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Dakarai Tucker (Utes #14) drills 3-pointer with 40 seconds left to give Utes 63-60 lead.

Dakarai Tucker (Utes #14) drills 3-pointer with 40 seconds left to give Utes 63-60 lead.

The Washington Huskies pushed Utah to the edge, overcoming a 12 point first half deficit, but the Utes hold out late and beat UW 67-61 in the first game of the opening round of the Pac-12 Men’s Basketball Tournament.

This win locks up Utah’s second round matchup against No. 1 seed Arizona tomorrow.

The turning point and play-of-the-game both came on a clutch 3-point basket made by Dakarai Tucker with 40 seconds left to give the Utes a 63-60 lead over UW.  After that, Utah hit four free throws to Washington’s one.

Utah’s player of the game was undoubtedly Delon Wright who recorded 15 points, seven rebounds, four assists, three steals and 2 blocks.

The Utes led early, getting out to a 30-18 lead with 4:37 remaining in the first half.

That lead was chipped away at by the Huskies behind 16 points off the bench from Darin Johnson, who led all scorers, until Washington eventually took a 41-40 lead with 11:34 remaining on a Johnson layup.

It was back and forth from that point until eventually the game was tied 60-60 with just over a minute remaining.

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Much to the surprise of most, the Chicago Bulls won Game 1 on the road to start the Eastern Conference Semifinals with a 1-0 lead over LeBron James and the Miami Heat.

Among the adjustments the Heat must make for Game 2 are three top priorities: Tighten up their 4th quarter defense, play with a greater sense of urgency, and run the offense through LeBron James in late minutes when the game is close.

These three adjustments seem elementary at best, as a 5th grader could make these observations, but these issues seem to be a recurring theme for the Miami Heat in the postseason.

Just last season, the same lackadaisical tendency was shown during each of the first three Heat series. Against the Knicks in the first round, after the Heat rolled to a 3-0 lead, Miami went into cruise control and cruised to a Game 4 loss.

Against the Indiana Pacers and Boston Celtics in rounds two and three, the Miami Heat started each series with 1-0 and 2-0 leads respectively, only to allow that seemingly “lazy” play to let Indiana and Boston to gain leads in those series.

It wasn’t until the Heat tightened up their defense late, played with a sense of urgency, and allowed LeBron to run the offense that the Heat regained control and ultimately won those series.

I thought that the Heat’s defense in the last two minutes was lacking in two respects. First, they needed a better effort shutting down the ball handler, Nate Robinson. From watching tape on the Brooklyn Nets series, Coach Spoelstra must have realized Robinson was going to be a threat if not contained. Mario Chalmers and Ray Allen, although excellent defenders in their own right, are not the best available options in that situation. LeBron James has proven to be a shut down defender time and time again and I expect given a similar situation late, will defend Robinson in isolation.

The second piece of that puzzle is a stronger presence in the paint. Chris Anderson has shown that he can provide that much needed rim defense in case the perimeter defense is broken. Robinson is deadly of the dribble and showed that he could get his shot in close, without much help from either Chris Bosh or Udonis Haslem.

As far as playing with urgency, I doubt anything needs to be done here. Losing to the Bulls in game 28 of “the streak” had to have put a bad taste in the Heat’s mouth, of which Monday night’s Game 1 loss surely reminded them. Look for Miami to come out swinging in Game 2.

Lastly, the Miami Heat are at their offensive best when LeBron James has the ball. Not only does he command the attention of, likely, the Bulls’ best defender, but also that of the potential double team help from the wing, anyone assisting on the pick and roll, as well as the man defending the paint, should he need to come up to guard against James’ drive to the rim.

Fortunately for the Bulls in Game 1, this strategy for the Heat was stymied somewhat, as the shots weren’t falling on the James kick-outs for three (the Heat shot just 29% from behind the arch, down from their season avg. 39% and started 1-8 from three).

If the Heat can make the needed adjustments while finding their offense, it should mean getting back on track and possibly even an early end to the series. If not, it still could be an early end to the series…

Sunday, January 20th, 2013

***(2) San Francisco 49ers at (1) Atlanta Falcons: 3:00 PM ET (FOX)***

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The San Francisco 49ers put on perhaps the most impressive offensive showing against the Green Bay Packers in the NFC Divisional Round, winning 45-31. Perhaps most impressive about the win, was the fact that the Packers kept it close late, tying the game 24-24 midway through the third quarter, before Colin Kaepernick led three straight touchdown drives, putting the game out of Green Bay’s reach.

