November 27, 2009John
Jimmer is just outstanding. Don’t ask me why I don’t mind when Jimmer takes an ill advised shot when I hate when JT does it. I just love Jimmer’s confidence. Maybe I just love it in my point guard and not in my forwards. Either way Jimmer was awesome to watch in the end of the game against Weber State.
Of course Emery had the real money shots. He got a little over his skis after making 3 in a row, but I’m sure that the basket was looking huge for him tonight. In fact, pretty much most of the season.
I think this is going to be a nice season for BYU and I predict that they’ll deliver BYU’s first tournament win in far too long. I like teams with shooters in the tournament and this BYU team looks like it has a number of nice shooters.Tags: Jimmer Fredette
Getting ready for the BYU men’s basketball game against Weber State. I just love seeing a game at the Marriott Center. Go Cougs!!Weber State
November 18, 2009John
I just read an interesting idea pitting the winners of the MWC and WAC in a kind of championship game with the winner getting an automatic BCS berth. I think the idea is interesting. My biggest problem with the idea is that this type of set up basically suggests that the MWC and WAC are comparable conferences that should share a BCS berth. Not to knock the WAC too hard, but they just aren’t as good as the MWC. That’s why the teams in the MWC left. In fact, if Boise State were to move to the MWC, then you might as well call it the MWC automatic BCS berth, no? Which other team in the WAC will be able to beat the MWC champion?
Sure, at the end of the day, the possibility of an automatic is probably better than not getting to a BCS game. However, something about the idea just doesn’t feel quite right. Even if a game between TCU and Boise State before a BCS game would be a lot of fun to watch this year.Tags: BCS • MWC • WAC
November 13, 2009John
Check out these videos that were created announcing the various BYU games.
Ronnie Ron and Roscoe’s Introduction
Ronnie Ron and Roscoe Visit the Marriott Center
Ronnie Ron and Roscoe Meet Jimmer Fredette
I also really liked this commercial for BYU Basketball. Got me going and excited for the basketball season.
As a side note, I went to the exhibition game for UNLV against Washburn and they weren’t looking that impressive. They have a bit of talent, but it’s pretty raw. They actually barely pulled off the win against Washburn.Tags: BYU Basketball • Jimmer Fredette • Ronnie Ron • Roscoe • UNLV • Washburn
June 1, 2009David
After much waiting and anticipation there is finally a gametime and network for the BYU vs. Oklahoma game.
The September 5 game that is part of the kickoff week for college football will be televised on ESPN at 6 pm central time. That’s 5 pm mountain for those of you in Utah.
I tried to look at the OU website to see if they were saying anything about the game, but there was more there about the Cowboys new stadium than the game itself.
Tickets have been released for season ticket holders, but the rest of us will have to wait for a little while to get our chance. They are going for $50-$80 as of right now, but I expect they will get a lot higher as the game draws closer.
Most people will be better off paying the $30-40 for parking and just watching the game on the big screen. It is ridiculous how much it all costs, but that is Jerry Jones for you.
Either way, I am really looking forward to this game. In the past when we have played great teams we have had lots of questions on our team, but this time, the nucleus is still there. The biggest question is how good our o-line will be, but I am not really worried about it. We always have at least an average O-line.
I’m getting really excited, and seeing as how there are no major sporting events between now and the start of the season, we should start seeing more and more about college football.
Sorry, I forgot the NBA Finals will start in almost a week. They just last so freaking long that they feel like the regular season never ends. Plus all these long breaks between rounds make me lose interest.
Forgive my sidetrack. BYU is going to have a good season, and may very well have a great season if they get a few good calls, and some favorable bounces.Tags: BYU Football • cougars • ESPN • Jerry Jones • Oklahoma football • OU • sooners
May 8, 2009David
Today I was seriously jonesing for something BYU, and there just wasn’t much to be had. If the men’s volleyball team had played better then maybe they would be defending their homecourt right now, but no.
Jonathat Tavernari is still testing the NBA waters, but if he leaves he is stupid in my opinion.
Matt Ah You is now a former BYU linebacker, though I can’t imagine why you would leave before your senior year. I’m sure he had a reason, and I wish him my best.
CNNSI.com had BYU listed under the barely missed it section of the post-spring top 25. Obviously this ranking doesn’t mean a whole lot, but the fact that TCU and Utah were both in the top 25 it goes to show that the MWC really made an indelible mark on the country last year.
I can’t imagine how Utah could be so high after losing Brian Johnson, Paul Kruger, and others but whatever, it is what happens on the field that matters, not the polls.
Tickets for the Oklahoma game should be released shortly which is exciting. Part of me hopes people are expecting a blowout so tickets will be cheaper. On the other hand, I want as many people as possible to see BYU be competitive. I guess we will see.
