Ute freshman QB shows true promise

  Sometimes it’s as much about presence as talent. And sometimes a team is lucky enough to have both. Ute freshman Tyler Huntley was a good story coming out of Saturday’s spring game. He finished with 233 yards and one touchdown on 17-26 passing. But more than that, he combined presence and physical skills. Finding a marquee quarterback has been an ongoing problem for the Utes over the … Continue reading»

Will ‘gimmick’ FB league work in Salt Lake?

I’ve been in Salt Lake City for a lot of stuff. Men’s and women’s pro volleyball. Roller hockey. Several soccer incarnations. Minor league basketball. Men’s and women’s minor league football. Roller derby. Pro rodeo. And of course indoor football. I see where another offering is on the way. The Indoor Football League’s newest franchise has landed in West Valley City at the Maverik Center. The hook is that … Continue reading»

Fourth and long for Johnny Football

  Johnny Manziel got fired this week by his agent. That’s not easy, but he managed. That was the second agent that has fired him. To use a Jerry Sloan phrase,  he has gotten crosswise with his team, teammates, girlfriend – who accused him of abuse – and two agents. The only people who really want him around now are the people at TMZ. They love this stuff. … Continue reading»

Playoff whiff would have helped Jazz

  Watching the Golden State Warriors running away from Houston on Saturday, I said to someone, “Well, maybe it’s better the Jazz didn’t make the playoffs.” I was thinking aloud, but didn’t really believe it. Considering the way the Warriors are playing, I’m still convinced the Jazz would have been swept in a first-round series. One or two of the games would have been fairly close, but the … Continue reading»

NBA uniform advertising: Can you handle it?

  I was surprised it took so long for the NBA to approve the sale of corporate logos on jerseys. Soccer teams have been doing it for decades. Racecar drivers look like fast-moving bulletin boards. Long ago I conceded it was going to happen. I figured ugly uniforms are better than failing finances. The question is whether teams really need the money, or are just driving greed. ESPN … Continue reading»

Prediction: Moms won’t end football

  Arizona Cardinals coach Bruce Arians has a message for moms: Get with the program. Arians reportedly said at a coaching clinic on Friday that football is the best game ever invented, but “we got to make sure that moms get the message, because that’s who’s afraid of our game right now. It’s not dads, it’s moms.” Later, he elaborated via Twitter: Apparently he’s worried that the game … Continue reading»

‘Nova-UNC: Not one, but 2 shining moments

The shot that Villanova’s Kris Jenkins made to win this year’s men’s national championship will forever be part of basketball history. Yes, that’s a hackneyed phrase. But for once it’s not TV-driven hype. No time on the clock with the championship on the line and he buried the 3-pointer to win it all. That came 4.7 seconds after Marcus Paige made a crazy double-clutch 3-pointer to tie the … Continue reading»

I’m smarter than Roy Williams…in one area

Everyone knows North Carolina coach Roy Williams is a smart guy. How smart? “Well, take this the way it’s intended, not to be critical,” Williams said this weekend, when asked about media second-guessing. “But I’m a hell of a lot smarter about basketball than you guys are. I mean, I’m serious. What do you do after basketball season’s over with? You cover baseball. What do you do after … Continue reading»

A.K., Sloan bonding; Masha tweaks an ankle

The things you stumble onto beneath the stadium…   I was walking down the hall at Vivint Arena on Wednesday night, just as Jerry Sloan walked in. He stopped to shake hands and we exchanged a few words. Just then, Andrei Kirilenko came down the hall. Since the Jazz honored him on Monday, I thought he might have left town. But he stopped to shake hands with Sloan. … Continue reading»

Locker room chemistry is dying

  It was apparently a prank. But it turned out to be a lot more than that. Fresh off the largest loss in team history, the Los Angeles Lakers are making news for a video rookie D’Angelo Russell made of teammate Nick Young. The video shows Young discussing a woman who is not his fiancee. You can read details by clicking here. Apparently teammates are now “isolating” Russell … Continue reading»