Ah, what a game. It was exciting and nail biting from kick off until the end of overtime, capped by an amazing pass, catch, and touchdown by BYU. Regardless of who you cheered, this was an exciting game to watch. However, I must admit there have been many recent comments (by both teams) which have tarnished the quality of the game. Sure, Max Hall publicly misspoke, but was he the only one?! No. Sure, his high profile position sets him apart as someone to quote, but for the media to blitz him and try to bury him, the game’s outcome, etc. is unfair, and very hypocritical. My friend Rick W. posted about this (he said I could share the following) which I feel is a nice synopsis of the situation:
I’ve got to tell someone my two bits on Max Hall’s post-game comments! Thanks for listening!
He was definitely out of line. The funny thing, though, is how he’s been castigated in the online discussion boards by the same people who do the same thing every week. What did Hall say? That he hated the Utes and then made blanket statements about their entire fan base. Um, that’s what ALL the obnoxious posters post on discussion boards each week on both sides! People who are criticizing Max need to look in the mirror and see if they are doing the same thing, only not in press conferences and behind the anonymity of screen names.
So I agree, he was wrong, but I hope everyone moves on and forgives because he didn’t do anything more or less than what dozens and dozens of fans do on the discussion boards each week.
The SECOND funny (and disgusting) thing is how the media has treated this. Before the game, members of the media were begging, prodding, poking, and doing all they could to entice former and current players to say “trash talk” about each other. In fact, the local sports radio station blasted the coaches for bottling up the players all week and not letting them speak their minds. After all, they argued, this is a rivalry, let there be trash talk! Then when Max does let loose with some trash talk, those very same media personalities were the first to thrash him and pounce all over him—for doing exactly what they wanted him to do.
Disgusting. (BTW, Greg Wrubell pointed out this irony on KSL somewhere—an article called “Max Impact”)
So yeah, Max was out of line and it embarrassed the school/church, but sheesh, look in the mirror before criticizing him too much!