The Atlanta Falcons were considered by many analysts to be the most likely home team to lose their Divisional Round matchup – and they nearly did. The Seattle Seahawks, once again, had to come back from a multiple-touchdown deficit. With 30 seconds left in the game, the Seahawks scored to go ahead 28-27. However, Matt Ryan was not about to be denied a playoff win, yet again, and led the Falcons down the field to set up Matt Bryant for the game winning, 49-yard field goal.

Prediction: The Atlanta Falcons are in for a very rude awakening. If they can keep Matt Ryan on his feet, they might only lose by 10. San Francisco wins 42-21.

***(4) Baltimore Ravens at (2) New England Patriots: 6:30 PM ET (CBS)***

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In the more thrilling of the two AFC Divisional Round games, the Baltimore Ravens beat the Denver Broncos in overtime 38-35. The Broncos were a heavy favorite due to in no small part to their 11-game win streak. The last game the Broncos had lost was to the New England Patriots, Baltimore’s upcoming opponent.

The Patriots put a 41-28 beating to the Houston Texans, reminiscent of the 42-14 destruction of Week 14. The Pats are hoping not to have another repeat this week of their matchup during the regular season with the Ravens, when they lost 31-30. Both teams have been through a lot since then and this game looks to be a real block buster.

Prediction: The Ravens lost a heart-breaker in last year’s AFC Conference Championship game to the Patriots after a dropped TD pass and a missed field goal. This year, they get their revenge. Baltimore wins 35-31.

Saturday, January 12th, 2013

***(4) Baltimore Ravens at (1) Denver Broncos: 4:30 PM ET (CBS)***

The Baltimore Ravens handled their business against the Indianapolis Colts at home Sunday afternoon, winning 24-9. With Ray Lewis spotlighted in an emotional return, after tearing his left arm triceps muscle mid-season, the Baltimore defense shined most brightly, allowing zero touchdowns and 3 field goals.
This week the Ravens travel to Denver to play perhaps the one team no one wants to face: the Broncos. Denver is well rested, enjoying a much deserved first round bye. Considering they played the Kansas City Chiefs in their season finale, they really have been off for two weeks.

Prediction: Because the Ravens played such a stellar game against the Colts, they will likely play the Broncos down to the wire. That said, Peyton Manning is Peyton Manning. Denver wins 27-21.

***(3) Green Bay Packers at (2) San Francisco 49ers: 8:00 PM ET (FOX)***

The Green Bay Packers rolled over the Minnesota Vikings at Lambeau Field Saturday, winning 24-10. The score of this game doesn’t explain much about how it went. The Vikings put the first points on the board with an early field goal, but fell behind 17-3 by halftime. Green Bay managed just one more score in the second half, going up 24-3 in the third quarter. Minnesota capped the game with an essentially meaningless touchdown late in the fourth quarter.
Standing in the Packers way this week are the San Francisco 49ers, perhaps the remaining NFC team most feared. The 49ers beat the Packers on the road in Week 1, however, both teams are far from where they were. The “Niners” are led by a different quarterback, altogether.

Prediction: 49ers Head Coach Jim Harbaugh is under a major microscope this week, as his decision to swap Alex Smith out for Colin Kaepernick was a hot topic. If Green Bay beats San Francisco when Smith beat the Packers earlier this season…don’t check your email/texts/mailbox Jim. San Francisco wins 35-20.

Sunday, January 13th, 2013

***(5) Seattle Seahawks at (1) Atlanta Falcons: 1:00 PM ET (FOX)***

The Seattle Seahawks are the only wild card team left in the playoffs and are rolling. In Washington D.C., the Redskins went up early 14-0 in the first quarter and looked to be in control when Robert Griffin III suffered another knee injury and wasn’t the same.
The Atlanta Falcons have the NFC’s best record (13-3) but seemingly have yet to earn a consensus respect the #1 team usually commands. With an unmatched passing attack, Atlanta will put up a formidable test for Seattle’s gritty secondary.

