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Fall Camp Is Here!!!

Fall Camp Week 2 Notes

Next Game: vs. Idaho State

Went to practice this morning

by H-man
2014-08-19 11:32:33

Morgan Scalley is the man.

When they were moving to the sidelines for individuals, he ran up to Lia and said "hi I'm coach Scalley, I just wanted to say you're awesome!"

Just thought it was cool that he's invested into the school to the point of recognizing a gymnast.

I love this school.

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The impact of the SLC radio media market on Utah fandom

by applesanchez
2014-08-19 17:15:57

Earlier today I pleaded for folks to discontinue their obsession with our neighbors to the south. Admittedly, I did this somewhat over-emphatically. I even gave San Diego Ute Fan a red star for such a clever response. However, the general feeling seems to be that I am the crazy one for not looking at these people through a magnifying lens on a daily basis and making fun of them for being less than intelligent. So I got to thinking, what the hell is wrong with this picture?

The Utes have one of the best schedules in the nation this year. They are in one of the best leagues in college football. They finally have depth, and talent, and a starting QB that is not made of silly putty. Yet, people continue to focus on the idiocy of the other fan base as if somehow they still matter or have any kind of impact on the outcome of 2014 Utah football. Why?

I submit: The SLC radio media market.

I recently moved away from the Wasatch front in a big bowl of tears and gummy worms, and while I still have access to the local television stations and sltrib.com, I have to work really hard to listen to any kind of talk radio. The amount of effort it takes is just not worth it.

After 6 months of being away I've noticed something, I don't know jack sh** about BYU. I know slightly more about BYU than I do about ISU, but that's only because you can't erase Roscoe Mendenhall from your brain after he has seared his robot face in your memory. Honestly, I HAD TO LOOK UP WHO THEIR QB WAS GOING TO BE THIS YEAR, and do you know why? They don't matter. There is no story to be told surrounding BYU. Anything that the media is selling up there is just them playing to the swarms of people along the Wasatch front who still believe they have some kind of relevancy in college football. They are a non-story, simple as that.

So why am I writing this? (Because, obviously I took the advice, and unchecked the ZOOB category, and will no longer see stupid cougarboard posts on this website). I'm writing this to let you know, that if you're living on the Wasatch front, and listening to the radio, and you're still interested in anything about BYU, you should hear the perspective of a fellow Ute fan that doesn't have to be exposed to that garbage. It might be time to consider that BYU is less relevant than even USU. They're going to fight hunger or do something about the armed forces this year, or whatever, and they just don't matter.

I mean, I get it. Going to cougarboard is sort of like The Daily Show writers watching Fox News to get bits for their show. It's such an easy place to get good comic material. What I'm saying though, is that BYU is basically the Tea Party of college football at this point. They don't matter. Better yet, they're about as relevant as the Whig party is in U.S. Politics. They mean nothing, and they're only on your radar because they were once historically relevant and the SLC media continues to pad their ratings with deluded fans.

Rant officially over. Go Utes.

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Matt Barkley

by Ute11
2014-08-19 16:17:03

I have no specific reason for posting this other than I'm really excited about the upcoming football season and the thought of playing USC and Oregon at home. The 2012 Utah v USC had all the makings of a special game for us that year and it was unfortunate that we couldn't pull it off. What I remember most from that game, aside from Star and Orchard terrorizing the SC offence was something that happened after the game.
USC sang their school song in the south west corner of the stadium and the players headed to the locker room. Matt Barkley was stopped by a few reporters making him the last to head to the locker room and as he was going in he turned abrupty and ran the opposite way to shake hands and exchange about a 5-10 second private conversation with a guy dressed in street clothes. It took me a minute to figure out that it was Jordan Wynn. Wynn had just retired from football due to his injury and Barkley specifically sought him out to say hi and wish him well. Barkley is a class act in my book and I have always appreciated that act of kindness. There are so many of examples of bad sportsmanship, which I don't care to get in to, but I wanted to point out what I thought was a real bright spot. Go Utes!

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Utah Utes 2014 Streaming is here!

by Cochoz
2014-08-19 14:08:58

I will be adding the PAC Network to my channel lineup and get a VPN for security next week.

I will see you guys next Thursday at 7:00 EST.

Link: http://www.hitbox.tv/cochoz

Being a full-time college student, i'll go ahead and shamefully plug-in the acceptance of donations, to help pay the cost of the PAC 12 Network channel lineup and the VPN. PM me for information on how to donate.

Go Utes!

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Every time I tune into DJ and PK, this is their exact dialogue:

by Kula Shaker
2014-08-19 09:59:17

DJ: Okay, let's read some more tweets. @LoyalCoug1984 tweets "Utah is going to be a cellar dwellar in the Pac-12 forever."

PK: Wooooah, that's a bold statement. Okay Utah fans...what do you have to say to that? Are you going to let BYU fan get away with that? Send us your tweets and we'll read them on the air.

DJ: But first it's time for a break. When we come back, we'll read some more tweets.

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Don't forget the iPads, party house, and backrubs. How can anybody put a price on backrubs?

by Puget Ute
2014-08-19 08:45:59

Surely this story has a happy ending, somewhere. Maybe in the socks...

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Under Armour manages to NOT mess up Notre Dame's classic look

by SigEp Ute
2014-08-19 10:40:45

Yet we get Mountain Sleeves..

Sigh.

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2014 Utah football schedule poster

by Officer Swoop
2014-08-19 15:34:57

Yay or Nay?

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He's a credit to his faith.

by ocgreg
2014-08-19 17:05:03

He stuck around during the worst of the sanctions when he coulda bailed and been a multimillionaire - and it cost him.

Too bad it's the Johnny Manziels of the world that get all the press.

Fight On!

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There is an old marketing saying "Perception is Reality." It seems to me that Zoobs really take that to heart.

by Vegas Ute
2014-08-19 11:03:05

It doesn't matter how good their team is or isn't, if the Y can win 9+ games vs. patsies and get voted into the Top-25 then they are a success.

If they can rig the voting of a Jr High talent contest then the child of coogerboard member must be a real talent.

If they can keep saying that there are 2 BYU fans for every Ute fan and convince the local media of that then that must be the facts:

Despite polls that show a 50/50 split inside the state. Those same polls show the UofU with a lead in every age demographic except the 50+ group.

Despite the fact that for almost a decade Utah apparel has out-sold BYU apparel nationally and locally.

Zoobs think that if they keep talking like RES is 1/2 full that will become true:

Despite the fact that Utah has had 24(I think) straight sell outs (during 2 straight 5-7 years) , while the last home game BYU sold out was last years Utah game. In fact that was BYU's only sell out last season, they didn't even sell out their Texas game.

Despite the fact the secondary market prices for ticket to Utah Football are among the highest in the nation (#23 to be exact). Meanwhile BYU was offering ticket deals via Groupon...

Zoobs talk about how Utah is becoming a Pac-12 doormat and they are heading for greatness...

Despite the fact that Utah at 5-7 was ranked ahead of BYU in Sagarin.

Despite the fact that Utah has beaten BYU 4 straight years, 9 of the last 12, and has a huge lead in the overall series.

It doesn't seem to dawn on the Zoobs that if the Utes (and the Frogs of TCU) have struggled in P-5 leagues their Coogs would struggle even more. (See my first sentence).

Perception, especially the perception built in the Zoobie echo chamber really isn't reality...

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