Afghanistan gives some perspective to rivalry

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  • Brave Sir Robin San Diego, CA
    Nov. 26, 2010 5:26 p.m.

    Agree 100% with UteExpat. BYU's response to the incident was completely wrong.

    Rather than acknowledge the stupidity of the student, instead BYU chose to try to "sanitize" the environment. I guess that's kind of the way the honor code is though - rather than emphasize personal accountability, just try to ban anything that might be considered a temptation.

  • NevadaCoug Overton, NV
    Nov. 26, 2010 5:23 p.m.

    It really is sad that a slight majority of the people who answered the poll question think that Priddis was a hero that day in 1999. Really? A hero for beating somebody senseless? Yeah, the BYU fan was out of line for jumping out of the stands and tackling him. But Priddis' actions were far from heroic.

    The fact that about 162 people think he was a hero is what is wrong with this rivalry.

  • BornBlue Draper, UT
    Nov. 26, 2010 2:01 p.m.

    I was in the south end zone that day, all fired up anyway. I remember thinking what an idiot the BYU fan was, and what a jerk the Ute cheerleader was for pounding him. Glad to read this story about Billy Priddis. He wasn't a hero that day, but then again I may have reacted the same way. He is truely a hero now. Thanks for your service for all Cougs and Utes alike (no other fans in the world, right?). We all owe you a debt of thanks for what you do now.

  • UteExpat London, United Kingdom
    Nov. 26, 2010 12:41 p.m.

    I will always love Val Hale's response to this incident. The problem was not the deranged BYU student (who went into the MTC the next week or something, as I recall), oh no. The problem was those mean Utes carrying flags around the football field. We have to ban that so this doesn't happen again! Gotta love that Happy Valley!

  • sk3pt1c4l Sandy, UT
    Nov. 26, 2010 12:10 p.m.

    Haha! "A graduate of Mountain View High, he applied to BYU but wasn't accepted."

    We can all see why he's a Utah fan. He grew up a blazing Cougar fan, after all. I guess it's hard to stay true when you're denied by your favorite team.