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    I can't be the only one that thought of this video while watching Ole Miss throw down hammer dunk after hammer dunk after alley-oop hammer dunk against the zoo last night:

    by TheBaron
    2015-03-18 13:52:31







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    The "Bull$#!+ Foul" disparity is now +12 Arizona. No, I'm not joking at all. I've been keeping track.

    by TheBaron
    2015-02-28 21:14:58

    Arizona has been called for two that were bullshit upon video review. Utah has been called for fourteen bullshit fouls. Seriously - fourteen. This is fucking done. Refs decided the game. I FUCKING HATE THIS SHIT! %$#! #@^^ &%%# @%%# &*&% ^^&$ ^$%@ %^#$ !$%% #@%^ &%^# *%&$ &$%%!

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    Outscore Arizona by 2 points over 20 minutes inside the Huntsman Center to win a PAC-12 championship?

    by TheBaron
    2015-02-28 20:15:49

    Utah can do this. I'm taking the Utes in the second half.

    Moments like this are what it takes if Utah wants to win conference championships in a high major conference.

    Everything is in Utah's favor. No excuses. Not even these piss poor refs.

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    Refs for tonight: Bob Staffen, Larry Spaulding, and Dave Hall.

    by TheBaron
    2015-02-28 18:16:53

    Not sure how I feel about that.

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    PacHoops breaks down the Utes:

    by TheBaron
    2015-02-28 13:30:24

    http://pachoops.com/2015/02/everything-yo u-need-to-know-about-utah-whats-apl/

    PacHoops points out some things about the Utes that you probably already know, but also some things that you wouldn't expect. There are a couple things about the Utes that are strikingly unique among their highly ranked, defense first peers. Good read to get into the game day mood.

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    Well $#!+.

    by TheBaron
    2015-02-22 15:21:41

    My updated PAC-12 championship odds:

    Outright champions - 1%

    Shared championship - 40%

    2nd place - 59%


    Beat Oregon today and it's probably:

    Outright champions - 40%

    Shared championship - 55%

    2nd place - 5%

    They probably don't realize it right now, but the Utes gave something away today that they will likely remember for the rest of their lives.

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    $#!+ just got real. This isn't funny on any level anymore.

    by TheBaron
    2015-02-12 17:46:49

    According to a court affidavit filed for the arrest warrant, West, 18, is accused of sexually assaulting the complainant, a female, who had allegedly been summoned to the home by West through a website that solicits escort and other services, with the expectation that she would receive $160 for the call.

    The police report and court documents allege that West brandished a large silver kitchen knife in the garage after the pair moved from a bedroom because a family member had returned home. Court documents state that West placed the knife against the complainant's neck and demanded sexual favors, which she eventually performed after an attempt to defend herself with a "small dagger" she pulled from her boot was unsuccessful.

    (updated article)

    I have no idea how he's not being charged with solicitation or sexual assault/rape, but jesus lord this is bad. One has to imagine even BYU won't attempt to spin its way out of this one. I will be shocked if the kid ever suits up for the zoo. Terrible situation for all parties involved.

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    In a magical land of unicorn and rainbows, where all teams in college basketball play a nearly identical schedule, I believe Gonzaga would be a 4 or a 5 seed.

    by TheBaron
    2015-02-07 22:52:36

    Every season they win a one horse race in the WCC and ride it to an undeservedly high seed in the NCAAs. The #1 seed talk is completely ridiculous, yet I almost expect it to happen with the hype they are getting this deep into the season. I guess the prognosticators didn't learn their lesson the last time Gonzaga was anointed.

    I very badly want Utah to end up in Gonzaga's bracket. there is no greater seeding gift than being in the bracket that has a soft #1 seed. It would be unlikely that Utah would see anything higher than a #4 seed in the elite 8. I highly doubt Gonzaga makes it that far.

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    One positive from tonight:

    by TheBaron
    2015-01-29 22:05:15

    The team can finish out the rest of the season without the pressure of winning a conference championship. Utah can still do big things this year, but a PAC-12 championship almost certainly isn't one of them. When you're not even the best team in your own conference, there's no reason to read your press clippings and get a big head.

    Time for the team to accept how far they still have to go and get to work.

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    Krystko is a badass.

    by TheBaron
    2015-01-17 21:59:43

    http://espn700sports.com/wp-content/uploa ds/2015/01/Larry-Krystkowiak-Postgame-1-1 7 -15.mp3

    He's not necessarily seeing the cause of the loss any differently from the fans, but his demeanor about tonight's ass beating is as chill as an iceberg in January. His NBA experience, where last year's champion lost 27 games along the way and was still considered completely dominant all season, has taught him to take the causes behind the losses seriously while not sweating them or over-emphasizing what they mean.

