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WRT the poll, saw Star Trek Into Darkness last night, very good movie and worth seeing in theaters, could use a little more Alice Eve in her underwear though...but I digress...
by PDXUtefan 2013-05-17 14:47:11
I really enjoyed all the references to the original Star Trek movies, JJ Abrams has done a good job creating movies where you don't have to have seen the earlier films to understand what is going on in the new ones. BUT if you have seen the older films it adds to experience of watching the new ones. The plot got a little thin in places, but the ending was dramatic and the film was entertaining overall.
They had a new preview for World War Z before the movie, this is the 4th or 5th preview for that movie I've seen and I'm completely convinced that it will have absolutely NOTHING to do with the book. I've yet to see any clips from that movie that shows anything resembling the story line of the book, in any form. Maybe I made the mistake of reading the book first, but I have zero desire to see that movie and every preview I see makes me not want to see it even more. The book is great, could have been a cinema masterpiece if they had actually made it like the book. Instead it's another Hollywood action fest with lots of shooting/explosions and very little basis on what the original work was. They should have just named it something else instead of trying to sell it off the book, now they're going to piss a whole lot of zombie film fans who all loved the book.
Stupid damn ESPN, Miller puts on a clinic in the 4th quarter and the only Miller highlight they show is the game winner. Meanwhile they show 20 seconds of Curry missing shots, literally. Unbelievable.
by PDXUtefan 2013-04-20 20:04:45
Can't even stand ESPN and the NBA anymore, it's such a fucking joke. Go to watch highlights expecting to see Andre dominating, instead I get half a minute of literal garbage from one guy, a couple threes and the Miller game winner.
saw the jazz won tonight, looks like the lakers are losing as well, quick look at the boxscore, lakers have shot 34 free throws to golden states 10. unbelievable. nba doing all they can to get their poster childs into the playoffs.
by PDXUtefan 2013-04-12 22:30:33
How do people watch the NBA anymore? Its such a joke. In what world does one team take 34 ft's compared to 10 for the other team and STILL be losing? The closest thing to WWE, its all a show while David stern pulls his strings.
Gotta love Lame Kiffin, today he took another step forward in running the dumpster fire known as USC football, tossing his defense under the bus for the reason why Barkley isn't getting more NFL hype.
by PDXUtefan 2013-02-27 16:53:44
Who the hell would want to play for this guy? Ya, Kiffin, go ahead and blame the defense for Barkley not winning the heisman and Barkley leading USC to a terrible record last year. It was the defense that forced all those bad decisions by your star QB, the defense was on the field when he was throwing those interceptions and losing games.
What a joke, USC fans must be frothing at the mouth to get rid of this tool.
6 of our 7 losses are by 5 or fewer points, all 6 by a combined 19 points. Ugh. Props to Larry, he's coached this team as far as any coach can. But you can't teach clutch and this team lacks the one player to push them over the top.
by PDXUtefan 2013-01-10 22:12:47
Every close game has the same thing, someone who needs to knock down the big shot. Larry has coached this team to be in a position to win every single game. 6 losses by 5 or fewer points? And every single one is a one possession game in the final minute. Hell, even the 7th loss (@SMU) was only by 7 points and came down the wire. No poppinga victories, this team needs a damn player who has ice in his veins and can fucking hit a big time shot. Tonight it was Dean's attempts, last game it was DuBois, the time before it was Washburn/Loveridge, and on and on.
Half way through the season and we are 8-7. We are LIGHT YEARS ahead of where we were last year. Hopefully it's just the sign of a young team (which I believe is evident in the melt down losses where we blew decent leads) and we are just a few pieces away from being an actually competitive team and not just a team that can't finish games.
I hope this year is a learning experience and not a demoralizing one. Young players can take these losses hard and if we get through the second half of the season with a lot more close losses it might actually be damaging, at least mentally. Larry needs to do his best coaching AFTER these games, keep their heads in it and not just in the dumps because they keep losing every single close one. Then he needs to go out and find a guy who can win us these freaking games because it's starting to piss me off.
Itís been an interesting year for Paul Kruger (+7.1). At times heís looked overmatched as an every-down player and could be better suited a situational role. Then there have been games, more than a few actually, like this one where he looks the kind of disruptive force that has you loathe to take him off the field.
