BYU vs. Utah football game photo re-created with 104,650 golf tees

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  • Johnny
    Aug. 6, 2009 10:30 a.m.

    "Perfect | 11:34 p.m. July 15, 2009
    Utah coughing up the ball, the artists must be a BYU fans. Utes get s dose of the 2006 game every time they pass it.

    Oh ya! 33-31"

    If you read the article, assuming you can read, it was BYU that fumbled the ball and Utah that was being pursued by BYU to recover it.

    Oh ya! Did you miss the last two seasons of college football?! 13-0!

  • THEeyepatch
    Aug. 1, 2009 8:07 a.m.

    Somebody has WAY to much time on their hands.

  • Lance
    July 28, 2009 1:48 a.m.

    The national championship argument is stupid. It proves nothing. The Milwaukee Bucks won the NBA finals in 1971. Who cares? The Jazz, who have never won a title, are still unanimously considered a better team by pretty much everyone in the nation.

    Sorry, all that matters is now.

  • re: re: Perfect | 3:10 p.m.
    July 16, 2009 10:14 p.m.

    Who is yBu? Never heard of that team, that is pretty impressive with a no name team.

  • Mr. Righteous
    July 16, 2009 5:06 p.m.

    Re: Kevin Olson
    "the campus is our world"

  • re: Perfect
    July 16, 2009 3:10 p.m.

    "Oh ya! 33-31"

    How about 48-24?

    Or 1-5 (the number of fumbles and turnovers committed by Max Hall respectively.

    Or 53-33-4

    Or 13-0 vs 10-3

    Or 8-0 (U's current bowl win streak) vs 0-1 (yBu's current bowl streak)

    Or 11-3 (Utah's bowl record) vs 9-17-1 (yBu's bowl record)

    And that's just the tip of the iceberg.

  • Re: 3:20 p.m.
    July 16, 2009 11:02 a.m.

    The best bowl Utah will ever get from now on is the motor city bowl. Delusional Ute fans will never get the privilege of going to the Las Vegas bowl because they'll never win another conference championship.

    Remember all the pride cometh before the fall talk last year? It applies every bit as much to you as it did to us.

  • Perfect
    July 15, 2009 11:34 p.m.

    Utah coughing up the ball, the artists must be a BYU fans. Utes get s dose of the 2006 game every time they pass it.

    Oh ya! 33-31

  • Amazed
    July 15, 2009 9:59 p.m.

    Wow. What a wall full of golf tees won't do to some folks. At least in their combined smallness, the tees create something magical. Too bad the same can't be said for those who's opinion is their world. Go Zoobs! Go Yewts! May we all enjoy many more years of a great rivalry. It's a lot of fun if you don't take it too seriously. BTW...great mural.

  • re:33-31
    July 15, 2009 7:47 p.m.


    *(???) - BYU won a champion, but with an asterisk; it means you beat a sub-par 6-5 Michigan team, how can you be proud of that? Not me, I'd rather win BCS bowl games than be given a championship nobody (but BYU fans to this day) respects

    Alabama, USC, Miami, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, and Nebraska (to name a few), those are true championship caliber teams!

  • I hope YOU realize
    July 15, 2009 3:20 p.m.

    I'm a Ute fan too. And I don't see anything inappropriate about ripping on the tdS and/or the Las Vegas Bowl.

    First of all, the tdS always as these visions of grandeur that they'll be playing in a BCS Bowl, or even the National Championship. Even the zoobiest of zoobies knows neither of those games will be played in Las Vegas. Ripping on them about seeing them in Sin City is salting their wounded ego that they'll never play in either of those big-stage Bowl least not without the MWC finally receiving AQ status.

    Second of all, the Las Vegas Bowl has already lost all credible impartiality since the tdS had only won 2 conference championships in the last 4 yrs, but played in 4 Las Vegas Bowls nonetheless. TCU won the conference in '05, and was ranked in the Top-15, but the LV Bowl committee selected the 6-6 cougars anyway. In '08, the tdS finished 3rd in the conference. The Utes went to the Sugar Bowl, and despite being ranked in the Top-15 again (#11 to be exact), the LV Bowl committee selected the cougars AGAIN.

