Sir Charles meets his match

Time moves on. People forget. Kids grow up. I say that because the death of Darryl Dawkins was a big deal to me. A big deal to Frank Layden and others who saw him play. I didn’t start coming around the NBA until Dawkins had left Utah. But I did get a solo interview with him when he played with the Globetrotters. Hilarious. Naturally hilarious. But I see … Continue reading»

A gold football field: Stop the madness

Technology is awesome, but also it’s own worst enemy.  For instance:   Yup. A gold football field. Just what I’ve always thought America needed. The original awful field, of course, was this: It still gives me a headache. But at this point, nobody’s going to shame Boise State into changing. Then came this abomination at Eastern Washington… …and this at a high school with a black field, in … Continue reading»

Does Tiger deserve the love?

I met a friend at a wedding reception on Saturday. I asked what he thought about Tiger Woods being in contention at the Wyndham Championship. “I hate it,” he said. But he was watching. Some media outlets have started feeling sorry for Woods, whose career tanked after his much-publicized indiscretions and eventual divorce. They feel he deserves to be judged on his game alone, and that a great … Continue reading»

No BYU quarterbacks on all-time team?

    The Football Writers Association of America on Thursday announced it’s 75th Anniversary All-America team – and two players from Utah made it. Gordon Hudson, BYU’s tight end from 1981-83, was a consensus All-America in ’82 and ’83. He was voted the FWAA third-team quarterback, behind Oklahoma’s Keith Jackson and Pittsburgh’s Mike Ditka. Utah State defensive tackle Merlin Olsen was voted to the second team, behind Lee … Continue reading»

My brush with the Washington Generals

The demise of the famed Washington Generals, last week, brought back memories for me. Not memories of the Generals. I barely recall a thing about them – which was always the point. You never watch a comedy gig to see the straight man. It was Valentine’s Day, 1995. My wife wanted to go out to dinner. So did I, but not as much as I wanted to interview … Continue reading»

Utah’s Boobie Hobbs addresses hairstyle, nickname

  I had two things I couldn’t fit into my column about Boobie Hobbs in Friday’s paper. Here’s the rest of the story: (a) The hair. (b) The nickname. First, the hair. The Utah cornerback has multicolored dreadlocks. Love ‘em. And I love his attitude. “I was actually going for all red, because of the Utes. Last fall I’m like, ‘I want to do something creative,’ because I … Continue reading»

Is Salt Lake where Utah County players should go?

  During an interview last week with Ute receiver Britain Covey, I asked if he felt the perception of the University of Utah is changing in Utah County. Traditionally, Utah County players have gone to BYU. But this year’s Ute roster, for example, includes Covey, as well as other Utah County products Isaac Asiata, Jason Fanaika, Chase Hansen, Chase Loftin, Evan Moeai, Pita Taumoepenu and Jason Whittingham. “I … Continue reading»

Nancy Lieberman rewind: 2 kinds of hoops

Nancy Lieberman being hired by the Sacramento Kings as a fulltime assistant coach brought to mind an interview I did with her in 1998. Back then, she was coaching the Detroit Shock. She impressed me then and now. She seemed honest, open and articulate, and appears the same in 2015. It was classy of her this week to credit San Antonio assistant coach Becky Hammon for opening doors. … Continue reading»

Exum: Investment outweighs national pride

Yup. Him again. Dante Exum played just one game in summer league action in Las Vegas and Salt Lake City, due to an injured ankle. Looks like more down time. Injuries happen. Players have to play. But this seems silly. Players like representing their country. This  injury occurred in Australia’s game against Slovenia, today. Players can be prevented from riding RV’s, water-skiing, etc., by their contracts. I believe … Continue reading»

Dale Murphy: Big shoes to fill

  Jerry Seinfeld made himself into a star by making a sitcom about nothing. I guess I’ll try with a blog. Interviewing famed baseball player Bill Buckner, this week, I veered off the subject of his error against the Mets in the 1986 World Series to ask if he personally knew Dale Murphy. In the early 1980s, Murphy was starring for the Atlanta Braves and Buckner was with … Continue reading»