fans indeed. I too loved the outcome of the season. Makes me smile.

HTSJCCAFALG
Richfield, UT

re: toosmartforyou

I agree with Amy and all the positive comments on this board, BUT for the sake of argument, I'll agree with your comments with one caveat:

When I see an official never make a mistake, then I'll jump on your side!

At least the kid said, "I shouldn't have....." I've never heard an official come out and admit a mistake. They always need the conference to do that for them!!!

RBN
Salt Lake City, UT

@HTSJCCAFALG

Saturday at Rice Eccles was prime example of horrendous officiating. Phantom fumbles. Guesses, at best, from that refereeing crew.

@Tuffy and Sports Are Great

The bitterness in the rivalry has always been there, but it's usually one sided. When BYU was kicking Utah's trash it was particularly bitter on the hill. Nowdays, the bitterness comes from the south. Losing does that.

MyPerspective
Salt Lake City, UT

RBN
"The bitterness in the rivalry has always been there, but it's usually one sided. When BYU was kicking Utah's trash it was particularly bitter on the hill. Nowdays, the bitterness comes from the south. Losing does that."

Great observation. Personally, I love the negative comments from byu fans.

I watched this game on the Pac-12 Network. The announcers could hardly contain themselves when Reilly threw the football into the stands. They loved it (as did the analysts at the Pac-12 Network HQ), the fans loved it, the team loved, Coach Whittingham tolerated it. What's not to like?

On top of a great performance and a most apropos show of emotion at just the right time, Reilly shared his family with all of us. What a treat that was. Best of luck to Shayn on her journey to a healthy life.

toosmartforyou
Farmington, UT

As usual, comments were not read in context. I support the player and the fans in this event. I can see how it energized them as he let out frustrations after a disappointing season. What I don't agree with is a sportswriter saying that an unsportsmanlike gesture is "wonderful." I wonder if she thought the Wyoming coaches reaction to Whittingham's on-side kick was "wonderful" too. My guess is she didn't.

The player carrying his daughter on his shoulders at the start of the game was an example of what I would say is wonderful. Absolutely a marvelous experience for both of them.

When Woody Hayes punched out an opposing player on t he sideline years ago likely many thought that to be wonderful, too, but it wasn't....not at all.

Officials also make mistakes---just ask Wisconsin about that.

I Still Can't Say It
Holladay, UT

Why is the Deseret News publishing positive stories about the Utes? I've never seen anything like this before.

Strange, very strange indeed...

Two For Flinching
Salt Lake City, UT

@ Sports Are Great

I disagree. Ute fans don't have a persecution complex like Y fans do. If your feeling are actually hurt by "Y" shaped urinal cakes in Utah's locker room than maybe you should pick a different sport to follow.

StGtoSLC
SALT LAKE CITY, UT

toosmart, none of those events compare to this one in the slightest. I highly doubt that CU's players and coaches really had their feelings hurt too badly about one of their game balls being thrown into the stands after their QB just sealed a loss for them. The penalty was an illegal celebration, not a malicious taunt or offense to the opposing team.

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