Ahead of the matchup vs the #2 Gonzaga Bulldogs, we had a conversation with BYU Superfan Joe Wheat to discuss his ritual that has resulted in 2 BYU home victories.
Q: How many miles have you tracked in the last two games?
A: I have walked 10 laps around the Marriott center.
Q:Why did you start doing it?
A: I started doing it during the st Mary’s game because I when BYU was down 8 with 8 to go, I was literally too stressed to watch so I was just trying to calm myself down. In november my friends started joking that I was the bad luck charm, and it’s continued through that game. I when BYU made a run and tied it up, I made the video as kind of a joke for my twitter friends. Then it started going viral and that became my brand.
Q: Have you gotten anyone else to join your walks?
A: My buddy Jason walked with me vs Santa Clara because we were both stressed. No one else joins me because they don’t wanna miss the comeback and I can’t blame them.
Q: Do you miss seeing the game?
A: I do miss seeing the game but to be honest it’s probably for the best because when my stress starts boiling over I get pretty upset.
Q: Do you watch the highlights after the game to see what you missed?
A: Luckily the radio broadcast goes in the concourse so Greg Wrubell gives me all the highlights I need. But of course I look up the highlights after the game
Q: Before you started this did you do a lot of walking?
A: Yes! I’m a super avid hiker. A couple summers ago I hiked 140 miles or so over 3 months.
Q: Have you considered race-walking in the Olympics?
A: Not the Olympics but I am undefeated in Mall fast walk competitions with my 3 year old nephew.
Q: What is your walking goal for the Gonzaga game Saturday? How many laps do you think it will take for BYU to pull off the upset?
A: Ideally BYU will win by 20 and I won’t have to walk at all!
Q: What is your favorite part about BYU?
A: I love the culture at BYU. Provo gets a bad wrap because of the weird dating culture we have and the “holier than thou” reputation that comes with being a church school, but tbh I have never met a group of young adults that is so generally honest, kind, and devoted to the gospel than I have at BYU.
Q: What is your major?
The jury is still out on whether BYU’s perfect record when Joe walks will remain perfect after facing a Gonzaga team that so far has only lost one game this season to a good Michigan Wolverines team. If it doesn’t then at least Joe is guaranteed to get his ten thousand steps in for the day!