Prediction: Seattle needs to make sure they don’t get behind to Matt Ryan or they might not escape again. That said, Seattle wins 28-24.

***(3) Houston Texans at (2) New England Patriots: 4:30 PM ET (CBS)***

In a less than stimulating opening game, the Houston Texans held off the Cincinnati Bengals 19-13 at home to slip into the divisional round and must now face the Patriots in Foxborough, MA.
The Patriots have wonderful memories of facing the Texans in Week 14 in their house to the tune of 42-14.

Prediction: Expect a similar outcome to Week 14, as the Patriots will be itching to get back to the Super Bowl. New England wins 38-17.

The 2012 college football season kicks off Thursday August 30th.

As with each new year, the associated press has determined that these are the top 25 teams in college football for 2012:

AP Top 25
RK TEAM RECORD PTS
1 USC (25) 0-0 1445
2 Alabama (17) 0-0 1411
3 LSU (16) 0-0 1402
4 Oklahoma (1) 0-0 1286
5 Oregon 0-0 1274
6 Georgia 0-0 1107
7 Florida State 0-0 1093
8 Michigan (1) 0-0 1000
9 South Carolina 0-0 994
10 Arkansas 0-0 963
11 West Virginia 0-0 856
12 Wisconsin 0-0 838
13 Michigan State 0-0 742
14 Clemson 0-0 615
15 Texas 0-0 569
16 Virginia Tech 0-0 548
17 Nebraska 0-0 485
18 Ohio State 0-0 474
19 Oklahoma State 0-0 430
20 TCU 0-0 397
21 Stanford 0-0 383
22 Kansas State 0-0 300
23 Florida 0-0 214
24 Boise State 0-0 212
25 Louisville 0-0 105

 

Predictions

Kentucky @ (25) Louisville – Sunday Sept. 2, 2012:

It’s always hard to pick these games. A rivalry game always has potential for upset and in this case, Kentucky seems to be fully capable of blindsiding #25 on the road if they play a clean game. Because of the home crowd, I give the slight edge to Louisville.

Louisville wins 24-23

Bowling Green @ (23) Florida – Saturday Sept. 1, 2012:

Classic SEC warm-up game for the Gators. Some analysts have Florida as a SEC dark horse this year.

Florida wins 45-13

Missouri State @ (22) Kansas State – Saturday Sept. 1, 2012:

Kansas State looks to continue moving forward after a breakout 10-3 season in 2011. Missouri State will need a miracle.

Kansas State wins 35-14

San Jose State @ (21) Stanford – Friday Aug. 31, 2012:

Stanford faces no small task in replacing Andrew Luck which cannot be anything but a step backwards. Coach Shaw won’t have too much to be concerned about week one however.

Stanford wins 31-17

Savannah State @ (19) Oklahoma State – Saturday Sept. 1, 2012:

OK State’s offense took two huge hits in losing both Veteran QB Brandon Weeden and WR Justin Blackmon to the NFL. The defense may need to step up to buffer the blow as they gave up 26 points per game in 2011. Savannah State will not likely put more than 20 on the board, though.

Oklahoma State wins 28-10

Miami (OH) @ (18) Ohio State – Saturday Sept. 1, 2012:

Welcome back Urban Meyer! Look for this Ohio State team to be markedly better than the Buckeyes from 2011. Meyer has a knack for making instant improvement everywhere he goes.

Ohio State wins 38-20

Southern Miss. @ (17) Nebraska – Saturday Sept. 1, 2012:

Nebraska looks to be fast and ready to run in 2012. Southern Miss. is about a 20 point underdog in this game but I see it being a little closer.

Nebraska wins 31-21

Georgia Tech. @ (16) Virginia Tech. – Monday Sept. 3, 2012:

Why they have to play Monday is unknown to me but what I do know, is that VT has a tendency to start slow and GT is no slouch. Look for the Yellow Jackets’ triple option offense to confuse an untested 2012 defense.

Georgia Tech wins 28-24

Wyoming @ (15) Texas – Saturday Sept. 1, 2012:

After a disappointing 2011 season for the Longhorns, they look to turn things around and again, win the Big 12. To do that, they must start by crushing the outmatched ‘Pokes of Wyoming.

