Thursday, January 1, 2009

Utah Vs. Alabama in the Sugar Bowl

Tonight, my beloved University of Utah Utes will play the Alabama Crimson Tide in the Sugar Bowl in New Orleans. Some of our fans rode a bus 36 hours from Salt Lake to New Orleans to get there. We've been calling it the Hell Bus on our message board. I really wish I could have been able to get down there to watch it live. I made the trip to Tempe, Arizona for the Fiesta Bowl in 2004, but couldn't afford the trip to N'awlins. I made a huge pot of chicken and sausage gumbo, and am ditching work early to view the game with family. GO UTES! Check out all the fun at

From Wikipedia: A little info about the University of Utah and the football team

The Utah Utes are the athletics teams of the University of Utah. They are named after the Ute tribe of Native Americans.  The University of Utah college football program began in 1892 and has played home games at Rice-Eccles Stadium since 1927.

The Utes have a record of 10-3 (.769) in bowl games, which is the highest percentage in the nation for teams who have been to more than 10 bowls. They have won 26 conference championships, including six in a row from 1928 to 1933 when they were part of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference.

The Utes have a 75-33 (.694) record since the beginning of the 2000 season. Along the way, Utah engineered an 18-game winning streak and went to bowl games all three seasons, winning all three. They also produced the best season in school history in 2004, when the Utes were 12-0 and became the first school from a non-Bowl Championship Series conference to play in a BCS bowl game. The Utes played the Big East Conference champion University of Pittsburgh Panthers in the 2005 Fiesta Bowl, winning 35-7. The Utes finished the season ranked #4 in the AP poll. Later that year Alex Smith, who was Utah's quarterback for the 2003 and 2004 seasons, was drafted #1 by the San Francisco 49ers in the 2005 NFL Draft. He became the first player in the state of Utah to ever be drafted first. This culminated in the University of Utah becoming the first school in history to produce two #1 professional draft picks in the same year when Andrew Bogut became the #1 pick in the 2005 NBA Draft. Utah is currently coached by Kyle Whittingham, who took over for Urban Meyer after Meyer left Utah for Florida after two seasons with the Utes. In Whittingham's four years the Utes are 36-14 overall and 22-10 in conference play and have won three bowl games (the Emerald Bowl, the Armed Forces Bowl, the Poinsettia Bowl). During the 2008 regular season, Utah again went undefeated with a 12-0 record and have been invited to play in the 2009 Sugar Bowl.

This is from the final home game of the year where Utah beat their rival BYU 48-24

Here is part of the pep rally from down in New Orleans.

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