Wright Words: Stay classy, San Diego State

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  • JohnInSLC Cottonwood Heights, UT
    March 3, 2011 10:59 a.m.


    So, in your world, saying this at a press conference: "I hate everything about them. I hate their program, their fans. I hate everything," and then offering a weak non-apology, is better than saying something intended solely for private consumption at a private team meeting, particularly when the later comes out years later only in response to the former.

    A little too hypocritical for you Y-ners to be telling others to "stay classy," don't you think?

  • Southern California Redondo Beach, CA
    March 2, 2011 7:46 p.m.

    I was at the game. Some San Diego fans were dispicable. But since their school does NOTHING to prevent or correct it, they know they can get away with anything. Yes, their coach may have sent out an email asking for civility, but they need security at the doors to weed out the offensive before they can even get in the door. Simple.

  • Big_Ben Centerville, UT
    March 2, 2011 3:29 p.m.


    yeah, those fans exist, we get it. The point is, while the BYU fans might not be "hate filled bigots", there are still plenty who behave just as poorly in other ways. To see it, it would require that you pull your hands away from your eyes.

    Good grief you are insecure!

  • Silent Observer SLC, UT
    March 2, 2011 2:38 p.m.

    Fan misbehavior is not new. It can be found at any home game at any facility, including the Marriott Center. I guess Mr. Wright missed the "he who is without sin, let him cast the first stone" story in the bible.

  • M&Ms Salt Lake City, UT
    March 2, 2011 1:44 p.m.

    I find it ironic that the only mention of BYU fans' behavior is this line: "BYU has its own share of fans that have probably crossed the line." I have seen disgusting displays of bad sportsmanship from BYU. SDSU isn't the only university that should be called out in this article. I am LDS, and I am no fan of the arrogant, holier-than-thou BYU students and supporters.

  • Duckhunter American Fork, UT
    March 2, 2011 10:50 a.m.

    So another fan behavior article and another attempt by ute "fans" to pretend the classless behavior is equal. It isn't and it isn't even close.

    Certainly many of utah's fans are LDS, I know plenty of them. And certainly a majority of utah's fans are good people, I know plenty of those. But there is a very large, and very vocal, segment of utah "fans" that are vulgar hate filled bigots that take pride in being vulgar hate filled bigots and behave exactly like you would expect vulgar hate filled bigots to behave.

    The fact that the LDS ute fans not only fail to admit these low lifes exist but actually try to pretend there is a segment of BYU fans equally depraved as these classless low life individuals is the only thing about it that offends me.

    The lowlifes behavior doesn't offend me because they are afterall lowlifes. They tacit approval, or conscious decision to ignore these lowlifes by people who otherwise claim to be good LDS people is the offensive thing.

    Yes big ben and mormon ute and all you other LDS ute fans know this is true. You know it.

  • oh ye confederacy of dunces Flushing, NY
    March 2, 2011 9:56 a.m.

    It's nice to hear it from the mouth of someone else (not associated with the Y.)
    It was a classless display, and there is no other way to explain it.
    There are some things in our culture that are simply taboo. You don't mock one's religion--regardless of how easy the target may be. It is simple-minded and speaks to one's intellectual and moral inferiority to resort to cheap shots.
    I speak for many when I say that we are excited to move on where we will fit in much better in the WCC.

  • Qwest Perfected Salt Lake City, UT
    March 2, 2011 9:42 a.m.

    It was funny - if you're too sensitive to see that, then don't go to games at your opponents arena.

    I've been to plenty of byu v Utah football and basketball games down in Provo and each time I've had stuff said to me from the home crowd. I realize that it is an intense rivalry and that comes with the territory.

    You've got expect immature behavior from college students at every arena in the NCAA - it is too bad that adults continue that behavior after graduation but it happens accross the nation. Just recently a guy was arrested for poisoning over a hundred year old tree at Auburn.

    Everyone just move on and enjoy the season - afterall, it's so close to tournament time which is the best time of the year!

  • UteMiguel Go Utes, CA
    March 2, 2011 9:12 a.m.

