Devonate Booker best Ute RB ever?

Listening to former BYU quarterback and offensive coordinator Brandon Domon on the 1280-The Zone, this week, I heard him say he’d love to have coached Utah’s Devontae Booker. The subject came up as they discussed Booker’s halfback pass for a touchdown in the Oregon game. That was the second time in a week I’d heard such praise. Speaking by phone with Detroit Lion Kaelin Clay, an ex-Ute, the … Continue reading»

Ute Kenneth Scott: receiver, prognosticator

In the department of semi-interesting leftovers, I’m going to repeat part of a conversation I had with Ute receiver Kenneth Scott, a few days before the Utes beat Oregon 62-20. I said, “How do you feel about your offense?” The Utes came into that game 11th in the Pac-12 in total offense. His response: “I’m not really too worried about it. The opportunity’s going to come. It’s just … Continue reading»

Why there couldn’t be a Yogi Berra today

I’m thinking. Gimme a sec. Thinking… Nope. I can’t think of any current athlete like Yogi Berra. Nor do I think one would be allowed to exist. The famous former Yankee passed away on Tuesday at 90, leaving a void unlikely to be filled. He wasn’t just funny; he was unique. Nobody did malaprops like Berra. Here we go with a few of his famous quotes, via  the … Continue reading»

Are Pelicans ripping off the Jazz?

The New Orleans Pelicans announced a new uniform combination, and it turns out they look a lot like (surprise!) something the Jazz would wear. On one hand, you can say the Jazz originally came from New Orleans, so the city can legitimately claim ownership of the Mardi Gras colors. At the same time, I thought the Hornets/Pelicans had moved on. Here are a couple of looks: And here’s … Continue reading»

Frank Layden: The Jackie Robinson way

Frank Layden, the former Jazz coach, says the greatest quote he ever heard is on Jackie Robinson’s tombstone. “A life is not important,” it says, “except in the impact it has on other lives.” Layden lives by that. Long retired as a basketball executive and coach, he gives approximately 100 speeches a year, all over the country. Most of them revolve around that theme. He speaks on the … Continue reading»

Learn to trash talk with ex-Ute Steve Smith

Steve Smith, the former Ute, is a notorious trash talker. Now you can be, too. Just donate to the Steve Smith Family Foundation and enter to win the chance to be instructed by the best…at trash talking. Though Smith has made headlines more than once with his brash comments, he has been consistent at fighting domestic violence. Considering the NFL’s recent issues with such things, this is worth … Continue reading»

Is USU-Utah rivalry worth saving?

The last paring of a 112-game football series between Utah State and Utah came off as planned, Friday. Though the outcome might not have been what the Aggies hoped, it was a competitive, interesting game. The shame of it is that there might not be more of these to come. No new games are scheduled. Utah’s Chris Hill and new Aggie director John Hartwell haven’t had so much … Continue reading»

Hawaii: Best uniforms ever are back

This will excite almost nobody in the landlocked areas of the United States. Everyone else should celebrate. The all-time classic Hawaii Rainbow Warriors uniform is making an appearance.   Hawaii’s Twitter account says the ‘Bow” — sports writer jargon of the 1980s — are wearing the throwbacks for their game with Ohio Sate. Some will say they’re garish. But Hawaii is the one school that can pull it … Continue reading»

Did Bronco go too far?

By now you’ve seen the video, watched the emotional post-game speech. You’ve seen Bronco Mendenhall at his emotional best. But is there such a thing as over celebrating? The jarring thing about the celebration after BYU’s win over Nebraska is that Mendnhall is usually a monotone. In a normal media setting his responses are controlled and, yes, boring. He was anything but that on Saturday. (He had similar … Continue reading»

Rice-Eccles still not expanding

The most interesting thing to come out of Thursday’s Utah-Michigan game, for me, wasn’t Travis Wilson’s passing efficiency, Devontae Booker’s modest rushing numbers or the three Ute interceptions. It was the future of the stadium. Talking with a Rice-Eccles stadium official, I learned once again that expansion isn’t in the current plans. And there’s a reason: downsizing is the trend these days. With television coverage for every game, … Continue reading»