    Krystko's got this. I believe we still have at least a 50/50 shot at the conference championship. Enjoy the ride.

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    My quick take:

    by TheBaron
    2015-01-17 19:34:48

    Arizona's basketball skills: Good, but nothing special. Maybe 3rd or 4th in the conference.
    Arizona's physicality: MMA level; absolutely elite. Arizona played out of control violent and the refs rewarded them for it again and again. Smart, smart, super smart game plan on their part.
    Arizona's mental toughness: Nationally elite
    Arizona's effort level: Extremely elite. Maybe the best in the entire NCAA. This is the #1 reason they will go impressively deep in the NCAA tournament with NIT basketball skills.
    Arizona's big game mojo: Unquestionably elite

    Utah's basketball skills: Almost elite, but not quite there.
    Utah's physicality: High against finesse teams, but wilts like spinach under high heat against teams that play like teeth kicking brawlers. See: Arizona and SDSU
    Utah's mental toughness: High, but nothing even close to Arizona's. Utah straight gave up during multiple stretches while Arizona maintained extreme focus during every second, from tip to buzzer.
    Utah's effort level: High, but nothing even close to Arizona's. This is the single most controllable metric in all of sports and Utah failed spectacularly tonight. This one is entirely on the coaches and players. Simply unacceptable in any game.
    Utah's big game mojo: Inconsistent. A lack of big game mojo can keep a final four quality team from even making the sweet sixteen. This ties back in to mental toughness and effort level.

    After watching every single Arizona game and every single Utah game this season, I believe Utah is, by a sizable margin, the more skilled team with better out of game coaching and would beat Arizona 8/10 times if all things were equal, but all things are not even close to equal.

    Arizona tried WAY WAY WAY WAY WAY WAY WAY harder tonight, which is embarrassing and simply unacceptable. Arizona played physically out of control - almost violent - daring the refs to call them out for it, while Utah played "within the rules" and got absolutely owned because of it. This is something I fully expected to happen and I am a basketball idiot compared to every single coach on Utah's staff. Utah should have been better prepared for it and responded more confidently, but they weren't and they didn't.

    Utah is going to have to make some fundamental changes, emphasis on the "mental" part, or Utah is going to lose to AZ in SLC, therefore losing the conference title, and lose to AZ in the conference tournament. Arizona played like bullies and Utah took a fist to the face like an unconfident nerd overwhelmed by the situation.

    I believe Utah has both the coaches and the talent to fix this and punch AZ's teeth out in SLC, but it isn't a foregone conclusion by any means. Utah has a lot to work on while AZ simply needs to stay the course. Call me delusional, but in spite of it all I have faith that Utah's staff and players will figure things out, beat AZ in SLC, and win the PAC-12.

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    I'm jealous of Boise State's football program because their coaches have always understood that offense is every bit as important as defense.

    by TheBaron
    2014-12-31 15:16:30

    I dare not dream of how awesome Utah football would be with a coach that both understands that undeniable truth and possesses the ability to walk the walk.

    Then again, maybe instead of dreaming one only needs to watch the Frogs to see what happens when a defensive guru steps out of his comfort zone, hires quality offensive staff, and tells them to score as many points as possible.

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    I am pleasantly surprised that the playoff committee admitted they made a mistake last week and dropped TCU from #3 to #6 after a blowout win.

    by TheBaron
    2014-12-07 14:39:10

    In spite of the incredible performance put on by OSU this weekend, I didn't think the committee would have the balls to do something so dramatic. Putting TCU behind Baylor after having them multiple places ahead of Baylor just days ago is a pretty big mea cupla. People with power, especially when acting in groups, almost never admit fault or change course so quickly.

    Relative to the AP Poll and the embarrassingly worthless Coaches Poll, I've been impressed with the playoff committee rankings from the first time they were released until the present. This is one situation where it's clearly better to put the power into fewer, more intelligent hands rather than a large collection of ignorant and extremely biased writers or coach's secretaries. The best part about the new format has been the rankings. They may not be perfect, but they have been a huge improvement.

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    So the Utes are playing a highly ranked team as one of the featured games of ESPN's tip-off marathon AND we get Bill Walton?!

    by TheBaron
    2014-11-18 12:21:31







    I feel like the Northwestern football players after they beat Notre Dame, but in this case Bill Walton is our Chick-fil-A. An already great day just got better.



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    Two things I expect to see in the ASU/Irish game today -

    by TheBaron
    2014-11-08 13:44:52

    1) I expect ASU's offense to look solid and productive, putting up a lot more points than they did against the Utes and validating the suffocating awesomeness that is the Utah defense.