    Hey Cats,
    Maybe you've seen BYU fans throw drinks at cheerleaders. Or maybe you heard BYU fans taunt Andre Miller because of his SAT score. In my view, these things are more despicable when done by BYU fans because they purport to hold themselves to a higher standard.
    -an LDS Ute.

  • Lehicoug Lehi, UT
    March 2, 2011 8:56 a.m.

    I laugh at how dishonest Utah fans and some Utah State fans are about BYU. I have NEVER, ever, been to a BYU game wherein a BYU student section shouts in unison "Push it" (say that ten times really quickly and tell me what it sounds like). I have however been to a BYU-Utah State game in Provo this year where Aggie fans did.

    I love the YouTube video of Utah fans before a game at RES drinking alcohol shots out of cups passed around in a Sacrament Tray.

    How about the fan at RES during the TCU game that had the sign: "I hate two things: Texas and Christians"

    So vulgarity in mass unison and denigrating someone's religion is something you see at BYU?? R I G H T.

    You will invariably have some yahoo who screams at the top of his lungs at the referees, or boo some Utah guard who drops a three from long range then struts around the court afterward, but never in 30 years have I witnessed the type of behavior this author mentions at Cougar Stadium or the Marriott Center. If you have bring proof.

  • Rando305 Miami, FL
    March 2, 2011 8:44 a.m.

    @Sore Loser - You got Jimmered does not mean anything vulgar. It means that your team encountered the previously under appreciated, currently 'irresistable force' which is Jimmer Fredette. Hyperbole yes; vulgarity no. If you look for offenses - you don't have far to look. You can find them everywhere.

  • Ernest T. Bass Bountiful, UT
    March 2, 2011 8:17 a.m.

    How about we choose not to be offended, like we were admonished in GC by an apostle a few years ago.

  • Razzle2 Bluffdale, UT
    March 2, 2011 7:36 a.m.

    Things were pretty mellow at the SDSU game compared to some other rivalries. The worst I have attended and left early was the Pistons at the Heat in Miami. However, that said, we still have a long way to go to be civil. I give BYU, Utah, and SDSU a "C" in sportsmanship in arena fans...good and bad. The A team of arena fans I have met still goes to Notre Dame, Iowa State, and Memphis. We can do better.

  • Razzle2 Bluffdale, UT
    March 2, 2011 7:21 a.m.

    Sore Loser - I was not going to comment until I saw yours. Again, someone making one brush stroke remark. As a Utah fan at the Nov. UU/BYU football game I saw some BYU fans in line waiting to get into the stadium complaining outloud and taking offense to everything not Blue. But, that is not the norm. All of the fans on both sides in our section were classy and we all had a lot of fun together. For every Yner there is a group of awesome Cougars too.

  • Sloppy J St. Louis, MO
    March 2, 2011 6:46 a.m.

    The Ute fans to this, the Show does that, UNLV uses naughty words, BYU is hypocritical . . blah, blah, blah. The sad fact is, otherwise reasonable people can throw all good taste and common sense out the window when it comes to sports. Schools without honor codes can't really be expected to control what 10,000 students chant at any given time.

    Just take the high road. Most of the Mormon-centric jokes (wearing shirts and ties, etc) is innocuous enough. I may not find it to be the height of hilarity (ho ho; missionaries wear white shirts and ties; HAR!), but then Larry the Cable Guy has a huge fan base, too. The unfortunate ones are the ones that actually perpetuate false stereotypes (the kid with the "Hi, Moms" t-shirt was particuarly disappointing, though funny). I came to grips a long time ago that while making fun of various groups in society is punishable by public internet flogging, making fun of Mormons is not only acceptable, but is the sport of choice for some folks. I figure it's their problem, not mine.

  • eastcoastcoug Danbury, CT
    March 2, 2011 5:42 a.m.

