First of Fall OOTD + Why I HATE the Holy War Rivalry

If you are from Utah or you know someone who lives in Utah, it’s likely that this past weekend was spent in front of the TV watching the Holy War (a.k.a. BYU vs. Utah Rivalry). I however, was not one of those people. I usually don’t express my opinion regarding sports matters, but today I’m going to chat a little bit about my frustration with the so called “game of the year”.
** Disclaimer: I am not a sports fanatic; I was not raised in a home of obsessed football lovers with devotion to a team of choice. I am not an expert on football by ANY means. These opinions are strictly my own and while you might not agree… this blog is a place for me to express my own thoughts and feelings. Take it or leave it.

The rivalry between the University of Utah and Brigham Young University began back around year 1922, making it one of the longest played college rivalries in the United States. The term “Holy War” has been used due to these two reasons. 1- Brigham Young University is run by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and the University of Utah is a public owned university run by the State of Utah.  2- There is a large cultural difference between both of the fan bases of each university. While many U of U fans are Latter-Day Saint members, many view BYU fans as being “overly religious, or the term ZOOBIE” and Utah fans are portrayed as “beer-drinking and Satanist.”  BYU and Utah campuses are extremely close to each other (approximately 50 miles) which just adds to the hatred. The rivalry has become a cultural phenomenon throughout the state of Utah.  Neighbors have been known get in fights, spray paint the opposing team’s logo on their neighbor’s front lawn, and I’m sure there are countless relationships that have possibly ended due to one’s love for the opposing team.  

Now that you have a little history on the rivalry, here’s my opinion.
I was recently reading this article from the Deseret News, Is Rivalry Healthy or Harmful?  
I hate the Holy War rivalry. I have many family members who are BYU fans and I attended a lot of games there as a child. My husband is an avid Utah fan and I have spent lots of games by his side cheering the Utes onto victory. I do not associate myself with either team but I enjoy football games and participating in cheering on a team with thousands of other fans. Over the past few years I have become more aware of the ill-feeling associated with this rivalry. I understand from a sports perspective that this is a fun, intense game that can often times leave you hanging until the very last second.  This rivalry doesn’t just end when the game buzzer sounds, this rivalry continues throughout the entire year.  I dislike this rivalry the most because it strikes something very personal to me, religion. I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and I dislike how the rivalry has morphed into a way for fans use the religion as a way to degrade or endorse the game of football. I really do wish the Holy War rivalry would end. There really is no benefit in playing each other, they’re not in the same conference, and winning/losing does nothing for either one. Do we keep playing this game just for the cultural benefits or so we can have our bishop stand up on Sunday morning in Sacrament and make a funny joke about previous night’s game? Yeah gag me. It’s not that I don’t like a little competitive fun; I hate the way the rivalry makes fans act like complete morons, on both sides of the playing field. 

Now that that rant is done, here’s the simple but chic outfit I wore yesterday to celebrate the first day of Fall! I am so excited for the upcoming weeks; we have lots of fun activities planned and the crisp air here in Utah is one of my favorite things ever about this beautiful state! 
                                                 

                                                  

                                                 
OUTFIT DETAILS
Sweater // Thrifted
Pencil Skirt // Forever 21 (see similar)
Peacock Earrings // Ebay (old)
Necklaces // Forever 21 Use code "jewel30" for an extra 30% off your purchase!
                                                     

                                                      

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13 comments

  1. Loving this Courtney! You're so ready for fall! :)
    xoxo
    Kate

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  2. Wonderful outfit for Fall, and a great rant too. I don't follow college football much, but anything that has a whiff of Holy War sounds supremely silly! Thanks for sharing with Visible Monday. xo

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    1. yeah people and their sports... very silly! Thank you for your nice comment! XO

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  3. Super cute! I loathe the holy war as well. I've been a ute fan since birth and it's funny how many relationships are ruined over this rivalry. I'm glad we get a two year break. It's just a dirty rivalry not just for the team but for the fans.

    Nightchayde

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    1. I know right?! People get so into the game and plenty of realtionships are ruined over this, but hey I guess that's sports!

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  4. Love that skirt with the top :) You look amazing!

    Abby
    Life in the Fash Lane

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    1. Thank you! This will probably be one of my big go-to outfits for fall! XO

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  5. Visiting from Sunday Style. Love the rich color of your skirt. I am not a college football fan only a NFL fan.

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    1. Thank you! Burgandy is one of my favorites! Yeah I like watching all football but people just get too into their teams!!

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  6. Looove those booties! I'm a college football fan myself and a BYU fan and I agree that a lot of fans take the rivalry too far! I think the game itself is fun and it's great to show pride in your team, but people just get mean about it and that makes it pretty un-fun. At least they're getting a couple year break from it... maybe everyone can cool off!

    http://janelleinreallife.blogspot.com

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    1. Yeah I completely agree! The game is fun but people just get too caught up in it all! Definitely excited about the two year break!

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  7. Gorgeous outfit!

    Thank you for linking up with Style Sessions!

    Lauren xx
    www.stylelixir.com

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