  • I hope fellow Ute fans realize..
    July 15, 2009 2:54 p.m.

    I am a Ute fan, and I hope that fellow Ute fans realize that going to the Las Vegas Bowl, is a good thing. They get their first pick of Mountain West teams and they always pick BYU. I dare say that there are some schools that BYU would be picked over, even if those schools won the conference! If Utah were to keep winning the conference and not be ranked high enough to get to a BCS game, they would MOST LIKELY be going to Vegas! I just think that all of this Raggin on BYU about the Vegas Bowl could come back to bite us.

  • Anonymous
    July 15, 2009 9:44 a.m.

    Way to go Jenna and Cory! The work you put into this mural takes so much talent! Jenna your work is amazing!

  • nuff said
    July 14, 2009 11:31 p.m.

    i hate byu

  • Hummm
    July 14, 2009 11:18 p.m.

    Looks like the 2006 game, the only thing missing is Harline's making his final catch of the day.

  • Anonymous
    July 14, 2009 10:06 p.m.

    Coaches are not "contracted" to vote the BCS Nat'l Champion #1. That's why Coach Whittingham got away with his sole vote for the Utes.

    The USA Today poll is NOT the final BCS poll. Go to ESPN's website, click the Rankings link, and select BCS from the drop down menu to see for yourself.

  • Anonymous
    July 14, 2009 9:49 p.m.

    The USA Today poll is the final BCS poll. Coaches are required (contracted) to vote for the winner of the BCS Championship game.

  • lamos
    July 14, 2009 6:56 p.m.

    I love all the lib's saying this is a waste of money. Hey lib's no one tells you what to do w/ your resources, except your lame govt, leave everyone else alone.

  • re: Kevin Olson
    July 14, 2009 3:22 p.m.

    I mistyped: The trophies have been recognized by Auburn [2004], Texas [2005], Florida [2006], and LSU [2007]; not USC.

    And Utah [2008]

  • re: Kevin Olson
    July 14, 2009 3:16 p.m.

    Sorry, Utah IS recognized as the 2008 NC, and in 2 polls: Fanspoll and Collegefootballtalk. It's a legitimate honor that was earned on the playing field. Since the NCAA doesn't grant an official Nat'l Championship, there really IS no officially recognized champion. The AP and USA Today polls are recognized by the media and the coaches, and they VOTED for Florida. It wasn't a unanimous title since the title was based on VOTES. To assume they are the ONLY valid award granting institutions is elitist and unsound. Fanspoll and Collegefootballtalk have been around for at least 4 yrs that I know of and have been granting National Trophies during that timeframe. Fanspoll and Collegefootballtalk are also titles conferred via VOTES. If the AP and USA Today can VOTE for a champion, so can ANY OTHER national media publication. Their trophies have been accepted and "recognized" by Texas, Auburn, USC, and Florida.

    It can be argued that since Utah didn't "back into" a Nat'l Title like the tdS did in '84, it is of higher significance.

    The trophy is in the case. The title is in the books. You can't take that away.

  • Re: Anonymous
    July 14, 2009 3:03 p.m.

    Actually the Utes finished 6th in the final BCS poll, but that poll is finalized BEFORE the bowl games are played. There really IS no "final BCS poll".

    The Utes finished #4 in the USA Today Poll, but #2 in the AP and polls, and #1 in the Fanspoll, Collegefootballtalk, and 4 of the 6 computer polls.

    Don't be sour that your school never qualified for the BCS. Your school only managed to climb into the #8 position in 2001 before finishing your 2-game slide vs. unranked Hawai'i and #17 Louisville in the Liberty Bowl. You finished unranked that year. In 2008 you climbed all the way up to #14 after Utah beat TCU, but then went on another 2 game slide losing to #2 Utah, and unranked Arizona in the Las Vegas Bowl. In both of those years, you lost to all the ranked teams, and both bowl opponents, and beat only the soft/mediocre ones. You really ARE a paper tiger.

