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I don’t think we Ute fans have abandoned our team [“Pagan Rites,” Private Eye, Nov. 18, City Weekly]. I’ve had season tickets since 1982, and I plan to keep them. But I no longer attend every game since, at my advanced age, I’d rather watch it at home than fight the crowd.

A few years ago, I gave up the tailgate pass after I showed up an hour before game time, asking for my $200 parking place, and they told me I couldn’t get in because there was no place to park. BS! I paid for it, yet nobody would enforce it!

I think that most of us are so excited about what could happen starting next year, when the Utes join the Pac-12, that this year isn’t incredibly exciting unless something really unusual happens. What would that be? Busting the BCS? We invented it. Winning a BCS Bowl? Done it, multiple times. Beating a national power in a BCS Bowl, in their backyard, no less? Done. Finishing the season as the team that should be No. 1? Check.

Finally, beating our archrivals? Please. Own ’em by 20 games, and after this year, BYU is just another school that fills in our nonconference schedule.

So, I don’t feel bad about leaving at half time of the TCU beating. Been there, done that, again and again, since I started school there in 1977.

I love our history. But I’m embracing our future much more. I’m not a situational Ute, nor is my family. I’ve suffered through the bad years, as have my family. This year? Could have been great, but since it’s not, we can still celebrate this bowl game, whichever one, and then move on to next year, when we are playing for a spot in the Rose Bowl.

Jeff Stickley

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