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For those of you that are uncivilized and wouldn't know ;) , one of Alan Rickman's greatest performances (if not THE greatest performance of his career) was as Colonel Brandon in the movie Sense & Sensibility. A great actor.
I posted similar to this on another message board (a basketball board, ironically), and thought I should post it here to give you all the opportunity to blue star me to death and tell me what a $#!++y Utah fan I am.
by leftyjace 2015-12-07 09:03:55
Much as I absolutely hate it, I understand why the powers-that-be did this. And you KNOW Larry Scott influenced things.
First off, other than the injuries that are certain to result from this game due to BYU's lack of honor, there is no "cost". The PAC-12 teams all pool their bowl game money and split it equally. So even though the payout at Vegas is less, the amount we get for being in a bowl game is equal to every other team in the conference. Yes, I get the potential "cost" of losing to a mid-major is a loss of face nationally. But we'd run the possibility of losing a bowl game against anyone, right? That's why we play the game, right? I think we have a good chance of beating BYU, probably a better chance than some of the other teams we might have played given the state of our team right now. We might as well make the most of it.
Second, I think ticket sales will be less of an issue than people on here are making it out to be. BYU fans aren't the only ones that got to guy tickets early. So did ticket brokers and scalpers. There will be plenty of tickets available for fans of both teams that want to go down there. The difference is, Utah fans will have to pay a premium for those tickets as they'll have to be purchased on the reseller market, which sucks. But at least we're willing to pony up the extra money. AND we will tip our waiters and waitresses while we're down there. Which only happens because we buy drinks.
Third, from a national perspective, Utah/BYU makes a lot of sense. That's a matchup that casual watchers of either BYU or Utah will want to make sure to catch. A lot of the importance of our team playing in a bowl game is exposure, and the opportunity to win admirers around the country via a bowl game that garners attention. Having Utah and BYU play each other is one of the easiest ways to draw attention to one of the PAC-12 bowl games. Having BYU play another PAC-12 team just wouldn't be the same, wouldn't have the same hype, wouldn't draw the same national attention.
Yes, the Vegas Bowl is the 6th bowl pick in the PAC-12.
But did you guys know that ESPN now rates the Vegas Bowl as the 9th biggest, most interesting bowl in the nation? In theory, based on the "level" of the bowl, it should be down in the 40's. But it's in the top 10. TOP 10, people.
And fourth - of COURSE Vegas wants us. They want a good, rowdy, money-spending, fun-loving, normal fan base to offset the tightwad, Motel 6, caffeine-free Diet Coke drinking BYU fans that will be down there doing their best to suck the life out of a traditional bowl game experience. Making this a rivalry game at least makes the environment of the Vegas bowl more like a real bowl game, even with BYU fans involved.
I'm not happy about this bowl selection. I hate the BYU fan base as much as anyone, and a lot of them are family members. I am scared to death that we're going to experience ridiculous cheap shots and injuries because BYU brings a bad Spirit to the game, is dis-Honorable, lacks Integrity, and has a Tradition of being ass holes.
This is going to be an insufferable couple of weeks. But as much as I hate it, it makes a lot of sense for those that are supposed to look at things from a macro perspective, and not my micro-perspective.
So let's at least try to enjoy it. We now have the opportunity to send Donko off in a way that he deserves - with a fantastic beat down.
I've seen this subject a few times, but I thought I'd start it anew. I'm cutting the cable. My only concern is Internet. I have Comcast now. How is CenturyLink, Dish Internet, etc.? My current download is about 90MBpS and my upload is about 6MBpS.
by leftyjace 2015-11-19 10:28:48
Utopia and Google Fiber are not options for me yet. My biggest concern is having a big enough pipe to enjoy Netflix and other online video streams (Hulu, Amazon Prime, etc.).
For those of you that have cut the cable and done your research on Internet service, what has been the good and bad you've experienced with your providers?
I never played organized football and don't know enough about different plays. But I noticed something.
by leftyjace 2015-10-24 19:35:37
Forgive me if I don't word this right but I'm not sure if I'm using the correct terms.
I notice that USC has change strategies to quick passes. Meaning, the quarterback does a three step drop and then immediately passes it away. One thing I noticed is that the five offensive lineman are counting on only a four man rush during these types of plays. One of the guards pulls off and comes out and positions himself to immediately block for the receiver of the short drop step pass.
Is this a pretty common thing? I'm finally starting to recognize different strategies utilizing the tight ends and the offensive lineman for blocking.
I'm not sure if blitzing would help. I don't think they could get to the quarterback fast enough to prevent the quick Pass. How would you go about counteracting this type of strategy?
Guys/Gals, send out some prayers or vibes or thoughts to WebMonkey and his family. Last night he was involved in a serious car wreck. He's in the hospital. I'm sure more details will come out as time goes on. But first things first - let's hope he gets well.
After some quick thought, I'm going to go ahead and post what Chris's brother, Jared, put on Chris's Facebook timeline this morning. I will let his words speak for themselves.
Friends of Chris, this is Jared, his brother.
After nearly three years sober, due largely to pancreatitis, kidney failure, and other medical issues caused by two decades of binge-drinking, Chris began drinking again this summer and last night was in a car accident, with a BAL of 27%. He drove into the city and hit a parked car, totaling both. He is in the ICU at the U Hospital.
Instead of arresting him, the police took him to the hospital because his glucose was over 500. He lost his license and has a court date in two weeks.
