Remember Lenny Gomes? That BYU player who famously told a Utah player he would be pumping his gas–when all was said and done? Well, Gomes has company now, because Utah Utes defensive tackle Seni Faunouku is fast becoming the smoking gun of this decade in the BYU-Utah rivalry. His counterpart on the line, Lowell Lotuleilei might as well be his sidekick.
Together these two Utes are kicking butt–on social media–and taking names. Ladies and gentleman, meet your football version of Bonnie and Clyde. Or, Laurel and Hardy, depending on which side you’re rooting for. Whatever the case, these two guys are hilarious, setting a new standard for what many considered to be a dead rivalry. One night only? Heck, let’s carry this act over for a few more nights, shall we?
Unless you were under a rock–or a table depending on what you were doing–in Vegas Wednesday night, you heard about the shenanigans that went down at the so-called welcome dinner at the 2015 Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl. If you also didn’t know, BYU and archrival Utah are about to square off this weekend, setting the stage for an historic Holy War rivalry game, the first ever for this series at a neutral site.
A dance-off was supposed to go off without a hitch, but leave it to some kids to make life interesting for everyone watching the bowl pre-game festivities unfold on Fremont Street.
Faunouku, the former Bingham High star and @VFBOSS–his Twitter handle–fired the first shot off the bough Wednesay, grabbing the mic from the emcee during a dance-off of all things. Instead of talking about how his Ute gang likes to boogie on the 1’s and 2’s, Faunouku decided to drop a little street knowledge.
BYU punter Jonny Linehan just got done doing his thang on the dance floor set up along Fremont Street and he didn’t say a thing about Utah. Naturally, you’d expect Faunouku to pick up a beat and get down.
But, no. The Ute D-lineman grabbed the mic from the dance-off emcee and what he said will go down in the annals on BYU-Utah rivalry folklore as one of the greatest speeches ever, certainly up there with Max Hall’s Utah is “classless” comments at the podium.
“BYU. Y’all a good team but you’re a dirty team,” Faounuku said. “Don’t start nothing. Won’t be nothing.” Of course he was referring to the number of instances this year when a Cougar player might have grabbed or punched an opponent in the family jewels. Those come under undisputable evidence. We have all seen the videos.
Lotuleilei wasted zero time commenting on and endorsing Faunouku’s fairly political address. “Seni’s freemont street address” ??? #utahhistory,” he tweeted, knowing that the speech lasting several seconds–because the emcee yanked the mic away–was one for the ages.
Lotuleilei should know a little something-something about recent BYU-Utah rivalry history, because he also had a few kind words for BYU and outgoing head coach Bronco Mendenhall after the bowl game pairing of the century was announced. “I think itd be fun to send bronco off with a loss… ?? @VFBOSS,” he tweeted, including his buddy and teammate Faunouku.
So like no tandem in particular from a football perspective anyway, these two Utes bring new meaning to this BYU-Utah rivalry. They’re carrying what many considered a dead rivalry into the next generation of Holy War worshipers to cherish, savor and well, hate to their hearts’ content until the next time these two fierce rivals play.