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Saturday, November 22, 2008

Rise and Shout!

Oh yes. Today is the big day. The "holy war." Most of you know what I'm talking about, and if you don't, I'll forgive you, because you probably live far away from Utah, and why would you know about it anyway?

It's the big football game between BYU and the U of U.

I love college football, but only if BYU is playing. My dad was a linebacker for BYU back in the day before I was born. Somewhere I have a cute picture of me as a baby sitting next to him in his football jersey, but I can't be bothered to dig for it and scan it right now (I'm sick in bed trying to recover so I can even cheer at the game at all).

If you grew up in my house, you are a lover of BYU football. It was practically a requirement. One of my brothers played for them a couple years ago and is best friends with the entire current team, or, at least the team of a couple years ago. Then there is my one rebellious brother who refused to go to BYU at all and suddenly became a WSU fan when he did his MBA there. Whatever. Big traitor.

As a member of my family, you also learned what the heck was going on in football. Oh yes. I knew what a sack was at the tender age of 7. I knew all about first downs and two point conversions. My dad constantly taught me during the games, even though at first I just wanted to watch the sidelines to see Cosmo and the cheerleaders. By the time I was in college and we purchased our season tickets as a student ward so we could all sit together, all the boys wanted to sit by me. Unfortunately, it wasn't because I was some bombshell beauty, but because I was the only female there that wasn't in the stands to socialize and flirt. I was there to watch the game, dang it!

So, yeah. I bleed blue. (And I'm thankful for it? I know I have to get that in there somewhere....but I am grateful for football, I guess.)

Joel set up a projector in his classroom at school and we are going to go over there and watch the game on a mega big screen. Hopefully the kids will last, and not be too disruptive. This game is always nerve wracking, and this year is no exception. In fact, I daresay this year is even more nerve wracking than the past few years have been, due to the records and rankings of both teams.

So, Cougars....on you go to vanquish the foe!

(And I'm very sorry to all you Ute fans reading this. I still like you. We can still be friends. I can set aside our differences for every other day of the year but this one. May the best team win.)

23 comments :

  1. Aw crap. I don't even know where it is located this time. I will probably be driving through Provo/SLC right as it is starting or ending.

    I don't understand any of the rules. I may need you to give me a football lesson.

    Have fun watching the game!

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  2. I lived in Utah my whole life and never really cared. I moved to WY and my husbands family are all avid cougar fans. My husband really doesn't care, he just wants to see a good game. I guess I could root for the cougars. Go BYU!

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  3. My daughter went to BYU but was too darn busy to be a football fan...at home the poor girl had no choice with 4 brothers and a Dad who are still avid football fans ( college & NFL)

    Hope you feel better so you can really enjoy the game !

    Go Cougars !

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  4. We also bleed blue at our house....sadly the game will not be broadcast here. Joseph get so worked up about this game he's promised not to even turn on ESPN and look at the ticker till after it's over.

    So we say...GO COUGARS!! Beat the stinky UTES!

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  5. My husband is so bummed the game will NOT be broadcast here. There is a BIG Boise State game on and people love their orange and blue here. Go COUGS!

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  6. Yep, you and I know who the best team is and who will win this game. Mike and AJ will just have to cry in their loss. Just kidding.

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  7. I love me some football. But I will have to agree to disagree with you on this one--I bleed RED and so I say GO UTES!!

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  8. You know how I bleed--born red and proud of it! Wish I had more confidence to already offer you my condolences for your team's loss, but I'm very nervous about the whole thing. Watching it on a big screen should be fun.

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  9. I married into a BYU Football CRAZED family. They have had the same seats for over 25 years! I never was a football fan previous, didn't even understand the game! I feel like a Jewish person converting to Christianity! I am learning, I Have To! NO matter if I like it or not! Which by the way I love having everyone over to my house to watch the games. I also love going to the Home games. SO much fun. SO I am slowly learning! Slowly converting. SO GO COUGS!

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  10. whew, when I saw holy war I thought I might have to start worrying, but now I know I can just go back to being bored about football. ;)

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  11. Oh yeah, we are getting ready.. Big ol BBQ here at our house. Its almost like superbowl here.. Everyone is STOKED!! GO BYU!! WOOT WOOT!! Take care

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  12. I too bleed RED... GO UTES!!! I had to learn the game of football when Jessie started playing about 6 years ago. I hated football before that but now I do say that I absolutely LOVE the game. It's more fun watching your own family play though. I do watch alot of college football and am a huge fan of the OREGON DUCKS!!! But again... today I shout... GO UTES! And so far.. they are winning. We shall see how it ends up... and I do hope we can still be friends.. :)

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  13. Hey Laura, This is Levy. I just read your blog post about the Holy War, and later found this article published yesterday on the NY TIMES. Thought that you or your readers might want to see it. . . .

    http://www.nytimes.com/2008/11/22/sports/ncaafootball/22utah.html?hp

    All the Best!
    Levy M.

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  14. What an amazingly well rounded girl you are! I just don't think of football lovers and opera singers as being in the same,um, er, well, person. Very cool!

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  15. Well...

    It seems our quarterback had something of a meltdown there. 6 interceptions, a couple fumbles and a personal foul? Whoever heard of a quarterback being penalized with a personal foul. It's a sad day in BYU land indeed.

    Congrats to Utah for a game well played and a probably BCS bid.

    The only good thing about it is that we'll probably still go to Las Vegas. :)

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  16. The Holy War! Bwahahaha! I actually did know about the game. My husband mentioned it today! I am an ASU girl, so I take no sides! ;D

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  17. We only bleed one color of blue around here - AGGIE blue! (And yes, I realize that our football team is quite a joke, but we're die-hard Aggie fans anyway!). So, I'd be for cheering for the Utes. Don't so much care for BYU. Hope you still like me!

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  18. Such a sad house I am in right now...

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  19. MAN, you get a lot of comments.
    And I heard the game was real, real, ugly. It wasn't on TV here, so thankfully we didn't have to witness it.

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  20. We weep the bitter tears of defeat...oh well, there is always next year.....

    And I was the one who was looking at the ticker!!

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  21. Oh my gosh -- I am so sad I can't even think about it!

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