    The tdS was never worthy of a BCS Bowl bid. They have NEVER qualified. NEVER! But they whine and cry like they had been victimized.


    GO UTES!!!

  • Kevin Olson
    July 14, 2009 2:52 p.m.

    David Anderson:

    Sorry, Utah is not recoginzed as the 2008 NC. It doesn't matter "who" made the trophy. No one recognizes that they are the 2008 NC outside of UofU fans.

    Thanks for pointing out my spelling errors. Proves that you are better than me.

  • Re: Anonymous
    July 14, 2009 2:46 p.m.

    The BCS poll determines which teams are eligible for the National Championship, and whether or not any non-AQ team qualifies for an automatic bid. Once the Bowls have been played, there is no need for the BCS poll. Hence, there IS no "final" poll.

    The Utes finished 4th in the USA Today poll, but finished 2nd in the AP.

  • Anonymous
    July 14, 2009 1:21 p.m.

    Utah finished 4th in the BCS poll and according to all the Utah posts I see it's all about the BCS.

  • Re: Kevin Olson
    July 14, 2009 12:52 p.m.

    Not afraid to use my name [David Anderson]

    Proof of Utah's NC:

    (a) Go up to the Utah football trophy case in SLC. It's the shiny one that says "2008 Football National Champions".


    (b) Type "Fanspoll 2008" as your keyword search item in your Google browser.

    Yep, Crowton has as many conference championships was Whittingham. Except Whittingham actually went undefeated, merited a BCS bowl bid, beat 4 ranked opponents [2 in the Top-10] and finished ranked #2 in the final polls. Best Crowton could do was rise to #8 in the BCS standings on a watered-down schedule before losing to Hawai'i. The ONLY ranked team Crowton played all season was #17 Louisville in the Liberty Bowl. And, as per tdS "tradition", the "why?" LOST. Crowton finished that season unranked. Makes no difference who's coaching the tdS, they just can't win the big game.

    BTW: How did you misspell "asterisk" [astric?] when I spelled it correctly FOR you?

  • Sweet!
    July 14, 2009 12:50 p.m.

    Gotta tell you that mural is waaaaay cool!

    Congrats on your creative stroke of genius!

  • bryonicman
    July 14, 2009 12:41 p.m.

    Strong Work! Quite the Nachas!

  • For King Negative @ 7:28
    July 14, 2009 12:37 p.m.

    "Anonymous | 7:28 a.m. July 14, 2009 - As my dad would say... "money wasted like that is obscene" You couldn't just put up a picture and then help the homeless? So many ways to help people and we do stupid stuff like this. WOW."

    Wow, and you couldn't find ANYTHING positive to say about the mural? Not one single thing?

    Give it a rest. You pride yourself in caring for the poor but are still blind enough not to appreciate many of the joys of life.

    Who is more rich?.....someone who helps the poor with venom in their heart or someone who has some wealth and enjoys the beautiful things they're inspired to create?

    You must think Christ lives in a beaten down shack.

    By all means, if you're so sure of your righteous indignation why don't you tell us all your real name?

    Here's mine: Dan Maloy

  • Kevin Olson
    July 14, 2009 12:20 p.m.

    To: 10:28 AM

    Afraid to use your real name? Care to prove Utah's NC?

    Does Gary Crowton still have as many Conference Championships as Kyle Wittingham doeas as HC?

    Good for Utah going to the BCS and winning their games. Too bad the current system doesn't allow BYU, UofU, or BSU a fair chance to play for an NC title today. Your "non-astric" championship isn't even a championship.

  • @ 10:32 a.m.
    July 14, 2009 12:17 p.m.

    You don't know your own history.

    (1) The Cotton Bowl was played 01-01-97, and the final rankings came out a week later. However, that season was the '96 season. In the tdS' followed up that team with a 6-5 season for '97, and didn't get a bowl invitation.

