Oregon students and fans cheer during game against BYU Saturday, Sept. 17, 2022, in Eugene, Ore.
Andy Nelson, Associated Press
“Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me” — author unknown.
Here in the 21st century, that old saying could use a little update, as the BYU football team discovered on Saturday. Oregon linebackers and tackles may break your bones, but words will always hurt you too, especially in this era.
The Cougars, ranked a gaudy (and inflated) 12th in the national polls at the time, got embarrassed on the football field by the University of Oregon Saturday. Then, for good measure — because it’s not enough to merely defeat someone these days — the Ducks’ student-fans rubbed their faces in it by directing a vile chant at the religion the school represents.
They got the Joe Biden treatment.
The same treatment BYU received from USC fans last season.
By now you’ve read all about it. Oregon officials were quick to condemn the students’ behavior (but not as swift as Utah’s governor), and they vow to investigate the incident, although no mention was made of punishment (and what would be a proper punishment anyway — forcing the students to wear blue and white for a year, or, better yet, adhere to the BYU honor code for a semester). Anyway, the damage was done, and hypocrisy and inconsistency were laid bare. Certain races and certain religions are protected, and others … not so much.
We all know this.
“In Oregon, we strive to be a welcoming, inclusive state to all, regardless of religion, gender, or background,” Oregon Gov. Kate Brown said in a statement. “The state and nation have an ugly history of discrimination and bigotry. The chant at yesterday’s Oregon-BYU game was unacceptable. We must do better.”
Source:: Deseret News – Sports News