He worked over Winston Justice, his replacement Bradley Sowell, and left tackle Anthony Castonzo, all of whom were devoid of answers to the questions he posed. When it was all said and done he had three sacks, three more quarterback hits and five more hurries (and a batted pass) on 41 pass rushing snaps.
PFF Game Ball
Performance over sentiment at Pro Football Focus. Nobody played better than Paul Kruger.
Can't take much from this, given that it was against the college of Idaho, but it was a fun game to watch and the Utes executed well. Both teams played hard and to the final buzzer.
by PDXUtefan 2012-12-28 21:25:58
For a final non-conference game it was entertaining and competitive, the Utes did what they should as a PAC-12 school playing a smaller college. I was impressed with Loveridge's intensity and physicality, even if he should have passed a couple times instead of shooting. We need to improve out inside finishing, missed way to many 5 foot or less shots. The defense was sound, good rotations and contesting every shot. There also was no let up in the second half while up 20+ which was important. Shooting was a little cold to come out during the second half, but they got to the line and also got higher percentage shots to work through it.
Nice job Utes, now comes the real test in PAC-12 play. 8-4 with room for improvement and a young team. I'd be happy with 5-7 conference wins and any more than that will be gravy. A 15 win season would be a nice improvement.
WTF happened? Watched the first half and saw a team freely moving the ball, hustling, scoring with ease and playing decent defense. Up by 18 I decided the game was in hand with how the Utes were playing, went to a friends party...
Saw the post by KyleWouldDoIt about safeproofing his wife's classroom, thought I would add a simple idea that could help tremendously...
by PDXUtefan 2012-12-17 12:22:19
I had read in an article about the Sandy Hook shooting that a teacher who had a classroom near the front door where the shooter came in, in her classroom she had a bookshelf near the door and she pushed it in front of the door to block it.
Most classrooms have filing cabinets, bookshelves or something of that nature. Placing something like that next to the door, on the hinge side preferably if room is available, could be a simple way to act as a deterrent. It could be knocked over or maneuvered to block the door. Even if it couldnt block the whole door, blocking part of it from the hinge side would make it the door couldn't open all the way. A shooter probably isn't going to waste a whole lot of time trying to knock down a blocked door. This would be an added deterrent beyond just locking the door, which can be broken/shot out or unlocked by knocking out a door window.
ESPN's top 10 Football coaching jobs (not limited to NFL)...
by PDXUtefan 2012-12-12 12:21:08
Somewhat interesting article, I disagree with several of the selections for the list, but it's a decent talking point in a boring offseason thus far.... Top 10 coaching jobs in football
First of all, Texas at #2 is a complete and utter joke. Ya, it's a good program with a fine history, but you couldn't pay me enough money to live in Austin. This line from the article literally made me laugh out loud:
The school and Austin are drop-dead gorgeous.
BAHAHAHAH, Austin is "drop-dead gorgeous"? Wow, where have you lived your whole life? Iowa? Sure, Texas has a ton of money to throw around and a name brand, but there are many more schools/teams that are far more desirable to coach at.
LSU and Florida at 7? Riiigggghhhhhttttt. Again, you couldn't pay me enough money to live in either of those locations, Gainsville is AWFUL. And while it is in SOME parts of Florida, who the #%!@ wants to live in a swamp. Baton Rouge is better, but still, Louisiana? Uhhh no thanks and neither LSU nor Florida have a top-10 program tradition IMO.
USC is ahead of both LSU and Florida, easily, IMO.
As for the NFL teams, Packers make sense, but the Giants and Texans? What. The. #%!@. In no particular order here is a list of teams that would be FAR BETTER to be a head coach of in the NFL: Seattle, Chicago, Indianapolis, San Diego and Pittsburgh. Again, just my opinion. As a huge 9ers fan I would put that team on my list, except for the fans. San Fran is an amazing city, the team has an incredible history, but my god the typical 9ers fan is a total jackal.
What say you? It's easy to say Utah as a dyed in the wool, red goggled Ute fan, but subjectively what is on your list?
My goodness, what a sad evening this has turned into, RIP Big Rick. You touched a lot of lives, including my own, in many ways. More than being a ball coach you were a teacher of life lessons.....
by PDXUtefan 2012-12-01 19:39:00
Most will remember him for his coaching exploits, but Rick did so much more for the young men that he worked for. I went to several Rick Majerus basketball camps at the U when I was a kid. He worked hard teaching us fundamentals and how to play basketball properly, but that didn't stop him from also teaching us about working hard in all aspects of life. A very underrated aspect of his time at the U, he was always there as a father figure to many players (if you haven't heard the stories, there are PLENTY).