    2) I expect Notre Dame to put up at least 250 passing yards, further demonstrating that Utah's struggles on offense are about the Utah's passing game being terrible and Travis being god awful at reading blitzes, rather than ASU having a stellar defense like some people thought last week.

    Maybe I'll be wrong about one or both of those predictions, but that is what I expect to see.

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    Is anybody surprised that the most conservative team in the country is from Utah and coached by a Mormon? :D

    by TheBaron
    2014-11-02 07:47:57

    In spite of his blind spots and areas of embarrassing, fireable incompetence, I love Whit and want to see him extended, but the guy makes me feel like some sort of masochistic pervert for watching the Utes struggle year after year to find a Sunbelt level offense. How many OCs and QBs can one man burn through before people accept that he's the sole cause of alll the offensive problems? There is no other explanation or excuse left. That much was clear like 3 OCs ago.

    As long as Whit is the coach we need to dial back our expectations and accept that Utah has to maintain a crazy elite, top 5 defense and crazy elite special teams just to be competitive in our losses. Utah is a mediocre QB and mediocre offensive play calling away from legitimately competing for the MNC. Most teams need a quality OC and quality QB play just to get bowl eligible, but mediocre would be enough to make Utah a perennial top 10 program.

    The day we have a top 50 QB is the day Utah becomes one of the big dogs. Silly me used to think finding a mediocre QB wasn't that difficult and it's just a matter of time. I'm finally starting to accept that we don't have a coach capable of identifying, recruiting, coaching, and supporting even a mediocre QB. I'm not smart enough to understand why, but Whit is what he is.

    I love the Utes and will be at the Oregon game, excited to watch our defense smother the best offense in the country and keep the loss respectable. It's a damn shame that half of the game will feel like getting a cucumber shoved up my urethra.

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    Not that it's news, but Derik Stevenson is the definition of a zoob in every way. Derick honestly lives in a completely different reality than the rest of us.

    by TheBaron
    2014-10-24 14:39:16

    A reality where the world waits with baited breath for BYU to fart and then declares the aroma "big time". A reality where BYU is a national powerhouse that happens to be down a little bit at the moment, but otherwise would receive an invite from every major conference in the country - if only the university presidents weren't all a bunch of dirty anti-Mormons. Why is the world full of so many anti-Mormons hell bent on holding back BYU from it's rightful place next to, but slightly above Alabama?! Utah got invited to the PAC-12 over BYU? ANTI-MORMONS EVERYWHERE! UGGHHHHH!

    In Derik's reality, BYU beat an "average Texas team" and Utah beat "the worst Michigan team in decades", when both teams are currently sitting on a 3-4 record. Why does Derik call one 3-4 team "average" and the other "the worst in decades"? Oh yeah - BYU beat one of them while evil incarnate, Utah, beat the other. A good little zoobie makes sure to always spin and lie his ass off to cast God's one true university™ in the most flattering light possible, even if that means tearing down BYU's superiors in order to give the illusion of parity.

    Like most zoobs, he calls every quality team Utah beats "overrated" or "terrible" and every mediocre to awful team that BYU beats "underrated" or a couple of bounces away from being ranked. I've seen a different zoob claim that BYU's squeaker at home against a mediocre Virginia team is the best win of any team in the state this season; no joke. He claimed that OSU is "terrible" and UCLA is "bad" and "criminally overrated". Yet when BYU was 4-0 after barely sneaking by bad teams and beating down a 3-4 Texas team that played BYU without 11 of their starters, zoobs argued that BYU should have been top 10 and was a strong candidate for the playoffs.

    Derik calls out Bronco for his "arrogance", but then Derik takes personal credit for BYU's so-called "tradition", speaks as if glory and greatness are BYU's birthrights, and repeatedly calls Utah State a "glorified high school". Of course, he does these things while failing to see even a shred of irony. He doesn't see his own arrogance because he genuinely believes that BYU is a tradition rich power program being embarrassed by Bronco's failure to match BYU's prior glory.

    That is Derik's - and most zoobs - biggest problem. They honestly think BYU used to be big time. In truth, BYU was 2007 Hawaii, and, like Hawaii, they only did it ONE YEAR EVER. Unlike Hawaii, it happened 30 years ago. 30 years! Other than that, BYU's glory years weren't much different from what BYU is right now - a decent mid-major program that almost never played against teams with a pulse, usually lost - often in a blow out - whenever they did play a quality opponent, and spent most of the time racking up wins against terrible teams.