    Take the Mormon church out of it and imagine fans are taunting Catholics, Jews, Blacks, Gays - whatever. Clearly there is some double standard about how some groups are hands off and with others we turn a blind eye. Hateful behavior in the sports arena leads to hateful behavior elsewhere. I read one article that said a 10 year old turned up with a sign at the SDSU game about Mormons' multiple wives because their parents told them to do it. Teaching anti-Mormon propaganda in Evangelical churches is just as bad and will lead some wacko to burn churches or other hateful acts against property and people.

    I'm not saying we Mormons are without fault - we all need to look at this and see how it feels and then alter our own behavior. I just feel bad for society because we have become a bunch of hateful tribes instead of unified around common principles and values that lift people.

  • MiP Iowa City, IA
    March 1, 2011 9:46 p.m.


    Hard to believe anyone from "Somewhere in time"

  • SammyB Provo, UT
    March 1, 2011 6:36 p.m.

    "Immature and showing your bias"? Get a grip! "Beam in your eye"? The writer acknowledged some BYU fans get out of line but every one of you, if you have any honesty at all, know there are levels of bad sportsmanship. Throwing candy on the floor during the game...throwing a cup at Jimmer's head, that is clearly over the line. The writer also didn't take issue with the missionary attire.

    What really bothers me is so many BYU students and fans are so intimidated by those of you who claim Cougar fans are over-sensitive, that they bend over backwards and join the voice that nothing is out of bounds. There are levels of acceptability in a society that isn't completely bankrupt of civility.

  • Utah Businessman Sandy, UT
    March 1, 2011 6:14 p.m.

    As a BYU fan, I have been at games where I was embarrassed by the behavior of other BYU fans--yes, I agree that there are great fans and boorish fans at every school. Same with the players, I suppose.

    I agree that those who indulge in "over-the-top" behavior should be called on the line and encouraged to show more class. It doesn't matter if they are at BYU, Utah, Utah State, SDSU, etc.

    I remember many years ago when the BYU football team traveled to Notre Dame and many of the BYU players and fans remarked about the great respect they were shown by essentially everyone at Notre Dame. Kudos to ND, but I am sure that they have their "bad apples" as well.

    It's funny--I have a neighbor who is a wonderful man--"salt of the earth", as they say. Very kind, very concerned about anyone in need, etc. But when he is at a game where his team is playing, he is so loud in protest of every remotely "questionable" call by the refs and so caustic that even his fellow fans are embarrassed to be near him. Go figure.

    March 1, 2011 6:07 p.m.

    "I have seen no mention of the "F-bomb" Jimmer blatantly dropped when the camera was zoomed in on his face."

    I saw that too... I was hoping he really didn't say that.

    I'd like to see the documented numbers of those Cougar fans who are touting that the any incidents by BYU fans are FAR less in number than those of Utah or Utah State fans. I never knew there was an official study done???
    Please provide proof, otherwise, you just sound like a Homer!

  • Sore loser sss, fl
    March 1, 2011 6:04 p.m.

    Every time I hear the chant 'you got jimmered' I wonder, "are you really saying to the opposing team 'you got screwed'?
    Why don't you just say 'you got screwed' and leave Jimmer's name out of it. That's a familiar term given to him by his mom and anybody with any kind of human decency should recognize that as an inappropriate thing to say. You know, when you win a game the players generally congragu;late the other team for a good game. If any of the cougars were to say that to one of the opposing players in a one on one situation, you might get the response while you are face down on the ground that 'you just got what you deserved big mouth'.
    Clean it up BYU and it will actually be more fun for you.

  • Alpine Blue Alpine, UT
    March 1, 2011 6:02 p.m.

    @ Big_Big

    Totally believe Cats as I have seen similar incidents numerous occasions over the years. A couple of years ago, we watched two very unlikely (will leave it to your imagination what I am talking about) BYU fans prance through LES wearing BYU paraphanalia flipping off the crowd and cursing like sailors. By coincidence saw them join up with a group of Ute fans after the game-laughing their heads off about their masquerade as Cougar fans. What fun making your hated rivals look bad. This happens far more frequently than you would care to admit. Tired of Ute fans trying to justify the antics of a minority (although sizeable) of their fans.

