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Discussion in 'Colorado Football Message Board' started by 61_Shasta, Nov 20, 2011.

  1. 61_Shasta

    61_Shasta Member

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    OK. It looks like in another thread things got off to a rocky start so allow me on behalf of our entire tailgate group to be the first to welcome all of you to Salt Lake City. Since many if not most of you have likely not been to Salt Lake City I'd like to take a moment to give you suggestions to make your visit the best. Want some friendly smack? Visit www.utefans.net. Most posters are pretty cool. We have our jerks too but join us and let's have some fun. Will Utah/Colorado become a rivalry? Eventually it might. Right now no, it probably isn't. You don't manufacture rivalries they have to develop on their own.

    For accommodations I wouldn't recommend any of the airport hotels as they're easily a ten minute drive or cab ride to to downtown. Hotels are plenty downtown with my personal favorites being the Monaco, Grand America if you want a 5-star feel and the Peery Hotel if you like an older more nostalgic stay. Otherwise there are your typical Hilton, Marriott, etc., hotels and several economy chains.

    Speaking of the airport, while you can catch the 550 bus you'll probably want to take a cab or a shuttle to your hotel. UTA buses are not luggage friendly and I can pretty well guarantee that the hassle won't be worth the money you'll save.


    Wherever you are going downtown give yourself plenty of time to get around. There is major redevelopment going on and several streets are either closed or restricted both to vehicle and pedestrian traffic. If you're staying downtown definitely let the Utah Transit Authority (UTA) be your wheels to get to and from the game. Utah being a mostly commuter campus has extensive parking but quite a large portion of it is reserved for various passes on game day and you'll wind up with quite a walk after finding one of the free lots. If you're coming from downtown you'll want to take the red line of the UTA Trax light rail system from the Courthouse station (located on Main Street between 4th and 5th South) to the stadium. Come up early as these trains get more and more packed the closer you get to gametime. If you're coming in early be aware of one thing. UTA Trax light rail and buses will not run on Thanksgiving.


    If you like to have a cocktail or two in your room you'll need to plan in advance. Either bring it in your luggage or there are two liquor stores downtown. Liquor in Utah is only sold at state stores although there is an embryonic movement to change that. The one on 2nd West and 4th South is more convenient to most downtown hotels and caters more to the liquor customer than wine and I'll promise you that you'll get hit up by at least one panhandler. On 3rd East between 2nd and 3rd South you'll find another that is more wine oriented. Liquor stores are closed on Thanksgiving day and bars are open at their discretion on Thanksgiving.


    Thankfully the "private club" law is gone and bars downtown are open to the public without membership. The grand lady of downtown bars, Port O'Call is gone thanks to the US government but two groups of its upper management opened their own establishments and are doing well. Gracie's is probably the more popular of the two but the Green Pig is my personal favorite of those two. Lumpy's on Pierpont Avenue is the flagship Ute bar and is amenable to all visiting fans. If you're wearing your school gear don't be surprised if you get at least one drink bought for you. If you're a dueling pianos kind of person Keys on Main is great or if you don't mind a little walk the original, The Tavernacle, is on 3rd South just east of 2nd East. Those who are not LDS or familiar with the area "Tavernacle" is a play on the LDS Tabernacle on Temple Square. Just as a side note the Tabernacle is actually a pretty cool place to visit and is open to the public.


    Restaurants run the range from taco carts to five-star dining at the Grand America. Some personal favorites are Market Street/Oyster Bar, Bambara and Cuccina Toscana. If you go to Cuccina Toscana ask your waiter if Valter is there. If he is make sure you experience Valter. You don't meet Valter, you experience him. Tex-Mex at the Rio Grande is good as is eclectic fare at the Tin Angel. If you have a car and don't mind driving Lugano in Millcreek is always good as Cafe Madrid both in the same area. The Pie Pizza is a long standing Ute hangout right off campus with great pizza and plenty of cold beer. Lunch is a hands down. Tony Caputo's Market and Deli. Best deli in town period. Tony's almost always there and is always willing to help with suggestions for what's fresh.


