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Paul Rolly: Utah fan? Utah man? Crowd was left to improvise

By PAUL ROLLY

| The Salt Lake Tribune

First Published Sep 02 2014 07:02 pm • Last Updated Sep 03 2014 09:48 am

While the University of Utah dominated Idaho State, as expected, on the football field Thursday evening, there were a few noticeable glitches off the field.

When the crowd was led in the "Utah Fan (Man?)" fight song, the lyrics were not displayed on the scoreboard like they have been in past years.

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Could it be because of the controversy over the school’s decision to replace lines such as "our coeds are the fairest" and "no other gang of college men" that have been part of the song for years?

Nope, insists Ann Argust of the U.’s athletic department.

The lyrics are displayed on the ad board, at the bottom of the scoreboard, when there is space available.

The good news is that ad sales are up this year, so the slots were full and there was no room for the new lyrics, and no chance to offend one side of the issue or the other.

The other problem: the concessions. It seemed about half of them were closed, causing waits of 30 to 45 minutes while the game was in progress.

Speaking of fans • Judge Memorial High School football fans were aghast Friday night with what they considered a lack of class from the home team when their Bulldogs visited Woods Cross.

A Judge player was seriously injured during a play and could not be moved off the field.

It took more than 10 minutes for an ambulance to arrive, leaving fans wondering what would happen if it were a life-threatening injury or if a spectator suffered a heart attack.


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While the crowd waited in silence and concern as the player lay immobile on the field, the sound booth began blasting the song "Footloose" and many Woods Cross students began dancing.

Woods Cross won the game, 27-14, but Judge fans returned to Salt Lake City thinking more about the opposing fans than the score.

Lost and found • Stacy Pierce was driving northbound Friday on Interstate 215 when, at about 3700 South, she noticed a pair of binoculars fall off the car in front of her.

She pulled over and retrieved the lost item but was unable to get the license-plate number. She also could not catch up to the car to let the occupants know about the lost binoculars.

An avid bird-watcher, Pierce could tell the binoculars were expensive, costing around $1,000.

So if you’re the one who lost the binoculars, email me and I will get you in touch with the Pierces. If you can describe the binoculars, your car and the time of day it occurred, you can get your binoculars back.

A pretty, good sport • Utah House Speaker Becky Lockhart, R-Provo, showed recently she can take a hit.

Tribune editorial cartoonist Pat Bagley drew a bold cartoon last week after Lockhart applied to be the superintendent of Utah’s public schools.

Critics have moaned that she has not been a friend of education while in the Legislature.

Bagley compared her as head of public schools to a killer shark as a lifeguard, an executioner with an ax at a weight-loss program and Hannibal Lecter as a "foodie."

Lockhart sent Bagley an email that said, "Thanks for getting my hair right."

Free advertising? • Tammy Kikuchi, who has been the public relations director for the Utah Department of Natural Resources the past 10 years, sent a message to fellow state employees from her utah.gov email account Friday saying goodbye and announcing she is leaving state government.

Nothing wrong with that.

But she added that she is reactivating her real estate license, "so please let me help you sell or buy! Also, please refer me to your friends and family who are in the market for a new home or are selling their homes."

At least the contact information she gave for her real estate business is a nongovernment email address.

prolly@sltrib.com



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