  • Where's Stockton ??? Bowling Green, OH
    March 1, 2011 6:01 p.m.

    After reading this article and visualizing the final sub two minutes. I'm not so sure that Coach Fisher himself didn't agree with how the crowd was behaving. Normally 9-10 points wouldn't to most coaches who are coaching a lot of talent be enough not to keep trying down to the final buzzer, everything possible to turn the tide... especially the intentional foul. At about the minute and a half mark it seemed the Aztecs backed off and refrained from using the intentional foul. I can't see that the reasoning was to prevent points from the foul line. I actually think Fisher may have intentionally done this out of respect for Coach Rose, for the BYU players and also for the benefit of showing the enormous respect that he holds for his own players. If that were the case... which I personally feel it was. What a tremendous example of true sportsmanship exhibited by a class coaching personality. Way to Go Coach Fisher!!!

  • In My Humble Opinion South Jordan, UT
    March 1, 2011 5:49 p.m.

    I'm more disappointed in BYU's abuse of their own team when things aren't going well than I am in others' fans treatment of BYU's teams.

    I remember hearing a fan yelling for a BYU quarterback to get hurt because he didn't think that quarterback was playing well. THAT is classy...

  • Rando305 Miami, FL
    March 1, 2011 5:45 p.m.

    I think the thing that impressed me most is the players and coaches on both sides. Sports are much more fun when you respect your opponent - and then try your best to beat them within the confines of the rules.
    A+ to both BYU and SDSU coaches and players. What's the point of insulting the other team. If you win - you already told everyone how bad the opponent was. If you lose - you have egg on your face.

  • Oklahoma Cougar Mustang, OK
    March 1, 2011 5:40 p.m.

    It is obvious that many of the commentators here have not seen much of the real world outside the intermountain west. To see a real rivalry ride down Market Street in Dallas the night before an OU-Texas rivalry game and you will hear things that you will never hear in Utah even at RES. Of course, none of it ever refers to your religious beliefs-but to your origins and your mother's origins, etc. Some of it pretty intense often fueled by lots of alcohol.

    I have seen much worst behavior at various Big XII football and basketball games. Understand that there is some pretty nasty rivalries in the SEC where some idiot goes so far as poisoning trees on his rivals campus. You want to see crazy-attend a game at Duke's Cameron Arena.

    Please allow me to add a point about the BYU-Utah rivalry. Yes, indeed there are occasional incidents at LES in Provo, but they are far less agressive and by FAR less in number than happen to BYU fans in Salt Lake. Too many Utah fans attempt to justify behavior of their own by exaggerating behavior of a small% of BYU fans.

  • Rational Salt Lake City, UT
    March 1, 2011 5:39 p.m.

    JohnInSLC | 4:33 p.m. March 1, 2011
    Cottonwood Heights, UT

    I constantly need to remind Y-ners that the comments by Alex Smith and Morgan Scalley were made at private team meetings, not at a televised press conference after a game, like Max Hall's comments.

    See any difference there, or is the beam in your eye too big?

    I see the difference. Max Hall didn't hide in the dark. Max Hall didn't serve a mission and then say he "hated" the school his church sponsored. Max Hall didn't say he hated the school many of his coaches proudly graduated from. Max Hall owned up to and apologized for his comments.

    How'd I do? Did I notice all the "differences"?

  • Utah Man Salt Lake City, UT
    March 1, 2011 5:28 p.m.

    I am not a byu fan, but I was in attendance on Saturday, and I can assure you that SDSU's student section was offensive and crude. I know that you byu fans would love to give yourself any and all reasons to compare the MUSS or Utah's fanbase to others, however, this comparison is ridiculous and offensive. I was appalled with the behavior I witnessed from The Show last Saturday morning. Remember that the University of Utah has a large LDS Contingency as well as boosters. Not all Mormons go to byu. Get your facts straight.

  • Barack Obama Phoenix, AZ
    March 1, 2011 5:27 p.m.

