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Published: Monday, Aug. 4 2014 5:35 p.m. MDT

Updated: Monday, Aug. 4 2014 6:40 p.m. MDT

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Chris B
Salt Lake City, UT

Let go Blechen!

7 wins - we're going to do it.

Go UTES

Two For Flinching
Salt Lake City, UT

@ Bluto

You don't know that. He could be Kyle Whittingham or Travis Wilson, and we would never know.

gdog3finally
West Jordan, Utah

A couple of years ago I would have said that playing in the NFL was a realistic consideration for Blechen. Now as a Ute fan, I just hope he can stay healthy and keep his head on straight. With a remarkable turn around, the guy still might have enough left in the tank to be an impact player for the Utes defense this year. The talent has been there from day one. Blechen's freshman year was stellar.

BlameItOnTheOfficials
Cottonwood Heights, UT

The kids always had talent. He biggest problem is knowing how to focus that talent to showcase it at the right moments and in the right ways.

Good luck Blechen!

WhyAmIhere?
Cottonwood Heights, UT

@Two For Flinching

Neither Kyle Whittingham or any of the other Ute Coaching Staff wastes their time reading, let alone posting to these comment boards.

65TossPowerTrap
Salmon, ID

I hope he doesn't get distracted in Boulder. That is an important game.

redthunder
Ogden, UT

I love that Brad Rock omits the fact that the mock baptism was performed well before the Holy War. The team hadn't even kicked off the season when that incident occured. The last thing the Utes were thinking about was the Cougars, the team needed to first avenge it's loss to the Aggies and commence conference play.
The baptism topic was again brought up during rivalry week to stoke the fires of hate among the fans even though the players involved said it was not meant as a jab at BYU.

chicagoborn
Salt Lake City, UT

That "baptism incident" was such a joke. It's hilarious how people actually got so worked up about it.

Uteology
East Salt Lake City, Utah

The [mock baptism] timing coincided perfectly with the annual rivalry game. Coach Kyle Whittingham, himself an active LDS member, claimed there was no malice, as did LDS player Jake Murphy. Still, it put off some LDS members, particularly those of BYU persuasion.

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I was more put off by some LDS members, particularly those of BYU persuasion when they were shown pelting PAC-12 officials with garbage after yet another loss to Utah at LES.

The mock baptism? Again, a non-issue.

VegasUte
Las Vegas, NV

It is ridiculous how much time and effort has been wasted on the baptism thing, which was TOTALLY "innocuous" to everyone except for Utah County and the DN. I can't believe it was even brought up again by Bradley. On second thought, seeing that it was Bradley that brought it up, yes I can believe it!

Let's go Blechen! Ditch the beard though, unless your aim is to make it Weddle status!

Go Utes!!

65TossPowerTrap
Salmon, ID

Utah fans - the mock baptism was just that - mockery. Maybe baptism isn't a big deal to you, but it is a sacred ordinance to others.

Utah rules
Salt Lake City, UT

Sure seem to be a lot of "NON ISSUES" on the hill. I guess poking fun at a sacred ordinance and underage drinking are not longer considered in appropriate on the hill. My how things have changed since my years at the U.

Down under
Salt Lake City, UT

Vegas ute,
Not so. It would be offensive to faithful LDS throughout the world, and should have been offensive to LDS Ute fans as well, unless of course winning football games is more important.

But seriously folks!
Salt Lake City, UT

Some kids just like the attention and can't exist without it. The same is also true of a few ute fans who post post outlandish comments on these articles. You know who you are. The best way ot get attention is to perform onthe field and not the newspapers.

chicagoborn
Salt Lake City, UT

@65TossPowerTrap
I bet that you think that political correctness is also a big problem in this country right? Unless we're talking about things that matter to you of course.

redthunder
Ogden, UT

Utah Rules

They're non issues because they are unimportant. I'm more than pleased that the worst news coming from the Hill is an underrage drinking and a mock baptism. DNews has successfully made both bigger deals than they need to be. Yes, both actions weren't very well thought out but on both occasions Coach Whittingham took the actions he deemed necessary. The mock baptism was performed by athletes who are baptized members of the LDS church. They knew what they were doing and the sacred nature. That's on them. They're kids, they don't need to be publicly criticized for every mistake they make.

As far as both comments you and PowerTrap made; how brazen of you to profile an entire fan base. Very Max Hall-ish of both of you.

Two For Flinching
Salt Lake City, UT

@ WhyAmIhere?

...I know. It was a joke.

JohnInSLC
Cottonwood Heights, UT

Glad we have the DNews (with help from 65toss and UtahRules) to again confess Blechen's year-old sins, such as they are.

How about providing some in-depth reporting on the investigation into NCAA violations at BYU? That topic seems to be radioactive for DNews sports reporters.

65TossPowerTrap
Salmon, ID

What can I say - some people are offended by what is said by rival players (Austin Collie, Max Hall, et al) and others are offended when their religious rites are mocked. To each his own.

JohnInSLC
Cottonwood Heights, UT

"others are offended when . . . To each his own."

65Toss:

So you were offended a year ago when it happened, but why are you offended now when the DNews regurgitates it?

If the DNews were to run a reminder story on Max Hall's very public and scurrilous rant (which I'm not ruling out if BYU ever beats Utah again), it wouldn't be Max that offends me anew. It would be the blatant panderers with "editor" desk plates and blue pom-pons.

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