    It's hard to say that there's anything that you'd consider "must-do" in Salt Lake City but that doesn't mean that there isn't anything to do. Obviously if you're LDS Temple Square is your Mecca and whether you're LDS or not slip in a tour of the LDS conference center. From the outside it's hard to believe that it seats somewhere around 22,000 people. The state capital is an amazing building that just underwent a restoration back to near original condition. There's an outdoor mall on the west side of downtown known as The Gateway if you're into shopping and just south of there are the neighborhoods of old Japantown and Old Greektown. If you're a "hole-in-the-wall diner" there are some little places in those neighborhoods that have a ton of character and some good food. Also If you have some extra time make a run to Park City. The food is good, the bars are fun and it's still mostly locals rather than the tourists. Skiers, Alta, Snowbird, Soltitude and Brighton are in limited open status. Either rent or bring your rock skis just to be safe, though.


    Most alumni tailgates are held on the west side of Guardsman way by the football facility. Have fun with your fellow alums but hopefully you'll have an opportunity to stop by the Guardsman tailgate lot directly east and have some pregame fun with us. If you skip the alumni tailgate and have your own food to cook you'll no doubt find a camp that will let you use their grill. We typically have food on the grill for visiting fans and you're welcome to join us. We've been honored enough to have OSU, UCLA and ASU fans join us and we love hosting our visitors. And I probably should apologize in advance. We have our share of "tailgating is an excuse to start drinking at 6:00 am" people. They're a pain in the ass to us too but everybody has them.


    Most any of the Ute fans you'll find posting here will be more than happy to make suggestions, offer any help or answer any questions you may have about your trip. Here's hoping it's a good one and above all a safe one however you travel to SLC! Please send me a message if you have any questions about your visit to Salt Lake City, tailgating or anything else.
     
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  2. Ruckus

    Ruckus Peep my words. Club Member

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    Holy **** you write a lot.

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  3. GoBuffs08

    GoBuffs08 Well-Known Member

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    Anyone that reads the entire post, please summarize.
     
  4. Buffnik

    Buffnik Real name isn't Nik Club Member Junta Member

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    Basically, if you want to get yourself a whore for the weekend you need to marry her first.
     
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    CUBUFF80 No Stinkin' Title Club Member

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    Burrito Palazzo huff my smug Club Member

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    Aww, it was good effort at hospitality. Especially in light of those two UW fans that keep talking smack for Utah.
     
  7. CUBUFF80

    CUBUFF80 No Stinkin' Title Club Member

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    Aren't those BYU fans?
     
  8. Burrito Palazzo

    Burrito Palazzo huff my smug Club Member

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    I can't tell, they're all the same.
     
  9. liverflukes

    liverflukes Resident Bear Club Member

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    Sounds like the game day experience is going to be a real hoot. I envy any Buffs making the trip. :thumbsup:
     
  10. Burrito Palazzo

    Burrito Palazzo huff my smug Club Member

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    So why is your sig pic out of the north shore in Sydney?
     
  11. Devildog

    Devildog Banned BANNED Club Member

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    This is obviously the wrong year to stir up any "rivalry"...

    You guys are already exposed nerves, and clenched teeth. Like a rabid squirrel that's been hit by car.

    He's trying to be nice to ya.
     
  12. Burrito Palazzo

    Burrito Palazzo huff my smug Club Member

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    Yeah, we get that. He's trying to be nice, you suck. Rivalries come from worthy opponents. I'm not sure if Utah will be it, but the fans are clearly not.
     
  13. CUBUFF80

    CUBUFF80 No Stinkin' Title Club Member

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    Seems more like a post from the SLC Chamber of Commerce.
     
  14. Buffnik

    Buffnik Real name isn't Nik Club Member Junta Member

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    We know. That's part of what makes it fun.

    How about posting some pics of hot Utah coeds to get this thread rolling?

    Also, is it true that we can only get 3.2 beer in Utah?
     
  15. Daaah

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    Hold on, let me just finish Proust's In Search Of Lost Time and then I'll get to that post.
     
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  16. Burrito Palazzo

    Burrito Palazzo huff my smug Club Member

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    3.2 and 6.0, not that big a difference. Utah's hottest women are no longer in Utah, but they are extremely hot. They get when the gettin's good.
     
