Opinion: Do real University of Utah football fans travel with the team?

Dec 28, 2022, 2:00 PM | Updated: Jan 5, 2023, 2:44 pm

University of Utah football fans cheer for their team...

Utah fans cheer after a Utah score as Utah and Oregon play an NCAA football game at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City on Saturday, Nov. 20, 2021. (Scott G Winterton/Deseret News)

(Scott G Winterton/Deseret News)

This is an editorial piece. An editorial, like a news article, is based on fact but also shares opinions. The opinions expressed here are solely those of the author and are not associated with our newsroom.

PASADENA, Calif. — My radio partner — and the stadium voice of the University of Utah football team — Tim Hughes told me recently about a Utah fan who said to him: “Real fans travel with the team.”

I think he was giving Tim a hard time for not traveling to Las Vegas for the PAC-12 Championship game early this month. Tim will be in Pasadena for the Rose Bowl this coming Monday and will broadcast live from there Monday morning on KSL NewsRadio.

I’ve been thinking about that Utah fan’s comment — that “Real fans travel with the team.”

I don’t know how much of his comment was serious chastisement and how much was good-natured ribbing… but I know I wholeheartedly disagree with the premise.

What makes a real University of Utah football fan?

I believe I am as real a fan as any Utah fan, or any sports fan, even though I will not be going to the Rose Bowl. I graduated, twice, from the University of Utah. Back when I was a student, I couldn’t have cared less about football (although I was hired in 1985, when I was a model, to run out on the field at Rice Eccles during practice and give then-Head Coach Jim Fassel a kiss on the cheek for his birthday.)

I started tailgating and attending Utah games in 1991 in the Frank Dolce era. I loved going to games, even though I was guilty of taking law school books with me to study during timeouts. The Crimson Club advisory board even included me among its members for several years. During Red Rocks meets, the University of Utah women’s gymnastics team, you’d find me at the scorer’s table, doing the PA announcing.

The perspective of knowing football players

In the few years when I taught Media Law in the University of Utah’s communications department, I had several football players as students, including now-Defensive Coordinator Morgan Scalley. (He was a great student, by the way.) Having players in my classes gave me new insight into how deeply they take wins and losses to heart. After that experience, I began to feel happy for whichever team was victorious and sad for whoever lost, because I felt for those young men. Does that make me less of a fan?

Years later, life got in the way of attending sporting events in person. My Saturdays, and every other time in the week, became devoted to my family. Raising two young boys in my 40s, and three beautiful step-kids, took over my existence. It’s still all I do and love, when I’m not working.

“A Utah man sir, a Utah man am I!”

Now, I share my love of the Utes with my sons Cameron, Ethan and Aiden. They, their father and I scream along with the best of them while watching the games. We make chili. We eat nachos. We wear red and flash the U. We sing Utah Man


Are we lesser fans because we don’t travel to the game? Of course not. We love our Utes. My son Cameron is also a Utah graduate. Will we ever be able to afford season tickets or flights, hotel and tickets to a Rose Bowl? I sure hope so. But I will be representing my Utes with all my might until then, from my home in West Jordan.

Amanda Dickson is the co-host of Utah’s Morning News and A Woman’s View.

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Send it to the KSL NewsRadio team here.

Today’s Top Stories


First Amendment rights don't guarantee free speech in a public meeting....

Amanda Dickson

Dickson: No First Amendment rights to yell in city council meetings

Are your First Amendment rights guaranteed in a public meeting? It's not so simple. Let's walk through the law.

14 days ago

Mother's Day gifts aren't always necessary. Sometimes moms just want quality time....

Amanda Dickson

Dickson: Mother’s Day gifts we moms really want

Buying Mother's Day gifts isn't always necessary. Some times, all your mom might want is time. Here's why real time is worth so much more.

19 days ago

The 1983 floods left State Street in downtown Salt Lake looking like a river....

Amanda Dickson

Dickson: “I surfed State Street” and other memories of the 1983 floods

The 1983 floods left State Street a river, with makeshift pedestrian and car bridges. It was reminiscent of Fort Lauderdale, Florida and its canals.

2 months ago

Follow @amandadickson...

Amanda Dickson

Dickson: Sequestering the jury in the age of iPhones and the Vallow Daybell trial

The judge in the Lori Vallow Daybell murder trial, Judge Steven Boyce, hinted in court this week that he is considering sequestering the jury.

2 months ago

Is the snow beautiful or does it suck?...

Amanda Dickson

Dickson: Why we’re grumpy about snow after December

It seems like winter will never end here in the Rocky Mountain West. But why does the snow seem so much more miserable in April?

2 months ago

a sketch of lori vallow daybell and her lawyers during her trial is pictured...

Greg Skordas

Skordas: Lori Vallow Daybell being spared the death penalty isn’t surprising

Was the thought of the death penalty for Lori Vallow Daybell even viable? Let's dive into what the law says about her chances.

2 months ago

Sponsored Articles

close up of rose marvel saliva blooms in purple...

Shannon Cavalero

Drought Tolerant Perennials for Utah

The best drought tolerant plants for Utah can handle high elevations, alkaline soils, excessive exposure to wind, and use of secondary water.

Group of cheerful team members high fiving each other...

Visit Bear Lake

How To Plan a Business Retreat in Bear Lake This Spring

Are you wondering how to plan a business retreat this spring? Read our sample itinerary to plan a team getaway to Bear Lake.

Cheerful young woman writing an assignment while sitting at desk between two classmates during clas...

BYU EMBA at the Marriott School of Business

Hear it Firsthand: 6 Students Share Their Executive MBA Experience at BYU’s Marriott School of Business

The Executive MBA program at BYU offers great opportunities. Hear experiences straight from students enrolled in the program.

Skier being towed by a rider on a horse. Skijoring....

Bear Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau

Looking for a New Winter Activity? Try Skijoring in Bear Lake

Skijoring is when someone on skis is pulled by a horse, dog, animal, or motor vehicle. The driver leads the skiers through an obstacle course over jumps, hoops, and gates.

Banner with Cervical Cancer Awareness Realistic Ribbon...

Intermountain Health

Five Common Causes of Cervical Cancer – and What You Can Do to Lower Your Risk

January is National Cervical Cancer Awareness month and cancer experts at Intermountain Health are working to educate women about cervical cancer.

Kid holding a cisco fish at winterfest...

Bear Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau

Get Ready for Fun at the 2023 Bear Lake Monster Winterfest

The Bear Lake Monster Winterfest is an annual weekend event jam-packed full of fun activities the whole family can enjoy.

Opinion: Do real University of Utah football fans travel with the team?