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Posted by: Stray Mutt ( )
Date: September 17, 2011 07:47PM

Do Utahns generally root for Denver, since it's closest? Do the Mormons root for whatever team has a big-name Mormon, like Eagles coach Andy Reid, or the 49ers during the Young years?

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Posted by: dressclothes ( )
Date: September 17, 2011 08:00PM

I was a 49ers fan during my formative years, but that was prior to the Steve Young era. Joe Montana/Jerry Rice were my favorites.


Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 09/17/2011 08:01PM by dressclothes.

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Posted by: Dave the Atheist ( )
Date: September 17, 2011 11:10PM

Off you go to outer darkness !

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Posted by: jbstyle ( )
Date: September 17, 2011 11:12PM

OMG, are you me? And I hated Elway. We used to say mean things about his teeth and laughed every time he choked in the Super Bowl. I don't feel that way about him now, necessarily, but I still wish he had retired without a Super Bowl ring. Sports can bring out the petty in me.

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Posted by: CA girl ( )
Date: September 17, 2011 08:01PM

Hard to say - so many Mormons are football illiterate. I saw a lot of Broncos fans but a lot of people like a certain team either because they liked a certain player OR because they served a mission there. One of my friends was a big Oakland Raiders fan because he served a mission in the Bay Area, even though he lives in Utah now. He has very good taste in football teams, IMO :) But we are also big Saints fans because my DH served a mission in Louisiana. So where, in other states you are fans of the local team, I saw a lot of Mormons rooting for other teams than Denver for reasons like those.

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Posted by: MJ ( )
Date: September 17, 2011 08:36PM

My experience in Utah is that when you are talking football you are talking Collage football. There are the regular fans, but there is only ONE game that really matters to most Utahns

U vs. Y

The rest of the season I root for the U and anyone playing against the Y.

For those not familiar with Utah Schools

U = U of U - University of Utah

Y = YBU, er I mean BYU - Brigham Young University.

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Posted by: Stray Mutt ( )
Date: September 17, 2011 09:00PM

It's that game usually played on Sundays while Mormons are in church or otherwise ruining a perfectly good day in the name of keeping it holy.

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Posted by: scarecrowfromoz ( )
Date: September 17, 2011 10:46PM

If I recall correctly one of the TV stations took an unscientific poll a few years ago. If I remember right, for those who answered it was somewhere around 1/3 Denver, 1/3 SF, and 1/3 other teams. Maybe a little more toward Denver and SF than other teams, something like 37.5%, 37.5%, 25%.

When I occasionally see bumper stickers or people wearing hats/shirts/jerseys, I would say I see mostly Denver, followed by SF.

Yes, I think a lot of the SF fans are holdover from the Steve Young era. To read the Deserted News and the other local paper you wouldn't even know pro football existed.

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Posted by: mre ( )
Date: September 17, 2011 11:55PM

I really think Utah needs to get its own team going. Like it or not, BYU has very good players that come out of it, and the U has many that go into the NFL as well. The in-state talent isn't the greatest, but it's pretty good and could draw a lot of attention in an increasingly non-mormon state on Sundays.

Besides, I think a lot of people in Utah would start to support the FB team even if it "sucked" because we don't have one, and don't really have too many professional and nationally recognized teams. (I can count them on one hand: RSL and Jazz)

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Posted by: Rose Park Ranger ( )
Date: September 18, 2011 02:03AM

In my neighborhood, the favorite Pro Football teams are the Aquilas de America and the Chivas Rayadas de Guadalajara.

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Posted by: abby ( )
Date: September 18, 2011 02:47AM

Mostly Denver, some Steelers, and Cowboys.

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