    The reason they went 19-2 against Utah during a 21 year stretch wasn't because BYU was a powerhouse; it was because Utah was at its all-time nadir and the Utes had a hard time beating even the aforementioned terrible teams that BYU was beating up on, let alone beating the pride of the WAC. Speaking of which...

    When your claim to fame is being the best team in the WAC for a couple of decades, after the two best teams in the WAC bolted for greener pastures, you don't have a claim to fame. You are nothing. In reality, BYU isn't at a low point right now - they are near their historical apex. Right now is about as good as BYU has ever been. In 1984, BYU didn't play a single team as good as 2014 USU or Nevada.

    The "greatness" of BYU under LaVell was about exploiting a novel and exotic offensive scheme to beat up on inferior competition and then crow about how they would totally beat the best of the best, if only they got a shot at them. BYU is college football's Uncle Rico. They are the original Boise State - beat up on terrible teams in the WAC after the WAC's best teams left for greener pastures. Both programs even got lucky on a couple of special QB recruits. The similarities are uncanny, except for Boise comes out looking about 100 times more impressive. If you compare their best wins and their overall records, BYU comes out looking like Boise-lite rather than vice versa.

    Zoobs think BYU is big time. The ignorant watching from afar think they are a has-been. The educated know that they are a never-was. Derik is a zoob, and hubris like his could complete BYU's regression to the mean, returning them to what they always were without LaVell or Bronco - a regional punching bag.

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    Reason #73 that Utah deserves to win tonight -

    by TheBaron
    2014-10-16 10:41:12

    OSU created a video hoping to convince OSU fans to "crank it like a chainsaw" whenever they play this terrible song during games, because... um... chainsaws cut wood and beavers chew wood? I'm not sure, but trying to inorganically manufacture a nerdy ass "official" dance move deserves to be punished by Orchard and friends. What kind of football team has its own dance move?

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    I have watched thousands - literally THOUSANDS - of NFL and college football games.

    by TheBaron
    2014-10-05 00:17:29

    I watched Ed Hochuli fully steal a done deal win over Denver from San Diego that had major playoff implications on what is considered the worst call in NFL history. It was such bullshit that the rule books for both the NFL and college football have been changed exclusively because of it.

    I hate conspiracy theories and genuinely believe that 99.9% of them are bullshit. In all of those thousands of football games I have watched I have never once believed in such a thing as a legitimate, bonafide referee conspiracy... until tonight.

    There is zero question in my mind that the refs conspired to give that game to UCLA. Utah was the better team by 14-21 points tonight, but the refs made the game go down to the last play - TWICE!

    Even the announcers couldn't stop commenting on the number of "fortunate" calls UCLA got called in their favor and the number of "unfortunate" calls that UCLA should have been penalized heavily for, but weren't. There were so fucking many "unfortunate" calls and almost all of them were so comically egregious that I can no longer believe that while refs frequently blow calls (duh), it is not malicious or with the intent to effect the outcome of the game.

    Unless Utah just played the single unluckiest game of football I have ever witnessed, I believe the referees conspired to cheat that win in UCLA's favor. In spite of Utah overcoming the absurdity to secure the win over a top 10 team on the road, I am disillusioned and despondent right now.

    Like Vin Scully himself, I don't believe what I just saw. Tonight was utter bullshit for four fucking quarters and I want to see someone held accountable. Unfortunately, I know the chances of that are about 0.0001%.

    FUCK!!!!!!!!!!! This is one of the biggest wins ever and all I can see are all of the "missed" ridiculously obvious calls and all of the flagged completely bullshit calls that UCLA was gifted. It was seriously over 100 yards all told. Tonight was the worst screw job I have ever seen in all of my years obsessing over football and the Utes found a way to overcome it. I have no words for that part other than "wow."

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    I've watched this movie so many times.

    by TheBaron
    2014-10-04 22:43:34

    SO GOD DAMN MANY TIMES. Please, sweet and merciful Jesus - let it end differently just this once. Outside of 2008 it always ends in heartbreak under Kyle. Can Utah EVER catch a break without finding a way to ruin it?

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    So when Jim Mora Jr said he's definitely going to kick to Clay, what he really meant is that he's scared $#!+less and will do everything possible to prevent return attempts tonight.

    by TheBaron
    2014-10-04 21:51:18

    I don't blame him.

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    I'm officially into my mid-season loss cycle.

    by TheBaron
    2014-10-04 19:15:14

    I spent all week talking myself out of believing that Utah will win tonight, doing my best to accept the odds are stacked against us and UCLA is not going to allow themselves to have a letdown at home after their big ASU blowout.

    Now that it's game day, I've gone from "just try to enjoy the game for what it is" to "don't be so negative; stranger things have happened" to "what if WSU was a fluke mixed with some terrible luck and Utah is a lot better than I think?"

