BYU vs. Utah — The Public Challenge

To: Devin Thorpe, blogger and University of Utah fan:

Okay, Devin, my friend. As you know, you publicly challenged me to put up or shut up regarding tomorrow’s BYU-Utah football game.

I appreciate the confidence you have that Utah will win tomorrow. You said, if BYU wins tomorrow’s big game, that you will do the following:

1. I’ll plug your blog every day for a week after the game.
2. I’ll buy you lunch at whatever place you choose in the State of Utah.
3. I’ll post a video of myself singing the BYU fight song on my blog and on YouTube.

So the day after I saw your challenge, I posted a comment on your blog about what I am willing to do in the unlikely event that Utah wins tomorrow. For some reason, the comment was never published. You said it probably got deleted by your spam filter.

Okay, so I’m finally getting back to this challenge. Here’s what I’m willing to do if BYU loses tomorrow’s big one.

1. I’ll wear a University of Utah shirt for the next 5 days, including to my Internet Marketing Class at BYU on Thursday. Then, I’ll donate the shirt to Deseret Industries (if they will take it.)

2. I’ll match your offer to take you to any restaurant in Utah, my treat.

I believe this is the best BYU team in history, better even than the National Championship Team of 1984. I’ve been watching Cougar football for more than thirty years. I’ve never seen a BYU team that is nationally in the top ten in passing offense, scoring, and passing efficiency, plus has a great running game, is #1 in turnover margin nationally and in the top 10 in punt returns, and on top of all that great offense and special teams play, is in the top 10 nationally in defense against the score.

This is the first BYU team ever that has no weaknesses — our offense, defense and special teams are all incredible. Plus, we do an awesome haka.

Our only two losses were last second away games before the team had found its groove. Since then, it’s been all good. If we had won those first two games, including against a Top 25 Boston College that we took to overtime, we’d easily be in the top 5 right now and a BCS buster.

I actually missed half of the SDSU game, due to another commitment. I got there at halftime and we were leading 40-3. You can’t miss even the first quarter of a BYU home game. You’ll miss all the early scoring.

I know this game is different. Utah is a great team, with a three-game winning streak, and this game probably won’t be over in the first quarter.

But BYU will come away with a win.

If not, I’ll be shopping for a U of U shirt on Monday morning and be wearing red all week.

You better warm up your singing voice–I can’t wait to see you singing the Cougar fight song on YouTube!

7 thoughts on “BYU vs. Utah — The Public Challenge

  1. Paul,

    It is wonderful to see a guy willing to put it on the line for his team. I’m thrilled to see such faith.

    You almost have me believing your team could win. Almost!

    May the best team win!

    Go Utes!


  2. I wish I could have seen Paul’s reaction at that last play! Wow! What a game! I’m excited to see Devin’s video of the BYU fight song. This is going to be fun. 🙂

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