Texas wins 40-7

(14) Clemson @ Auburn – Saturday Sept. 1, 2012:

Expectations are high for Clemson this year. Doesn’t that sound familiar? We’ll see how the past few stellar recruiting years will pan out for Clemson. Auburn struggled to beat Utah State at home in last year’s opener.

Clemson wins 21-17

(24) Boise State @ (13) Michigan State – Friday Aug. 31, 2012:

Ah, the annual event of Boise State facing a BCS team in a battle of the ranked in week one. Although Boise has a great track record in the past, they lost a lot on their defense and will struggle to keep Spartan points off the board.

Michigan State wins 31-21

Northern Iowa @ (12) Wisconsin – Saturday Sept. 1, 2012:

Wisconsin has high hopes for another 10+ win season. All signs point to Michigan and Wisconsin facing each other in the B1G Championship. First things first, tune up game against NIU.

Wisconsin wins 49-10

Marshall @ (11) West Virginia – Saturday Sept. 1, 2012:

West Virginia makes the move from the Big East to the Big XII this season. Some analysts expect the Mountaineers to challenge Oklahoma for the conference title.

West Virginia wins 34-17

Jacksonville State @ (10) Arkansas – Saturday Sept. 1, 2012:

The Arkansas Razorbacks were supposed to be flying high this season until Head Coach Bobby Petrino was caught in a scandal and fired in the off-season. The talent level alone keeps Arkansas afloat at #10 but will have a tough road ahead. After the first week at least.

Arkansas wins 56-14

(9) South Carolina @ Vanderbilt – Thursday Aug. 30, 2012:

It’s a rare occurrence to have a week one conference game. Especially dangerous when a top ten team goes on the road to face a conference foe. Vanderbilt isn’t the most threatening team in the SEC by any means, but they should not be overlooked.

South Carolina wins 31-24

Murray State @ (7) Florida State – Saturday Sept. 1, 2012:

Murray State was a huge story in the college basketball world in 2011-’12. Too bad that won’t help them from getting destroyed by the Seminoles on their way to trying to win the ACC.

Florida State wins 45-10

Buffalo @ (6) Georgia – Saturday Sept. 1, 2012:

The Georgia Bulldogs crack the preseason top 10 for the first time since starting at #1 in 2008. It’s been a while since Georgia made big waves in the SEC. Buffalo should provide good practice.

Georgia wins 31-7

Arkansas State @ (5) Oregon – Saturday Sept. 1, 2012:

Oregon looks to get off to a fast start to the 2012 season with a warm-up game against Arkansas State. The Ducks will be flying in this game with new QB Marcus Mariota and potential Heisman candidate RB DeAnthony Thomas putting up points.

Oregon wins 49-13

(4) Oklahoma @ UTEP – Saturday Sept. 1, 2012:

The Sooners have national championship aspirations this season and with good reason. NFL prospect Landry Jones returns for his Senior season and will get UTEP to cut up before the tough games begin.

Oklahoma wins 45-9

North Texas @ (3) LSU – Saturday Sept. 1, 2012:

LSU is on the BCS National Championship rebound after losing 21-0 to Alabama last season. With Tyrann Mathieu unavailable this season, LSU really has to worry about North Texas upsetting…I’m kidding. N. Texas is toast.

LSU wins 48-3

(8) Michigan @ (2) Alabama – Saturday Sept. 1, 2012:

This is the marquee game of the week without question. Michigan is the top ranked B1G team and Alabama is the top SEC team. Regardless of the outcome, whichever team loses will have work to do to get back into the BCS conversation. Michigan is returning Denard Robinson with a steadily improving defense under Brady Hoke.

Alabama wins 28-21

Hawaii @ (1) USC – Saturday Sept. 1, 2012:

With all the talent USC has returning in 2012, the #1 spot is deserved. With a tough schedule this season, it’s hard to think USC will make it through unscathed. Hawaii will not be the team to taste victory against the Trojans this year.

USC wins 42-7

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Southern Utah @ Utah State – Thursday Aug. 20, 2012:

After a 6-6 season in 2011, the USU Aggies are hungry for a new season and hopefully even more improvement. There’s no reason to think that they can’t add to last year’s success and they will start that road by hosting in-state D-2 Southern Utah.

