USC turmoil could put Utes in bowl

This week’s college football action increased Utah’s chances of becoming bowl eligible. But not just because the Utes routed Idaho State, 56-14. It was what has been going on in Los Angeles. There are still no guaranteed wins for Utah, the remainder of the year. But if the Utes win the games in which they have approximately a 50-50 chance or better (Fresno State, Washington State, Arizona, Colorado), … Continue reading»

With USC’s Josh Shaw, no news would be good news

    There’s no such thing as sitting on a story, or sometimes even checking it out, in this social media-driven world. So it is that USC football player Josh Shaw, in a few hours, has gone from hero to curiosity. Shaw was praised for apparently jumping from a second-story balcony to save his nephew, who was struggling in a swimming pool. Powell ended up injuring his ankles. … Continue reading»

Utes: Simplest way to win the Pac-12

Talent is huge when building a great college football team. There’s nothing bigger. Except health. People tend to remember a team’s talent a lot more than its injuries. Utah starts its season this week, having not had a starting quarterback play the whole season since 2008. While both the 2004 and 2008 BCS bowl teams had plenty of NFL players, they also remained mostly injury-free. It’s impossible to … Continue reading»

Baseball: Allow Rose to bloom

  Pete Rose says he hopes when new baseball commissioner Rob Manfred takes over, he’ll give him a second chance. The player banned for life for betting on games wants reinstatement. I don’t blame him. The ban has been in force for 25 years. But more important than that, sports have given second chances to some pretty messed up characters: Steve Howe, Ray Lewis, Darryl Strawberry, Doc Gooden, … Continue reading»

Johnny Adolescent: Grow up!

  All the talk on the radio and online on Tuesday was about Johnny Manziel gesturing with his middle finger at the Washington bench in Monday’s NFL exhibition game. Competitive guy, some people say. Stupid guy, say others. Either way, the old intimidation tricks don’t work in the NFL. Manziel had an earthbound performance for the Cleveland Browns. Manziel might think he’s just being competitive, but realistically, that … Continue reading»

Ferguson conditions bring Rodney King memories

  I’m not sure anyone that isn’t in Ferguson, Mo., knows exactly what is going on there. With the police arresting and threatening journalists, and the National Guard now entering the picture, it appears a dangerous situation. I can relate to this in a remote way. I was in Los Angeles during the Rodney King riots in 1992.  The Jazz were there for the playoffs. Since I was … Continue reading»

Bronco Mendenhall, Matt Wells: causes beyond football

  Bronco Mendenhall has often gone where most coaches don’t. He has referenced Book of Mormon warriors. Last fall initiated the slogan “Tradition, Spirit, Honor,” to be worn on their uniforms. There’s more. On Thursday he took another bold step by calling out media members by name and challenging them to donate and/or participate in the Ice Bucket Challenge to raise funds for his favorite charity, the Holly … Continue reading»

Wiggins a star already, off the court

  Andrew Wiggins is just 19, the No.1 pick in the NBA Draft. But from what I can tell, he’s already acting like a man – which you can’t say for a lot of NBA players. It has to be hard to get the attention he has, at such a young age. But after being drafted by the Cleveland Cavaliers, it appears he’s about to be traded to … Continue reading»

Sprint car tragedy avoidable

  I won’t link to the video, because it’s too disturbing. I’ll only say this: more than ever, sports need perspective. Hyper-competitiveness is considered an asset. But sometimes it kills. Sprint car racer Kevin Ward Jr. died Saturday in upstate New York after he got out of his car following a crash and walked onto the track to gesture at Tony Stewart as cars sped past. When Stewart … Continue reading»

Becky Hammon will thrive in NBA

Becky Hammon, the longtime WNBA player, has been hired as an assistant coach for San Antonio Spurs. My first worry is that things could get choppy. There is no work environment more macho than certain professional sports. Having female referees is one thing, but having a female coach might cause some friction. When Frank Layden coached the Utah Starzz, he admitted there was a big difference between the … Continue reading»