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Published: Tuesday, May 6 2014 1:29 p.m. MDT

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Cougsndawgs
West Point , UT

Souptwins:
The guys that wrote it are all dead...pretty sure they don't care. Besides it's been changed from their original version already.

Killarney:
"It's stupid, stolen..."
That describes at least half the fight songs in CFB, including my Dawgs using the battle hymn of the republic tune. It's all meant in good fun. If it offends some people, I don't understand why...fairest? How could that be offensive...Utah man...well yeah that's sexist. I just think we've become a society that is far too sensitive and far too easily offended. A great man once said: "A person who takes offense where it wasn't intended is a fool. A person who takes offense where it was intended is a greater fool".

Today's America needs to grow thicker skin and toughen up a little. Every little squabble where someone is offended is getting old. Anger or offense at blatant sexism & racism is understandable, but every little nit picky thing? C'mon folks...the greatest generation is shaking it's collective head at us, both men & women.

Pac 12 Fever
Salt Lake City, UT

Maybe it could include lyrics that wil help us at least be in the hunt for a conference title. I am sick of being the PAC 12's punching bag and doormat.

Two For Flinching
Salt Lake City, UT

@ Killarney

Well we wouldn't want to Norm Maves, Jr. to be unhappy, now would we?

sammyg
Springville, UT

Until the song embraces 'girlse' it's just going to continue being offensive.

How about just humming that catchy melody and getting rid of the lyrics altogether?

Would that work?

4 in a row!
Ogden, UT

The majority says, "Leave it alone."

The minority says, "blah, blah, blah, or lets make it so its PC for everyone."

Leave it the same and my donations will increase and continue. Keep trying to appease all the liberal heads or the minority and I’ll adopt a new University.

Sincerely,

Utah Alumni

Pipes
Salt Lake City, UT

As Shakespeare so eloquently stated, "much ado about nothing"!

MAYHEM MIKE
Salt Lake City, UT

Aside from its uninspired lyrics, the Utah "fight song," in my humble opinion, is one of the most annoying melodies ever composed. Any self-respecting composer would quickly relegate this song to a collection of rowdy vocal eruptions fit only to be emitted by inebriated tankard-swinging patrons of a German pub!

Now, BYU's "Rise and Shout!" There's a song worthy of emulation!

Bifftacular
Spanish Fork, Ut

One Ute student leader to another: "What you going to do today? Organize some students to do a service project or perhaps initiate a charitable fund raiser?" "Nah. I"m going to go through the school fight song and see if I can find something that offends me. Then I'm going to make a big stink about it so people will actually remember me someday". First student: "Cool".

Marked it Down
Park City, UT

All things considered, I'd rather be on the trail to fame and glory than to be in a jolly gang.

If Utah fans were smart, they'd come up with something that they'd all be proud to sing rather than clinging desperately to the antiquated lyrics of a drinking song.

After witnessing Utah's pre-game tail-gate party on many occassions, however, it's easy to see why so many think the song is perfectly fine.

agb
Layton, UT

Perhaps "Utah man" could be changed to "girslie state cheerleader?"

4601
Salt Lake City, UT

Enter the modern era by changing the fight song and dropping the Ute name. Having attended the U for four years I always thought they were just pain bad. They dropped the Runnin' Redskins name several decades ago and more changes are in order.

VegasUte
Las Vegas, NV

Blue AZ Cougar
Chandler, AZ

"Such an annoying fight song....

And yes, I am biased."

NO! You could have fooled me!

Leave the song alone. The ancient lyrics are it's charm. Every generation for decades have known that the lyrics are outdated, and nobody cares - it's tradition. The fact that it annoys so many byU fans only makes it that much better! I especially love the song when President Monson sings it in public.

Utah Man, sir, a Utah Man am I
A Utah Man, sir, and will be 'til I die

Go Utes!!

And yes - I am biased too!

VegasUte
Las Vegas, NV

@Utah bear:

I am too a proud football season ticket holder and have been for years. I would love to be able to go to other events, but my profession and distance from SLC prevent me from holding season tickets to basketball, etc.

That being said, I have seen at every game I have attended, thousands and thousands of ticket buying women who proudly sing Utah Man. The vast majority of women, both current students and alumni, do not support the change. And if the words are officially changed (contrary to popular demand) they will continue to sing the words "Utah Man" louder than ever. I think this issue was best described as "a solution in search of a problem". I can say with certainty that you never once said - this song is offensive to women - before the change was brought up by this year's student council.

It's funny to me that the voice of reason in this whole thread is CougsNDawgs - great post my friend!

A Utah Man am I!

Go Utes!!

Truth Machine
Salt Lake City, UT

VegasUte

"I have attended, thousands and thousands of ticket buying women who proudly sing Utah Man. The vast majority of women, both current students and alumni, do not support the change."

That's pure speculation on your part.

Without interviewing/surveying each of those thousands and thousands of women, you couldn't possibly know what each of them personally thinks about the song.

Just because they show their support for the Utes by singing the song doesn't mean that they like the song or would object to it being changed to something more appropriate to the modern world.

It's not funny, but sad, that so many continue to defend such sexist, insensitive lyrics.

Ed Grady
Idaho Falls, ID

How about "I am a Utah coed" and "Our men are the fairest,"

CAPT Tay
Littleton, CO

get rid of swoop and bring back the indian, or not, just get rid of the bird...

Christine B. Hedgefog
Salt Lake City, UT

"Leave it the same and my donations will increase and continue." Good one Chris B.....wink, wink, right?

Since we're throwing out unfounded statistics I say almost 98% of u world says "Who cares about our fight song? When are we going to do something about the offensive results of our football team annually winding up in the prestigious pac's basement???"

VegasUte
Las Vegas, NV

@Truth Machine:

"It's not funny, but sad, that so many continue to defend such sexist, insensitive lyrics."

That is one person's opinion, which greatly differs from the majority of women students and alumni who are the people that are supposed to be offended by the lyrics.

I just have one more question - are you equally saddened and outraged by the "sexist and insensitive" statement by Neil Armstrong:"One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind"?

Just wondering where we draw the line for political correctness and our moral compass.

Rockwell
Baltimore, MD

VegasUte

Your argument is fundamentally flawed.

Since when does the majority "not being offended" make something that is offensive to some, inoffensive?

btw, your twisted logic with the Neil Armstrong quote is laughable. In no way can his statement be characterized as sexist.

Liberal Ted
Salt Lake City, UT

Maybe the fight song leaves out all of the female football players...oh wait a minute there isn't one. For such a progressive conference why not make half of the teams female? There also shouldn't be winners or losers. Everyone should be given a National Championship Trophy at the end of the season. Every school should redistribute their ticket sales.

The other repressive thing at these games, are having Class Box Seats. You have the wealthy, elite and left wing nut jobs in the box seats. While the peasants are left to fend for themselves. How can this be in a progressive school?! Forget the fight song, look at the inequality with the seats. The only logical solution is to build a box seat for everyone, and keep the prices exactly the same, and then take money from the left wing people to cover the lost revenue.

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