With no team in Wolverine green and the college up the road struggling, football could be a sore subject in Utah Valley.
Instead, students are finding their own form of competition on the gridiron through UVU Intramurals. With over 30 teams already registered, flag football boasted enough heated games in last week’s first regular season action to force referees into enforcing conduct rules.
Sophomore Ryan Vialpando admitted he embraces the competitive nature of the game, especially with no college football team to call his own.
“Football’s my favorite spot for sure, so you’ve got to take what you can get,” Vialpando said. “We get pretty into it out here, and it makes for some good games.”
Students have as much fun with team names as the games. Vialpando is a quarterback on team Natalie Portman. Other names include Public Enemy, Victorious Secret and We’ll Be Havin That.
Ditto for basketball, which boasted over 20 registered teams in Week 1 of regular season play. Matchups this week include Bang-A-Rang vs. Midway Mafia and Notorious vs. McLovin.
Other sports to kick off their respective regular seasons included co-ed soccer and volleyball. Students can still register for $5 per athlete.