So RIP Rick, you are a Utah legend and will never be forgotten.
This game is all sorts of bad news bears for fans of a home stadium hosted Pac-12 Championship.
by PDXUtefan 2012-11-30 19:18:03
The matchup itself is good, two talented and well coached teams and so far has been exciting to watch. Why is it bad news bears? That depends on how you want this game to be played, ie do you want it to be at the home stadium of the "better" team, or do you want a neutral site? The attendance is miserable, this does not look good on tv having a barely half full stadium (which is already small) for the 8th ranked team in the country in the conference championship game. If UCLA wins this on the road it's only going to provide more fire to the argument for a neutral site championship game. Not to mention the rain when the game could be hosted at a site that more or less guarantees a no rain situation, higher attendance and the chance for more marketing/sales.
I'm a fan of rewarding a school by allowing it to host the championsihp game, but Stanford's fans are horrible.
Alex just needs to get the #%!@ out of San Fran. It's a shame really, he's done nothing to have his starting job taken from him and Kaep has shown absolutely nothing in his two games to show he should be starting ahead of him.
by PDXUtefan 2012-11-25 20:45:50
Listen, I'm a big 9ers fan, I have been for a while, but this is ridiculous. There is NO QUESTION that Alex has a better grasp on the offense than Kaep does. Not to mention big game experience against very good teams. The Bears are good and beating a red hot Saints team on the road is great, but Alex has also won those types of games (on the road against Green Bay, at home against NYG, and the playoff win against the Saints). Alex has the third best QB rating in the league, is in the midst of a 20-6 record as a starting QB, nearly throws a perfect game 3 weeks ago and had his team running well.
Kaep is the future, no doubt, but there is ZERO reason for throwing this kid into the mix when you have a very capable QB like Smith. I saw nothing from Kaep over the last 2 games that I think Alex couldn't do. Alex has been progressing well, meshing with his receivers and making very good reads.
It doesnt look like there are many QB opportunities available in the league, RIGHT NOW, but I guarantee you that will change in the coming months. There will be a spot, somewhere, for a solid QB like Alex and he should run like hell away from the 9ers. It's too bad because with Harbaugh he could have lead this team to a Super Bowl and Harbaugh has definitely revitalized his career. One thing is for sure, SF had better do everything in their power to accommodate Alex in finding him a new home.
Here is what we should want for the rest of the season: Notre Dame to lose to USC next week, Oregon to win the Pac-12 Championship, Bama to lose the SEC championship. That would give the only chance the Pac-12 gets Oregon into the MNC.
by PDXUtefan 2012-11-17 23:34:32
That would leave Oregon, ND, KState, and Florida with 1 loss each.
Freshman QB, Freshman OC. I hope next year both grow up, substantially, because it has been a BRUTAL season. Little passion left for this team.
by PDXUtefan 2012-11-17 23:08:44
Oh and I think we lose next week as well. We are an extremely mentally weak team who is winless on the road. After a disappointing loss like this, they have nothing left to play for and will mail it in.
Has it occurred to anyone that maybe Whitt just isn't a Pac-12 level HEAD coach?
by PDXUtefan 2012-11-11 01:40:26
His personnel decisions have been sketchy at best, his best road win in the last 2 years was against a horrific Arizona team that canned its head coach, his teams have displayed a horrible level of discipline, they often look totally unprepared/unmotivated/uninspired throughout the season, the team often gets outcoached within games and they have a horrible tendency to flat out give up in games they are getting outworked. This is a McBride team in every single measurable way.
In a conference like the MWC you can skate by on at least half the schedule, the status quo is much much lower and given the much lower level of competition it is much easier to get fired up and motivated for the 2 or 3 big games you play every year.
I give Whitt one more year. Given how insanely difficult our schedule will be next year it could come crashing down quickly. If we keep BYU on the schedule we are looking at USC, Oregon, Stanford, BYU and Arizona on the road with UCLA, OSU, ASU and a solid USU team at home. Given how this team has played historically we could seriously be looking at maybe 3 or 4 wins next year.
