Some people's attitudes amaze me. This is a football game. BYU is not a
place for a win at all cost philosophy. Cheer for Miami if that is your desire.
BYU is a place to develop high quality students who also happen to play football
well. National recognition for BYU and and the Church is an added benefit when
we do well, but that is not the most important thing in life. The development of
character and spiritual growth count a lot more than who wins a game that few
people will remember a few years from now.
Re: Flashback "Hill and the coaches ought to be treating this game
like it's the biggest game of their lives or at least this season.
They'd have done that against Utah, Wisconsin, Notre Dame and prepared as
such, the Y would be going to a bowl game that could be shown on New Years.
Bronco needs to get the emotion of this team up."Uh, KVN
referred to the Utah game as his Super Bowl. That's a pretty big game but
it didn't seem to work out. Hill needs to concentrate more on learning to
be a passer with some touch on the ball and checking off receivers rather than
tucking the ball away and running. Otherwise, put hum in the backfield as a RB.
@YGrad/YDadI appreciate your optimism. Yes, many of us are invested
emotionally and financially in this BYU football team, and when they don't
meet expectations, yeah it stings for awhile. I did not expect an undefeated
season, but losing to Virginia and worse, Utah was pretty darn hard to swallow.
But I don't think anyone on here "walk(s) around all day, all gloom and
doom;" But I think optimism blinded to the facts makes one look silly (like
the kind Mildred parodies). I prefer to be a realist, objective in my
assessments. I think the PAC 12 this year is way better than a lot
of BYU fans give them credit for. I've watched both teams this year and I
think Washington is the better team, plain and simple. But make no mistake, I
will be yelling at the inanimate object that is my television throughout the 3
1/2 hrs of game time, hoping for the best, cheering my Cougars, and celebrating
a win if it should happen.People are misinterpreting Hill's
comments. If BYU loses, it won't be because they weren't up for the
Treating it like any other game? What a stupid foolish attitude. Hill and the
coaches ought to be treating this game like it's the biggest game of their
lives or at least this season. They'd have done that against Utah,
Wisconsin, Notre Dame and prepared as such, the Y would be going to a bowl game
that could be shown on New Years. Bronco needs to get the emotion of this team
I'm optimistically honest that I'd rather be worrying about some fans
thinking we're going to lose our bowl game than "looking to next
year" because my favorite teams did not make a bowl game.
Okay, I get it that you guys feel disappointed that BYU didn't do better
this year. Clearly there were moments of greatness, but far too little in
consistency, creativity and mental clarity.But, really? Do you walk
around all day, all gloom and doom because you really think your team is going
to choke another great opportunity? Do you live in dread that the team you love
is somehow going to embarrass you personally on a national stage?I'm alright that your personal integrity won't allow you to
fantasize that somehow, this will be the time that the offense clicks on all
cylinders, scores before they ever get close to the red zone and Kyle Van Noy
returns to his laser guided, heat seeking quarterback missile form.But living like this has to be bad for your health. Choose optimism. We can
be optimistically honest, can't we?
We all know Taysom and the whole team wants to win as much as anyone so I'm
sure they're preparing with that purpose in mind. I just hope they'll
execute better on both ends of the ball and come out with a win!Go
Cougars! Go Aggies!
Well, if every game is treated as a "Big Deal" then Taysom has the right
approach. I think many of the posters here (except BYUAlum) is misreading the
intent of Taysom's statement. I have no doubt the team made a little extra
preparation for Utah and Wisconsin. Didn't do them much good. The tone of
most of the articles about this game is the offense is going to have to step up.
How about the defense? They have been on a downward slide since Houston. Against
Wisconsin and Notre Dame they were really manhandled. Although
Anae's play calling has improved somewhat since the beginning of the year,
his game management in the red zone is still severely wanting. And I have seen
no improvement in Hill's penchant for taking sacks instead of getting rid
of the ball. Yeah the line has to shoulder some of the blame also, but the
habits of the QB are more readily fixable. I'm not real
optimistic about this game. I got my graduate degree from UW, but I'm
cheering the Cougs!
"Business as Usual" is the mantra of Coach Mendenhall. As long as he is
at BYU, the team will never do anything special for the big games - that's
why they lose most of them. That said, he brings a lot of other good things to
the team (firesides, building character, etc). As an avid BYU fan, I've
decided to be content with mediocrity as far as the win-loss record is
concerned. Go Cougs!
If this is treated as just another game, this could be difficult to watch.
Taysom Hill and Robert Anae need to not just 'execute', they need to
'execute' a greater variety of plays. May I suggest that the QB run
is not the best choice of play. Whatever happened to the days of the passes to
tight ends up the seams, passes over the middle to backs slipping through the
line, crossing patterns by wide receivers, short slants to the inside mixed with
flare outs and button hooks, and screen passes? Ah well, it's just another
game. Go Cougars!
"Treat it like any other game?" I think that was the mantra going into
Wisconsin and ND... Didn't workout too well as I recall...Perhaps when we are scheduled to play an elite program we shouldn't
approach it as... "Business As Usual"... Because it really isn't...
It's huge.If Hill could show that he is capable of spotting and
making good throws to second and third option receivers then that statement
would make alot more sense.I love the Huskies and I think that they
are probably the second toughest team that we will have played this year (behind
Wisconsin)... If there isn't a different game plan (particularly on the
Offensive side of the ball) then this will be a very long evening for the
Cougars who I have favored in my "Pick Em" options... Please don't
make me look bad... I am 5 of 6 right now and in the top 10 in a couple of
groups (one of them with the big bad ute fans).
I am not as pessimistic as BYUfaninWash. I think Taysom Hill's comment
meant he is keeping this game in perspective. He is a VERY competitive and
passionate football player. To him, he is playing the next football game, and HE
WANTS TO WIN! Also, perhaps he is saying he is not so caught up in all the hype
surrounding a Bowl Game and all the gifts, etc. He is focused on football. I wish them well. I just want them to come out ready to go on offense
with good play calling and take control of the game early. We love BYU as do
many others. They will have a good following....crowd-wise at the game.Go Cougars!
The fans will be treating it like any other game as well. We expect to lose, but
a win would be a nice surprise. BYU has shown they can win games they are
expected to win and they lose the games they are expected to lose. Since BYU
never makes any special preparations, business as usual, we can expect another
loss, especially since UW is favored to win.