    (2) The tdS played Kansas' chief rival, the #14 ranked Kansas St. Wildcats, in the Cotton Bowl. Needing a late 4th qtr rally to beat KSU by 4 pts, it is fortunate the tdS didn't have to face a top-10 program like the ones Utah and Boise St. faced. Otherwise, it would have been another "Hawai'i-in-the-Sugar-Bowl" debacle. The tdS only beat one other ranked team that year [#22 Wyoming, and in O/T], having lost to #16 Washington earlier in the season. Since that '96 season, the tdS has beaten only ONE other team finishing ranked in the final polls. And that was TCU in '06. The Utes beat them that year too.

    (3) The tdS played Kansas in the '92 Aloha Bowl. And in following their true roots, and playing to their "tradition" they LOST.

  • Dave
    July 14, 2009 11:57 a.m.

    Again I have to chuckle at the Zoobs who are still hanging their hats on the National Championship of 25 years ago. That would be quite depressing to know that is all you have...

    Try doing something positive in this century for a change like your Big Bro's. 2 BCS bowl victories and undefeated seasons in the past 6!!!

    GO UTES!!

  • re: Silly Ute
    July 14, 2009 11:48 a.m.

    Ifs and buts are great, yet they get you nothing.

    How many of those teams you described finished undefeated?


    Some were close, great, this isn't horseshoes.

    How many of those teams you described played in a BCS game?


    Some were close, but were denied. Utah was the original BCS buster, no matter how BYU fans want to twist that fact.

    Cougars have been good, just not great for 25 years now.

    While the Utes have now been GREAT twice in the last 5 seasons.

    Those are the facts. BYU = Close, but not quite close enough.

    2010 Motto - "Quest to try and do what Utah has done, again."

  • Scott
    July 14, 2009 11:41 a.m.

    Too bad itsn't a picture of Max Hall throwing to his favorite target...a Utah player.
    ha ha ha

  • Ute Fan in MS
    July 14, 2009 11:32 a.m.

    Why didn't he use a picture one of BYU's Las Vegas Bowl games. It would be more representative of the state of their Football progam.

  • Paul Anderson
    July 14, 2009 11:24 a.m.

    Nice job, in typical Jeff & Jenna Holt style. Nice to know some things remain consistent.

  • CTH
    July 14, 2009 11:24 a.m.

    This is a beautiful piece of art! I love how it unites their family, shows creativity and is totally fun! Great job Jeff & Family! It's awesome. The story is great too.

    The "Eternal Struggle" is a perfect title considering the crazy Utah-BYU fan posting on this article. Cracking me up.

  • Travis
    July 14, 2009 11:19 a.m.

    Great piece of art! It's impressive that this project was completed. Most people couldn't have made this happen. Great title as well. As you can see from the comments on here the battle is eternal and the outcome is unknown.

  • Re: BYU Fans
    July 14, 2009 11:10 a.m.

    Desperation is such an interesting thing. Isn't it just frustrating to have to look back 25 years to find something to brag about. For the record, if we are looking at history. Utah does have a national championship. It is in Basketball and it is further back in history than you can go to brag. Wow, I am so proud of what the Utes did in Basketball back in the 1930's.
    On second thought, it is more fun to think about BSC trips twice in the past 6 years than, having to look in the history books to find something good to talk about. "ancient history."
    Go Utes. :)

    July 14, 2009 11:08 a.m.

    Re: Tayster

    BYU's National Championship is one of the most controversial championships in the history of college football. However, this is not to say BYU did not deserve it. BYU did somehing that the system, in place at that time, was not designated to allow BYU a National championship.

    Utah's 2004 run was "similar" in regards to playing in a game, with the system in place at the time, they were not supposed to. That first run was very historic as no non-BCS team had or was ever supposed to play in a BCS game. Every non-BCS team from that time has participated in the "throw-in" BCS game. Utah going back to the BCS signaled them as the only non-BCS school to play in these bowls twice. Another historic moment. Winning both BCS bowl games was yet another historic moment.

    If you take BYU's National Championship, Heisman Trophy winner and Utah's two BCS victories one has to conclude that there is GREAT football being played in this state! Which school is better? That is what makes the rivalry great! You can argue either way forever and nobody is ever right or wrong.

  • Rash
    July 14, 2009 10:37 a.m.

