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    Spring Football -- Week Four

    Tuesday, April 15, 3-5pm
    Thursday, April 17, 3-5pm

    Saturday, April 19, Red vs. White Spring Game, 1 p.m.

    Practice locations will be announced each day

    Spring practices are OPEN to the public, except those held in the Eccles Field House. Please be respectful of this privilege.

    Here is a short Boston story that's simply about running and being a Ute. Please pull for me Monday morning.

    by 89ute
    2014-04-18 06:37:03

    It's probably a little un-American to be fed up with all the Boston Marathon stories but I get it, but that's not why I'm in it. This race is two years of preparation. I am not running for America or to stand up to terrorism. Even though those undercurrents cannot be ignored, the Boston Marathon is all about running. It's the pinnacle of achievement for an amateur runner.

    In case you don't know, you have to qualify to get into Boston. For my age group I had to run a 3:25. Here's where the two years of prep come from. Most runners qualify a year before (Boston allows up to 18 months) then you start training for Boston. 5 months up to the race is your most intense training. For me, I have to "train" just to be able to handle my training. To give you a little idea, from January to the beginning of April I do 7 20 mile runs, plus about 3 or 4 more 20 milers but they are split into a 6 mile morning run and 14 mile afternoon run. During the month of March I average 80 miles a week. That's the heavy month. So, my point here is that you don't just decide on April 15 2013, after the bombs go off that you are going to throw on some shoes and run Boston next year.

    However, given the events of last year, fast runners who already had a qualifying time decided to join in the fun this year. As a result, 2,976 qualified runners did not get in because the BAA takes the fastest runners first then work their way down, so you had to beat your age and gender qualifying time by one minute and thirty eight seconds. I was about 8 minutes faster than my qualifying time so I was confident I would make it in. If you're really interested in the break down, I have it copied below.

    This year is the 2nd largest field. I think it's something like 36,000 runners. Boston is usually about 25K. The largest field was the 100th running in 1996. This year the field was expanded to allow 5.5k that didn't finish last year and an addional 5k or so to raise money for charities.

    I will be running in Ute gear with a special surprise for the Boston College students. My first running of Boston was in 2011 and I was shocked at how crazy the Boston College students were. The course runs right in front of the campus and they are all out partying. They loved the Drum and Feather on my chest and I got many, many "GO UTAH" shouts, so this time, I have a Boston College mini flag that I'm going to pull out of my shorts and waive it to them as I go by, then give it to the last student as I leave there section. They gather at mile 21 which is the top of heartbreak hill. For two years I have visualized this and used it for motivation. I can't wait!!!!!!!

    Notification to applicants begins Wednesday, September 25

    Boring stuff about qualification this year, but if you're interested read on
    BOSTON – The Boston Athletic Association (B.A.A.) today continued its notification to applicants of their acceptance into the 2014 Boston Marathon®. In preparation for the 2014 Boston Marathon, the B.A.A. implemented the same registration process for Qualified Runners as it used in the 2012 and 2013 Marathons, allowing the fastest qualifiers to register first. The 118th Boston Marathon will be held on Monday, April 21, 2014 and will mark the 29th consecutive year that the event will have John Hancock Financial Services as its principal sponsor.

    Registration for runners who met the B.A.A.’s Qualifying Standards for the 2014 Boston Marathon began on Monday, September 9 at 10:00 a.m. ET using a “rolling admission” schedule and continued through Saturday, September 14 at 10:00 p.m. ET. Registration re-opened on Monday, September 16 at 10:00 a.m. and application submissions were received through Friday, September 20 at 5:00 p.m. ET.

