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.