    I think this is the most amazing thing in the whole entire world!!!! Jeff holt is the coolest man I know!! Golf tees rock my world! Anyone who thinks this isn't cool is totally jealous! Because it's AWESOME! It is muy delehe!

  • Silly Ute....
    July 14, 2009 10:32 a.m.

    "BYU hasn't done anything on a national level for 25 years"??!! You are kidding right?! Though I am a Cougar fan (that actually cheered for the Utes in the Sugar Bow) I must reply to the ignorant Ute fan @9:19 am. Where do I start?... Let's see, BYU finished ranked #5 in 1997 after a win over Kansas in the Cotton Bowl (1997 was 12 years ago, not 25). A few years later BYU was the first team "knocking" at the BCS door in 2001. Remember, the BCS criteria was more difficult at that time and a #8 and 12-0 BYU was removed from BCS consideration...2001 was 8 years ago [again a lesson in math for the unfortunate Ute fan that think's BYU's national title (though impressive) was the only thing the Cougars have done in the last 25 years]! Let's look at more recent events: 2006, 2007, 2008. All great years--national rankings each year, 2 of three conference titles, and at least 10 wins in all three seasons! Yeah, the Cougars have done NOTHING on a "national level" in the last 25 years"... yeah.

  • re: Kevin Olson
    July 14, 2009 10:28 a.m.

    BronKo stole "Fully Invested" from "Oscar Meyer".

    NC: BYU 1*
    NC: Utah 1 (without an asterisk)

    Get over it "tdS" zoob. There's an '08 National Championship trophy in our case now. You and your "Band of [unoriginal] Brothers" are going to have to come up with something new.

    WE own a National Championship.

    WE own 2 BCS Bowl trophies.

    WE own the series record.

    WE have the higher all-games-played winning percentage.

    WE have the nation's longest winning streak.

    WE have the nations'l longest BOWL winning streak.

    WE have been able to win more than 2 bowl games in a row.

    WE have more Bowl wins that the tdS despite having played in fewer Bowls.

    WE have the nation's highest bowl win percentage [FBS teams w/ at least 10 postseason appearances].

    contrary to popular "bubble" belief: WE have more Conference Championships (26).

    WE have the most wins over BCS teams than any non-BCS team in the nation, while you aren't even #2. Or #3. Or even #4. Ha ha!

    WE have the better program.

    And YOU know it!

    Poor sad, jealous zoob. Still livin' along the infertile banks of "Denial".

  • HEY DN
    July 14, 2009 10:19 a.m.

    how about posting the actual picture that was used to create the mural?

  • re:33-31
    July 14, 2009 10:16 a.m.


  • Tayster
    July 14, 2009 10:08 a.m.

    While I think it's awesome that Utah has had two BCS trips, let's not forget that BYU has a National Championship (along with a 25 game win streak) and a Heisman Trophy.

    When the Utes get any or either of those, they can start talking about how much the truth hurts.

  • History is fun to look at...
    July 14, 2009 9:59 a.m.

    but, making history is much more entertaining and meaningful.

    Both Utah and BYU have had their share of making history... as a Utah fan, I'm thankful that we're currently making history (versus reliving the past).

    Programs ebb and flow, and I don't expect Utah to dominate (although some of my BYU friends do believe that BYU will). All I can do is revel in the knowledge that Utah is doing very well... that's all

  • Kevin Olson
    July 14, 2009 9:49 a.m.

    Interesting that a sentence in the Mission Statement of BYU could influence so many UofU fans. "Quest for Perfection."

    Instead, Oscar Meyer steals a term used from another school, in another conference, and UofU fans are all goo-goo over "TDS".

    NC: BYU 1

    NC: UofU 0

  • re: 33-31
    July 14, 2009 9:19 a.m.

    Little Sisters - 2 BCS wins
    BYU - 0 BCS trips

    Little Sisters - Finished Undefeated and Top 5 in 2 of last 6 seasons
    BYU - Hasn't done anything on a national level in 25 years

    Little Sisters - Have redistributed to BYU about $1,100,000 with their 2 BCS trips
    BYU - Getting hand-me-down money from their "Little Sisters"

    Truth just hurts doesn't it Cougar fans.

