One can see this coming from five-year olds and maybe even find it a bit on the humorous side, but add 20 plus years and I believe that more is (as it should be) expected.
“I don’t like Utah. In fact, I hate them. I hate everything about them. I hate their program. I hate their fans. I hate everything. So, it feels good to send those guys home. They didn’t deserve it. It was our time, and it was our time to win. We deserved it. We played as hard as we could tonight, and it felt really good to send them home and to get them out of here, so it is a game I’ll always remember. I think the whole university and their fans and organization is classless. They threw beer on my family and stuff last year and did a whole bunch of nasty things. I don’t respect them, and they deserve to lose.” –Max Hall, BYU Quarterback
I wonder who went and pulled him up off the floor after having thrown that temper tantrum. It took the win that they just worked hard for and threw it out the door. At this point the win was no longer the focus of anyone’s attention . . . not even for his own fans. This “classy” statement an hour after the game ended overshadowed everything that had happened. I don’t think that I have heard any details of the game since the press conference which is sad because it was an exciting game.
Now the question becomes, is Bronco going to stand behind everything he says he and his football organization stands for and do something about it? Is he going to suspend Hall for the bowl game? According to Bronco, football is number five on his list of things that are important in life. Is he going to back that up with action? I have my opinion.
As for all of Hall’s accusations concerning last year’s game, well I hate to call someone a liar, but I happen to know differently.
I have season tickets that just happen to be one row behind the visitor’s section and I was at the game last year. Max’s family was sitting right in the middle of the visitor’s section last year SURROUNDED by other BYU fans. There was not a Ute fan anywhere near them. I was probably the closest Ute fan behind them and there was BYU fans and a stairway between them and the Ute fans to the north. This is just to give you a good idea as to what it would have taken for someone to spit or thrown beer on them. Highly unlikely not to mention pretty impossible . . . oh but this isn’t all the proof.
So another loud mouth on their team that year had made another famous comment that comes into play. Remember this one . . .
“When you’re doing what’s right on and off the field, I think the Lord steps in and plays a part; magic happens.” -Austin Collie
Well one of the BYU fans in front of us had her sign that said just that. She had been holding it up throughout the game. At the last couple of minutes of the game, a sign was made that said something to the effect that Hall must not be living right (he had thrown five interceptions that night). We only had the sign up for about a minute when his mother-in-law came storming up the stairs toward us. Now there was only seconds left in the game at this point mind you and I can assure you that she had no saliva or beer or anything on her, I know because I saw her close up and personal as she came up and got in our faces.
She was ranting and raving (ah maybe that is where he learned it about the fact that Hall’s wife was sitting down below us in tears because of our sign. She informed us that it was very unChristlike of us to behave in such a manner and that we were rude and inconsiderate (shall I take a moment to again remind you that we had just turned their statement around on them). She told us that we needed to immediately give her the sign. We refused, but we did take down the sign. The minute we put it down, it was grabbed and destroyed by a BYU fan and handed to his mother-in-law.
The game ended and we watched as his mother-in-law and his wife leave the stadium. Again, no saliva and no beer on either of them, not to mention that they were not being escorted out by anyone because they were not in any danger nor had anything been done to them. Let me also take a moment to remind everyone that beer is not allowed in our stadium. I am not saying that alcohol is not snuck into the stadium, but it is not cans of beer and I can almost guarantee that it doesn’t last until the end of the fourth quarter. I am just telling you how it was and how I saw it happen.
It is really too bad that he decided that this was how he wanted to end his career because I think it is what he will most be remembered for now. I do want to thank him because it did take away all ability for BYU fans to gloat over the next year about winning this year’s rivalry game.