The first thing I want to do is talk football. A weekend of college and pro football always gets my juices flowing. Some thoughts on this past weekend's action:
PLAYING NOT TO LOSE
- I hate it when coaches get conservative at the end of games with a flimsy lead. When you basically say "we give up" on offense and rely on your defense to hold the lead it undermines the team aspect of the game and backfires many times. Both the offense and defense need to do their part. This point was illustrated in a Utah game this past week. The University of Utah played Air Force and had a big lead in the 4th quarter. They went conservative, even using back up running backs, and wound up only winning the ball game by only 3 points. Unbelievable.
LUCK OF THE HORNFROGS
-I think TCU is lucky to have come away with a win Saturday against BYU. BYU's offense was clicking with over 500 yards in the air and had their defense held up against TCU's backup QB (who should be starting after his performance) in the last few minutes of that game, we would be talking about the resurrection of the BYU offense after a couple of years of stagnation. TCU should be 1-3 right now. Utah really blew their chance with them (although an illegal pick at the goal line led to the winning touchdown for TCU) and TCU really lucked out that a better camera angle wasn't available for what appeared to be a fumble a the goal line against BYU in the closing moments of that game. It was ruled a touchdown and BYU ended up botching an extra point in OT to lose the game. You could hear half the state of Utah groaning and moaning after that game(the other half were Utah Ute fans cheering). Just a gut wrenching loss for BYU. Which leads me to another point....
ROOT FOR YOUR CONFERENCE TEAMS
-I know it's asking rationality from a totally irrational aspect of being a fan, but in a confernce like the Mountain West (which is constantly fighting for respect), team fans should be rooting for every other fellow conference team to beat non-confernce opponents. It makes no sense to me for Utah Ute fans to be rooting against BYU when they play a Notre Dame or Boston College, or vice versa. They only way a conference has any respect (and gets votes in the polls as well as big bowl invites) is for there to be several strong teams in the conference. Not only that, it is better if those strong teams are the ones with past reputations like BYU. Do you really think the SEC would be considered strong if Florida and Tennesee were only good every few years. In conferences with respect the strong teams stay strong consistently with very few down years. Mountain West fans should be rooting for BYU, Utah, Air Force, TCU, & Colorado State to do well every year except when they play their own team.
I know I commit blasphemy in the minds of many when I can watch BYU and Utah in the same weekend and root for both teams. I'm strangely rational when it comes to this . Maybe this is because I'm a Utah State Aggie alum, and they haven't been good since the Merlin Olsen days.