U. tailgating carries tradition of family and friendship

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  • VegasUte Las Vegas, NV
    Sept. 2, 2014 4:23 p.m.

    I have been to many stadiums and have joined, walked through or walked past tailgating parties at all of them. While there are a few that hurl insults and swear, the vast majority are welcoming and playful. That is also what I see at the U.

    Now, I have never been to a tailgate party at byu (does that even exist?), but I have been met with derision by byu fans everywhere I go, especially at church - and I haven't lived in Utah since 1987. Recently, someone even left a nasty note on my car during church because I had my Crimson Club sun screen in the car. I could take offense to these, and all the negative comments I receive when I wear my Utah tie, but I choose not to be offended. I am proud to represent the U and I take pleasure when that is irritating to others, especially byu fans.

    Have fun at the games, have fun with the rivalries, have fun with football!

    Go Utes!

  • East Coast Ute Storrs, CT
    Aug. 30, 2014 12:56 p.m.

    Play the victim and one will become the victim.

    I had a great time at U tailgates with Ute friends, Ute strangers, and strangers supporting teams like UW, Cal, UA, Montana State, and Wazzu. If I ever met any BYU fans like TOO, they'd have gotten the same treatment from me. Unfortunately, the ones I met were the type to take offense to so much as a stare by anyone wearing a different colored shirt.

  • Go Utes! Go Yale! Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 29, 2014 1:53 p.m.

    To the coug fans complaining about walking through the tailgating parking lot in Salt Lake City, at RES: what were you expecting? I wouldn't come close to cruising through a cougar tailgate parking lot at LES. Too much jello and caffeine free diet coke (a sugarless, worthless substance).

    To USU Ifel and BYU TOO, thank you for keeping it real, and demonstrating that it simply comes down to being friendly with people, regardless of the team being cheered for. I used to work with Jon Harline, and he was a cool guy that kept the rivalry banter funny but never offensive, and I know he would attest to the same from me. Rivals can still get along.

  • Brave Sir Robin San Diego, CA
    Aug. 29, 2014 12:00 p.m.


    Let me guess: Those drunk classless Ute fans also poured beer on you before tipping your grandmother out of her wheelchair, right?

  • TOO Sanpete, UT
    Aug. 29, 2014 10:56 a.m.

    In 2009 when the U played in Provo (the Max Hall comment game, I had painted my face in blue and white, we parked in our regular parking spot and walked to the stadium.
    Little did I know that I'd be walking right through the heart of the U tailgate party on my way. It was hilarious. People made fun of me, I made fun of them, it was fun. Nothing offensive, just good ol' trash talk.
    During the game U fans around us were making funny comments, giving respectful comments on good BYU plays, etc. It was an awesome game. The U fans shook our hands, made some last minute jokes, and that was it.
    Games are supposed to be fun! It's when trash is thrown, yelling, swearing, and abusive (in any form) behavior starts that it gets out of hand. The fans have absolutely NOTHING to do with the success or failure of the game. They just pay for the tickets and watch. There is no reason to get out of hand. Sports are supposed to be fun, and I think a lot of fans from every sports team forget that.

  • Ifel Of'a-sofa Alpine, Utah
    Aug. 29, 2014 9:41 a.m.

    My experience at the u tailgates have been great. Wearing my USU gear, they have ALL been friendly and fun, and always offer food and drink to us visiting guests.

    Go Aggies

  • PrepSportsFan Draper, UT
    Aug. 29, 2014 9:27 a.m.

    I agree TueBlue. Anti LDS hate speech is all that I have ever experienced in the tailgate parking lot at the U. To use the words fun and friendship is just hysterical, at least in my experience.

  • RSL* Why, AZ
    Aug. 29, 2014 9:14 a.m.

    The Ute's have the most entertaining tailgating atmosphere in the state since a lot of fans are buzzed or getting drunk before the game which is pre-game entertainment for me.

  • TruBlue Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 29, 2014 7:02 a.m.

    I once had the misfortune of having to walk through the tailgaiting area on the way to a BYU-Utah rivalry game at Rice-Eccles Stadium. Fun and friendship are not two words I would use to describe the atmosphere I encountered.

  • Two For Flinching Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 28, 2014 9:03 p.m.

    I love tailgating. Half the fun of the season is spent in the tailgating lot with friends and family.