Thursday, January 27, 2011

Why we love Jimmer (based on doctrine)

Hey men.

Photo by Luke Hansen of The Daily Universe

So I'm sure you're all still thinking and talking about last night's battle to the death with San Diego State. And a battle it was; probably the most physical basketball game I've ever seen, or at least that I can remember.

Here's what I have to offer:

My editorial - Why we love Jimmer

But, my editorial was a little trimmed down for the paper. So you can read the original version (loaded with more scripture!) on my personal blog here.

And, a few additional thoughts on the game, also on my personal blog, here.

Thursday, January 20, 2011


“-How tall is Jimmer?

-6’8” or 6’9” I think?” (mmm try 6’2”)

“-Another missed free throw by Kyle Collinsworth.

-That’s what he doesn’t start.” (uhhh, he does)

“-Why are they even letting Noah shoot?” (because he has the best 3 pt percentage on the team)

“-Why is that not a shooting foul?” (He didn’t have the ball, for one thing.)

That is just a taste of the dim-witted comments and questions I have overheard during the last few BYU basketball games. Were we not so removed from football season, I might remember some of the comments I heard from some fans not so well versed in football (such as “why are we punting? It’s only 4th and 19. Matt Hall completed that pass that one time to Adam Collie against Utah State on 4th and 18”).

With so many people so concerned about passing out flyers about how to cheer and when to cheer, I am surprised no one has taken the initiative to write about basic basketball rules, player profiles and just common sense basketball game etiquette. Wait, I can do that.

Here it goes.

1. 1. Know at least the basic facts about the players on your team. i.e. Height, strengths, age, injury reports, favorite color, etc.

2. 2. Understand the rules of basketball before you yell obscenities at referees. Just because Jimmer missed a layup against 3 defenders does not automatically mean he was fouled.

3. 3. Do not make fun BYU players. I won’t repeat what was said about Noah Hartsock, but there is no need to make those sorts of comments even about the opponents.

4. 4. Don’t be so critical about your team. Good heavens, they are past the half point of the season and have only 1 loss. ONE LOSS!!! Look back over the recent years and tell me which teams have won 25-30 games in the regular season. We are talking Duke, UNC, UConn, Syracuse. What do those schools have in common? They all have won tournament titles. We also have an amazing talent that is arguably one of the best players in the nation. I think we can sit back and take a deep breath that they know what they are doing. Do they have deficiencies? Yes. But so does every other team in college basketball. It is just a fact. Teams are built on the fly because players go to the NBA so quickly. BYU hasn’t had a lot of players leave early, but we have a lot of players that play for one or two years, then go on missions. It’s the same thing.

5. 5. Finally, do not get restless if people are saving seats. If you want to sit in the first 20 rows, you have to get there early. Do not get mad that I am saving seats for friends. If we make the effort to get there two or three hours early, I deserve to hold as many seats as I want.

I know I am preaching to the choir here, but maybe this will circulate, get printed and passed around before the game. Then everyone can make paper airplanes with it and throw in on the court, poke Jimmer’s eye out and then we will see what a crappy BYU basketball team really looks like.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Little Sisters of the Poor

Friday, January 7, 2011

Updates from J.J.

Hey, sports fans.

It's been a long time since I've done any blogging! I updated my personal blog, I'll share the links here so you can see what I've been up to.

Clips in the Deseret News! - I had an article about old black & white movies in the Deseret News!

New York, New York! - I have an internship with Newsweek magazine this summer!

Winter 2011 - This would be the most interesting for you sports fans. I wrote a couple articles to sort of get The Daily Universe going at the beginning of the semester. There's a summary of BYU sports action that happened during the break between semesters, and a story on the former BYU Cougars who are in the NFL Playoffs - plus my predictions for the first round of the playoffs. (In today's edition of The Daily Universe!*)

*Go to page 10.

Monday, January 3, 2011

Highway Avoidances: (The Bro-ad Trip) New Mexico or Bust

These are the pictures of the greatest Manliest Road trip of our generation.

1. We eat well!

Dion's Pizza
Santa Fe Pancake curtsy of Greg's grandfather.
This is the breakfast food that almost ended Mike and Robbie's Friendship

2. We enjoyed our awesome front row seats.
Right in the Shadow of the Lobos and amongst the Minors the stadium was BYU's

"Time Out, Time Out on the Field," "Hey! if you were a Hot Dog would you eat yourself"

That's how you get on Local El Paso TV News

3. We made some new friends.

Sunshine... Sunshine
Nuff said.

Stinky Pete
4. We Won!

5. We calmly moseyed onto the field.

Dante and Hoffman are pretty much best friends.
DiLuigi approved of our sign. This made a year of Mario jokes totally worth it.
How many other General Authorities were rushing the field? We may never know.
He may have gotten burned for two touchdowns but he's still a 5th ward member and we stand by him as his biggest fans.

Expect a lot more of these next year.

Totally worth the drive

6. We eat and eat again!

Open Wide my friends!
The start of round one.

This is the carcass that was left after 6 men had all they could eat.

7. After all this we left.

"My humps. my humps. my lovely lady lumps"

Mordor in New Mexico
8. We peed like men do, standing up on the side of the road.

Sean's stage fright
Blowing in the wind

Boob rock
Finally the "more than famous" Hole N the Rock"

That my friend is how men go on a road trip!
Go Cougs!

RIP Robert Anae