    I've been fully sucked in and now I'm excited and nervous for the game, just like I would have been if Utah had won last week. Against my better judgement, I really feel like the Utes can pull off the big win. I know I'm not the only one on here that does this to himself every week. It's the roller coaster that makes college football so fun when I'm not melting down over a bad loss.

    In the PAC-12, every week is a new opportunity to make some noise and tonight is a big one. I still have faith that Kyle and co. can pull off a masterful game plan and ruin the Bruins' dream season. Here's to hoping UCLA plays tight and Utah plays like a team with nothing to lose.

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    Classic game thread over on Shaggy Bevo. (One of Texas' most active message boards.)

    by TheBaron
    2014-10-04 01:47:06

    http://www.shaggybevo.com/board/showthrea d.php/150988-Utah-State-BYU

    Back to back to back posts -

    MortimerTX: Utah State is pushing BYU's $#@! in

    el squared: Taking Hill out was like killing the queen in a fire ant mound

    MaxATX:

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    B-b-but, but - Taysom jumped over the limp body of a bad Texas team's 3rd string safety after the guy fell down for no reason!

    by TheBaron
    2014-10-04 00:45:39

    That play meant BYU was a playoff team and all but guaranteed Taysom would win the Heisman! This totally unbiased Monty guy on 1320 told me so! How could the baby Jesus let this happen to God's anointed football team? Where will I buy $5 t-shirts to clothe little Jaxon, Azlyn, Noah, Lakynn, Blaze, and Kaylee? How will the football team convert millions of people if they can't even beat Utah State?

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    No longer drunk. Still can't believe Utah found a way to lose to Wazzu, at home, after being immediately spotted 14 points by the D and special teams.

    by TheBaron
    2014-09-28 08:15:30

    I genuinely believed Kyle had turned things around. I was so sure. Easiest PAC-12 opener of his career and yet 0-1, once again, just like 2013; just like 2012; just like 2011. Let me guess how this movie ends - Utah is going to get a huge win, such as UCLA on the road or Oregon at home, and still finish 5-7 or, if we're lucky this year, 6-6. Even if Utah goes 6-6, with the talent on this team, with everything on the line this season, with the current state of the PAC-12... I make a change and I don't look back. This is Kyle's 10th year. If he had an ace up his sleeve he'd have played it years ago.

    Kyle has so many blind defenders that refuse to accept reality; that are proud of perennial mediocrity; that are happy with a goal 6-6; that were afraid to replace McBride. This season is Kyle's ceiling, people. He doesn't recruit any better talent than the talent we already have right now. He's on his 7th offensive coordinator in 7 years and this time he didn't just promote some random position coach from within the staff expecting them to be the next Chip Kelly. If he can't get it done this year, he's not getting it done.

    Obviously there are still another 8 games to be played and "anything can happen." Of course it's theoretically possible Utah still puts together its first PAC-12 winning season. (4-5, 3-6, 2-7, 0-1)

    Like I said, I genuinely believed Kyle was going to turn things around. I was so sure. Last night broke my spirit and suffocated my faith. It got me to finally say the last thing a program ever wants a fanatic to say - "I need to take a step back and stop spending so much time and energy on Utah football."

    I am an extremely grounded and healthy NFL fan, but a sick and unhealthy college fan. I'm going to try to take a step back and accept the mediocrity of Utah football. Hopefully one day we'll be able to reach the maddeningly reasonable, but seemingly impossible goal of breaking .500 in conference play. Just don't expect it to happen without a coaching change.

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    When your defense gets a pick six and your special teams gets a touchdown return, if you lose on the road in Tuscaloosa you have some serious questions that need to be asked about the heart of your players and the competency of your coaching staff.

    by TheBaron
    2014-09-27 23:15:44

    When you lose to a 1-3 Washington State with your entire fucking career on the line --- AT HOME ---- you need to seriously consider naming an interim head coach before you embarrass yourself any further in next game. If Utah loses to UCLA, I will fully support letting Kyle go back to 1979 and letting Kalani give it a go as the interim HC.

    If Kyle has even a basal level of integrity, he will consider seppuku as an honorable way out of the wet, steamy pile of diarrhea he's created. What a fucking joke his program is. A pathetic, shameful joke.

    WSU is the third worst team in the conference, for Christ's sake; ahead of only Colorado and.......... Utah.

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    The zoobs don't play dirty. Bronco says this is just "fanatical effort" and playing "on the edge", both of which he encourages.

    by TheBaron
    2014-09-23 13:19:48

    Bronco calls cheap shots and late hits "aggression penalties" and has no plans to correct them. BYU is currently the single most penalized team in college football (seriously - #1), and they aren't coming from false starts or delay of game.



