Wednesday, October 27, 2010

The creepy guy in the stands at the Cougar Tipoff

Yep, that was me. I was all by myself tonight at the Cougar Tipoff.

But hanging out with my fellow loners, mostly just the weird old guys, wasn't going to stop me from getting a preview of what could turn out to be the best BYU basketball team ever.

I had a great time tonight watching our guys. Everyone in attendance, my fellow BYU superfans, were charged and excited to see our boys in blue (and white). And the team delivered a fun night, and a little insight.

Now I'm no expert, but I did see a few things tonight I want to share. I decided to group the players into different categories to organize my thoughts about what I saw tonight.

Here's how it went down:

Unstoppable Force

Jimmer Fredette. Good news everyone: Jimmer is back, and he's still got it. His long range game was on, his twisting/turning/conniving ways were working at the rim, and even his acne has cleared up a ton. Can't wait to ride the Jimmer Wagon this year.

Most Impressive

Nick Martineau. Way better than I remember. He'll be a good backup PG.
James Anderson. Smooth in the post. Cautiously optimistic about Mr. Anderson.
Kyle Collinsworth. Creates his own shot and makes the most of possessions.
Logan Magnusson. Big defense. Smothered his guy all night.


Charles Abouo. Athletic, quick first step, awesome on defense.
Brandon Davies. Flirted with the MIA list, but had a really nice second half.
Stephen Rogers. Knocked down his first threeball, solid on boards and D.

Missing In Action

Jackson Emery. Struggled to find any rhythm.
Anson Winder. Didn't really make an impact. May be a RS year.
Chris Collinsworth. He looks good, still a little mission-rusty.
Brock Zylstra. Didn't do anything... but no big deal.
Noah Hartsock. Literally MIA. Didn't play due to injury.

Nick Martineau was the surprise of the game for me. He looked really comfortable running the point, and he should back up Jimmer nicely.

I also really liked the play of Logan Magnusson. He was downright gritty on defense. He reminded me of a young Matt Harpring. If he can come in and knock a few guys around Harpring-style this year, I'll be pleased.

Good look at the Cougs tonight. Can't wait till we face Quebec City's pride and joy, LaVal University, in an epic grudge match this Friday night.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Finding the fun in the 2010 season

I'm trying to get back in to this blogging thing.

We're approaching the end of the season here, and I'd like to get something off my chest before it's too late: I love BYU.

I'm a die-hard fan, even when things are looking grim. Like, for example, barely hanging on to beat one of the worst Wyoming teams that has ever existed in the history of humans.

BYU has been a lot of fun to follow the past few years because we've been blowing pretty much everyone away. There was a lot of talent on the team, and we were playing at a high level.

This year is also fun to follow, but a different kind of fun. Not so much Trafalga fun, but more like the Museum of Art fun. You've really got to look for the fun to find it.

For example: I'm having a lot of fun watching the young guys. We're a young team, and we get the unique opportunity right now to watch guys that will be carrying our team for years.

Two players who I'm really excited about are Joshua "Juice" Quezada, and Kyle Van Noy. Both are freshmen, and both have shown exponential improvement over the course of the season.

Juice wasn't getting anything in the early throws of the 2010 season, but now he is a featured back in BYU's new rush-heavy offense.

KVN wasn't seeing the field at all earlier this year, and now he's knocking down QBs, breaking up passes and making headlines.

I like the play of our young guys, and it gives me confidence for the future. We're rebuilding now, but when this baby gets rebuilt, we're going to put the hurt on a whole lot of teams.

This season is fun, guys. Just look a little closer.

Busy being a champion

As a popular sports personality, I like to keep in touch with the fans. I want to listen to you, because you make this thing go. I hear your struggles, I hear your triumphs.

I hear what you're saying right now, and right now you're pissed.

You're upset I'm not blogging more often.

Heard, understood and acknowledged.

I don't want to offer up a lot of excuses, but I will say this: I've had a lot of irons in the fire over the past few weeks. One of those irons was a little something called City Softball.

But I'm happy to report that distraction will no longer be an issue. Why?

Because we won the friggin' championship!

It gives me great honor to announce that me and my team of ragged misfits rolled through the Orem City softball season undefeated, and then claimed the tournament championship with gusto. It was a thrilling moment in my life, and I now know what it feels like to be a champion. I know what it means to walk in the shoes of other great champions, like Joe Montana, Vlade Divac and The Undertaker.

It was a long struggle, but we finally did it.

Thanks in advance for your congratulations.

More drama: Wyoming Pick 'em scores

BYU has this weird way of looking like a top-25 team in the first quarter, and then Weber State for the rest of the game.

