Where Jimmer didn’t fail

Five NBA coaches can’t be wrong. Jimmer Fredette isn’t what they want. The San Antonio Spurs waived the former National College Player of the Year, Wednesday. Someone else might pick him up. But it’s unlikely Fredette will be an NBA player much longer, if at all. He’ll do nicely if he decides to go to Europe. So he was too slow, too small, too one dimensional to stick … Continue reading»

My interview with a mystic about Utes

I got an email from a stranger in Australia who said she read a column I wrote for the 2009 Sugar Bowl, in which I interviewed a “touch knell” in the French Quarter. The reader said she too met the New Orleans fortune-teller and her luck has been terrible ever since. She thinks she was cursed and wants it removed.   The email caused me to look back … Continue reading»

Duh! Warriors were lucky! Who isn’t?

  The Golden State Warriors are acting defensive about remarks that they got lucky winning their NBA title.  In a way I can’t say that I blame them. After all, it was not a fluke. They won more games than anyone over an 82-game schedule, in the toughest conference. It’s not like they suddenly caught fire at the end. At the same time, I figure Clippers coach Doc … Continue reading»

Utes vs. Cal: the game I saw (or didn’t)

As the story goes, New York Times reporter Sam Goldaper once saw coach Pat Riley in the hallway after a Knicks game. “What happened?” Goldaper said. Riley said something like, well, you saw the game. To which Goldaper said, “No, I mean literally. What happened? I was back in the press room writing my story.” His deadline was so tight, he didn’t time to actually see the end … Continue reading»

ESPN host says Utah is a ‘brand name’

You don’t have to introduce ESPN’s Rece Davis, host of GameDay, to Utah. “I think they’ve been brand name for awhile,” he said on Friday to a small media gathering. “People are pretty familiar with what they can do. Obviously I didn’t expect them to go in and trounce Oregon the way did…so I think this is a test in which they’re going to find out how much … Continue reading»

Should college be “cheesy?”

A few years ago I got asked to teach a course in sports writing at the University of Utah. I’m still doing it. The question I often field from students is “Can I make this a career?” My overall answer is yes. Just not necessarily the career it used to be. I’ve sometimes wondered if there’s any point in teaching transitions, rhythm and mood to a generation that … Continue reading»

Move exams for MLB playoffs? I didn’t

A professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is being applauded by sports fans for allowing a student to take his midterm exam on an alternate date, because the student scored Cubs playoff tickets. Here’s how the conversation went, per SI.com:               Maybe it’s because going to games is a job for me. Or because I figure college is about doing things that are hard — … Continue reading»

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»