He was right, you know.
That cranky old dude at Bronco Mendenhall's press conference a few weeks ago in Salt Lake City, he had the right idea.
"It's not in the afternoons anymore," he said, interrupting BYU's football coach.
Bronco made the mistake of speaking passionately about gameday afternoons in Provo and how the crowd, the band, the cheerleaders and the team, all work together in harmony.
And then ...
"It's not in the afternoons anymore," the man said.
People laughed because it was funny the way this random older gentleman began speaking out of turn, interrupting the coach's speech and complaining about so many late start times (and to his credit, Mendenhall handled the awkward moment beautifully).
But the truth is, the old dude was right.
BYU and Weber State played Saturday afternoon at LaVell Edwards Stadium and it was a wonderful sight to behold, not because of the outcome (45-13, BYU) or the setting, but because it was played in broad daylight.
Gameday afternoons are the essence of college football.
Yes, of course I'm aware that above all it's a business, and a pricey one at that. Big networks pay big bucks to televise big games during primetime hours and its taken college football from Saturday afternoons to Saturday nights and now even Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.
Too bad, I say. I liked it better before and I'm sure I'm not alone.
The Cougars opened their season Aug. 30 with an 8:30 p.m. start vs. Washington State. It took well over three hours before BYU finally came away with a 30-6 win.
That's dangerously close to midnight, if you're keeping track.
Next week, Utah and BYU will meet in Salt Lake. It's a game many local sports fans look circle on their calendars, unfortunately it won't start until 8 p.m., which means there's a good chance old dudes like me and the guy at Bronco's press conference will been sound asleep by the time it's over.
The following week, BYU travels to Boise State for a game that is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m., while the Utes play at Arizona State in a game whose start time is not yet determined.
Something tells me it's not goings to start in the afternoon.
As Bronco so kindly told the guy at the fan luncheon in Salt Lake, BYU has an exclusive deal with ESPN. It's a nice deal, but it also means ESPN gets to determine the start times and, well, that usually means sometime after sundown.
Hey, good for the Cougars. And good for the Utes, too, because they've also got a nice TV deal that will dictate some late start times.
Good for them, but bad for the fans.
Weber State doesn't have one of those deals, nor does Utah State. That's why a glance at their 2012 schedules show no ridiculous start times.
They do, of course, play some nighttime home games (6 p.m. starts) but they're early in the season, when it's still warm in the afternoon.
On the other hand, it was pretty warm down on the field Saturday in Provo and there was still something magical about the crowd, the band, the cheerleaders and the teams out there under a blue sky, the way God intended.
At the risk of coming off like another crusty old guy, I'll reiterate this point: College football was meant to be played on Saturday afternoons. There's just something about waking up in the morning and knowing there's a game in a few hours.
And it's also nice knowing you're going to be back in bed before midnight.
See the video of Mendenhall's press conference here.