I like Skip Bayless; so sue me

  Yesterday was the last day for Skip Bayless at ESPN. The move to Fox Sports will bring him a raise, making him  — for some people — easier to dislike. Bayless has been called a jerk, loudmouth and numerous other things, even by other media members. But from what I knew of him in the 1990s, I completely disagree. I met Bayless in Dallas when he introduced … Continue reading»

LeBron didn’t need this one on his resume

Interesting tweets by Magic Johnson after the Cavs won the NBA title, Sunday night. He first applauded Cleveland with this offering: But a later tweet gave pause to some: Taking his team to a Game 7, and playing in six straight NBA Finals, probably qualified him as one of the five best players ever, regardless. ESPN in January ranked him the third-best player in history, behind Michael Jordan … Continue reading»

Shine on, Ayesha Curry

  My wife stopped reading my e-mails and letters long ago. She asked me not to show them to her. The reason was they made her fighting mad. She has never read a comment board, for the same reason. They make her want to take out the bad guys, then and there. I bring this up because I can’t get worked up over Ayesha Curry’s Twitter rant, after … Continue reading»

Expand CFB playoffs today

I saw an intriguing story on ESPN.com yesterday about Notre Dame being the one team that could cause major stress to the College Football Playoffs. The reason, as explained by Heather Dinich, is that the Irish don’t need a conference. Their record, against an always-impressive schedule, is proof enough — if they win enough. No conference championship necessary.        So far it hasn’t been a factor. But some … Continue reading»

Athlete and their diets: Does it matter?

Interesting story on ESPN.com about NBA players fighting the same battles everyone else does with calories. It goes on to say many players today are wising up to better diets. That hasn’t always been the case. In the 1960s, some NBA locker rooms would have a haze of cigarette smoke during halftime. When I was covering the Jazz in the 1990s, I remember seeing David Benoit eating a … Continue reading»

Most likely star on Ute FB this year? Look to the feet.

Utah’s Tom Hackett won the Ray Guy Award the last two years. Mitch Wishnowsky is lining up to be his successor as a punter. But the early noise this season is going to familiar Ute placekicker “Automatic” Andy Phillips. ESPN.com’s College Football 2016 edition lists its preseason All-American team. The only Ute to make the squad is Phillips as a placekicker. It points out his field goal efficiency … Continue reading»

Libel laws and Goodell’s false “death” report

  I’m not an expert on libel laws governing social media, but I have to say the lines are surely being blurred. The sheer volume of material nowadays makes effective policing difficult. However, I have seen articles saying that in order to sue over a libelous comment on social media, the injured party probably should  sue the website or service provider, not the individual. The obvious reason is … Continue reading»

Did losing record invalidate Utah baseball season?

The crazy part about Utah Ute baseball this year lies in the final record: 26-29. All this for that?             Not impressive. But actually not chopped liver, either. This is why it matters to be in a conference. Though the Utes ended with a losing record, they were 18-11 in the Pac-12, winning the conference. Some scoff. Utah was terrible early in the year. But college baseball can’t … Continue reading»

Good watching: Harbaugh vs. Saban

Just about the time I start getting annoyed with Jim Harbaugh, he makes me laugh. How many coaches do that — for any of us? There are still a few interesting coaches, like Washington State’s Mike Leach. But very few. Rudeness alone (Gregg Popovich) doesn’t qualify. A long time ago, there were coaches like Lou Holtz, Jim Valvano, Billy Tubbs and, yes, LaVell Edwards. Nowadays it’s a wasteland … Continue reading»

Klay Thompson: A star we should all cheer

  The haters are out there. They always are. But I don’t trust anyone that doesn’t enjoy watching the Golden State Warriors play basketball. Down 3-1 in their Western Conference finals pairing with Oklahoma City, the Warriors have now forced a deciding Game 7 tonight in Oakland. Most interesting of all, right now, is the play of Golden State’s Klay Thompson. ESPN.com’s J. A. Adande featured the lower-profile … Continue reading»