BYU uniforms: A state of grace?

 Editor’s note: After talking with his team, Bronco Mendenhall changed his mind later on Thursday, saying BYU would only wear the team slogan on its uniforms for Homecoming. Screen Shot 2013-08-08 at 4.00.59 PM

            There’s a scene from “Seinfeld” where Elaine Benes is interviewing for a job with a Mrs. Landis, who is talking about the grace displayed by Jackie Onassis.

            “Not many people have grace,” she says.

            “Well, you know, grace is a tough one,” Elaine says. “I like to think I have a little grace. Not as much as Jackie – “

            “You can’t have a little grace,” “Landis says. “You either have it or you don’t.”

            Elaine: “OK, fine. I have no grace.”

            Landis: “And you can’t acquire grace.”

            For some reason, BYU’s decision to wear the words “Tradition,” “Spirit” and “Honor” this year on the back of its uniforms made me think of the “Seinfeld” episode.

               Either BYU has tradition, spirit and honor or it doesn’t.

            I happen to think BYU has all of those — and a lot of it.

            But I also think that, like Jackie O., it doesn’t need to put it up in lights to drive home the point.

            Other teams have done similar things for one game, for worthy causes. But for a season?  I realize there are worse things that can happen to uniforms. BYU, for instance, could someday have the name of a sponsor on the back. (By the way, I think that will someday come to college football, too.)

            For now, I think Bronco Mendenhall should have left it alone…and let the grace and goodness speak for itself.

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3 comments

  1. Kirk Davis

    Brad really…another gimmick ……if the BYU team could perform as well against top talented teams as much as this HONOR SPIRIT TRADITION crap…they would have been selected into the PAC -12 ….another Bronco Rah-Rah campaign….. The BYU tradition was set way before Bronco and will exist beyond his tenure…I think I just threw up a little in my mouth reading this..

  2. Dan Barlow

    I’m OK with advertising on jerseys, a la soccer football everywhere around the world, as long as the young men doing all the work (the players) get some consideration for it. Keeping my expectations low though, the current system enriches everyone but them, and I believe some change is in order.

    Jerseygate will go down in Cougar Nation lore as the worst of Bronco’s occasional mistakes. I don’t think they’ll even be allowed to do it for Homecoming, because it violates NCAA policy.

    Either way, we’re all human, and we all make mistakes. I’m not going to hate on him for this mistake. In other words, I forgive you, Coach Mendenhall.

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