Friday, February 11, 2011

More Jimmermania! and other sports news

One of our reporters at The Daily Universe put together a very interesting story about this week's episode of Jimmermania:

No 'idle' worship of Jimmer

He was able to interview Jimmer himself, Michelle Peralta herself, Charles Abouo, and a few other fans and unbelievers. He did a great job with it and it's well worth a read.

Our reporter found this one guy, Emilio Urriola, who I think will (and am promoting to be) the next Michelle Peralta. Just going over the story with our reporter before it was published, I was getting all worked up. So this Emilio guy, he claims to be a basketball fan. But that he hadn't heard of Jimmer until a month ago. And that he likes basketball but doesn't like the players.

How does that even make sense? I understand if he said he only likes to play basketball but not to watch it. Or if he said he's more of an NBA guy than a college basketball guy. But he didn't say that! He said he likes basketball without liking the players. I don't get it.

We'll see if he gets some Facebook comments now...


Some other sports stories you might be interested in:

It's not often that sad news comes across the sports desk. But this week, Alexis Kaufusi from the BYU women's basketball team announced she was diagnosed with cancer and would sit out the rest of the season.

I was already planning on covering the women's basketball game on Wednesday against Air Force. (We've had to make some changes in how we cover women's basketball...we've had mid-week game stories come in too late for the next morning's paper, multiple times. To be frank, a reporter doing that at any other newspaper would be fired. But for The Daily Universe it means making our jobs harder than they have to be. We made some changes to try and fix the problems, and this week was my turn to write a game story.)

But in light of Kaufusi's sad news, this story took on new meaning. I felt good about what I came up with, and got a few compliments.

Cougars missing Kaufusi

Also, The Daily Universe got its own story from Jerry Sloan's press conference yesterday:

Jazz coach Sloan resigns

Have a great Valentine's Day weekend, everyone!

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