Great Game tonight... but I was sad not to see Crazy Lady between the 3rd and 4th Quarters. I'd like to know the back story of why the University did away with Crazy Lady. Here's my theory....
November 13, 2010 In South Bend, IN, the Utes were in the midst of a sloppy game against Notre Dame. It had been a rough week, as the Utes had suffered a humiliating defeat against TCU the previous Saturday. Still, thousands of Utah fans showed up in South Bend and many of the Notre Dame faithful I spoke to on that day were very surprised at how well our team traveled to their campus 1,500 miles away... some even remarking that they hadn't seen so many visiting fans since Nebraska visited Notre Dame clear back in 2000!
As it turns out... the Utes didn't show up to play that Saturday... but the Utah marching band did show up... and so did Crazy Lady! During the break between the 3rd and 4th quarters... the band started blaring out the familiar Blues Brothers theme... and Crazy Lady started to do her thing! I remember it vividly... it was drizzling rain... the Utes were losing... but it was fun, even encouraging to hear our band play and see Crazy lady get excited... right there on that hallowed ground in Notre Dame stadium! Then... after about 20 seconds... it got really awkward and embarrassing... really fast!
As I remember it... Notre Dame had their own special program slatted during that same 4-5 minute intermission. A voice came over the loud speaker and it was clear that Notre Dame University was recognizing and honoring somebody... as so often happens during the break in a college football game. As gracious guests in their stadium... our band should have stopped playing right then... but it didn't happen that way... the band kept playing... and crazy lady kept dancing. I don't remember exactly how long this went on - probably only 30 seconds or so... but it was long enough that most of the 60,000-70,000 Notre Dame faithful started booing out loud. Was it a big deal that had any outcome on the game... NO... but it was a disappointing and embarrassing incident for our program that really shouldn't have happened... especially in a place with so much history and class. Admittedly... if something similar would have happened to the Utes (say a team like Tulsa were to come in to our stadium and obnoxiously interrupt one of our traditions or routines)... I would have booed... and probably thought less of that program!
SO HERE'S MY THEORY.... Someone important and influential at Notre Dame wasn't happy about the situation... and word got back to the PAC-12. I can just imagine a phone call between Jack Swarbick (Notre Dame Athletic Director) and Larry Scott (PAC12 Commissioner) "Larry... if Utah wants to be respected as a BIG TIME football program in a BIG TIME football league... they need to stop it with these stunts!". I think Larry Scott ultimately laid down the law with Chris Hill that Crazy Lady needs to go. The best Chris Hill could do was negotiate a "phase out" over the next year... and Utah was able to keep Crazy Lady for the 2011 football season... but not for 2012. Just my theory... but I think there's more to this than the "official" story we're hearing that the Utah Marketing Department wants to try something new.