  • Anonymous
    July 14, 2009 9:19 a.m.

    This is a great project idea. I need more info on how to do this. Do the tees go all the way into the wall? Do you have to glue them in place? I'd love to do this with a favorite family photo.

  • re: homer
    July 14, 2009 9:16 a.m.

    "Quest For Perfection"

    You've probably still got your shirt on as we speak.

  • To:Anonymous
    July 14, 2009 8:57 a.m.

    Here is a brief economics lesson for you. A man has $15,000 dollars. Instead of giving it away so that it never amounts to more than $15,000 (as you suggest) he gives two people a job creating a mural for his wall. The makers of the tees, the paint, the drill and the artists themselves get paid. They in turn buy things with the money earned and the cycle continues. More people are benefited than if the money was just given away. The effect of the $15,000 spent is, in effect, limitless.

    I APPLAUD this man for providing jobs for fellow Americans and doing his part to stregnthen our economy.

  • picture
    July 14, 2009 8:54 a.m.

    Of all the football scenes they could have chosen, they picked a very....interesting one.

    I'm not sure a fumbled snap would have been my choice, but to each their own.

  • homer
    July 14, 2009 8:28 a.m.

    What was BYU's goal last year?

  • TO: Anonymous | 7:28
    July 14, 2009 8:27 a.m.

    Mr Righteous,
    Get off your high horse. You contribute much less to society by complaining about what everyone else does, and I'm sure you do complain about EVERYONE!


  • Ken
    July 14, 2009 8:26 a.m.

    Big projects like that are worth the effort (the expense? Well, that's another story...). They bring people together and unleash creativity towards something profound and lasting.

    Very nicely done.

  • re: Boise State Fan
    July 14, 2009 8:13 a.m.


    Another Cougar fan parading as someone else to make their jab look more impressive. After all how could a Cougar fan talk any smack to a Ute after watching them accomplish your goal last year.

    So basically the equation now goes like this:

    Utah > TCU > Boise State > BYU


  • Matt in VA
    July 14, 2009 8:12 a.m.

    I don't care if the picture was of Harline in the end zone (for BYU fans) or the Sugar Bowl victory (for U fans). I think these people need to get a life. Creative and interesting, but way, way over the top. It says loud and clear: my life is watching football and playing golf. At least the art student got something out of it.

  • Awesome
    July 14, 2009 8:12 a.m.

    You earned the money spend it how you want that is a beautiful picture.

  • Great Wall; Lame Writing
    July 14, 2009 8:10 a.m.

    This is amazing. Great idea to highlight it in the DesNews. However, one more freakin' golf clich and I might puke!

  • Awesome
    July 14, 2009 8:07 a.m.

    Just the wrong teams on the mural, but cool looking.

  • BYU 33 utah 31
    July 14, 2009 8:06 a.m.

    Another great Cougar win! yewts are still our little sister.

  • Anonymous
    July 14, 2009 7:51 a.m.

    Wow! Amazing work!

  • Anonymous
    July 14, 2009 7:34 a.m.

    Very very cool. Well done!

  • Anonymous
    July 14, 2009 7:28 a.m.

    As my dad would say... "money wasted like that is obscene" You couldn't just put up a picture and then help the homeless? So many ways to help people and we do stupid stuff like this. WOW.

  • Boise State Fan
    July 14, 2009 7:20 a.m.

    Just what I thought: A BYU player has the ball and the Utes are chasing him. Just another Cougar win!!!

  • Really Fun...
    July 14, 2009 6:58 a.m.

    I don't think that's gonna be great for the re-sale value of your home, but I assume someone who drops $15K on a wall of golf tees with kids in college isn't planning on moving any time soon. It looks like a fun project nonetheless.

  • TJSgigante
    July 14, 2009 6:37 a.m.

    That was amazing. Creative piece of work, and a good choice for a picture!

  • That is COOL!
    July 13, 2009 11:50 p.m.

    Amazing...I don't care who you root for--that mural is incredible! THANKS FOR SHARING!