Jamaal Williams injury puts rivarly in perspective

            BYU running back Jamaal Williams is going to be OK, according to BYU reports. After seeing him leave the game on a backboard, Saturday night, it bothered me. I noticed quite a few Utah fans applauding him encouragingly when he left the field.

Deseret News photo by Tom Smart

Deseret News photo by Tom Smart

            Although it may have happened, I didn’t see anyone booing.

            I saw where one BYU fan told Utah fans not to pretend to care if Williams is OK. That’s cynical, even by social media standards. I know one thing: players and coaches care. Utah’s Kyle Whittingham took time out from his post-game interview session to express concern and well wishes for Williams.

            Sometimes when it comes to rivalries, fans get thinking they want only misery and destruction upon the opponent. But when serious things happen, they usually get a different perspective.

            I’ve known people I didn’t like, but if they became ill, I only felt sympathy for them; same when someone loses a job or suffers a tragedy. I felt sorry for staffers who were recently laid off at the Salt Lake Tribune, not satisfaction.

            I can’t imagine a single player on Saturday, when Williams was rolled off the field, who would feel good about what happened.

            So rivalries are fine, but genuine concern and even compassion are better.  That might be a good thing to bear in mind in 2016 when the Utah-BYU games resume.

           

           

           

 

One comment

  1. JAMES

    OTHER PLAYERS WERE THINKING, “THAT COULD BE ME” IN A GIVEN SITUATION. CONCERNING THE BYU FAN WHO SAID THAT TO THE UTAH FAN, I’M SURE WHEN THEY THOUGHT BACK WITH A “COOLER” HEAD…IT’S JUST A GAME, BUT SOME OF US PUT IT ABOVE GOD AND FAMILY. LET’S USE THE COMMONSENSE GOD GAVE US PEOPLE. THAT GOES FOR BOTH UTAH AND BYU FANS. FOR THE RECORD, I AM A COUGAR FAN. I LIVE IN CEDAR CITY AND AM PROUD OF HOW GREAT THE SUU THUNDERBIRD FOOTBALL PROGRAM IS DOING UNDER COACH LAMB AND HIS STAFF. I, FOR ONE, WOULD LIKE TO SEE MORE INFORMATION AS THEIR SEASON PROGRESSES IN THE DESERT MORNING NEWS.

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