Utah State wins 35-14

Washington State @ BYU – Thursday Aug. 30, 2012:

New Washington State Head Coach Mike Leach begins his tenure with the Cougars by heading down to Provo and taking on his alma mater BYU. BYU is expected to be good on defense while Leach is an offensive mastermind with tools at his disposal.

Washington State wins 27-24

Northern Colorado @ Utah

Utah heads into its second year in the Pac 12 with high expectations and improvements all around the offensive side of the ball. Northern Colorado will be a great opportunity to solidify some positions for the Utes and prepare for tougher competition later on.

Utah wins 42-3

 

Night game at Rice-Eccles Stadium.

The Utes have finished their first full year in the PAC-12 with a 4-5 in-conference record and an overtime victory over Georgia Tech in the Sun Bowl.

 

Moving forward into their second year, Utah looks to avoid the Sophomore slump and improve upon the small successes they were able to achieve in the “Conference of Champions” in 2011.

 

Utah had the #1 rush defense in the conference and one of the best overall defenses as well.

 

Utah has always been adept in turning pure athletes into defensive stars, no matter what position they played. Because of this ability, the Utes defense has rarely been a cause for concern heading into spring practice.

 

Defensive coordinator Kalani Sitake has decided to stay on with the Utes in 2012 and is very excited about the outlook next season.

 

The offensive side of the ball, however, is an area where question marks can be found.

 

Unlike the 2011 season, Utah has an established running back in John White IV and hopeful up-and-comers in Harvey Langi (freshman last season) and newly recruited Kelvin York (who many expect will take the #2 spot behind White).

 

DeVonte Christopher scores a touchdown against BYU

DeVonte Christopher (10) catches a touchdown pass from Jordan Wynn against BYU in 2010.

Utah has an array of receivers that are expected to play well this upcoming season, including Luke Matthews, DeVonte Christopher, Reggie Dunn (all of whom will be Seniors) and Dres Anderson (entering his Sophomore year).

 

Some of the bigger questions facing the Utes offense in 2012 will be who plays at quarterback, how the offensive line will play, and how the play calling from new hire Brian Johnson will be.

 

The QB position at Utah has been a common concern year in and out, it seems. This year is no different.

 

Ute fans for the most part have confidence that Jordan Wynn can succeed, but are less than comfortable answering the question of “will he succeed?”

 

Wynn has faced many issues throughout his career at Utah from being thrown to the wolves to start the second half of the Utes “blackout” game against Wyoming Oct. 31, 2009, to all the issues he’s had with injuries during his sophomore and junior seasons.

 

Wynn is currently said to be in great health, according to an interview from Head Coach Kyle Whittingham on signing day Feb. 2, 2012, and has full throwing motion.

 

The offensive line played very well last season, opening holes time and time again for RB John White IV, helping him to become the 2nd leading rusher in the PAC-12 behind 2010 Heisman finalist LaMichael James and ahead of the University of Washington’s Chris Polk, who is projected to be drafted as high as the first or second round of the NFL draft (spectacular for 3rd best RB in a conference).

 

Once you get past the QB concerns and the OL concerns, you’re left with what I think is the number one unanswered question for the Utes and that is this: How will Brian Johnson fare in his first season as an offensive coordinator?

 

The jury, I believe, will be out on this issue until the midway point of the season so it’s one that irks the most.

 

All that can be done is to wait, watch and see.

 

Brian Johnson has so many things going for him that there is every opportunity for him to succeed and only a few areas where concern is warranted.

 

The most valuable thing Johnson has going for him is Coach Whittingham’s trust. He has earned it.

 

In 2008, Johnson was placed in situations where he alone made choices that turned the tables in Utah’s favor, where a mistake to the smallest degree could have proven disastrous and monumentally changed the pathway of that magical season.

 

Johnson was a field general and knows what it takes to win.

 

Johnson, just in this Utah system alone, has been under the mentoring and tutelage of Coaches Urban Meyer (.819 win percentage and 2 National Championships), Norm Chow (coached 4 Heisman Trophy winners) and Kyle Whittingham (7-1 bowl game record).

 

The glaring concern with Johnson is his age – 25 (as of a Feb. 16).

 

For many, Johnson being so young and “inexperienced” are cause for worry but being 25 myself, I say “Great!”

