Posts Tagged ‘basketball’

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.

Boiling point. Everyone’s got one. They’re all unique and maybe some people require more heat to reach theirs, but everyone snaps once their tolerance level is maxed out.

When you’re talking about a group of people reaching a boiling point collectively, my friends, you’ve got yourself a recipe for revolution.

Professional athletes all around every league, it seems, are reaching boiling points and acting contrary to tradition.

Basketball players are manipulating NBA league policies in order to get paid more money, play for a big city team with other superstars, and even forcing coaching changes.

Baseball players are using outlandish and unreasonable contract deals as precedents for minimum salary, high-balling owners into over-paying stars.

Football players are demanding more pay and fewer games, forcing owners into closing the doors on the players, fans, and of course, money.

It seems that the last 4 years or so, more than ever before, players are realizing the power they have to impact not just on but off the field, court, etc. Teams stacking themselves started long before LeBron‘s “decision”. Demanding higher pay is nothing new, seeing as Babe Ruth made only $20,000 (about $220,000 today) after the 1919 season. That was double the amount he was making the year before. How did he get the big increase? Ruth demanded it.

Just recently, 6-7 players for the Detroit Pistons “boycotted” the shoot-around before the game that night at Philadelphia. Pistons Head Coach John Kuester benched the players involved and was left with only 6 players, one of which, PG Will Bynum, played all 48 minutes. The result will likely be Kuester losing his job for lack of control.

Is it right? Of course not, but this is what happens when you have leverage, and the players are realizing that leverage.

It seems the NFL owners have reached their boiling point. How long until the other leagues’ owners reach theirs? How long until there’s war?

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What a year 2010 turned out to be in sports. From the Alabama Crimson Tide winning the national championship to the Giants winning the World Series.

2010 saw Tiger Woods’ first full calendar year without notching a single victory, neither in majors nor non-major events.

2010 was host to both the Winter Olympics in Vancouver and the World Cup in South Africa. Surprisingly, South Africa seemed to handle the role better with seemingly less to work with. Really, the only negative throughout the World Cup were those Vuvuzelas (they haunt my dreams).

2010 was the year of the media. Endless talk of where LeBron James would play the ’10-’11 season and beyond hijacked every sports radio station, column, channel, etc. until finally, it built up to “the Decision”, a poorly thought out plan by the LeBron James group to publicly announce his contract plans live on ESPN.

“The Decision” badly backfired when James chose against returning to Cleveland, where he was drafted 6 years ago, and left to play in Miami with Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh. The backlash was instant in Cleveland and soon even the media, which profited greatly from “the Decision” threw James under the bus, calling his actions classless, selfish, and pretty much all the things the audience was wanting to hear.

Nearing the end of the year, and with the season under way, many of the media are forgiving of James and are more focussed on his play on the court.

2010 was a shaky shaky year for college football. It started with expansion rumors out of the Big East and the Big 10. The Big 10 fired first, inviting Big 12 member Nebraska into their ranks. Nebraska accepted the invite. The PAC-10, not to be outdone, fired next. They invited Colorado, Texas, Texas Tech, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, and Texas A&M. Colorado was the only school to accept. They later invited the University of Utah, who gladly accepted.

BYU, being passed over and no longer sharing a conference tie with rival Utah, left for far greener pastures as an Independent in Division 1A football, and far browner pastures in everything else, joining the West Coast Conference in all other sports.

TCU left for the Big East, and the top half of the WAC in football shifted over to the Mountain West Conference, to fill the holes left by the power trio that had, for nearly a decade, ruled the top of the conference.

Cam Newton burst onto the scene, dominating all in his way to winning the Heisman trophy and leading the Auburn Tigers into the national championship game. Looming over his accomplishments, however, were allegations that he was involved in a pay for play scheme with his father and an agent. Cam was ruled eligible for lack of evidence that he knew anything about the scheme. Let’s hope 5 years from now that we don’t have another Reggie Bush situation.

2010 was the year of the pitcher in the MLB. Roy Halladay, Tim Lincecum, Cliff Lee, and numerous others were in the spotlight this season. The Giants’ pitching staff received praise all season and they showed why. Solid pitching and late season play from Rookie Buster Posey led the Giants into the playoffs and hot bats at perfect times in the World Series sealed the deal for them.

The Lakers won their 2nd straight title, beating the Celtics and avenging their 2008 defeat in the finals to that nearly identical Celtics team.

Jimmie Johnson won his 5th straight Sprint Chase for the Cup title in a row (first ever to do so).

The UConn women’s basketball team broke the once thought impossible win streak record of 88 wins, set by the UCLA men’s basketball team under coach John Wooden. The lady Huskies’ record ended at 90 games.

All in all, a very crazy year. Can’t wait to see what 2011 brings.

Highlight of the Day 12/14

Posted: December 14, 2010 by Dan Condie in NCAA Football
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The last highlight post brought back so many good memories of my childhood sports movies.

That gave me an idea. What’s the greatest kids’ sports movie of all time? That’s right…

I love that movie so much. Too many good clips to pick just one but that one’s classic.

The sport highlight that corresponds with that clip is, of course, girl related. Girls, I apologize in advance for this.

This might possibly be the best “play ball like a girl” moment of all time.

I’m sorry girls, but P.E. or not…these girls are at least 14. There is no excuse for this.

Highlight of the Day 12/10

Posted: December 10, 2010 by Dan Condie in NCAA Football
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If Coach Jim Boylen has done nothing else, he has built Utah’s basketball program into the toughest group of players in the country. Thuggish almost.

Gone are the days of the string bean, white bread, shooting guards from Payson, UT and Pocatello, ID. Know where they went? Utah State and BYU.

Utah football has been so successful, I guess Jim Boylen is trying to emulate that on the basketball court. Whatever the case, you never saw this type of stuff under Rick Majerus.

We might not be the perennial Utes basketball powerhouse like the 90’s, but as long as the football team is tearing it up, the basketball struggles are a little more tolerable. As long as we throw down dunks while we struggle, totally fine.