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    liverflukes Resident Bear Club Member

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    Is it? I've been to Sydney and don't recognize it...I stole the pix from some British dude's blog
     
  18. Devildog

    Devildog Banned BANNED Club Member

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    You're not exactly knocking it out of the park yourself. Come on... you're supposed to be the biggest dick in the bag?
     
  19. Burrito Palazzo

    Burrito Palazzo huff my smug Club Member

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    Yeah, it's the far side of the Sydney Harbor Bridge. If you flip a bitch, you end up in Sydney's CBD. It's straight out of the Matrix. When I miss Oz, I watch the Matrix 2&3.
     
  20. Devildog

    Devildog Banned BANNED Club Member

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    No. There are some local brew pubs right in downtown close to the U. Squatters and Red Rock. The Green Pig isn't a bad place to get a brew.
     
  21. Burrito Palazzo

    Burrito Palazzo huff my smug Club Member

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    Hate to waste any effort on those less worthy, and you have yet to prove yourself witty or knowledgeable. But thanks for stopping by! Why are you posting for Utah?
     
  22. 61_Shasta

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    Wow. Unexpected result

    How anyone figures I'm trolling I have no idea and this is a template that I've posted on every visiting team's website in our initial PAC-12 season. Up until this point I've gotten a positive reaction from all of the fans that are coming here for the first time.

    I want to make sure that you know that Devildog does not speak for me as a Utah fan and is not representative of most Utah fans. The vast majority of us want to get to know you better and have some fun on 11/25.

    Sorry if my initial post came across as anything else.
     
  23. Burrito Palazzo

    Burrito Palazzo huff my smug Club Member

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    No, we get that, and I do appreciate the effort. You're fine and we're glad to have you! I hope the game is well played and whoever wins, I hope it's a victory well earned. DD and one of his clones beat you here by a day, so it's an uphill battle for you. Cause they're lame. Why do they both have "dog" in their name?
     
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    :sorry:
     
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    liverflukes Resident Bear Club Member

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    The Brit's blog said a bear taxi driver was driving him to Heathrow. Bastard Limey. I'm changing my sig pix! I don't recognize it from my visits but then again, I was wasted for 5 straight days when I was there. Thanks BP. I was getting sick of that guy being in my car anyways.
     
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    We're 2-10 and everyone is ready for the season to just be over. Perhaps you'll find more enthusiasm in future years, but Utah will never be a 'rival' of CU. Not sure if you're a basketball fan, but if you are, consider how fired up you are for Ute hoops this year, and how fun it is to lose every game by 30. That's what this football season is for us. We've done a remarkable job in averaging over 50k for home games (more than Utah), but very few people are excited to hop in their car and drive 8 hours to see CU close out the season with a 30 point loss to a non-rival program with an inferiority complex.
     
  27. Devildog

    Devildog Banned BANNED Club Member

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    Shasta,

    I'm sorry if I reflected badly on you or on the Utes. That wasn't my intention. Seriously, I've been posting and reading here since July of 2010. I meant to stir things up but not to be a Nebraska type dickhead.

    I guess I thought people could see I was kinda going easy. I guess not. The nerves around here are understandably exposed.
     
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    Even Mtn Buff thinks that post is long. :lol:



    Welcome to the board Ute.
     
  29. 61_Shasta

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    I just wanted to have those CU fans that are coming to SLC to have a good experience and give some suggestions on where to go and what to do. I said that I don't think we are rivals at this point. That will take time if it happens. And it might not. Who knows. I'm just trying to be a good host as we've experienced in most of the PAC-12 and invite you to stop by our tailgate.
     
  30. Ruckus

    Ruckus Peep my words. Club Member

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    "Taking it easy" on us is worse than full on ****talking. Telling us you are "taking it easy" is even worse..it is degrading and makes you look like a ****ing kunt. If you wanna talk, do it, but don't try and be a nice guy at the same time. It is fake. You are just like Buffsurveyer. Look that guy up. And don't talk about our nerves either, you passive agressive dickfoot. I would prefer you don't come back, rather than change to be a better poster. Your name is soiled.

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