Last Saturday we jumped out to a quick 16 point lead over the Wyoming Cow-pokes, only to hang on for our dear lives to notch a 25-20 win. Our defense had to come up with a big fourth quarter, fourth down play, and yet again the offense left us all wanting a little bit more.

Nah, a lot more.

But the good news is this week was very good news for most of you. Pretty much everyone cashed in on the Cougar win. Only one person picked BYU to lose, and she knows who she is.

Craig C. was one point away from a perfect score. Maybe he'll give last year's champ, Ross M., a run for his money as we approach the home stretch. Pick well over the next few weeks, players. Use this bye week to make the necessary changes.

Here are this week's scores:

Craig C. 39
Trevor W. 36
Cade T. 36
Mike K. 35
Fabian L. 34
Ross M. 33
Russ N. 33
Evan C. 32
Benjy R. 32
Kenny K. 32
Travis A. 31
Chris W. 31
Andrew T. 31
Logan S. 30
Jeff J. 29
Tyler B. 29
Justin L. 29
Seth S. 27
Jeris H. 27
Adam O. 27
Russ O. 23
Matt O. 21
Eliot B. 20
Spencer C. 20
Lesley W. 3

Saturday, October 16, 2010

One more loss: TCU Pick 'em scores

This loss was tough. Not because I wasn't expecting it, but because it killed some much-needed momentum that was built after last week's win.

Nevertheless, we looked better than the score indicated, I thought.

But I'll talk about that later.

Today I want to recognize the brave individuals who picked BYU to win today. They may not have put any points on the board this week, but they're all aces in my book. Keep reaching for that rainbow, you crazy diamonds.

Here are this week's scores:

Travis A. 30
Chris W. 29
Matt O. 29
Adam O. 27
Lesley W. 27
Ross M. 27
Russ N. 27
Seth S. 27
Cade T. 26
Jeff J. 26
Spencer V. 26
Trevor W. 26
Trevor W. 26
Evan C. 24
Andrew T. 23
Jeris H. 23
Craig C. 20
Russ O. 20
Mike K. 6
Kenny K. 3
Eliot B. 0
Fabian L. 0
Justin L. 0
Spencer C. 0

Next week we get back to our winning ways when the Wyoming Cowboys come to town. Send me your scores before kickoff next Saturday.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

A lotta 40s: SDSU Pick 'em scores

Sheesh. Kudos to you guys. Three people got perfect 40s this week, while another three were only two points shy of perfection.

Clearly this was a good week for the Cougars and the fans that love them.

Meanwhile I... picked BYU to lose. But don't worry, I was punished for my lack of faith. My name just keeps sliding more and more down the leaderboard.

But this week isn't about me. It's about the new BYU. There's a glimmer of optimism on the horizon this season, and with more games like yesterday's we might be planning a play date in December after all.

Here are this week's top scores:

Jeff J. 40
Russ N. 40
Seth S. 40
Evan C. 38
Ross M. 38
Spencer V. 38
Jeris H. 33
Spencer C. 33
Tyler B. 33
Russ O. 32
Fabian L. 30
Kenny K. 30
Craig C. 26
Justin L. 26
Justin L. 26
Matt O. 26
Eliot B. 22
Andy O. 20
Mike K. 20
Adam O. 7
Benjy R. 7
Cade T. 7
Chris W. 7
Logan S. 7
Trevor W. 6
Andrew T. 3
Lesley W. 0
Travis A. 0

Next week we travel to Ft. Worth Texas to take on the No. 4 TCU Horned Frogs. Will it be another slaughter at the hands of the Froggies, or could it be the upset of the century?

I await your picks.

Monday, October 04, 2010

Aggied: Week 5 Pick 'em scores

We lost.

But what I really want to know is what's the deal with the "Buck FYU" shirts? Really, Aggies? I thought you were better than that. Unfunny, Uninspired and Unacceptable.

Consider yourselves blocked.

But one Aggie showed his true quality this week (not to mention his true colors). Cade Taylor, so much a friend I consider him a brother, was the big winner this week. He cashed in on his Alma Mater's win, and we BYU fans could do nothing but look up with a disgusted envy.

Congratulations, Cade. May all your wildest dreams come true this season.

Here are this week's scores:

Cade T. 36
Lesley W. 32
Benjy R. 20
Kenny K. 6
Mike K. 6
Logan S. 5
Russ O. 5
Adam O. 4
Andrew T. 3
Evan C. 3
Jeris H. 2
Matt 2
Russ N. 2
Trevor W. 2
Tyler B. 2
Chris W. 0
Eliot 0
Fabian L. 0
Greg W. 0
Jeff J. 0
Spencer C. 0
Spencer V. 0
Travis A. 0

As you can see, a lot of people have dropped out of the competition. I can't say I blame them.

Next week we play San Diego State at home. I bet we lose.