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Gail Miller's comments
by paqogomez 2019-03-15 07:14:26
Gail Miller says "we are not a racist community." If that is the case, why do we frequently hear stories of other teams - professional and college - coming here and hearing racist remarks from fans and players of our teams (meaning the state of Utah - not the Utah Utes)? I doubt that every one of these anecdotes is true, and others are likely embellished, but as frequently as I have heard them, I believe that there has to be something to it.
Having a black friend does not mean you are not racist. Sadly, I think that this has long been an elephant in the room, and I am glad that it is finally getting some discussion. I doubt this one incident resolves everything, but at least it was not swept under the rug.
I really want to like sports radio in Utah. I find that I have to listen to the clowns on 1280 because KALL700 plays nothing but ads. Well, at least every time I tune in, they have ads playing.
Yesterday in a rare moment, I turned on my car after work and they were having an actual interview with a Weber State coordinator. Of course the part I got to listen to was short-lived, and then they cut to ads. I decided when they came back on that I would listen to see if I was just imagining things. 5:40 - they come back on and discuss Ricky Rubio for 2 minutes. Then they spend one minute shilling for a cell phone repair place. 5:44 - literally one more minute discussing Donovan Mitchell, one minute discussing the upcoming Bill Riley remote at an auto dealership, then by 5:46 they cut back to ads.
So my choices are listening to Monson and whatever troglodyte he is working with this week discuss personal relationships and romantic movies, or I can listen to ads upon ads. Not only do we live in a desert lacking water, it seems we also live in a sports desert. *sigh*
So I just got an email from Parking Services saying that I no longer donate enough to the Crimson Club to qualify for free parking for football. Whatever - that's fine, I guess. The lot I qualified for last year was full most of the time with people who paid anyhow, so I wound up stuck in Merrill - a lot of fun to get out of after the game.
Anyhow, so I decided to check my season tickets to see what I would be out. If my quick calculations are correct, the cost of the season for W14 increased $15 per seat per game this year, with one less game than last year. Combine that with the reduction of CC benefits, and it starts me wondering if the era of the common fan is gone and only the wealthy (especially businesses) can afford to hold season tickets.
Yes, I realize that entertainment has a cost. Yes, I realize that all entertainment has gone up, from the Utah Jazz to the symphony to the Broadway productions that are brought to the Eccles theater. I am just lamenting the fact that the one treat my paycheck could afford me in the past might soon not be in the cards anymore...
Food Lion in Inwood, WV - one black Ute Proud hoodie, no Mountaineer gear (except what they were selling). I'll keep everyone posted on this vital information about our new rival.
I'm actually super excited about this game. My father (Class of 1965, Music) has a terminal condition (pulmonary fibrosis) and my sister took him in two years back to keep him out of a nursing home. He is now close to the end and needs constant care, so I've been flying back here once a month to spend a week or so with him.
With that in mind, we're driving the whole family out here for Christmas and to let them say their goodbyes if he is still here, so having the game a day after Christmas with both families interested in the game will be fun for us.
It might not be for everyone, but I think this is pretty cool
by paqogomez 2017-09-14 07:38:15
"The oversized pen only leaves a fleeting trace on the soft surface of the ground... The absurd quality of linear symbolizes the attempts we make to assign meaning to our human endeavors in general and to those of the artist in particular."
While their philosophy seems a bit more fatalist than I like, I can certainly understand where they are coming from with this project.
Yes, I get that the bowl projections are just guesses, but it amazes me that the difference for Utah between 11-2 and 9-3 (I am assuming we beat Oregon on Saturday) is the Rose Bowl against Michigan and the Foster Farms bowl against Indiana. Not to be too greedy, but man. The drop off seems pretty extreme to me.
I confess - I don't get why Cal is favored in this game. As the season progresses, I find that averaging a teams points against the points allowed by the opposing team (and vice versa) gives me a decent idea of who will win a game. (No, it's not foolproof, but more often than not it is accurate.) Just looking at this straight up (no 3 point difference given to the home team), Utah should score approximately 34.9 points and Cal 30.65 points. Even factoring in a 3 point spread, that would have Utah score 33.4 and Cal 32.15.
With Cal being listed as a 3 point favorite, I decided to go beyond the points and use the same formula for offense and defense to see if there was something I was missing. Passing yards for Cal (Cal offense vs. Utah defense) should be 320.8, where Utah should have about 241.4 - clear advantage Cal (not surprising). When factoring in rushing, however, Utah has a clear advantage, 218.4 to 134. What this means for total offense is Utah would have 459.8 to 454.8 for Cal. Again, I have never done this comparison for anything other than points, so I will be interested in seeing how accurate this is.
In short I think this will likely be a close game, but in the end, I believe that Utah will prevail. Most pundits focus on the success that Cal has had with their prolific offense, looking to only score more points than the opposition, but I believe that our prolific defense can slow them down, and our improved offense should provide us with the advantage over their defense.