BYU’s softball team is now waiting to see where they will end up to take their shot at the women’s college world series. They should make a good run of it, if they get a good draw.
So while I am anxious for the football season to come, there is still quite a bit of BYU stuff going on.Tags: Brian Johnson • BYU Football • BYU mens volleyball • BYU softball • cnnsi.com • Jonathan Tavernari • Matt Ah You • Oklahoma football • Paul Kruger • TCU • Utah • women's college world series
April 13, 2009David
The No. 6 BYU mens volleyball team played a suspenseful five set win over No. 5 Stanford on Friday night in California. With the match going back and forth throughout, it was ultimately a team effort from BYU that led to the victory.
The cardinal was not so accomadating on Saturday, and beat BYU in straight sets. The major difference was the lack of multiple dominant performaces from the BYU players. Futi Tavana was the only cougar with dounle digit kills.
Stanford simply dominated from the first serve and never let up. BYU also shot themselves in the foot throughout the match which prevented them from ever really catching up.Tags: BYU Cougars • BYU Volleyball • Cardinal • Futi Tavana • Stanford
April 7, 2009David
This hasn’t been the best year when it comes to the head to head with utah, but I came across a pleasant surprise tonight.
My wife and I had just finished watching a show on our DVR and when I turned it back to live tv it was on ESPN, which is what it usually is. As I flipped up the ESPN stations the title said college rugby, so I decided to stop and take a look. As luck would have it, it was BYU and utah playing.
What was even more beautiful was that BYU was dominating, and they have continued to do so since I started watching. I started watching about ten minutes into the second half, and it has just been a BYU scorefest since then.
Now I won’t begin to tell you that I know much about rugby, but any idiot can tell you that winning by 39 is a good thing. The hits have been hard, the passes accurate, and the playmaking creative. Make that winning by 46. Call me crazy but that is a good score for the game, not just for margin of victory.
I really wish I had gone to more rugby games in high school, it is just so much fun to watch. Having gone to Highland High the few games I did see were a lot of fun to watch.
It is such a pure sport when it comes to straight up strength and skill against your opponent. From what I understand, it is also the ultimate team game. Having one or two stars does you no good if they don’t have the support behind them.
I am also just starting to enjoy more of the sports that aren’t as well followed. It is so refreshing to see athletes playing just for the thrill of playing your best and winning. There is no expectations of huge paydays from the pros, and no over-analyzation of the media.
Congrats to BYU for a dominating win, and good luck with the rest of the season.Tags: BYU • BYU Cougars • BYU rugby • Rugby • Utah • Utah Utes
April 6, 2009David
BYU has consistently had a strong softball team, and this year is no different. After winning in New Mexico over the weekend, they are now at 26-14 on the season, and 3-0 in conference play.
They feature a very potent offense that has been putting up big numbers all year. They have scored more than 10 runs 9 different times, and are consistently scoring 7-9 runs.
They also have a solid pitching staff, that has thrown 13 shutouts this year, and has only allowed more than 5 runs twice all season.
The highlight of the year in pitching came March 28 when Christine Zinanti threw a no-hitter. Her only walk came against the first batter of the game, who was hit by a pitch.
It is unfortunate that TCU doesn’t have a softball team, because that means there is no way I will get to see them play. Having been a softball coach, I look forward to any opportunity to watch a quality team play, and that is exactly what a BYU has this year.Tags: BYU • BYU softball • Christine Zinanti • North Dakota
This modern era of information overload is no different in the sports world. However, when it comes to college football, it may have come too far.
Not only can you get daily reports on every practice of your favorite team including play by play and stats, you can now watch the spring games on ESPN. That is just going too far.
It used to be special to watch a game on national tv. You would anxiously read articles about what games would be televised. This was even a bigger deal if you were an out of town fan, and your team was going to be on a network station. Growing up in Texas and being a BYU fan I was lucky to see one or two games a year, but now you can get not only every single game, but spring games and practices.
While I do appreciate being able to watch more games than I used to, I almost miss the old days. The quality of broadcasts has totally fallen off of a cliff. From the broadcasters themselves to the game production, it just isn’t nearly as good. Now we are stuck with former players that never made it, and never should have been given a spot in the booth.
The days of classic sporting events analyzed by well known broadcasters is gone. Instead we would probably be better off hitting the mute button and just enjoying the game itself.
The one exception I have found to this is that most radio broadcasts still carry classic announcers. I realize they can’t live forever, but by and large most teams keep the same broadcasters on the radio. I have found myself muting the tv and listening to the radio because they do such a better job.
So while I will continue to watch and read everything I possibly can about BYU, I wish the quality of broadcasts would go back up to what it used to be.Tags: BYU Football • ESPN