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Sometimes It’s Ok to Cry

Posted on: May 2, 2008 I Written By

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Today at work I went to a farewell event for the VP of my area. She had worked for a lot of years at our University and had a number of very close friends. A few of them in their remarks were brought to tears. Someone next to me, asked why they were crying.

While I don’t usually admit this type of thing in public, I’m definitely a crier. My mom’s side of the family is happy to take the blame, but I’ll be completely honest that I’m not afraid to cry when something touches me. No, I wasn’t crying today for this departed VP. I didn’t know her that well, but I did appreciate the great food they had at the party. However, I did cry today reading this incredible sports story.

Ultimate Frisbee Computer Game

Posted on: December 19, 2007 I Written By

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Everyone that knows me knows that I’m a complete ultimate frisbee addict. It’s snowing here in Utah on my vacation and I’m still planning on finding a game and going out to play.

This also makes sense why I got so excited when I saw that someone had created an ultimate frisbee computer game. I’ll download it now and if you don’t see a post for a while, then you’ll know why.

DISH Network and DIRECT TV Satellite Service

Posted on: September 4, 2006 I Written By

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I honestly never got into the battle for satellite service providers Dish Network or Direct TV. However, recently I’ve pretty much been thrown into the frey. Why you may ask?

Well, it turns out that I’m a rabid BYU Football fan. BYU is part of the Mountain West Conference. It turns out that during the off season, the Mountain West Conference cut all its ties to ESPN and left for a new station called CSTV – College Sports TV. Plus, they decided to start their own cable channel called the mtn.(yes, you do have to include the period).

Where do you think that you can find those channels? Well, comcast purchased a portion of CSTV and the mtn. Otherwise, you are going to have to get Dish Network or Direct TV. Really you don’t have a choice if you’re stuck in the monopolized Cox cable world of Las Vegas.

I guess I’m just not that into satellite. Sure, I love the high quality. I love that they have BYU TV(although that’s free online now too). I also love some of the football packages they have. I don’t like having a satellite dish. I also don’t like that I don’t get cheaper cable internet when I use a satellite. Oh well, I guess a BYU fan’s got to do what a BYU fan’s got to do.

Which do you prefer, Dish Network or Direct TV?

NFL and College Football

Posted on: August 15, 2006 I Written By

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Today I was listening to the radio when they talked about an article comparing college football to the NFL and debating which one is better. Here’s an excerpt from the article that prompted the debate:

The request to provide 20 reasons college football is better than the NFL is not a fair one.

How can anyone defend the humdrum nature of 110,000 screaming fashion-forward (orange, I hear, is hot) Tennessee fans against parity (NFL motto: Excellence just gets in the way)?

How can anyone justify the depth of antipathy that Ohio State and Michigan fans have for each other when compared to the thrills of a Houston-Jacksonville game in October (or the rematch three weeks later)?

What is the worth of winning the Little Brown Jug, or the Old Oaken Bucket, or the Egg Bowl, when compared to the $26.5 million guaranteed to a former North Carolina State defensive end benched in the middle of last season?

Oh, the sleepless nights of trying to face such a task. Oh, the agony.

Oh, and one other thing: Only 20 reasons? Sure you don’t want 40?

I have to disagree completely. They are both great and can’t be compared. Just enjoy them both.

NFL Regular Season starts 9/7/2006 and ends with Super Bowl on 2/4/2007 That’s 5 months of pure bliss. College football starts for me on 9/2/2006(labor day). What couldn’t please a man more than enjoying BYU smacking around their opponents?

I’ll tell you what. Purchasing Football Tickets and seeing the game live. I don’t care if it’s Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants, Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Redskins, New England Patriots, Pittsburgh Steelers, Chicago Bears, Seattle Seahawks, Indianapolis Colt or any college football team. A live football game is not just football, but an experience.

The good part is that you can go to great online places like Tickets4Concerts and purchase tickets to any football game nationwide. No more need to wait in lines or worry about tickets being sold out. Just buy your football tickets without getting out of your chair.

I can smell the freshly cut grass already!

