I love tailgating. Half the fun of the season is spent in the tailgating lot
with friends and family.
I once had the misfortune of having to walk through the tailgaiting area on the
way to a BYU-Utah rivalry game at Rice-Eccles Stadium. Fun and friendship are
not two words I would use to describe the atmosphere I encountered.
The Ute's have the most entertaining tailgating atmosphere in the state
since a lot of fans are buzzed or getting drunk before the game which is
pre-game entertainment for me.
I agree TueBlue. Anti LDS hate speech is all that I have ever experienced in
the tailgate parking lot at the U. To use the words fun and friendship is just
hysterical, at least in my experience.
My experience at the u tailgates have been great. Wearing my USU gear, they have
ALL been friendly and fun, and always offer food and drink to us visiting
In 2009 when the U played in Provo (the Max Hall comment game, I had painted my
face in blue and white, we parked in our regular parking spot and walked to the
stadium.Little did I know that I'd be walking right through the heart
of the U tailgate party on my way. It was hilarious. People made fun of me, I
made fun of them, it was fun. Nothing offensive, just good ol' trash talk.
During the game U fans around us were making funny comments, giving
respectful comments on good BYU plays, etc. It was an awesome game. The U fans
shook our hands, made some last minute jokes, and that was it. Games are
supposed to be fun! It's when trash is thrown, yelling, swearing, and
abusive (in any form) behavior starts that it gets out of hand. The fans have
absolutely NOTHING to do with the success or failure of the game. They just pay
for the tickets and watch. There is no reason to get out of hand. Sports are
supposed to be fun, and I think a lot of fans from every sports team forget
@TruBlueLet me guess: Those drunk classless Ute fans also poured
beer on you before tipping your grandmother out of her wheelchair, right?
To the coug fans complaining about walking through the tailgating parking lot in
Salt Lake City, at RES: what were you expecting? I wouldn't come close to
cruising through a cougar tailgate parking lot at LES. Too much jello and
caffeine free diet coke (a sugarless, worthless substance).To USU
Ifel and BYU TOO, thank you for keeping it real, and demonstrating that it
simply comes down to being friendly with people, regardless of the team being
cheered for. I used to work with Jon Harline, and he was a cool guy that kept
the rivalry banter funny but never offensive, and I know he would attest to the
same from me. Rivals can still get along.
Play the victim and one will become the victim.I had a great time at
U tailgates with Ute friends, Ute strangers, and strangers supporting teams like
UW, Cal, UA, Montana State, and Wazzu. If I ever met any BYU fans like TOO,
they'd have gotten the same treatment from me. Unfortunately, the ones I
met were the type to take offense to so much as a stare by anyone wearing a
different colored shirt.
I have been to many stadiums and have joined, walked through or walked past
tailgating parties at all of them. While there are a few that hurl insults and
swear, the vast majority are welcoming and playful. That is also what I see at
the U.Now, I have never been to a tailgate party at byu (does that
even exist?), but I have been met with derision by byu fans everywhere I go,
especially at church - and I haven't lived in Utah since 1987. Recently,
someone even left a nasty note on my car during church because I had my Crimson
Club sun screen in the car. I could take offense to these, and all the negative
comments I receive when I wear my Utah tie, but I choose not to be offended. I
am proud to represent the U and I take pleasure when that is irritating to
others, especially byu fans. Have fun at the games, have fun with
the rivalries, have fun with football!Go Utes!