What the #%!@ is it with BYU and goddamn slip and slides?
by PDXUtefan 2012-11-10 00:34:35
Here's 2 minutes of your life you'll never get back, slip and slide with the whitest (and fattest) people you know shot at 1,000 fps. Ironically this was posted on phun.org (very NSFW), how is it that Utah hills/mountains are so easily identifiable? I saw about 2 seconds of this clip before I immediately recognized it was filmed there.
Shot by the guy who does all the stupid BYU parody clips, this crap has almost 1,000,000 views. Ridiculous.
Speaking of the dumpster fire that is USC football, Lane Kiffin and Matt Barkley.....they are damn lucky Lee is a sophomore and has not redshirted.
by PDXUtefan 2012-11-07 16:37:06
If Lee was a redshirt sophomore I think he would declare for the NFL draft, the guy has been balling out of control recently and would definitely be a first day draft pick. USC next year is going to be even worse, losing Barkley, Woods (I'm assuming he's going to declare), McDonald, some lineman, and maybe Mcneal. With the scholarship limits hurting them already, depth is going to be a real issue next year. Kiffin is an absolute idiot for a head coach and his dad has been an awful defensive coordinator. With how the Pac-12 has improved I could easily see USC going .500 or worse next season. If Lee had a choice I think he would bail on what will be an even worse dumpster fire next year. Whose going to throw him the ball? It's one thing to be the main cog in a system racking up all the yards and looking like a star, but with so many question marks, important ones, I think it would be smarter to leave. Just look at what has happened to Barkley.
I'm sure SeaTacUte is much more qualified to speak on the Huskies than I am, seeing as how he has season tickets for Huskies football. But, here's my thoughts on beating UW this weekend.
UW, like every Pac-12 team, has some great athletes and is very dangerous at home (look no further than beating OSU and Stanford at Century Link [The CLink is it's nickname]). This team has some serious flaws and can play into Utah's strengths. Austin Seferian-Jenkins. Get to know that name, you're going to be hearing it a lot this weekend. UW has a damn good and very athletic receiver who is capable of killing the Utes. On top of that, Price is a mobile QB that can get outside the pocket and find ASJ. Utah has been much better in the past couple weeks containing the QB, but Cal and WSU's QB's aren't nearly as mobile as Keith Price. UW has an ok run game, not great but not bad. Against Utah they will have very little success running the ball and we SHOULD hold them to under 100 yards on the ground. This will force Price to throw more. Our DB's have to be sound in their coverage, don't bite on routes and cover their receivers like a blanket.
What favors us more is that UW's offensive line is AWFUL. Like...really bad. It's a tossup between them, WSU and Colorad9 for the worst line in the conference. We should be able to get pressure all night on Price, it's just a matter of limiting his mobility. With pressure will come turnovers. This is key #1 to the game, winning the turnover battle is the most important thing. UW has been coughing up the ball at a ridiculous rate this year, they are averaging something like 4 TO's a game over the last 6 weeks. Price has been throwing interceptions and if we can get him out of the pocket trying to force throws, we should get chances at INT's. We have to win the battle of the trenches and force Price into making stupid decisions with the ball.
UW's defense has been very bipolar this year. In games they win the defense is sound. In games they lose, the defense is horrible. This last weekend they managed to beat Cal despite giving up 450 yards of offense, including 250 on the ground. We must attack this defense with White, get the run game pounding and control the time of possession. If White and our other backs (hopefully York will be healthy enough for some short yardage carries) can get yards we will win this game. We have to play smart on offense, realize that our strength is still running the ball and UW is very susceptible to giving up big plays on the ground. Wilson has to be smart with the ball, we can't have those freshman throws like he's had in almost every game giving up easy interceptions at bad times. Wilson is progressing faster through his reads and finding his checkdown when nothing is open. He should continue to improve and limit the mistakes. The CLink is a loud place to play and very tough to win in. Wilson needs to stay calm and guide the offense instead of forcing things.
Penalties. The Utes have been much more sound, playing intelligent football and limiting stupid mental mistakes over the last 2 weeks. Keep it up. UW on the other hand is racking up ridiculous penalty yardage, absolutely killing themselves in that department. Don't let a physical battle blind you mentally, limit boneheaded penalties putting you behind the chains. Let UW be the ones making silly mental mistakes.
That's it, really. 1) Get pressure on Price, contain him and force him into stupid mistakes. 2) Win the turnover battle. 3) Limit stupid mental mistakes and penalties.
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