So I am glad I decided to start cheering for the Akron Zips because they recruit better than some teams I could mention. As I predicted, they trounced the Marshall Thundering Herd 65-38 in spite of being something like 300 point underdogs. The part of my prediction that I missed was that I unaware that Ohio State Transfer Warren Ball would be out injured. Due to some spot-on recruiting by Akron, however, Manny Morgan picked up the slack, running roughshod over Marshall for a whopping 130 yards.
It was nice watching Utah and its inferior recruiting pick up a win over San José, but since I cheer for Akron, I only watched the last 3 quarters of the game because I was canning peaches and peach jam.
Next up for us is Appalachian State. Yeah, we are a touchdown underdog, but never underestimate the power of the Zips! I will come back next week and gloat about how our powerful recruiting carried us to another victory on our way to being part of the national discussion!
In the meantime, I will be wearing my black Utah hoodie at Rice Eccles Stadium this Friday night (because I have yet to procure any Zips gear and my wife keeps using irrelevant terms like "not in the budget") while I cheer for our team who just can't seem to recruit. Hopefully Coach Kyle will find a way to lead our team to victory in spite of that glaring shortcoming.
Let me begin by saying that I hate that Chris Hill scheduled this game / was forced to schedule this game, and it seemed hypocritical to attend a game that I hated so much. My solution? I traded my tickets for this game and went camping with my wife and youngest two daughters.
When the game kicked off, we were fishing at what is left of Whitney Reservoir in the High Uintahs. When the fish weren't biting there, we took off and went to Butterfly Lake because my 11 year old REALLY wanted fish for dinner. She liked the hot dogs roasted over the campfire anyway.
People asked why I would avoid this game. Plain and simple, it is a no-win. Fans of the other team were discussing it at church last week, and they decided that regardless of the final score they would emerge the winners. When I got home, I read the KSL message boards, and sure enough, they were right. If only ____ happened, they would have won the game going away (phrased in dozens of different ways). As a Ute fan, there is no gloating if we win, unless the score is like 1,000,000 - 3 (and even then, they were the victims of reffing, cheap play, etc., which hearing these excuses from those fans always reminds me of this)
I was able to swap my tickets for tickets to the Washington game, a game that if we win, I can be happy about it and if we lose I can be sad about it, and that's all there is to it. I hope that it will be a good game, but whether it is good or not, I know that it will accompanied by none of the other garbage that accompanies this rivalry game.
I think if any fans from the other team approach me with complaints, I might congratulate them for being able to finish the game with only 9 defenders, then acting surprised to learn that, when players are ejected, they can be replaced by other players (unlike futbol). I will also empathize with them about how bad the PAC 12 refs are, and express relief that the refs were from the BIG 12, standing up for their future conference-mates. Shoot, I might even watch the game on the 60 minute recap on the PAC 12 network sometime this week, but honestly, I am just glad that we won, and I will guarantee that in spite of a total lack of fish, I had a better weekend that just about anyone wearing blue. I just hope that we can clean up a bunch of stuff and move on to a more dominating win in week 3 to give us some confidence heading into USC and league play.
Can we clear out the poll and come up with one that is more relevant to the game this week or something? I tried to create one, but since there are only 44 replies to current poll. In addition to a vote limit, there should probably be a time limit as well. Just a thought.
Many things concerned me about last night's game, but of greatest worry:
by paqogomez 2016-09-02 08:50:03
I have yet to see any memorable quotes from Wishnowsky. Nothing anywhere about being a fat, drunk Aussie. Honestly, if this guy is going to be Hackett 2.0, he is really going to need to step up his game, and by his game, I mean his post-game comments.
They keep showing some dude in a black Germany t-shirt on the sideline. I presume it is their coach, but he looks like a generic European who might have been pulled out of the gutter following an all-night bender. It's not making it any easier for me to decide whether I want Germany to win so I can see the rematch with Brasil, or whether I want Nigeria to win to appease my inner underdog.
4. Eye black re-emphasis. Some people might remember how at certain schools the eye black was getting pretty dramatic over the past few seasons. That will no longer be the case. The rule - which was introduced a few years ago and allows for just the eye black strips or a small amount of eye-black paint on the cheeks - is now going to be heavily enforced in the Pac-12. So no more excessive eye black ,and no more writing on the eye black. The ban on writing on gear will also extend to towels, tape, wristbands and the like.
So I am guessing this is an NCAA rule since it specifies that it will "be heavily enforced in the Pac-12." What does that mean for teams who write all over their bodies with Sharpie (or whatever)?
Not gonna lie. Watching this Utah-Cal WBB game, and I am not seeing what these refs are calling.
by paqogomez 2016-03-03 14:23:27
Once upon a time I thought I understood the game, but now there is no such thing as traveling, and fouls seem to be called at the whim of the refs. And I think it gets in the heads of the players when the phantom fouls are called, affecting the flow of the game.
I will be driving through NYC in a few weeks (traveling from Newport, RI where my son is completing his MOS to West Virginia to see my dad and sister), and it occurred to me that I could stop and see the Status of Liberty. My question - if I only have a few hours, is that a worthwhile stop (in my mind it is), or will I be horribly disappointed and wish that I had spent my extremely limited time there doing something else?
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