 

Johnson has always been ahead of the curve when it comes to life milestones. He entered the University of Utah as a 17 year old kid and he played as a freshman behind Alex Smith. He became the quarterbacks coach at the age of 23.

 

Johnson’s age actually makes him more dangerous as a recruiter because he can connect with the players on a level that 40, 50 and especially 60-year-old+ coaches just cannot.

 

Johnson played in front of 75,000+ screaming fans in the loudest NFL arena, the Superdome, just a shade over 3 years ago. It’s highly doubtful that pressure wasn’t far worse than coaching a few plays from the booth.

 

The Utes have shown that they can scrape an 8-5 record with a PAC-12 schedule while missing a starting quarterback, and sketchy special teams play.

 

It’s difficult to call the Utes’ special team a question because the answer is clear. It needs a makeover badly.

 

The announcement that LSU and Alabama would represent all of college football in the national championship game came with a lot of scrutiny and complaints.

No one denies that LSU is absolutely deserving to be in the title game. They swept the season schedule and blew out Georgia in the SEC Championship game.

Alabama’s inclusion, however, was met with disdain and gnashing of teeth.

How could Alabama receive an invite to play LSU when they already had their chance, having hosted the Tigers November 5th in an overtime losing effort?

Why doesn’t Oklahoma State deserve the spot and chance to prove themselves against LSU?

The BCS ranking system has no obligation to assure no rematch occurs in the national championship game. The fact that LSU and Alabama have already played each other, ironically strengthens Alabama’s case for a NC bid.

LSU scored an average of 38.2 points per game this season. The reason this average is so low, is because Alabama held them to 9 points (3 of which were scored in OT).

Alabama was the #2 ranked team in the nation heading into that game and, had they won, the argument would likely be “Why #2 LSU does not deserve a rematch against undefeated #1 Alabama.”

The fact that Alabama already “had its shot” against LSU does not in any way discredit the rest of their season.

If Oklahoma State had handled their business against Iowa State the way they were expected, instead of being embarrassed, there would be no argument. Two undefeated teams, two spots in the title game, happy nation.

But, the facts remain. Oklahoma State lost to a 6-6 Cyclones squad by 6 in double overtime. Alabama lost to the undisputed #1 team in the nation by a field goal in overtime.

OK State gets the shaft – Alabama gets the nod – Justice prevails.

At 1:30 PM on Friday, November 25, 2011 the University of Utah and Colorado University face off in the last regular season game as “natural geographic rivals.”

I think I speak for the vast majority of the Ute fan base when I say Colorado is not our rival any more than the University of Arizona or UCLA are our rivals.

I like to think that a rivalry inspires greater play on both sides of the ball. For Utah, there have been several different rivalries over the years. Most often, three situations surround a true rivalry.

#1 – Proximity

This situation seems to breed the deepest of rivalries. Of course, for Utah, this rival is BYU. Personally, I see no reason this will change. Colorado will not replace BYU as the “rival next door” unless they become much more competitive in both the division and head to head. I don’t see this happening soon.

#2 – Consistently Close Competition

The most infamous of Utah rivalries in this category is undoubtedly the Air Force Falcons. Over the last 9 meetings between the 2, the average margin of victory was about 6.1 points.

Who knows, maybe Colorado will step into the Air Force void as the game each year that Utah fans dread as an inevitable battle and struggle, but I would take Air Force over Colorado head to head 4 out of 5 games the way each team is currently playing.

#3 – Big Time Games

The last decade or so, Utah has battled BYU for not only bragging rights in the Holy War result, but also for rank in the conference standings. Because the Holy War was played as the last game of the regular season, there was inherently added importance. In ’04 and ’08, specifically, Utah/BYU was highly important for Utah to finish undefeated, and even for BYU in a spoiler role. In ’09, BYU beating Utah broke a conference record tie of 6-1.

With Utah and TCU battling the last 3 years for national spotlight and BCS invites out of the Mountain West Conference, it felt sometimes TCU was more a conference rival than the Cougars.

With better recruiting and gained familiarity in the Pac-12 South, I find it hard to believe that the Utah/Colorado game will hold a lot more weight than Utah clinching the South division with a victory (which may be the case in this inaugural year).

I have hopes that within the next 5 years, Utah builds a rivalry or rivalries with division or conference foes the caliber of USC’s and Arizona State’s.