    It's ironic that so many zoobs racistly refer to black players on other teams as "thugs" when their team has more dirty players and thuggish behavior than any other team in the country.

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    Max Hall is the worst person to ever be a part of the Utah/BYU rivalry by an incalculable margin.

    by TheBaron
    2014-09-02 15:05:49

    The guy is an unapologetic hypocrite, a degenerate liar, and - worst of all - a coward. He's also responsible for the most classless press conference I have ever seen in any sport in my entire life, the irony of which is hilarious to me considering the accusations he made. (Classic zoob projection syndrome.)

    I also know some people in Provo that know his extended family and have hung out with him a few times since his playing days ended; BBQs, Sunday dinners, etc. They said he's easily the most arrogant prick they've ever met and that he was completely unapologetic for his behavior.

    All of that said, a part of me feels sorry for the guy. I know he got sent home early from his LDS mission for prescription drug addiction and it sounds like he's still struggling with substance abuse. I don't find his arrest particularly funny and I'm having difficulty feeling schadenfreude about it. I sincerely hope he gets his life together.

    In my experience, the cornerstone of personal growth is humility, which is something Max has struggled with mightily both during and after college. The cognitive dissonance he lives with every day must be killing him. Hopefully he figures things out and is able to move on with his life. Unfortunately, narcissists rarely do.

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    Rough day so far for the Utes.

    by TheBaron
    2014-08-30 12:10:29

    Players confirmed to have been cut:

    Tevita Stevens
    Joe Kruger
    Karl Williams
    Jake Murphy
    Anthony Denham
    Tevita Finau

    Hopefully that will be all.

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    It's time to play a game I like to call "Guess The Zoob"!

    by TheBaron
    2014-08-29 17:04:01

    BYU will be without 7 starters for tonight's game against UCONN. Two players will be sitting out due to injury and five players are suspended for honor code violations.

    The objective: guess which two zoobies will be taking it easy on the couch, checking tinder all weekend and which five zoobies will be busy administering stitches to some Provostani snitches? With 21 possible combinations, you have a discouragingly improbable 4.76% chance of guessing correctly.


    Good luck!


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    I still shake my head in disbelief every time I'm reminded that they have banners hanging for going 0-1 in the NCAA Tournament.
    (33 days ago, 5 stars)

    We probably deserve a 6, but I've already mentally prepared myself for Utah getting a 5, going against the toughest 12 in the field, and being in ashley judd's bracket just in case Utah somehow finds a way to get to the Sweet Sixteen.
    (35 days ago, 2 stars)

    RE: "This is obviously garbage "journalism" written by a junior high intern and should be ignored."
    (37 days ago, 14 stars)

    This is a good point.
    (41 days ago, 10 stars)

    Refs did great today. This wasn't a win stealing screw job like the Arizona game.
    (43 days ago, 1 stars)

    This is a 2 seed drop kind of loss. Unless they can pull it together and win the PAC-12 tournament, Utah is looking at a 5 seed at best now.
    (43 days ago, 1 stars)

    And a lot of extremely physical play against our bigs, with anybody and everybody teeing off on them at will.
    (43 days ago, 0 stars)

    Utah missed four uncontested layups in the first half. >:(
    (45 days ago, 0 stars)

    I believe a true freshman - Marcus Williams - started his first career game at safety against Wazzu, and two of their touchdowns were scored by his man.
    (45 days ago, 2 stars)

    Based entirely on the "value added" metric, Delon wouldn't just be the PAC-12 Player of the Year; he'd win the Wooden and Naismith.
    (45 days ago, 1 stars)

    Only that he's not a commit. He's hoping to walk on.
    (47 days ago, 0 stars)

    If that happens I will take further disappointment out on you as if you are somehow responsible.
    (49 days ago, 0 stars)

    This feels like a cougarboard post.
    (49 days ago, 2 stars)

    +15 in Arizona's favor now. +15.
    (50 days ago, 1 stars)

    +14 now. +14 in Arizona's favor, and Sean #%!@ING Miller is the one popping a blood vessel complaining to the refs.
    (50 days ago, 0 stars)

    Even out this garbage and Utah is blowing them out. I am beyond apoplectic. Beyond.
    (50 days ago, 1 stars)

    The "Bull$#!+ Foul" disparity is now +12 Arizona. No, I'm not joking at all. I've been keeping track.
    (50 days ago, 3 stars)

    Differences? I'm pretty sure our BACs are perfectly in sync right now.
    (50 days ago, 3 stars)

    Outscore Arizona by 2 points over 20 minutes inside the Huntsman Center to win a PAC-12 championship?
    (50 days ago, 4 stars)