    It happens at every school. I'd hardly worry about it. Being a Cougar fan and having gone to games at Utah, the key is to just keep your head down and cheer for your team. The opposing crowd is always looking to start something. Just don't give it to them.

    Classiest fans that I have ever run into are 1)Oklahoma, 2)Notre Dame...and I hate both school's football teams with a passion. Doesn't mean I have to treat them rudely.

  • West Ham Fan Cottonwood Heights, UT
    March 1, 2011 5:25 p.m.

    Never mind SDSU. UNLV has always been the ugliest visitor experience for a BYU fan. Has no one else heard those knuckle-dragging mouth-breathers chant "B - Y - censored - U!"? (In the fashion of our B - Y - U - Cougars!)

  • eber Draper, Utah
    March 1, 2011 5:24 p.m.

    i attended the SDSU/BYU game at the Marriott Center last month and was not so impressed by the behavior I saw there. if i'd have taken my kids to the game i'd have either had to ask multiple people to tone it down or i would have had to take my boys out of the environment.

    the sad difference there is it wasn't the student section that was out of control, it was the middle aged and older men. and their angst wasn't directed at the players, but at the referees. it was pretty disheartening. cougar fans have just as much work to do on our behavior as do other school's fans.

  • myjazz Ogden, UT
    March 1, 2011 5:17 p.m.

    Does all of this really matter, we all need to be classy, period. We are 3 in the nation, who cares that people mock us, it's a basketball game for heck sakes. Let's concentrate on this great year we are having, let's stay positive. I'm really proud of this team and the coaches. Go Cougs

  • Aaron77 San Diego, CA
    March 1, 2011 5:17 p.m.

    Really? Do you complain this much after every road game? Sounds to me like you just went into this looking to be offended. Just because everyone else does it doesn't make it right.... but... yeah... I'd say the student section as a whole was pretty tame compared to most, and yes, one idiot threw candy on the court, apparently that one person represents all 12,414. Ironically, I have seen no mention of the "F-bomb" Jimmer blatantly dropped when the camera was zoomed in on his face.

  • Pavalova Surfers Paradise, AU
    March 1, 2011 5:15 p.m.

    We're not talking about individual opinions of players. Team meetings, or in in interview...doesn't matter. The article is about fans in the stands.

    Please point out the profane chants and rants directed to the U when the game is at LES. Also, could willary please point out the taunting of religious leaders taking place at LES by BYU fans. While you're at it, let me know how often root-beer gets poured on family members of U players at LES.

    That's the real problem here. People try to draw a paralell between player's comments vs actual fan behaviour. Nice try.

  • barbara Carlsbad, CA
    March 1, 2011 5:08 p.m.

    Forget the fans. I thought both teams were classy on the floor. That's where it counts! Ute fan from Socal.

  • aljmac Salt Lake City, UT
    March 1, 2011 5:06 p.m.

    Dear BYU fans: As a fellow Mormon, I'm kindly asking you so cease and desist being fans of BYU athletics. My observation is that you can't seem to handle the bad or good that happens to your favorite program.

    I know we're a peculiar people, but must you take it so far? I've heard that BYU has a great folk dance team and some good ice cream. Let's stick to these less controversial achievements until you learn to handle national success and scrutiny with grace.

  • Big_Ben Centerville, UT
    March 1, 2011 4:56 p.m.

    Am I the only one who doesn't believe the story that Cats said?

  • jazzfan Pocatello, ID
    March 1, 2011 4:44 p.m.

    I thought their fans were great until they started chucking stuff on the floor. I believe that BYU has the beam in the eye. I have seen awful behavior from BYU fans, students in particular, who claim to be disciples of Christ.

  • Raul Salgado Logan, UT
    March 1, 2011 4:36 p.m.

    I think these SDSU guys took a page right out of the aggie playbook. They've got some work to do though if they want to reach the aggie level of immaturity.

  • JohnInSLC Cottonwood Heights, UT
    March 1, 2011 4:33 p.m.