ESPN 360 Free July 1 – July 19 – All World Cup Matches Online Free

Posted on: June 30, 2006 I Written By

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ESPN is offering it’s onlive live tv streaming called ESPN 360 for free until July 19th. It’s a very nice offer since they’ve been streaming all of the World Cup matches from what I’ve seen. I think the quality is better than TVU Player or SOPCast and it is in English. Here’s a few other pros and cons of ESPN 360:
Pros:

  • Completely legal
  • Good quality in small view and decent full screen
  • No skipping or queuing

Cons

  • Limited Shows
  • Only in the US(I believe)

I can’t wait until they do this for all of their shows, so I can get my ESPN fix every day. Luckily I’ll have the World Cup for now. Too bad the US sucked this year or this would be really excellent news.
Next up…Tour de France(did you read the doping scandal?)

Update: Here’s a link to ESPN360 splash page which links to the video.  It seems like the direct link pops up funny.  One more click is better to avoid problems.

Fastest Rock Climber Ever – Puts Spiderman to Shame

Posted on: June 29, 2006 I Written By

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I found this video of what I think has got to be one of the craziest things I’ve ever seen.  This guy rock climbs better than spiderman ever could.  Anyone who has been rock climbing knows that this guy is completely insane.  He has got to be one of the strongest rock climbers around.  It’s hard enough to scale the face he did, let alone do it at that incredible of a speed.  I can’t go up an easy wall with big holes that fast.  Sweet!!

Italian Soccer Training Video – Is it real?

Posted on: June 20, 2006 I Written By

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I found a great video of the Italian team practicing for the World Cup.  It just really made me laugh.

I shouldn’t have laughed so hard since I LOVE Italy, but it was just too funy.  The other reason I shouldn’t laugh is that now the US is pretty much hoping that Italy wins on Thursday or the US team is going home.  I’m afraid we’re all too close to packing our bags and heading home.  I can’t wait for Thursday’s game.

DiscHoops – Basketball Meets Soccer Meets Frisbee

Posted on: June 2, 2006 I Written By

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I’m personally a complete lover of sports. However, I do have a specific bias to playing Ultimate Frisbee. It is by far my favorite sport to play and I probably spend too much time playing it. My excuse is that is my plan on how to stay skinny.

I think on one of my ultimate frisbee email lists(probably las vegas ultimate frisbee) I got an email with a link to a google video of a new frisbee sport called DiscHoops. The video wasn’t the best, but it was pretty good for an ameteur video and the game definitely intrigued me. I found a better description of the sport and it’s new rules at the official DiscHoops website. I really can see some good points about the game.

I’m not sure why the website has to try to knock ultimate frisbee as a game to promote DiscHoops though. Why can’t both games coexist and have people playing both games. That part of the website was a bit of a let down for me. It reminds me of how society thinks that 2 people can’t be great because if you are great then that means I’m not great. It is so completely messed up. I digress.

DiscHoops looks like fun. The major problem I have with it is getting 2 goals and enough people that know the rules to get started playing. Ultimate can be played with bags or sandals as the goals and many more people know how to play it right. However, you can be sure that if I see a game of DiscHoops being played I’ll be asking if I can get in and play too. In fact, that’s how I started playing ultimate. Oh the days of feeling like I know how to play a sport and then realizing that I didn’t have a clue.

BYU Sports Category Moved

Posted on: January 14, 2006 I Written By

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Since I have started an entire blog for BYU sports this will no longer host any of my thoughts feelings and comments about BYU sports.

Check out http://www.crashutah.com/byu for all my BYU Sports commentary.

Granger Killed us this Year He Deserves an NBA Chance

Posted on: June 30, 2005 I Written By

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As much as I hated seeing this article where it was quoted that:
“We were playing BYU and our center goes out about seven minutes into the half,” McKay recalls. “I walk down to the end of the bench and Danny goes, ‘I’m going to check on him in the locker room.’ Danny came out and said that our center couldn’t play anymore. He told me, ‘Put me in if we want to win.’ ”
I still have to give props to Granger, because I remember listening to the game on the radio and you could just tell the difference in BYU’s play when he entered the game.

Good Luck in Boston and May the Celtics lose(that’s for my brother and sister-in-law)