Brad Rock: BYU, Utah ranked No. 1, but do people care?

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  • Skippy West Jordan, UT
    Feb. 1, 2012 10:35 p.m.

    I think it is very obvious that about 15,000 people care about UTAH gymnastics. Their fan base doesn't seem to change even if they haven't won a championship in years. Brad Rock just loves to throw BYU and UTAH in the title just to get people to read his very uniformed articles. I am willing to bet that if and when Brad ever tries to cover a UTAH GYMNASTICS event he will not be welcomed their by the team, the coaching staff and especially not the fans.

  • Mr.Reality Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 1, 2012 6:55 p.m.

    I'm a "people" and I care. I would bet the success of the fine student athletes on these two teams in the "game of life" (the most important game) exceeds their excellence in sport. And that is what is truly important. Best wishes to both teams as they continue their seasons and careers.

  • One Angry Salebarn Worker Madison, SD
    Feb. 1, 2012 2:02 p.m.

    College gymnasts are grandma's when counted in gymnastics years. And there are what, maybe 40 NCAA men's v-ball teams? Very competitive.

  • One Angry Salebarn Worker Madison, SD
    Feb. 1, 2012 1:59 p.m.

    Why don't you just get to the bottom line Rock, there's football and men's basketball, then there's everything else. These two men's sports funds them all salaries, trainers, administrative, scholies, facilities, travel etc. It's not fair to single out these sports. But, I think you only wrote this piece to bring love and unity between Coog and Ewte in directing their anger to a common enemy--you.

  • Duckhunter Highland, UT
    Feb. 1, 2012 10:03 a.m.

    I get Rocks point, relatively few people care. I actually think volleyball is an exciting sport and have been to several matches at the Smith Field House. It is packed and it is fun but if BYU wasn't a national power in that sport it wouldn't get the attention, or attendence, that it gets.

    So that is where I disagree with Rock. When a program, like BYU's volleyball or utah's gymnastics, is doing well people care. If they weren't doing well people would quit caring pretty quickly. That is different than football where it would take a fairly long period of futility before people quit caring about it.

  • fcbenjamin Chittenango, NY
    Feb. 1, 2012 8:09 a.m.

    Dear Mr. Rock: I believe that the Utah Gymnastics team is break-even, financially, which means it costs the U of U little or nothing, and generates far more splash, nationally, than, say, the basketball team since Majerus left. I was a season ticket holder for 16 years until I moved my family back to my native New York state, and I looked forward to the gymnastics season with a passion. I still follow the Lady Utes online.

  • BlueHusky Mission Viejo, CA
    Feb. 1, 2012 7:25 a.m.

    I love BYU volleyball. In SoCal people turn out to watch volleyball and when BYU comes to UCI, UCLA, or USC, the stands are often full. And to me, volleyball is more fun to watch than hoops. The athletes are amazing. And talk about HOPS. White guys can jump.

  • Esquire Springville, UT
    Feb. 1, 2012 7:03 a.m.

    There is more to college than football and basketball. Minor sports should be funded as a cost of doing business as a university. Plain and simple.

  • Simple Man Riverton, UT
    Feb. 1, 2012 6:43 a.m.

    I wouldn't be surprised if BYU's volleyball and Utah's gymnastics are both pulling in more revenue than a certain basketball program on the hill.

  • IndeMak South Jordan, UT
    Feb. 1, 2012 6:16 a.m.

    Apparently a slow news day. Utah has a lot of school pride in their gymnastics as they have been a powerhouse for decades. BYU also has school pride in men's volleyball as they have been good for a while. Look at the crowds. Many of the spectators are students. Gymnastics tickets ran over $18 for my wife and I. The crowd was loud. I highly doubt that gymnastics is sucking money from football like many other sports. Their average crowd is over 13,000. With an average ticket costing over $10, gymnastics is bringing in over $130,000 before concessions is not too bad.

  • Kyle loves BYU/Jazz Provo, UT
    Feb. 1, 2012 1:14 a.m.

    I have to say I think I had more fun at BYU volleyball games than I did at basketball or football games during my time as a student. Maybe it's because I wasn't as emotionally invested in the team so it didn't hurt too much if they lost, but the smith field house just had so much energy it was always a blast! That place really gets rocking and you get to be so much closer to the game than you are at the MC or LaVell Edwards Stadium. BYU volleyball games are a lot of fun and I think over 4,000 fans per match says that people care!

    If you've never been to a BYU volleyball game you are missing out! They are so much fun.

  • Ufan Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 31, 2012 11:45 p.m.

    Well said TrueBlue.

    You'd think local sportswriters would be proud to have a couple of #1-ranked teams to write about, but instead, they're all glass half-full types, always looking for the negative. It's like they can't be content until everyone else around them is miserable.

    The artistry of gymnastics and volleyball are simply too much for them to appreciate.

  • Demo Dave Holladay, UT
    Jan. 31, 2012 9:42 p.m.

    This letter proposes the most most common sense solution to this problem that I've heard so far. That's why the power brokers won't like it.

  • TrueBlue Orem, UT
    Jan. 31, 2012 6:46 p.m.

    Mr. Rock, you fit Oscar Wilde's definition of a cynic:

    "A man who knows the price of everything and the value of nothing."

    You need to climb down off of your white tower and realize that the sports world is made up of millions of athletes who don't play football or basketball, yet the competition is just as intense and the pride in the accomplishments of those who excel is just as fulfilling to participants and fans, as any mouth-breather who ever strapped on a football helmet.