    I constantly need to remind Y-ners that the comments by Alex Smith and Morgan Scalley were made at private team meetings, not at a televised press conference after a game, like Max Hall's comments.

    See any difference there, or is the beam in your eye too big?

  • iRSLfan Salt Lake City, UT
    March 1, 2011 4:32 p.m.

    Yeah the Religous taunting is out of hand but anytime you go to any sporting event you are going to hear those "cheers protesting the refs call." That's life you can't expect people to live your culture for you everywhere you go.

  • Cats Somewhere in Time, UT
    March 1, 2011 4:27 p.m.

    P.S....When I was driving down from SLC for the BYU/Utah football game a couple of years ago, I actually saw a car with big signs in the windows that said, "UTAH SUCKS." When we got closer we could easily see that everyone in that car was wearing a red Utah sweatshirt. It was clearly an attempt to make BYU fans look bad. Real Class!!!

  • LP Grad, BYU Alum Provo, UT
    March 1, 2011 4:25 p.m.


    FYI, the "Na na na na, Hey Goodbye" wasn't directed to Boylen. That's been one of my favorite cheers at BYU games for several years, directed at any great rival who leaves Provo with a defeat. It was sung against UNLV and SDSU this year as well. So if you take offense at it and think that it was a reference to Boylen's employment, then I'm sorry, you've got it all wrong.

    I do believe there are several poor fans on both sides of any game. And there are several great ones (this is a shoutout to the Ute sitting next to me at the HC who was wanting 50 from Fredette) who appreciate skill no matter what the jersey color is. Those are the fun ones.

    But I agree with the writer here...I think that anytime the announcers themselves have to suggest switching camera angles for fear of showing a fan's sign, you've probably got a problem there. Not saying that it doesn't happen at BYU...just remarking that SDSU needs to tone it down a bit. Maybe not playing them for a couple years is a good thing.

  • Big_Ben Centerville, UT
    March 1, 2011 4:24 p.m.


    you hit the nail on the head. There are bad fans everywhere. To say "the worst fans are at school x" or "the fans of school z are the most immature" is just showing your bias.

  • Cats Somewhere in Time, UT
    March 1, 2011 4:23 p.m.

    I attended both BYU and Utah. I have attended games at both universities. I have very occassionally seen a BYU fan behave badly and when they do, it makes me cringe.

    BUT, I have NEVER seen ANY BYU fan behave in ways that I have seen MANY Utah fans and Utah State fans behave. I've never seen any BYU fan attack anyone's religion. I've never seen any BYU fan throw garbage at old men as they are walking up the stands. I've never seen any BYU fan use filthy language in attacking the leader of another Church or school. I've never seen any BYU fan makes signs attacking the women of another university. I have seen this kind of behavior over and over again from Utah and Utah State fans. It's both childish and disgusting.

    As far as SDSU goes, I have a sense of humor. I actually thought the missionary costumes were funny. But, they were intended to be mean and when SDSU was about to lose, they became filthy and ugly. Too bad the fans don't have the class of their coach and their team.

  • bigsoccer Syracuse, UT
    March 1, 2011 4:22 p.m.

    Really did someone just bring up Max Halls comments on here? What about Morgan Scalley's or Alex Smiths comments? I don't think the SDSU fans are funny at all they are obnoxious immature students, who most couldn't figure out that people were cutting in line to get tickets.

  • Chuck Nunn Logan, UT
    March 1, 2011 4:14 p.m.

    Fellow Latter-day Saints, is any of this new to us? The world doesn't care about insulting us or mocking us, it never has, and that will never change. A lot of this stuff is not different really than what happens at any college basketball game anywhere in the country. Fans of the home team routinely find some hook they can use to taunt visiting opponents, and for BYU, it's our faith. Get used to it. In fact, take a little solace in the Lord's words to Moroni: "Fools mock, but they shall mourn." I reckon a good deal of mourning was done in San Diego after Saturday's game. The Cougars had the last laugh, and that's just fine with me.

  • nottyou Riverton, UT
    March 1, 2011 4:09 p.m.

