Planet BYU is not officially affiliated with Brigham Young University, BYU Athletics or the LDS (Mormon) church. We’re also not in this to make money or become famous. We’re just passionate about our Cougars. So who are the crazed BYU fans behind Planet BYU?
I blame it on my father, BlueCoug. He’s the one who took me to my first bowl game when I was less than a year old. You all know it as the 1980 Miracle Bowl. With such an introduction to BYU, is it little wonder that I grew up sharing my father’s passion? I’ve been watching and attending BYU football games through the thick of the 80s and 90s, to the thin of the 00s, and on into the current renaissance currently happening with Bronco.
But it isn’t just football. My All Sports pass was well used attending basketball and volleyball games when I was a student. In fact, while attending BYU I got a job working for KBYU, running the audio board on the television crew for BYU sports. (Best student job ever, by the way.) After working as a news producer for a television station in Salt Lake for a number of years, I eventually made a career change. Planet BYU gives me the opportunity to channel my creative writing aspirations, maintain some pretense of using the journalism training I received in college, and show my love for BYU. In the process, I hope you’ll enjoy reading and commenting about what I have to say.
Also, you can check out my thoughts on KSL.com, where I’m a weekly columnist.
If it’s happening in the state of Utah, you can bet I’ll be in attendance as well.
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I’ve been an avid BYU fan for decades. I attended Weber State my freshman year and got to see Kresimir Cosic play his last game for BYU in the Pocatello Mini-Dome against Long Beach State. (Weber State, Hawaii, BYU and Long Beach State all played in the same sub-regional that year.)
I attended my first BYU football game in 1974 and watched Gary Shiede lead BYU to a win over Arizona State and a berth in BYU’s first bowl game. I was sitting high in the end zone when Clay Brown caught Jim McMahon’s pass to win the Miracle Bowl (my first bowl game). I saw Steve Young catch the winning touchdown pass in the 1983 Holiday Bowl. And, I watched Robbie Bosco’s heroic effort to win the 1984 Holiday Bowl and seal BYU’s first National Championship. All in person. In 1985, I won the Grand Prize in the Deseret News football picks contest, an all-expense paid trip to the Citrus Bowl and BYU vs. Ohio State.
A few years later, I went back to school and finished my degree, graduating from the University of Utah in 1991. In 1990, while I was attending the U, my wife and I arrived about an hour before game time dressed in BYU blue and sat right in the middle of the Utah student section to watch the BYU-Utah game. In 2006, I was sitting in the middle of the Crimson Club when Jonny Harline caught the winning touchdown pass from John Beck.
I’ve been in attendance at most of BYU’s big moment games in basketball and football over the past forty years.
I live for game day and truly bleed blue!