As a season ticket holder for over 40 years, I don't believe I have ever
enjoyed a penalty against the Utes as I did this one! Team captain, great
football player, outstanding father, and a good man. First, only the third
interception of the year. Smart enough to know he won the game if he did not
turn the ball over so he went down. Game over! So as the ball was in the air
so were the yellow flags! Did any official not throw one? And I cheered as
each yard was walked off! Thanks Trevor and thanks to all the Utes!
Having been a football official I understand a little about players frustrations
at the end of, during or proceeding a game. And Utah has had plenty of that
this and last year.That said, it's OK for the fans to think it
was "wonderful" to have a display of unsportsmanlike conduct, really,
but a sportswriter should know better.
@toosmartforyouWhile Reilly violated the rule, was his act, in
context, unsportsmanlike? Was he showing up an opponent? Nope. And
that's why it was wonderful.
@toosmart15 yard penalty on you for taking the play out of context.
The game was over. His college career was over. He made an amazing play. He
was the best player on the team this year. He's been through unimaginable
trials. So, it had no bearing on the game whatsoever. He just blew off a ton of
steam with a small amount of gusto. Any decent official would understand the
whole of the game a little better.
It's not-too-smart for a former "official" (and obvious y
"fan", which raises obvious questions about bias) to "Tsk, tsk"
Donaldson for seeing the proper context. He ought to be sharing his
"official" talents with his team about excessive penalties in their game
toosmartforyouSad comment...even for you.What a great
way for Trevor Reilly to end his career at Utah. There is nothing the man
wouldn't do for his team. One of the premiere line backers in the college
game. Donaldson is right, Reilly is forever etched into the hearts of Utah
toosmartforyouLighten up. There are times when it is OK to take the
penalty. I think this young man earned the right to take 15 yds...
No one likes a whistle-blower. Joking, toosmart, someone had to say it. But I
disagree with you on Amy being out-of-bounds (puns all over the place!) on this
one. I thought it was poignant. She's not an AP game recap writer,
she's entitled to opinion and her own emotions coming out in a column. Well
I understand the officials have to do their jobs, but how can any football fan
fault Reilly, after all he has given and been through, for this show of emotion?
@toosmart - Sorry, but you missed the whole point of the article. It's a
well written and well expressed insight of why sports is more important than the
outcome of a game itself. BTW, I am a die-hard BYU fan that's
not disappointed by the outcome of the Ute's season and used to pull for
the Utes every game but one until rivalry turned ugly under Urban Meyer's
Tuffy, my feelings are similar. I remember a few things done under Urban that
had Bronco done then ute "fans" would be calling for him to be fired. A
few of them would likely not be printed in a family newspaper, but one of the
more tame ones included putting byu stickers(no one likes stickers more than Ute
fans, as we see all the Pac 12 stickers these days) in Ute restroom.
"classy" fans indeed. I too loved the outcome of the season. Makes me
re: toosmartforyouI agree with Amy and all the positive comments on
this board, BUT for the sake of argument, I'll agree with your comments
with one caveat:When I see an official never make a mistake, then
I'll jump on your side!At least the kid said, "I
shouldn't have....." I've never heard an official come out and
admit a mistake. They always need the conference to do that for them!!!
@HTSJCCAFALGSaturday at Rice Eccles was prime example of horrendous
officiating. Phantom fumbles. Guesses, at best, from that refereeing crew.
@Tuffy and Sports Are GreatThe bitterness in the rivalry
has always been there, but it's usually one sided. When BYU was kicking
Utah's trash it was particularly bitter on the hill. Nowdays, the
bitterness comes from the south. Losing does that.
RBN"The bitterness in the rivalry has always been there, but it's
usually one sided. When BYU was kicking Utah's trash it was particularly
bitter on the hill. Nowdays, the bitterness comes from the south. Losing does
that."Great observation. Personally, I love the negative
comments from byu fans.I watched this game on the Pac-12 Network.
The announcers could hardly contain themselves when Reilly threw the football
into the stands. They loved it (as did the analysts at the Pac-12 Network HQ),
the fans loved it, the team loved, Coach Whittingham tolerated it. What's
not to like? On top of a great performance and a most apropos show
of emotion at just the right time, Reilly shared his family with all of us.
What a treat that was. Best of luck to Shayn on her journey to a healthy life.
As usual, comments were not read in context. I support the player and the fans
in this event. I can see how it energized them as he let out frustrations after
a disappointing season. What I don't agree with is a sportswriter saying
that an unsportsmanlike gesture is "wonderful." I wonder if she thought
the Wyoming coaches reaction to Whittingham's on-side kick was
"wonderful" too. My guess is she didn't.The player
carrying his daughter on his shoulders at the start of the game was an example
of what I would say is wonderful. Absolutely a marvelous experience for both of
them.When Woody Hayes punched out an opposing player on t he
sideline years ago likely many thought that to be wonderful, too, but it
wasn't....not at all.Officials also make mistakes---just ask
Wisconsin about that.
Why is the Deseret News publishing positive stories about the Utes? I've
never seen anything like this before.Strange, very strange indeed...
@ Sports Are GreatI disagree. Ute fans don't have a persecution
complex like Y fans do. If your feeling are actually hurt by "Y" shaped
urinal cakes in Utah's locker room than maybe you should pick a different
sport to follow.
toosmart, none of those events compare to this one in the slightest. I highly
doubt that CU's players and coaches really had their feelings hurt too
badly about one of their game balls being thrown into the stands after their QB
just sealed a loss for them. The penalty was an illegal celebration, not a
malicious taunt or offense to the opposing team.