Thursday, October 30, 2008

Wednesday: The day in sports

As promised, I caught the Cougar Tip-off last night with my pal Justin. If you don't have a friend like Justin, I highly recommend finding one. Having a buddy who has no attachments, no wife, and a great love of BYU sports can come in quite handy.

I quite enjoyed the chance to get a sneak peek at the BYU basketball team last night.

Coach Dave Rose did something a little strange, however. For the scrimmage he put all the experienced players on one team, and the newcomers on the other team. It was clearly lopsided. Here are the lineups used last night.

White team:
Lee Cummard
Jonathan Tavernari
Chris Miles
LaMont Morgan
Gavin MacGreggor (switched to blue in second half)
Michael Loyd Jr.

Blue Team:
Jimmer Fredette
Noah Hartsock
Charles Abouo
Jackson Emery
James Anderson
Matt Pinegar
Michael Boswell

The white team star was definitely Tavernari. JT Monaaaaaay scored a game-high 23 points, and was 5-11 from three point land. He also picked Jimmer Fredette's pocket and ran down the court for the only time I've ever seen him dunk.

Justin seemed pained every time JT did well. Looks like I'll have to fight the battle again and defend JT's game to all my buddies, who are absolutely intent on hating Tavernari regardless of play.

For the blue team, I'll give the game ball to Matt Pinegar. A walk-on, Pinegar was all over the court and finally gave the blue team a spark after starting out incredibly slow. He played solid defense and made some big threes.

Charles Abouo also looked good. He is very athletic and made some great moves to get to the hoop.

I was also impressed with Morgan's ability to play point (even though he is definitely not a scorer), and Chris Miles' moves in the post.

All in all, it's going to be a good year for BYU basketball. I can't wait for the season to start.

In other sports news, the Jazz won their season-opener last night against the Denver Nuggets. The game went down to the wire, and I was impressed with the Jazz' ability to close it out even when the game was close. As far as the Nuggets go, I only have one question: Who in the heck is this guy?

And finally, the Phillies won the world series last night by taking game five 4-3. I have to be honest: this was one of the most uninteresting World Series' I've seen in a long time. I think I speak for every living human being on earth when I say "Finally. Baseball season is over."

... for three months or so.


Evan said...

Thank you baseball for being over and I have no idea who that guy is, I got a good chuckle out of it though.

SP said...

There was a great story about that guy on the Nuggets in ESPN the Magazine a while ago.

Triz said...

Yeah, that guy on the Nuggets got suspended for 2 years for violation of the subtance abuse policy (surprise, surprise). I think it was the chronic he had a problem with.

Rock said...

That's the guy that looks like Jeris.

Travis said...

The Birdman? Youtube his "slam dunk" performance. Best ever.

BTW, Adam I am coming to Provo November 13th and considering sticking around for the weekend. Know of any roadtrippers to Col. Springs?

Cindroid said...

i wish i had a friend like Justin.