    Refs for tonight: Bob Staffen, Larry Spaulding, and Dave Hall.
    (50 days ago, 0 stars)

    And if past games are any indicator, the referees will happily oblige, taking Poeltl out of the game right away with garbage foul calls that the impartial announcers can't help but castigate.
    (50 days ago, 0 stars)

    Take the dig; they deserve it. Their tempo leads to their best players getting wildly overrated by uneducated basketball fans, which includes basically all local media and even many Ute fans that don't want to sound like a hater.
    (50 days ago, 9 stars)

    Every college basketball stat is basically worthless if it isn't tempo adjusted.
    (50 days ago, 3 stars)

    PacHoops breaks down the Utes:
    (50 days ago, 0 stars)

    The crowd is going to find a way to turn the knob from "10" to "11" on Saturday. Pauley Pavilion isn't capable of that. Arizona has NEVER experienced that in the PAC. Utah is the only program outside of Tucson with that capability.
    (56 days ago, 1 stars)

    To be fair, "meaningless" is a gross overstatement. "Less meaningful"? Sure. "Meaningless"? Not even close to true.
    (56 days ago, 6 stars)

    Utah controls it? Arizona might beg to differ.
    (56 days ago, 0 stars)

    Well $#!+.
    (56 days ago, 1 stars)

    Excellent job.
    (58 days ago, 3 stars)

    To some people, the life of a citizen from a 1st world country holds significantly more value than the life of a citizen from a 2nd or 3rd world country.
    (60 days ago, 7 stars)

    I guess I spoke too soon. The zoo's tireless PR machine is already on the case, running spin that West is actually the victim and a good guy.
    (66 days ago, 1 stars)

    $#!+ just got real. This isn't funny on any level anymore.
    (66 days ago, 5 stars)

    He pulled a knife on a girl? Wow. This is a lot worse than Van Noy's multiple DUIs.
    (66 days ago, 2 stars)

    As long as it wasn't coffee, I think he's in the clear. :D
    (66 days ago, 7 stars)

    That MUST be it. It has to be that I have a personal problem, rather than valid, well reasoned arguments that make you uncomfortable. %)
    (68 days ago, 6 stars)


    (68 days ago, 8 stars)

    I was hoping for a well reasoned response, but got about what I expected.
    (68 days ago, 5 stars)

    RE: "print up a newsletter on religion in general and take on all the false prophets out there for which you have disdain"
    (68 days ago, 16 stars)

    Are you serious? Numerous items have been proven beyond any doubt to be 100% false. Numerous items.
    (68 days ago, 7 stars)

    That is a fair enough viewpoint. I personally disagree with it, but I see where you are coming from.
    (68 days ago, 1 stars)

    Not if that person has been definitively proven in numerous instances to be a fraud and a liar.
    (68 days ago, 18 stars)

    In a magical land of unicorn and rainbows, where all teams in college basketball play a nearly identical schedule, I believe Gonzaga would be a 4 or a 5 seed.
    (71 days ago, 2 stars)

    I know you are just making jokes, but I still think it's worth noting that the ACC did NOT decide that "BYU is a P5."
    (73 days ago, 9 stars)

    What can I say? BYU needed to feel like they got a "win" and Talo is always happy to lie for a good cause. He's a stripling warrior with the most beautiful blonde ponytail I've ever seen on a balding middle-aged man.
    (74 days ago, 1 stars)

    ^^This^^
    (74 days ago, 6 stars)

    And one of those "neutral" site games is in Phoenix, which has more Arizona alumni than any other city in the country, including Tucson.
    (75 days ago, 5 stars)

    WTF are you even talking about?
    (75 days ago, 2 stars)

    Neither full scholarship nor preferred walk-on. Just a regular walk-on with dreams of lighting it up and earning a scholarship like Adam Schulz did.
    (79 days ago, 0 stars)

    Except Utah was still firmly in the driver's seat after the Arizona game.
    (80 days ago, 0 stars)

    In a vacuum, no it won't. Only future losses can do that. Finish out the season undefeated and Utah is still a #2 at worst.
    (80 days ago, 2 stars)

    One positive from tonight:
    (80 days ago, 2 stars)

    "Get a grip"? I think we are having a simple two-way misunderstanding due to the limitations of internet communication.
    (80 days ago, 0 stars)

    Hasn't come to pass? Presumptuous? This is a "we landed on the moon" moment.
    (80 days ago, 1 stars)

    This is true, per the language of the P5 self-governance NCAA legislation.
    (80 days ago, 1 stars)

