Monday, September 17, 2012
An Open Letter to the Muss
I like you. We've been through a lot together. There have been good times, there have been bad times, but mostly the times were good. I like to think that I know how things work around here. I've been around the block before and I just had a birthday last month.
You see, I've been in the MUSS since the 2004 season. I skipped the first year of the MUSS, because I was easily able to sit on the 15th row of every game without having to pay the extra $25 for the special t-shirt, that would prove I was there, that I heard of you first. I've been in the MUSS every season since. I reveled through the undefeated Fiesta Bowl season and the magical (and also undefeated) Sugar Bowl Season. I watched you win a record number of consecutive bowl games and I was with you when we welcomed the PAC-12 into town.
So, this is my 9th year in the MUSS (Is there some sort of award for this?) and I'm feeling the pressure to set ya'll straight. Back when we were in the lowly Mountain West Conference, when you were lucky to find our games on TV, the Utes were the up-and-coming original BCS Busters. It was hard work moving from the mediocrity of the '80s (where they averaged 5.4 wins/year) to the enlightenment of the 90's (where they averaged 7.2 wins/year) to the awesomeness of the 00's (pronounced aughts, where they averaged 8.6 wins/year). Now, the Utes have arrived. They are in one of the top three conferences in the country and they have proven that they can play with the big boys.
While the MUSS is undoubtedly one of the best student sections in the country, they have a potentially fatal flaw that must be corrected before the pain and suffering becomes overwhelming. And we die. I've been critical of your habits in rushing the field in the past (see this post from the Oregon State game in 2008, I think that season we (the MUSS) took the blessed opportunity to rush the field 3 times! Granted, we had a good team. Remember how they smashed Alabama in the mouth in the Sugar Bowl?). You see, after that post I felt bad for being so critical of the MUSS rushing the field so I softened my stance. But that was before we were officially a part of the big boys.
Now we need to set a few ground rules. Rushing the field is ok (as long as security isn't trying to taze you or the chain-link fence that you are holding onto), but we need to save rushing the field for those special occasions. I was embarrassed that the MUSS gave TDS (can you believe that my initials are the same as Team Down South?), the respect that is implied when we rush the field. Yes, they were ranked (how that mistake happened is a topic for another post), and yes the ending was absolutely thrilling (made more so by the asinine mistakes made by the MUSS), but the only thing riding on this game was in-state respect.
I propose new rules, regulations and requirements regarding the rushing of the field (at least one of these must apply):
1. The team you beat must be in the top 5.
2. The win must clinch a conference championship.
3. The win must clinch a berth in a BCS bowl or equal.
4. Any home win over our true rival, the mighty Colorado Buffaloes, is excluded from these requirements.
Ute fans, let us not forget that we play with the big boys now. Go Utes!