Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Chasing the Chaste

Football season is right around the corner, and each week we will have the privilege of watching defense chasing the chaste, only this year we know it.

University of Florida quarterback Tim Tebow was making headlines, once again, last week at the Southeastern Conference (SEC) Media Days. True to form, his headlines were for being a notch above the ordinary. One media member was bold enough to question Tebow about his virginity, which he replied was still in tact. We all know Tebow as an excellent football player and a devout christian. However, the disturbing trends that we are witnessing is that excellent football players are increasingly unchaste, and even devout Christians are indulging in pre-marital sex.

It is wonderful to see a player of Tebow's stature and influence boldly standing for right. He has been a great role model that I hope players on all levels are trying to emulate.

Saturday, July 25, 2009


I have followed college football for over two decades. I still remember attending my first game in 1988: Brigham Young University (BYU) vs. Air Force in Colorado Springs, Colorado. I was even lucky enough to get Ty Detmer’s autograph after the game! My second game came the following year in Albuquerque, New Mexico, BYU vs. New Mexico. The image of BYU cornerback Brian Mitchell racing down the sideline on a 97-yard interception return for a touchdown is still fresh in my mind.

First, and foremost, I am a BYU Cougars fan. I attended BYU, my parents attended BYU, and both sets of my grandparents attended BYU. Therefore, I have an affinity for stories related to BYU, the Mountain West Conference (MWC), and Bowl Championship Series (BCS) reform. However, I am still a fan of college football. My other favorite teams (since the 1990s) include the Ohio State Buckeyes, the Florida State Seminoles, and the Florida Gators. More recently, I have enjoyed watching the resurgence of Penn State, the emergence of Boise State—although they present competition to BYU in some ways, the dominance of the University of Southern California (USC), and the superhuman performance of Tim Tebow on and off the field.

I was born in a suburb of Dallas, Texas, so football is in my blood. After about seven years there, my family moved to Colorado Springs, and five years after that we relocated again to South Jordan, Utah. While in South Jordan, I played three years on the Bingham High School football team as a quarterback; I also played a little bit of safety. I was sophomore team captain on the “best sophomore team in school history” according to our coaches. We were ranked number 2 in the state my senior year as we compiled an 8-2 record.

During my playing career, I was associated with the following prominent players:

1. Kevin Curtis, Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver, asked me to
do passing drills with him as he prepared for the upcoming football season in

2. Paul Peterson, former Boston College quarterback
and 2004 Continental Tire Bowl MVP, was my teammate in high school.

3. Reno “Junior” Mahe, Philadelphia Eagles running back/punt
returner (led the NFL in punt returns in 2005), played with him at BYU football
summer camps and played against him twice during the 1997 football season.

4. Bryan Kehl, New York Giants Linebacker, played against
him in high school during the 1998 football season.

I have created this blog to share my passion for college football, and to, hopefully, enhance others' participation in the sport as a fan, student, or player.


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