Let's make a decision, folks. Out of respect for the player, postpone the
game and make an announcement to that effect. Figure out the rescheduling later
if necessary. Then let's remember him in our prayers. I wish him a quick
I am sorry to hear about Danny, and wish him the best.But when I
played ball, we didn't postpone or cancel games because one player
wasn't healthy. That is what the sixth man and the rest of the players are
for.What ever happened to "The show must go on"?
Play the game.
Y-Ask-Y?Danny almost died and is still in critical condition. Even
an old school geezers should be able to understand postponing the game for a
week.Good luck to Danny. Our thoughts and prayers for your full
recovery go out for you and your family.
Sorry folks. I agree; play the game. He's not dead; he's not dying.
He had an accident (undetermined) but is doing well in the hospital. Thia
scenario is not new to college sports. If the team bus crashes on the way from
Logan, then cancel the game. Play on.
Well when I was in high school we had a cheerleader killed and two star players
injured in a car accident a day or two before one of the most critical games of
the season and the game went on. Best team our school ever had to going to state
and the game went on without them. We didn't go to state.No
disrespect to this situation or this young man, his family, or the team... its
something that simply occurs in life.Life throws us curve balls each
and every day.Hope things work out for the best for all involved.
No disrespect to the young man but since when do they cancel games because a
player is ill.Come on suck it up and play the game. The Chiefs played
after one of their players shot himself.
I think they should probably play the game, but some of you guys are acting like
he is out with a cold or something. He almost died. The incident happened during
practice in front of his teammates. That can be pretty traumatizing. Heck,
just last week we had the NFL (the richest professional league in the country by
far) considering postponing or cancelling a game because a player murdered his
girlfriend and killed himself. I think that college athletics could show
a little support for the athletes that they claim to care about (that is a topic
for another day). Considering cancelling or postponing a non conference game for
this is reasonable.
I find it interesting that the two comments that the game should still go on
come from the Provo area, and are likely BYU fans. While the other two comments
north of Provo suggest postponing the game is the correct thing to do. Which
leads me to wonder if some BYU fans just don't understand what gravity of
yesterdays's event. What will it hurt to postpone the game until the dust
settles? What if the tables turned and one of your own players nearly died?The fact is Danny almost died and had to have CPR along with other life
saving procedures to get him breathing again and he remains in critical
condition. It's not like he came down with the sniffiles the night before
the game so the term "the show must go on" does not apply here. It is
unfair to ask any team to play a game while one of their own is in critical
condition. It would show a whole lot of goodwill and sportsmanship from BYU to
postpone the game so that the two can meet again under better circumstances.
I read the headline, did a double take, couldn't believe I saw what I
thought I saw, and upon the third read, I finally got it. I never realized you
could postpone a game at the last minute with all the work that goes into
putting on an event, arranging for TV coverage, along with the promotion work
and ticket sales. I can't imagine how the other players, coaches and
ancillary employees might feel with all the emotions of shock and sadness, but
I'm not familiar with anyone cancelling a game because of an illness or
injury. I remember seeing a team play with 6 players after a flu epidemic swept
through campus sidelining more than half the team, but a scheduled game went on.
Another team had a player killed in a car accident coming back from a break to
visit family in California, yet that weekend's game was played, albeit with
a sad group of kids. With the game in Limbo right now, somebody needs to make an
offical announcement, people do travel to the games from other states. Best
wishes to the young man for a quick and complete recovery.
Really mohokat? Your comment not only demonstrats your lack of respect but also
a lack of companssion. The Chiefs should not have played that game, that
football game should have be postponed. Yes they won but when the Chiefs played
that game they showed their lack of respect and lack of compassion for the
victims of that tragedy and life as a whole as well as the other athletes. I
would have gained more respect for the NFL and the Chiefs if thay had actually
done the right thing and postponed that game in the wake of that tragedy.Just postpone the game because it's the right thing to do.
Those north of Provo want the game cancelled, but there are other issues.
Scheduling for one. Yes, BYU does not have a game mid-week next week, but I
suspect that was planned due to finals. Then after next week, there is no room
in the Y's schedule for a game. as for USU, their schedule, they also have
next week open (which leads me to believe they also have finals) but beyond
that, the only open slot is the day after Christmas. We all hope Danny gets
better quickly, but there are a lot of other players to consider. Playing
games during finals week is very difficult and given that most of these players
will go professional in something other than basketball, their grades are
important. I think it's (1) play the game, or (2) cancel it or (3)
postpone till next week and make the players play through finals week.
Lightening Lad, Danny didn't come down with the flu. He effectively died
(stopped breathing, no pulse, not responding to CPR) on the court during
practice as the team was about to finish and board a bus to Provo. Many of the
coaches and teammates drove to the Murray Hospital to spend time with Danny who
was (and for all I know) is still unresponsive. People saying the
game should be played and it's hard to reschedule have a complete lack of
class and disrespect for this college athlete. I'm hoping that they just
don't fully understand the gravity of what occurred yesterday. Out of
respect for Danny's privacy I will not go into further details, but it was
a scary scary situation for several hours, and still is. I'm glad that
Coach Rose did not reciprocate the lack of class shown by BYU fans in this
thread, realized the gravity of this situation, and took the high road. If they
can't reschedule than Utah State should just forfeit the game. The
kid's life is more important than the game of basketball. Many
of you posters should be ashamed of yourselves.
I think they should play the game although if they do get together and postpone
or cancel it I don't think those would be wrong decisions. I'm sure
this has been traumatic for the rest of the team since it occured right in front
of them but since it appears he is going to survive and recover I hope they are
doing better. I can't even imagine how it would have devastated them if he
had actually died. Really tough situation.
Why? This makes no sense.
They had to do CPR and use an AED on the court to start his heart and breathing
again. To those of you saying that he's alive, so we should play the game
need to realize that he basically did die, they were able to resuscitate him and
essentially bring him back to life.I personally have never had one
of my good friends essentially die in front of me and need resuscitated, but I
imagine it's a traumatizing experience and would make you put trivial
things like basketball on the back-burner. Props to Dave Rose for doing the
One basketball player DIED yesterday. He DIED!! And his teammates watched as he
was shocked back to life! But "the game should be played" regardless?
mohokat, did the mighty chiefs watch their teammate die? Nope they
didn't. And they should have cancelled the game anyways. Don't even
worry though. Just reschedule it for Sunday; the mighty chiefs play on sundays
all the time.
toosmart, this is way more serious than a player being "unhealthy".
It's a player was on the brink of death, and was brought back. The mission
statement of the NCAA is: "to be an integral part of higher education and to
focus on the development of our student-athletes.” By playing today we
wouldn't be helping Danny, or his teammates develop at all. This goes above
and beyond fans who just like to see basketball. The game will eventually be
played, 10 years down the road, most of us probably will not remember the
outcome of any given USU-BYU basketball game. I will remember the message that
was sent: That even when your life and career revolve around basketball, there
are things that are more important than basketball. This can be applied to any
career or major hobby.
They are wringing their hands in Aggie Land based on Aggie fans comments here.
Take a breath, quit hyperventilating. I wish the kid well. I still say play the
Yeah, silly Aggie fans! No biggie! Play the game! It's not like
someone's life is hanging in the balance or anything! What are all you
crazies up in arms about?!Stay Classy!
Relax aggie fans, there is no right or wrong answer to this. They decided to
postpone because that is what usu asked to do but if they had decided to play
then that would have been alright as well.