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    I know its been a long time...

    by The Voice
    2014-10-21 10:11:58

    Thought I'd stop by and say hello since we have a big game coming up this Saturday. Hope the oldtimers that remember me are doing well. Glad the Utes have continued to recruit Cali well and are making noise in the PAC-12.....it's going to be a good game.

    Timothy D is doing well. Still living in SLC area. Killin it at his church, has 3 boys. Wish we stayed in contact more. Anyway...

    Go Trojans!
    Go Utes!😎

    The Voice

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    Universally Spoiled Children? Let me tell you about Gene, the USC grad, attorney, and would-be polo player

    by wannabeaute
    2014-10-21 14:48:04

    In the early 80's I lived in Huntington Beach. I was married to a girl from Anaheim and one day she brought home a flyer advertising polo lessons at a facility not far away.

    We already had a couple of horses and a truck and trailer, and I thought it sounded fun. We signed up, and long story short pretty soon we are playing polo a couple of nights a week.

    We both knew how to ride, but we didn't know how to play polo, so we took lessons. I was surprised by how hard it was to play at even a beginner's level. Most of the other club members were also beginners, and for a lot of them it was doubly difficult since they weren't experienced riders.

    Enter Gene. Picture if you will a silver BMW with USC licence plate brackets pulling briskly into a dusty parking lot. Picture a cloud of dust. From that dust picture Timothy Dalton's character from "The Rocketeer" emerging, booted and spurred. Gene is ready for his close up. Gene wore tight white breeches. Gene had knee high polished boots buffed to a glossy shine. Despite this being his first day, Gene had already acquired the Winston Polo Club official shirt. I'm sure Gene was a little miffed when he realized the collarless jersey would not accommodate an ascot.

    Gene had his picture taken a lot. Here is Gene next to a horse. Here's Gene astride a horse. Here's Gene with his posse toasting another great chukkar with Pimms in crystal goblets. Here's Gene and his Beamer, and his horse and his Pimms all together. Here is Gene the USC grad attorney proving to all and sundry that he plays polo. Gene has proof. Look at Gene's polo pictures. Here, look at them all.

    But Gene couldn't ride. At all. Gene couldn't ride in a taxi. Gene couldn't ride in a boxcar with the door bolted. Gene could fall off the plastic horse that takes quarters out in front of the Wal-Mart. Before he put a quarter in the slot.

    Now understand that polo has very few rules. I'll name them all right here: You must carry the mallet in your right hand. No head-ons. Play continues if you drop your mallet. Play continues if you fall off your horse. When someone drops his mallet or fer-gawds-sake falls right off his freakin' horse this creates a mismatch for the other side and usually results in a goal. You, yourself, on a purely personal level and for a number of reasons, wish not to fall off your horse. Rather, you hope this happens to the other side.

    Gene fell off a lot and I laughed at Gene a lot. During lessons when Gene would fall off the instructor would blow a whistle and we'd stop while Gene gathered up his equine equipment and someone helped him back aboard his charger.

    But when we scrimmaged or played actual games, there was no time stoppage while Gene the USC grad attorney did his groundwork. Play didn't stop, not even for Gene the USC grad attorney with the silver BMW and the Pimms on ice chilling back at the white-clothed table where his retinue looked on in rapt wonder.

    Now there is one more thing you should know about polo. While it's not a rule, it's quickly understood by even the most rank beginner that you should not steer your animal's face into the backswing of another player. Dobbin is likely to be struck with the hammer-like nose of a wooden mallet at the end of a ten foot arc. Dobbin ain't gonna like it.

    Hell-for-leather Gene rode smack-dab into my backswing one night. My mallet struck his horse's nose quite smartly, and Gene's mount stopped still as a result. Gene, however, did not. Even a good rider would have played hell not being unhorsed after that stop. Did I mention Gene was a not a good rider? Well anyway, in a rather sad attempt to slow his fall, Gene reached for whatever he could grab. What he managed to grip was every piece of tack his horse was wearing forward of the saddle itself. Gene still fell, and hard too. When I looked back Gene had managed to undress his mount of his bridle, bit, neck yoke and reins.

    Imagine a man falling overboard on a boat in shallow water, and then emerging with two hands full of long, dripping moss. That's Gene here but he's not wet, he's dusty, and that's not moss that's leather.

