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image Grantsville’s Ethan Steinfeldt connects on a school record 54-yard field goal last week against Cedar. Grantsville hosts rival Tooele on Friday.

August 28, 2014
In a choice of baseball or football, call me unAmerican

In the interest of transparency, I feel I must disclose that I am not a patriotic American.

Maybe I’m just bitter the Atlanta Braves have all-but let the National League East slip away, but I feel so liberated at the thought of football season really kicking off this weekend that I’ve all-but forgotten baseball season.

Yes, I fully favor football over our nation’s pastime. Thus, some would say I am not a patriot.

I know there is some great baseball yet to be played this year, but just look at the storylines coming up in this weekend’s football matchups and you’ll become a believer — if you haven’t already put baseball in the rear view mirror.

What to watch for this weekend:

— Grantsville and Tooele High Schools will face off in the county’s oldest rivalry game. Tooele is fresh off a dominating 31–6 win over Cyprus in the first season-opening victory since 2005. Grantsville blanked Tooele 21–0 in last year’s game and hasn’t lost to the Buffaloes since 2006. Will Grantsville’s defense be able to stop Tooele’s Wing-T offense? Kickoff is set for Friday at 7 p.m. in Grantsville.

— Stansbury cruised to a season-opening win last week over North Sanpete, but Stansbury residents will have a better chance to see what the Stallions are about this Friday when they travel to Hurricane. Is Stansbury good enough to run the table this year? Kickoff is at 7 p.m.

— The University of Utah coaching staff is under fire for a lack of recent wins. The Utes have only won a meager handful of Pac-12 games and the days of the Fiesta and Sugar Bowl victories seem like a foggy dream in the memories of the original BCS busters. That being said, the Utes hope to use Thursday’s opener against Idaho State as a launch pad into a season full of W’s.

— USU’s Chuckie Keeton is back from injury and Aggie fans couldn’t be happier. The Heisman hopeful has led USU to almost-victories in what used to be pay-to-slay games against power-5 schools — three times. Will Utah State finally get the monkey off its back and earn a signature win against a team that isn’t BYU or Utah? Kickoff is set for 5 p.m. Mountain time on Sunday.

— BYU has been rejected more than once this summer in the question of which power-5 conferences will consider the Cougars a worthy opponent to strengthen their schedules with. When the Cougars face UConn this week, we’ll get a lot better of a look at what BYU is all about this year: How well the defense can recover after losing Van Noy, and if Taysom Hill’s offense can be explosive enough to land the Cougars into the upper echelons of the top-25 polls.

It’s weekends like these that make me proud to be an unpatriotic baseball-ignoring football junkie.

Tavin Stucki is a recent journalism graduate of Utah State University who hasn’t found a sport he doesn’t like. To talk Aggie football, or really anything else, hit him up on Twitter: @TooeleTAVscript.

Tavin Stucki

Community News Editor at Tooele Transcript Bulletin
Tavin Stucki is community news editor, sports reporter and copy editor for the Tooele Transcript Bulletin. Stucki graduated with a journalism degree from Utah State University in 2014, where he worked at The Utah Statesman as staff writer, sports editor, news editor and editor-in-chief, respectively, for four years. Stucki served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Scotland from 2008-10.

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