    25,654 applications were received during the two weeks of registration (September 9, 2013 through September 20, 2013).
    22,679 applicants have been accepted or are in the process of being accepted, pending verification of their qualifying performance (17,229 from Week One; 5,450 from Week Two).
    Details of the B.A.A.’s two-week registration process for Qualifiers can be found on the following web page:
    http://www.baa.org/races/boston-marathon/ participant-information/athlete-registrat i on/registration-information.aspx
    2,976 applicants were unable to be accepted due to the large number of eligible qualifiers who submitted an application for entry combined with field size limitations.
    During Week One, when the fastest of all Qualifiers submitted their application for entry:
    4,484 Qualifiers accepted met their qualifying time by 20 minutes, 00 seconds or faster;
    6,866 Qualifiers accepted met their qualifying time by 10 minutes, 00 seconds or faster;
    5,879 Qualifiers accepted met their qualifying time by 05 minutes, 00 seconds or faster.
    From Week Two, 5,450 Qualifiers were accepted. These were Qualifiers who were one minute, 38 seconds or faster than the Qualifying time for their age group and gender.
    An additional 5,625 runners who were 2013 Boston Marathon starters who reached the half marathon checkpoint or later but did not have the opportunity to cross the finish line on Boylston Street on April 15 were invited to participate in the 2014 race, some of whom were qualified. Of those runners, 4,615 registered for 2014, 1,649 of whom were Qualifiers.
    In addition, 402 Qualifiers who have an active streak of ten or more consecutive Boston Marathon completions also entered during a pre-registration period in August and have been accepted.
    Those who submitted a verified qualifying performance that was one minute, 38 seconds (1:38) or more under the qualifying standard for their age and gender have been accepted into the race. Qualifying performances for the 2014 Boston Marathon must have been run between September 22, 2012 and September 20, 2013. Notices via email to those accepted will be issued by the B.A.A. beginning today.

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    Brad Rock blasted by Ute Tribe members to his email

    by Hammer
    2014-04-18 16:01:51

    Link to article

    Call me NucWemia Mia, I am a Southern Ute. I am also the grandson of a Lemhi Shoshoni who are the same people of Sacagawea who led the Louis & Clark exhibition. I was known by another name when I was in student government many years ago. But my heritage is real so the name sticks for now.

    I am writing today to give my two cents worth on all this Native American stuff from one who is of authority and not people or students who are not. I am also a former student at Utah and my brother and my youngest son both played football as “Utes”. My son was recruited by coaches Wittingham and Mac and played as a tight end under Coach Meyer. I was a member of the Utah track team years ago.

    This thing about offending us I think has gone haywire. There is no offense if students paint their bodies red. That is our school color! There is no insult to our people! We are not red men either! That connection has always been a white man thing! We have never called ourselves that! And heaven forbid if I come with a feather headdress to a game and I am escorted off the field for it! That would be totally wrong as I have the right to dress in my traditional clothing. Where does this end? Now Students South of us cannot paint themselves blue? Stupid. And wearing headdresses? Wouldn’t it be cool if we all came in Native attire to a game!! Wow would that ever do honor to our people and recognize the connection to the school!!!

    We are all proud to live where the name means “Mountain Place” that is what Utah means. What name other than a “Ute” can anyone from our University call themselves?! And the logo? That is no tribal logo but a representation of a people. Legally the entire issue has no part in law at all. The feather and shield is the logo for the University of Utah. Trademarks are a matter of law and not dictated by any people including mine. Are Scandinavian people offended if someone puts horns on a helmet depicting Vikings?

    And the mascot thing. We are not birds. We are not red rocks. In time are Piutes, Goshutes, Southern Utes, and Northern Utes going to need to abandon our own name because someone thinks it offends us? I am offended by all this silliness. Are we going to be required some day to change who we are and become Red Birds? Birds are not Utes. I hate that thing. If there is worry of offending a native then get rid of that bird. That is not a Ute. We are not Red Rocks either. We are all Utes and proud to be so whether students at Utah, fans of our teams, residents of Utah, or Native people. A Ute is what we are. Even the blue folks from Provo are ‘Utes’ too whether they like that or not. It Is where we all live. I am a Ute. The real thing in every way. Get rid of that silly bird and rock. Be proud of what is the truth. What we are.

