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The Holy War - BYU vs University of Utah

Oh yeah, it's that time of year again. Alvin loves to listen to all the smack talk on the radio sports shows during this week. He loves it. Me, not so much. It always crosses over the line of good fun into simple mean-spirited vicious attacks. Especially on 960 AM, The Zone on Wednesday. They had a contest and they chose the most ignorant, vicious, cowardly son of a gun (yes, I edited) as the winner.

We met with Sete for dinner that night and I mentioned some things we'd heard with a scowl on my face. What did my sweet nephew say to me?

"Aunty, don't listen to that stuff!"

"Oh, it's all his fault." And I pointed at Alvin. Sete shook his head at him and we settled in to enjoy our time together.

But let's face it . . . the rivalry between BYU and University of Utah goes way, way back. It didn't really start to turn our way until LaVell Edwards became the coach and since then its gone back and forth over the years.

I've watched BYU football for over twenty years (yes, I know I'm a neophyte) and there's one thing I've noticed. It doesn't matter who the team is, they always play their best and their hardest against BYU. I'm not sure what it is about our boys that makes every team we meet play above and beyond their usual abilities, but it happens every time, especially in the Mountain West.

In reality, I don't know who's going to win today. But I'm going to say that BYU is going to win the game and the Mountain West Conference today, despite what that asinine tarot card reader said on the news last night.

Sidenote: When did legitimate news, even sports news (Channel 4), start going to tarot card readers to predict the future? I'll tell you. LAST NIGHT! Ugh, even though it was meant in good fun it gave me the total creeps!

Can I tell you how I love this time of year? I really love BYU football. Not other college teams playing football. Not NFL football . . . nope, I just enjoy BYU football. I know, it's an idiosyncrasy, but it's my idiosyncrasy. But you know, if my nephews go pro I'm going to have adjust my thinking.

So today I'm going to make some homemade chili, homemade bread, pop some popcorn and I'm going to settle in and watch the BYU Cougars annihilate the University of Utah Utes. It may come down to another moment like this:

Really, the sweetest play I can recall in quite awhile. John Beck to Johnny Harline to snatch victory from the Utes in the last 3 seconds of last year's Holy War. Oh yeah, very sweet!

But one way or another BYU is going to walk away with the victory today and the Utes can hang their heads in shame, along with all their fans, and trot on home.

So, shall we sing together?

Rise, all loyal Cougars and hurl your challenge to the foe.
We will fight, day or night, rain or snow.
Loyal, strong, and true
Wear the white and blue.
While we sing, get set to spring.
Come on, Cougars, it's up to you. Oh!


Rise and shout, the Cougars are out
along the trail to fame and glory.
Rise and shout, our cheers will ring out
As you unfold your vict'ry story.
On you go to vanquish the foe
for Alma Mater's sons and daughters.
As we join in song in praise of you our faith is strong.
We'll raise our colors high in the blue
And cheer our Cougars of BYU.

Go Cougars! Go Cougars! Go Cougars!

The Holy War - BYU vs University of Utah The Holy War - BYU vs University of Utah Reviewed by Candace Salima on Saturday, November 24, 2007 Rating: 5