Sunday, September 23, 2012

Utah vs Arizona State


I was really looking forward to this game because my brother Patrick and his family live in 
Mesa, Az., and my dad and oldest brother Matt, were flying down to see the game and visit Patrick.
Also my kids were coming on the trip.  Having family around makes life better.
We are lucky to go with the team on the charter.
Kylie, Melissa, and Dawson
I wanted to laugh out loud when I saw this hotel worker holding my name up.
Dawson, Helen, Melissa, Kylie walked across the street to shop and eat.
We walked across the street to shop at this nice outdoor mall with misters that 
help cool you down.  Since it was 100 degrees this was a great feature.
We ate at the Cheesecake Factory at the Mall.
The team went to their dinner, meetings, movie, and dinner while we were out and about.
scenes from the game
Melissa, Kylie, Helen, Timberly, and me
My dad reading over the program at the game.
The end result for the game was kind of shocking, we hoped to win, of course.  ASU ran away with the game from the beginning.  It was not a good game for our team.  They work so hard, 
it is hard to know what happens in a game like that, where nothing goes right.
Loving that the BYE week is coming and we get some time to regroup and heal.

Jamie, Matt, Patrick, friend, Cody, Alex, Shelly, Melissa, Dawson, Grandpa Phil
Heading to the airport, then home....

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Utah vs BYU--Rivalry


Wikipedia --A sports rivalry is intense competition between athletic teams or athletes. This pressure of competition is felt by players, coaches, and management, but is perhaps felt strongest by the fans.

I personally don't agree with Wikipedia.  I think the pressure is felt strongest by the coaches, the families of the coaches.  Our husband's have been sleeping at the office and working over their already over time, which means too much time.  Again, they want to win for themselves, the players, the fans, their schools, their families.
Then when you have the local rivalry, you have to hear about the results for a long time!

I am just glad it is over for the year!  At least several years to be exact!
Go Utes!!

Whittingham's Tailgating
Ute Walk
Pregame Warm Up

Grandma Nancy would never show up without the headdress, family watching during a time out, Rachel and Kylie, Kyle with his Mom in full Ute gear.
I get my own security these days.  He is not much when I am in my seat, but he kept checking on me and was great after the game.

The game is not over yet!  Kyle heading to the line referee.
It is finally over.
No comment necessary.
 Now it is time for the rest of the season...........

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Utah vs Utah State


"If you link your happiness to the whims of a game,
the odds of ever feeling truly happy are slim to none."

It's one thing to watch a game as a fan, but to actually be the wife of the coach is another.
No one can understand the stress on the wife of the Head Coach unless they have been one.
Adding to my usual duties of wife, mother, friend, daughter, sister, etc, I have to enhance
my jobs of psychologist, motivator, listening ear, pep talker, and shoulder to lean on.
There is no time to think about the game last week (which is good)
and no time to think of the upcoming game (which is also good).
I usually touch up on my knowledge by re-reading articles and books I have saved
from past years. It is not easy to remember it all when you don't have to use to all the time.

The Power of Your Subconscious Mind
Happy for No Reason
Think Like a Winner

 Coaches all respond differently to wins or losses.  With a win, Kyle never gets too confident,
and with a loss he takes it extremely hard.  He wants to win, not only for himself, but
for the coaches, for the players, for his family, and for the fans.  Kyle cares so much, and I
care about him.  I feel very lucky and have a great job being able to do what I can to help him.

Go Utes!!

Isn't he handsome!?