This was one of those great sports weekends you're always hearing about in the movies.
It started on Friday night when the Jazz completely blew up the Nuggets in game three of their first-round Playoff series. Paul Millsap was close to perfect (9-9 from the field at one point), and picked up 19 rebounds. I couldn't even get ten in my finest BYU intramural game!
Saturday was a tour of the forgotten sports at BYU. I went to the BYU vs. Utah baseball game in the afternoon, and then the MPSF tournament-opening volleyball match in the evening.
If you haven't been to a Cougar baseball game at Miller Park, I highly recommend it. A prettier setting for a baseball game you simply will not find. A snow-capped Y Mountain in the background, a freshly groomed field in the foreground and a soul-satisfying time all-around.
This particular game was classic. It was knotted pretty much the whole way when the Utes took a late lead. Utah was up 4-3 heading into the bottom of the ninth, then Bryce Ayoso knocked in the tying run and Alex Wolfe hit a walk-off two-run shot with Ayoso on base to seal the deal. It was awesome. The team celebrated with Wolfe at home plate, and the record crowd rejoiced.
The volleyball match was just as exciting. The Cougars pounded the UCLA Bruins three sets to one. They hammered the ball with precision, and the California pretty boys were overpowered.
The game was played in another one of BYU's all-time great sports venues: The Smith Fieldhouse. That place is just nasty. It's old, there are exposed nails around every corner, and I'm sure it's in violation of all kinds of fire codes. You could hear the rafters shaking with every cheer of the crowd.
I still say we should play one basketball game a year in that old mess of a gym.
And now it's Sunday night and the Jazz are about to beat the Nuggets again to take a commanding 3-1 series lead.
Game 4 was all about my blossoming love of Wesley Mathews. In fact, I feel like Game 4 was just a long submission from a video dating service. Mathews has turned into our best defender, a legitimate scoring threat and an all-around hustle player... and he was an UNDRAFTED FREE AGENT!
Get prepared for a fat raise when your current contract is up, boy. I've got a feeling you're going to be the new Paul Millsap.
Man, I feel good. This weekend couldn't have gone any better.