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In closing, I do see three situations where a rivalry could ignite between the Buffs and Utes this weekend, and that is if CU beats Utah on a last second play, if CU blows Utah out, or if a brawl breaks out after a controversial play.

At least the genius’ marketing this forced rivalry thought up an amazingly cool name for the game.

“Rumble in the Rockies”…

Yikes.

Every fan base has them. Those awkward, gangly, dorky fans that embarrass the heck out of the rest of the crowd. Fortunately for me, my rival fan base has no shortage of such fans that I can point out with joy.

These are the top 10 most unfortunate moments for BYU fans:

10. BYU Touchdowns Are No Laughing Matter

This moment starts off our list and is unfortunate for a couple of reasons. #1 – Who is dense enough to suddenly scream around babies in a relatively quiet atmosphere. #2 – That moron filming was ecstatic that this child (possibly his son) was scared spit-less while he was rolling. The one upside to this is that this video was from the 2010 BYU/Utah game so the kid only went through this once. (And only once the next year)

9. Good Ol’ Wholesome Flash Mobbin’

Now, this video comes in at #9 because I’ll admit, it’s impressively executed. That being said, the video is a tad unfortunate in what it says about life at BYU. Very roughly estimated, this is easily over 1000 students who have this dance memorized…which raises the question how in the name did they get this many students together long enough and often enough to stick the choreography? Did they get credit for this? My word…

8. How Could They Lose This Time?!

I gotta say, I love watching this video but I feel awful for this kid. Really, he has no idea how deep this rabbit hole goes. If he’s cries about a losing effort during BYU’s best basketball season they’ve had for 50 years, let’s hope his Jazz turn things around…

7. That’s a Fair Question Actually

Ok, just a couple of questions of my own. Uh why did it take so long for this “seasoned” veteran to come up with the word games? “I pretty much go to all the football……..” I wonder if questions such as “When are we going to beat a team with a winning record?” came up…but I don’t think so.

6. Chumba-what-the…?

Well, this video is clearly unfortunate for you Y fans. Tubthumping? That’s your pump up song? I get it, you have kids in the back of the car, (as Provo enforces a very strict 3 child minimum in vehicles) so I don’t expect DMX or Tech N9ne on blast but dude! You don’t even know the words to the crappy song you decided to rock to. Bad taste seems to be the resounding theme to this whole situation.

5. It’s the Biggest Somethin’…

I didn’t know Jimmer Freddette could fake such a horrible Australian accent…and I learned something from this.

4. HI HO!!!!!!!!

That’s my coach! Good heavens, man. The only thing missing from that all-time low moment was the messy conclusion. Although, I’m actually glad they cut away because in my mind, I’ll always know…he ate that booger, and you can’t tell me he didn’t.

3. That Did Not Go Like I Planned In My Head…

Your dumb fan got whooped by our cheerleader. The End.

2. Oblivious: Not aware of or not concerned about what is happening around one.

Oh, oh, oh, I got it. Music major! Is this guy for real sittin’ next to her? This girl is now synonymous with every Jimmer Freddette fan I know/meet in the future. Wow…your team.

1. You Lost Me At #1 Wear Blue…

This is unacceptable behavior. There’s a reason 3/4 of the “fans” you rounded up/tricked/drugged into being in this monstrosity look like they are 12. And did you really have to spend an entire minute singing the song? My favorite part about this video is “Franken-drummer” standing behind “MC Chucky Cheese” staring off into what had to be laughing camera guys. Also interesting to note that this video had 10 “like” votes and 95 “dislike” votes and maybe 105 people involved in the video….just saying.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It’s about time!

Posted: November 7, 2011 by Dan Condie in NCAA Football

So, it’s been a while since the last post. I feel like when you write a journal for a year straight and then all of a sudden, you go to write the date and realize the last time you wrote was 2 months ago…

Anyway, I’m back (if anyone was keeping tabs, holding their breath that I would/wouldn’t start back up again).

I’m thinking about taking a specific angle on sports writing and have worked out a few ideas. I find joy in sports and competition in general and I also love pointing out ridiculousness. As ridiculousness occurs in most all aspects of sports, I may find a way to merge the two in my writing.

Then again, maybe my Facebook status is a decent forum for that. We’ll see.