Sunday, January 31, 2010

Thank you, Marshall Henderson

A funny thing happened on Saturday night. I was in the Marriott Center watching BYU and Utah, and I looked down at the Utah bench and it struck me: I don't hate any of these guys.

This might be the first time in a long time that I don't truly loathe any particular player on the Utah roster.

Then this happened:

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Thank you, Marshall Henderson, for giving me another reason to hate the Utes. I knew it was only a matter of time before another Utah dirtbag stepped into the limelight.

Friday, January 29, 2010

Free poster

To anyone who might be attending tomorrow night's game vs. Utah, please feel free to use this sign idea:

Talk to Chuck

BYU vs. Cancer

Here's a little sneak peek at BYU's new pink-laden, cancer awareness uniforms:

BYU will wear these uniforms on Saturday vs. Utah.

Click here to read the story from the Daily Herald.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

The Pit of despair

What a frustrating, disappointing loss last night. I knew it would be a tough game, and I also knew that BYU probably wouldn't go through its conference schedule undefeated, but losing last night still hurts. Especially when we had a chance to win.

When Jimmer hit a long three with three minutes left to play to put us up 64-62, I thought we'd hold on to win for sure. I thought we'd close it out and party all night in the streets of Albuquerque.

But the Lobos demonstrated admirable resiliency. They answered our shot with a 2-and-1, and then a quick three-ball to put the Lobos up four again. And we never came back after that.

Jackson Emery was a disaster last night. He couldn't hit anything. I'm confident he'll break out of his shooting slump soon (probably Saturday), but it was hard to watch one of my favorite players lay so many bricks.

And Emery's shot wasn't the only thing that was missing in action. Chris Miles and Brandon Davies were complete non-factors last night. Miles missed some great looks down low, and Davies couldn't do anything but foul.

Probably the biggest reason we lost, though, was our inability to rebound. We consistently gave New Mexico two, three, sometimes four chances on the offensive end. You just can't let good teams like New Mexico have multiple shots at the rim. It hurt BYU last night, and it'll hurt them again if they don't learn how to box out and grab boards.

A couple of silver linings: Jimmer Fredette is back and better than ever. He played great last night, as did Jonathan Tavernari. In fact, JT didn't get enough shots, in my opinion.

Charles Abouo also played well. He has done a great job in the last two games of being a force on the glass. He hustles after rebounds and he's a physical defender. I'm glad he got a lot of time last night.

Like I said, tough loss. It was a shot to prove we belong in the top ten, but right now I think we're better suited to the 15-20 range. We'll still win the MWC regular season championship, and we should still get a pretty good seed in the NCAA tournament, but it's not quite the lock it would have been had we won.

I just hope the team learned a bit from the loss, and I hope we can win our final big road test at UNLV on February 6.

Monday, January 25, 2010

Favre blew it

He had a wide open field in front of him, and all he had to do was run for five yards and then side-step out of bounds.

The kicker would have won the game with a long field goal and the Vikings would have been headed to the Super Bowl.

But no. Instead, he throws a bad pass across his body, which was of course intercepted. The Saints won the coin toss in overtime and marched right down the field to score the game-winning field goal.

Disappointing to say the least. That could have been Brett Favre's last shot at the big one.

Friday, January 22, 2010

The Super match-up

Super Bowl XLIV
I don't normally associate my piety with the NFL, but I'm seriously considering lighting a few prayer candles for what I would consider the Super Bowl matchup of the decade.

Vikings, Colts. What a game that would be! Can you imagine seeing Brett Favre lead one offense, and Peyton Manning lead the other? What about seeing Austin Collie catch his first Super Bowl TD pass, and then watching Fahu Tahi rush for a Viking TD?

And did I mention THE WHO is playing at half time?!

This could be the best Super Bowl in my lifetime, and I'm giddy with excitement. I'm keeping my fingers crossed, I'm sending e-prayers to various Internet ministers, I'm working on a voo-doo doll that looks like Rex Ryan, I'm doing everything I can to make my dream match-up a reality.

Colts and Vikings in SuperBowl XLIV. It couldn't possibly get any better than that.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

The greatest show in Utah

I just thought I'd take a few minutes to express my love of BYU basketball. Specifically my love of watching the team do their thing in the Marriott Center.

I try not to miss any games, but then you already knew that. It's part of the sports fan's Ten Commandments.

I don't care if we're playing UNLV or Eastern New Mexico: If I'm available, I'm at the game. And by "available" I mean if I'm not dying or dead. Or at some sort of religious rite of passage.

The point is, I love BYU games. I love the atmosphere, I love the game, I love our team and I LOVE when the Marriott Center is nice and full. When our guys played Colorado State last Saturday in front of a crowd of 21,000 it was spectacular. Nothing rivals that atmosphere, and the Cougars are invincible when life is pumping through our house.

When the Cougars are in town, I want to watch them play.

I've been talking to a lot of friends lately about the Cougs. They're all big fans, and we love talking about our exciting team, but most of them don't really make it to the MC on game day/night.

I understand life happens, and most normal, well-adjusted people can't make it to every single home game during a 35-game season. But I do wish fans would make more of an effort to get to the games. Tickets are cheap, parking is plentiful and the Cougarettes have some great routines this year.

And, oh yeah, THIS IS THE BEST TEAM WE'VE HAD IN DECADES. We're ranked No. 13 in the country, and this team is flat-out fun to watch. There are some stinking good athletes on our team, and we fly around that court like a pack of 1941 P-19 Hellcats (that's a thing, right?).

If you're a Cougar fan and you're reading this message, I hope you'll make an effort to get to the MC for a game or two. We've still got some great games left on the schedule, including home games vs. Utah, San Diego State and New Mexico, and the team could use your yelp when the other guys step on our court.

Thursday, January 07, 2010

Three thoughts from last night's game

What a game last night. BYU held on to win a wild one in the Marriott Center against the UNLV Rebels, 77-73. That was one of the most exciting, physical and gut-wrenching games I've ever seen.

I'm so glad BYU got the win.

We got production from unexpected places, we were able to break through UNLV's tough defense and we made free throws down the stretch. The game wasn't really decided until there were about 12 seconds left.

Man, I'm glad I was there. I hope you were there too.

Now that it's the day after, I have three thoughts I want to share.

First, we had three MVPs last night, and they're all players you wouldn't expect: Michael Loyd, Jr., Jonathan Tavernari and Noah Hartsock. Loyd was explosive. He hit three HUGE shots, and his defense and dribble penetration were incredible. His energy will be a great benefit to BYU this year.

JT finally had a big game, including one of the biggest shots of the night. Without JT we lose, and it was very good to see him find himself last night.

Hartsock was our only answer in the first half. He was the forgotten man as far as UNLV's defense was concerned, and credit our guard line for driving and then dishing it over to Noah. His 13 first-half points were crucial.

Second thought: It occurred to me last night that UNLV, not Utah, is my most hated basketball rival. I hate UNLV, and I relish any win we get over those thugs. Utah has been demoted to "meh" status. They're on the same level as, oh, Wyoming or Air Force.

Thirdly, there's nothing like the Marriott Center when it gets full and loud. Seeing a sea of fans in our student section going crazy, like they were last night, is a great sight. I hope we can expect crowds like that for the rest of the season, because when the MC crowd is behind our team we are practically invincible.

Great win last night, Cougs. Here's to another MWC conference championship.