    Forgive me but I still chuckle as I write this a quarter century later. Imagine how hard I laughed when it happened. And not just me. Oh God how we laughed. All of us. Loudly.

    Oddly, Gene was not amused. Dusting a quarter acre of Malibu turf off his mortal coil, he called for a foul. More laughter ensued. He ordered us to fetch his pony. No laughter then, just stony silence. I looked at my teammates. They looked at me. Then they looked at the ball. Then they looked at me again.

    Play had stopped, but no whistle had blown. The ball was live.

    There was nothing else to be done. I trotted my old gray thoroughbred over to where the ball had rolled to a stop, just feet from where the goal waited with open, gaping maw. I wound my mallet above my head and sent the old wooden sphere into the empty goal.

    Gene didn't come back to the Winston Polo Club after that night. Someone said they heard he had taken up lawn bowling, but I think he had enough polo pictures already by that time and was probably ready to tackle another adventure. I'd like to think he was part of the search committee who recommended that USC hire Lane Kiffin. It would make sense.

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    cowherd compliments utah.

    by The_Target
    2014-10-21 08:41:08

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    CB, the gift that keeps on giving.

    by jhill
    2014-10-21 10:03:00

    Don't forget: We are a handful of injuries away from being undefeated right now

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    But any state with old time values where the men work and wives stay at home, will do poorly on this list.

    by tarheelio
    2014-10-21 11:40:56

    I just defended the Utah culture, I have surprised myself.

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    The way this "study" calculates pay gap is idiotic

    by SD_UTE
    2014-10-21 12:01:36

    While a typical man in Utah earned more than $50,000 last year, most women made 70% or $35,252 of that figure, nearly the largest pay discrepancy in the country.

    So no factoring in of different choices in professions, varying work experience, etc.

    Most quality studies that account for all variables show that there is no gender pay gap. If there truly were, men wouldn't have jobs (or they would have a much higher unemployment rate). If corporations could really pay a woman 70% of a man's pay to do the same job, they would only hire women in a heartbeat.

    This is a non-issue used to stoke the coals of a problem that doesn't exist. Now there are certain gender issues that exist, but equal pay for equal work is not one of them.

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    I disagree with your bad. Utah would be dumb to run a fast paced offense. Our strength is our defense and run game. Both of those are hurt by a fast paced offense. Slow the game down, run the clock down, and control the ball. Why go away from your

    by Ute2004
    2014-10-21 09:42:08


    The coaching staff should get kudos up and down the field all day long for changing the offense to compliment the abilities of this team.

    This is the type of football Whitt wants to play, and I'm all for it.

    That being said, our pass game does need help. The good news is, Christensen is one of the best OC's out there, and Wilson, Dres, Scott, Patrick, Clay, Tonga are all, at worst, average football players.

    It's a mental thing.

    More good news: USC is susceptible to the run. We can pound the ball this game and start to rebuild our passing game with timely, easy throws.

    We can tear the passing game down, rely on our rushing, and slowly rebuild the passing game to an acceptable level.

    Our defense, special teams and rushing attack are elite.

    You would have thought we could be a top 10 team with no passing threat at all? That is how good our defense, special teams and rushing attack are.

    We have something special going on here.

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    You do realize your on a fan site, right?

    by UtahUte72
    2014-10-21 17:21:22

    Its our job to second guess, complain and worry.

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    RE: I don't believe you. Can you show your work?

    by P-Worm
    2014-10-21 13:00:53

    P = Public perception
    H = ESPN homerism
    t = time as season goes on
    R = Probability of SEC in championship.

    R = P + H*e^(t-1)

    We can see that as time marches on, people get more an more orgasmic over the SEC. As time approaches Dec. 1, 2014, R should be at an all time high. I predict about a 99.98% probability. Also note that the H term grows to an unprecedented ~1.23e2 national wanks per hour on ESPN.

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    Our QB issues have everything to do with receivers dropping easy catches and

    by Umanami
    2014-10-21 16:14:28

    O-line pass protection. Fix those two issues and either QB will find success and the play book can be opened up.

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    No SEC teams?

    by BigMike
    2014-10-21 12:26:20

    I like the Pac 12 as much as anyone. But no SEC teams? Pretty sure Danny Kannell is high.

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