    And last but not at all least. I grew up “across the green” just a mile South of the campus. Leave our fight song alone!!! I am a Utah Man sir, not a ‘Utah person’. My wife and my daughters are the fairest you have ever seen. They are not “fair non genders” I am proud to have transgender and gay people in our family but that does not force me to become one too. End all that ridiculous issue as well. I was a student leader in many positions back in the 60s’ We had idiots trying to change things for stupid reasons back then as well. This one must end along with all the other stupid things that are trying to mess with good traditions and sanity.

    Creepy do gooders go away!! Leave all us ‘Utes’ alone. The rest of us are offended by your meddling. You do not have permission to represent the rest of us in your silly ideas.

    NucWemia Mia

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    A brief update on Utah's recruitment of Idrissa Diallo

    by Utebuntu
    2014-04-18 00:52:07

    I connected with Idrissa's AAU coach and he confirmed a few things for me. Nothing earthshattering, but looks like things are ongoing...

    LINK (update at bottom of story)

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    Shopping list :D

    by UTAH744
    2014-04-18 15:25:46

    A wife asks her husband, "Could you please go shopping for me and buy one carton of milk and if they have avocados, get 6.

    A short time later the husband comes back with 6 cartons of milk.

    The wife asks him, "Why did you buy 6 cartons of milk?"

    He replied, "They had avocados."

    If you're a woman, I'm sure you're going back to read it again!

    Men will get it the first time.

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    Good deal at Sports Authority

    by SeaTacUte
    2014-04-18 10:55:44

    Twice a year Sports Authority offers a 25% off any item coupon. The current one is good through Saturday. Good way to pick up some new jogging shoes or update the camping gear.

    Sports Authority

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    U of U live tweeting today's debate about "Utah Man"

    by docUte
    2014-04-18 13:59:24

    Twitter handle @UUtah

    This is such bs it's making me crazy. Sam Ortiz and Courtney McBeth are claiming it makes people feel marginalized and it is somehow contributes to ism -- sexism and racism. WTH?

    First, there is nothing racial at all in the song. Not a damn thing. Second, "man" is a general term for people. If Stanford and UCLA can handle references in their fight songs to the male gender without having a fit, why can't we? It also is insulting to people who have suffered actual discrimination, IMHO, to categorize a fight song with actual prejudice.


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    Baseball game vs. UCLA Tonight

    by UtahBaseball
    2014-04-18 11:16:02

    We have a big baseball game this evening vs. UCLA at 5 PM. They are the Defending College World Series Champions and we have a real good shot at winning. Last night we took a 1-0 lead into the Bottom of the 8th, but had a few errors that cost us the game.

    Tonight our ace, Mitch Watrous is on the mount (projected Top 5 Round MLB Draft Pick) and is going up against their No. 2 pitcher in their rotation. Following the game will be a post-game screening of The Sandlot. Fans are able to go onto the field for the movie.

    Wear black and get in free or print out our free family pass. Go Utes!

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    How is the song problematic for minorities?

    by docUte
    2014-04-18 15:46:41

    Here is my question -- what does this have to do with minority inclusion at all? The song is not racial and does not have racial overtones. Basically any opposition on the grounds it isn't inclusive to minorities is absurd because it's pure conjecture out of nothing in the song, but rather some sort of general feeling. That to me is beyond paranoid. I'm having trouble understanding the reasoning for that viewpoint.

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    by HCHooligan
    2014-04-18 09:57:35

    U guys seen this?

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    Back in the day I took a 6-week trip around the world

    by maverick83617
    2014-04-18 13:41:50

    Here's my first attempt at editing one of the GoPro's from the trip to Palawan in the Philippines. It will probably get taken down soon since I used my iTunes, but I just wanted to test it out.

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    Not a bad schedule at all...

    by Junior Ute
    2014-04-18 12:00:07

    http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/college- basketball/news/20140410/top-25-college-ba sketball-2014-2015/

    3. Arizona (2X)
    6. Kansas
    9. Colorado (2X)
    12. Wichita State
    23. Oregon

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    RE: U of U live tweeting today's debate about "Utah Man"

    by utahute05
    2014-04-18 15:24:05

    Agreed about how the term "Man" is used. If our fight song is sexist because it refers to everyone in a vernacular sense as "Man", then so is the Declaration of Independence.

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