    They are much improved. SDSU student sections used to moon the opposing bench at EVERY home football game. I didn't see any of that. Good job Aztecs.

  • socalcougar! La Crescenta, CA
    March 1, 2011 4:05 p.m.

    I agree with the others who posted. I didn't think SDSU fans were that bad, but I didn't attend the game. If the worst thing they can say is "wives for rent" then I'm fine with that. I don't understand the dressing up as a missionary thing, but it also doesn't bother me. I've been to games at the U that were much worse. I've also been to games at the U were I sat by some very respectiful Utah fans that made me realize that it isn't fair to paint fans of one team with just one brush. You get all types with all schools. I was sitting three rows behind the kid who jumped over the railing at LES and tackled the cheerleader from Utah, who then turned the tables on the BYU fan. I'm not proud of that BYU fan but he doesn't represent anyone else--not even those of us sitting close to him. The classless fans do their own damage by looking stupid to everyone who sees them. They are their own punishment.

  • williary Kearns, UT
    March 1, 2011 3:58 p.m.

    Is it also classy for fans to chant "Na Na Na Na, Hey Hey, Goodbye" after beating your rival at home in regards to their coach possibly being fired? I believe that has occurred in Ray Giacoletti's last game in Provo, as well as just occurred with Jim Boylen a few weeks ago.

    Having travled to many Utah sporting events on the road, the worst experiences I've ever had with opposing fans were at UCLA for football and BYU for both football and basketball, hands down. But I'm sure there's a valid excuse for all of those instances right Cougar fans.

  • GregFab Newton, Utah
    March 1, 2011 3:57 p.m.

    Stay Classy, SDSU? What about Stay Classy, BYU?

    We are frequently reminded about 1984, so isn't it fair to go back just a few years to a certain BYU quarterback and his comments after his senior year meeting with Utah? How about a BYU basketball player who graduated last year, who on national TV in a moment of angst mouthed what appeared to be profanity?

    When composing an article like this, is it not convenient to remember those instances, where we have had to explain why a representative of BYU would do something like that? Or is it okay because they are on the team, not just fans of the team?

    Maybe it is time to reload this article, and remind BYU players and fans that letting their light shine is what is intended, to avoid future situations as mentioned above.

    March 1, 2011 3:56 p.m.

    I hope you realize that this behavior is seen at every sporting event at every school. There are "bad and rude" fans everywhere. Unfortunately they give the entire school a bad name. I sat at the USU/BYU basketball game this year as an Aggie fan with my family and was appalled at the harsh comments and gestures that were sent our way when cheering for the Aggies. So don't think that BYU is above this. I am man enough to admit that my team has fans that are rotten too.

  • AS San Marcos, CA
    March 1, 2011 3:54 p.m.

    Guess what... BYU won't have to worry about the awful SDSU fans after next week.

  • CougarPride11 Provo, UT
    March 1, 2011 3:41 p.m.

    As a BYU fan, I don't find SDSU fans that offensive. They are clever and funny. Given I've never been to a game there as a BYU fan, but I have been to plenty at the U. Utah fans try to be as offensive and make more religious references. I have never had a positive experience in Salt Lake City for a rivalry game. I went to the BYU vs Notre Dame game a few years ago and couldn't have had more of a blast and respect from their fans. I hope that they will feel the same when their fans come to Provo.

  • TaipeiModerate New Haven, CT
    March 1, 2011 3:13 p.m.

    SDSU isn't so bad, trying and succeeding at being funny. Try going into the muss as a byu fan at the byu utah football game. People were making fun of the temple and specifically sacred things. They were spitting, throwing food, and blowing tabacco and possibly a little pot smoke on us, slapping women, soft punching, and at one point we had 50 fans chanting a particular expletive-laden chant at us.

  • dinosaur jr. Alpine, UT
    March 1, 2011 3:10 p.m.

    I'd suggest that the language, chants, etc. of SDSU fans would receive a similar rating as the film "Anchorman" depicting the great Ron Burgundy. So since you clearly enjoyed that movie, I don't think you should be too offended.