All summer long, as he began drinking more and more and his sweet wife encouraged him to go to rehab, he refused. He has the stubborn pride Evans gene (which I too am guilty of) of refusing to listen to others, ever.
I would appreciate it if you would leave words of encouragement for him to go to rehab, especially for the benefit of his two daughters who, last night, once again, became very close to becoming fatherless.
I would have posted this from his account from his phone directly but the scene of the accident was so bad that the police could not find his phone.
Let me add my voice to the chorus of those chanting "No more BYU". It's just not worth it. I am a season ticket holder to both Utah football and basketball. I don't mind scheduling BYU for basketball, that tends to be a bit more tame. But football? I'm tired of the injuries and hostility especially when playing BYU doesn't do us any good in getting to the Rose Bowl. The rivalry was meaningful when it mattered to both teams. It doesn't matter to Utah now.
The local media (one member of which is CC'd in on this e-mail) scream that the rivalry is needed and that the public wants it. I think they're wrong. I think the BYU fans want it, but most everyone that is a Utah fan could "take it or leave it". And if there's no real benefit (the games at RES will sell out anyway)... why are we playing them any more???
The rivalry is over. Utah won. Let's grant it the death it deserves.
Man, we have some GREAT USMNT games coming up the rest of the year.
by leftyjace 2015-07-28 10:33:03
9/4 - Friendly - Peru - @ RFK Stadium - Fox Sports 1
9/8 - Friendly - Brazil - @ Gillette Stadium - ESPN
10/9 - Confederations Cup Playoff - Mexico - @ Rose Bowl - TBD
11/13 - World Cup Qualifier - St. Vincent or Aruba - @ Busch Stadium - TBD
11/17 - World Cup Qualifier - Trinidad & Tobago - TBD - TBD
Two friendlies against quality opponents (especially Brazil), a super-intense rivalry match for inclusion into the 2017 Confederations Cup, and then two World Cup Qualifiers that count towards qualification for the 2018 World Cup.
The violations, all reported April 13, were improperly discussing a recruit before he had been admitted, providing a helmet and jersey for a fundraiser to benefit a high school scholarship fund, sharing recruiting materials through social media, and allowing a recruit to sit in premium seating at a campus hockey game.
Greg Marsden, who led Utah gymnastics to unprecedented national success on the competitive floor and in the stands, has announced his retirement after 40 seasons as the school's head coach. Last Saturday, Utah placed second at the 2015 NCAA Championships, just five one hundredths of a point out of first place.
Megan Marsden, Utah's six-year co-head coach and an assistant for the previous 25 years, will continue in her current role. Tom Farden, Utah's assistant coach for the past five years and the former head coach at Southeast Missouri State, has been elevated to co-head coach.
A press conference announcing Greg Marsden's retirement and introducing Megan Marsden and Farden as Utah's co-head coaches will be held Tuesday, Apr. 21 at 3 p.m. in the Huntsman Center.
So... just out of curiosity... is anybody else starting to get worried about this?
by leftyjace 2015-03-18 12:47:57
This GIF shows projections of drought conditions throughout North America over the next 80 years if we maintain current emission levels.
Here's the full video from NASA, which incidentally shows a model that only goes through 2075 (vs. 2095 in the GIF above):
Also, this video is about water levels in California. Again, this is from NASA of all places.
I find it interesting that even in the "drastic changes" model, things get pretty darn severe. Mexico basically looks like it would become a desert - and I'll give you one guess as to where all of those thirsty Mexicans will want to go.
By the way, kids, this is from NASA, not a left-wing liberal group.
Serious question: Do these projections make you want to change your behavior at all? Or do those that don't believe in carbon emission issues and climate change see this as further propaganda?
Michigan is in a state of flux -- losing its quarterback (Devin Gardner), top receiver (Devin Funchess) and top defensive player (Jake Ryan) from the 2014 season. Utah has had a few significant losses as well -- Nate Orchard, Travis Wilson, Kaelin Clay and Dres Anderson … just to name a few.
Well y'all, when I wake up in the morning it'll be 1/2 way through this hell otherwise known as "recovery", and in 3 weeks I'll be able to walk on my right leg again. Thanks for helping keep me sane so far.
It is so interesting seeing how some of my friends and family react to the whole 50 Shades of Grey thing, especially given things I know about them. Some are just as hypocritical about this book as they can be about books of scripture, I swear.
This is a day of excitement! We get to see a bunch of great kids and athletes that WANT to come to Utah and play football in our stadium!
I know it's really not all that big a deal in the grand scheme of things, what with us doing as great as we do without the 4 and 5 star athletes all the time. I get that. It's still so amazing to me that we can do as well as we've done in the past with 2 and 3 star athletes. Just goes to show how great our coaching staff and culture is at the U.
But what's SO neat is to see highly touted athletes committing to come here! They're stoked! They're ecstatic! How can you NOT get excited about that, even if they don't end up panning out or something happens later on down the road???
So enjoy the day for what it is - a day of fun and excitement!
6 weeks. No bearing weight on my right leg. This is gonna suck. Luckily I have all of you to silently observe. That will keep me entertained.
by leftyjace 2015-01-31 21:52:34
Micro fracture surgery on a couple of spots on my right femur. Medical advances are SO COOL! I won't need a knee replacement until much later. But... This recovery period will be hard, and I have stairs in my house. Luckily I have a neighbor gal who needs some extra cash that can come service me. Plus I can work from home. I love technology...
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