Ute tribal member says ‘Don’t speak for me!’

I got strong response on my column this week, suggesting that the University of Utah should drop its nickname. Although the name has been been approved by the Ute Tribe, some activists prefer all Native American nicknames be abolished. On Thursday I received this e-mail. The italicized portion was in the body of the e-mail, the rest was in an attachment: Hasn’t this gone far enough? I am … Continue reading»

Mailman, McBride, after the party’s over

            In the pressroom at EnergySolutions Arena, I was talking to another media member about his summer plans. He said he was going to an extended family function in a resort area, and it would be on his birthday.             He joked that, no, the reunion wasn’t all planned around him and his birthday.             “You mean like Karl Malone on the 24th of July?” I said.             … Continue reading»

Has spring football sprung a leak?

            A Texas publicity man named Jones Ramsey once joked that at UT there were only two sports – football and spring football.             He must have been watching something different than I’m used to seeing.             Spring games have been increasingly watered down in recent years. Teams play hard scrimmages beforehand, then drift through some non-contact plays during the spring games while fans watch in rapt attention. … Continue reading»

The best part of Utah fight song

            While they’re tinkering, can someone explain what Ki-yi! means?             The University of Utah, oldest of the state’s colleges, is considering changing its fight song, thanks to some outdated, antiquated and politically incorrect lyrics. The ASUU Assembly and Senate have passed a joint resolution to make adjustments.             On one hand, phrases like “warmest gang in town,” “up to snuff” and “muss” have their charm. They hark … Continue reading»

NCAA has own brand of inappropriate

NCAA president Mark Emmert spent the last couple of weeks dismissing talk of college athletes unionizing, calling it “a ridiculous idea” and “grossly inappropriate.” It does present a lot of problems, such as whether there should be a pay scale based on contribution, which schools can afford how much, etc. At the same time, Emmert runs the same organization that at times set the standard on ridiculous and … Continue reading»

A Lyon in winter

            I went to the Salt Lake Bees media day on Tuesday, hoping to interview Brandon Lyon.             He is the 34-year-old right-hander who spent last year with the New York Mets and the triple-A Pawtucket Red Sox. In Pawtucket he had a 1.69 ERA with two saves. He was assigned this spring to Salt Lake – his hometown.             I wasn’t the only media member looking for … Continue reading»

Asking for a riot

  With the Final Four established in college basketball, there appears some great viewing ahead. But wait! There’s another kind of viewing, too. I’m talking about spectator viewing – after the game. The dangerous viewing. News reports from Tucson said fans gathered on the streets after Arizona’s Saturday night loss to Wisconsin. Though nothing too bad happened, police said they tried to disperse the crowd but there was … Continue reading»

Low-key BYU staffer leaves big mark

            I saw in a story this week that said BYU director of football operations Duane Busby is retiring to “pursue other interests.”                My guess is he has many of them.               Busby, who assisted LaVell Edward, Gary Crowton and Bronco Mendenhall, had a true gift. He was as loyal as anyone involved with the team, yet always maintained a calm demeanor. His temperament was unchanging, … Continue reading»

Is Salt Lake a soccer hotbed?

            Count former Real Salt Lake player Brian Dunseth, now a TV and radio color commentator, among those who believes Salt Lake is verging on becoming a major soccer town.             Dunseth illustrated that in an interview last week by saying he loves living here. His grandparents were LDS and had visited Salt Lake several times before Dunseth ever played in Utah.             “I knew about the culture, … Continue reading»

BYU in NCAA’s: When everyone’s thinking ‘why not?’

            Optimism is the reason for the NCAA tournament.             So it was with BYU on Wednesday as it awaited its game against Oregon.             Asked whether he’d rather just make the NCAA field or go to the Final Four of the NIT (as the Cougars did last year), BYU’s Nate Austin said: “I think the goal is to be in the NCAA tournament. But it’s not a … Continue reading»