    It's not a theory; it's fact. And I can confirm that BYU is absolutely beholden to Title IX requirements.
    (80 days ago, 4 stars)

    The whole thing is silly and irrelevant.
    (80 days ago, 13 stars)

    You don't make much sense.
    (82 days ago, 12 stars)

    I'm guessing it's a walk-on offer; possibly as a preferred walk-on.
    (84 days ago, 2 stars)

    Only a zoobie would pick such a strange thing to lie about. Does he not realize that porn-phobia is mostly an LDS thing?
    (90 days ago, 9 stars)

    As long as Whittingham is the head coach, it's a damn safe bet that Utah's offense will be near the bottom of the conference.
    (91 days ago, 5 stars)

    Krystko is a badass.
    (92 days ago, 8 stars)

    ^^Listen to this guy^^
    (92 days ago, 1 stars)

    Tonight was the best, most complete and impressive game that Arizona has played all year, and by a truly gargantuan margin. Trust me, I've watched them all.
    (92 days ago, 0 stars)

    I have seen 80-90% of games TJ has played at Arizona and tonight was easily the best game he's ever played in his entire career. It is extremely unlikely he'll do it again in SLC, Vegas, or the NCAA Tournament.
    (92 days ago, 1 stars)

    My quick take:
    (92 days ago, 9 stars)

    We won't find out in 4 hours because even if Arizona wins today, most of what O'Neil said is wrong.
    (92 days ago, 9 stars)

    ...
    (95 days ago, 14 stars)

    He was also throwing up the double bird and taunting the NEZ and the MUSS during warm ups. He exemplifies what it means to be a BYU athlete.
    (100 days ago, 7 stars)

    It is on national TV.
    (101 days ago, 2 stars)

    I agree 100%. One could argue that moving to OSU in the first place was "disloyal" or whatever, but what he does now that he's the DC at OSU can only be disloyal if it hurts OSU.
    (102 days ago, 6 stars)

    If I was in Kalani's position I'd be ruthless. The stakes are high and both wins and recruits are a zero sum game.
    (102 days ago, 0 stars)

    Anybody that genuinely believes that Kalani isn't trying to flip every recruit that will listen to him is a damn fool.
    (102 days ago, 12 stars)

    I disagree.
    (103 days ago, 2 stars)

    I was thinking the same thing. Utah has grown by leaps and bounds since that game while SDSU has managed to regress.
    (103 days ago, 0 stars)

    I know many can't stand him, but he is my favorite announcer to listen to. I'll probably rewatch the game when I get home so I can hear Bill's call.
    (106 days ago, 2 stars)

    If we were talking about football, a situation so ripe for a Ute blowout would scare the $#!+ out of me and I'd almost expect to lose.
    (106 days ago, 3 stars)

    So if I disagree with you it means I'm acting "holier than thou"? I hope you can see the irony in your claim.
    (109 days ago, 1 stars)

    You are talking about specific game results from a specific season. I am talking about long term program philosophies that transcend the results from any one season.
    (109 days ago, 1 stars)

    I'm jealous of Boise State's football program because their coaches have always understood that offense is every bit as important as defense.
    (109 days ago, 6 stars)

    Who's son do you have to be to get such an insane deal? That's some sort of bananas, "Chris Hill is my dad" deal.
    (118 days ago, 0 stars)

    This is the most vile, disgusting, and offensive post you've ever made on utefans.
    (126 days ago, 4 stars)

    Nothing says "no team in the country is safe" quite like beating Memphis.
    (126 days ago, 21 stars)

    I think you should look at the time my post was made and then reconsider your calling for me to reconsider. :D
    (127 days ago, 1 stars)

    A little of both, combined with Kansas being a legit final four contender, basically playing at home, and having a pretty damn good day themselves.
    (127 days ago, 2 stars)

    That 10 seed was completely ridiculous. BYU was a 12 seed at the absolute best, and even then one could argue 12 would have been generous.
    (131 days ago, 5 stars)

    How's this one working out for ya?
    (131 days ago, 11 stars)

    It's normally bad form to post utezone info on other message boards, but baseless rumors are an exception.
    (131 days ago, 0 stars)

    Sadly, someone confirmed directly from Cooper himself that the rumor is 100% bogus.
    (131 days ago, 0 stars)

    The results of this weekend, in a vacuum, are not even close to enough to warrant Baylor's passing of TCU, IMO.
    (133 days ago, 0 stars)

    RE: Duke to sun bowl... Looks like we are headed for Vegas!
    (133 days ago, 5 stars)

    I am pleasantly surprised that the playoff committee admitted they made a mistake last week and dropped TCU from #3 to #6 after a blowout win.
    (133 days ago, 2 stars)

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