An added bonus to that link? The coaches are listed at the bottom!
So why am I doing this? Because many of you, for some reason cannot get NAMES spelled correctly. If this were just an occasional slip or mis-spelling here and there, whatever, but it's not. We're talking about our starting QB, our best player, our main coaches, guys who play huge roles on this team. Guys like:
SCHULZ (notice the C and NO FREAKING T)
REILLY (notice the E)
ERICKSON (one C AND a K)
Go ahead, click on the link, read through the list. This is a team that we all love to support (I hope), let's start by getting their freaking names right. Don't know why this has always been such a problem, goes back years with guys like Hays (no E) and others.
I think this is some sort of bazaaro mix of the situations we saw at the end of McBride's tenure and what you saw with the 49ers pre-Harbaugh....
by PDXUtefan 2013-11-09 19:04:54
I think Whitt is a great guy and he got us to where we are right now, but I do not think he is a Pac-12 level coach. Blue star away. I see a coach who has made extremely poor decisions with his personnel, a coach who has not grown at all in the last 3 years, and one who is not learning from his mistakes. I see a team that has regressed under this coach, one who is chasing its tail, who is a revolving door of incompetence in several areas. Let's face it, Whitt has stagnated. He's faced a huge challenge and there hasn't been any growth. At some point we have to face the reality, just as we did with McBride, that a change has to be made. I just don't want to sit here 1, 2, or even 3 more years going through the motions like we are now.
Obviously we weren't going to step into the Pac-12 and just be a solid team from day one. It was always going to take several years to get our feet under us. But I haven't seen any progression. NONE. And I have a very very difficult time seeing an end to this. It's one thing to not have depth, which we don't, it's another to not see a single contribution from young, recruited athletes. I see a few plays consistently from guys like Jason Whittingham, Norwood, and Poole, but really that's about it. We have zero playmakers on offense who have been recruited since we joined the Pac-12. We hear about the athletes being recruited, we have solid recruit rankings, where are the contributions? Outside the defense, which has always been Whitt's pet, we have nothing. We have an oline that would be consistently blown up by MWC teams right now.
As for the connection to those 9ers teams of recent history...we have the same revolving door (offensively) that they had. Just a constant churning of crap, over and over, misappropriating resources, time, and management. We also have a fanbase that jumps on every QB the second they start failing, just like the 9ers fans did with Alex. We have an o-line that couldn't block a defense from the women's lingerie league. And we have a QB whose confidence is shattered, whose coach doesn't believe he can make plays, whose been dealing with changes around him left and right, and a few injuries himself. Is Wilson an all-anything QB? No, probably not. But I guarantee you we could win with him with better coaching.
In the end I think I'm done with this whole coaching staff, I just think we need to come clean and start over. To those that say "Whitt is the best we could hope for!" You're full of shit. Given the resources the program has available to it now (new facilities, in a great conference, local domination of the sport, great fan base, etc) , and in the immediate future (full "partner" of the Pac-12, a TON of money coming our way, etc), we can do better. And we HAVE done better as a school with far more hamstrung resources (Urban). It's a matter of taking the leap, giving up the security blanket we've had for a while, the guy that kept us warm for several years and gave us a TON of great memories. We're in our infancy as a Pac-12 school, let's grow up a little now and become an adolescent, shed the baby blanket.
Add one more thing to why Comcast is the worst company
by PDXUtefan 2013-11-03 01:37:35
Move along if you don't want to read a hate filled post.
Up until a couple days I was able to get "OTA" (over the air) channels on my tv. I put OTA in quotation marks because where I live it is impossible to use an antenna to get any tv reception. I tried everything, several HD antennas, rabbit ears, amplifiers, everything. Short of running a few hundred feet of cable through my apartment and up the side of the building no antenna was/is going to work. What did work was just taking a coax cable, plugging into a jack in the wall and running it to my tv. My tv (and almost all modern tv's) have what is called a QAM tuner which can scan those signals and find analog and digital channels. All perfectly legal and before the age of digital companies like Comcast fairly standard for a while.
Well a couple days ago I just stopped getting signal from any of those channels. I tried everything to figure out what the hell was going on, reset my tv, changed cables, unplugged my cable internet modem and only ran the cable to the tv, rescanned the signal for channels. The only thing that ever came back was a couple channels from Comcast themselves, their "guide" channel and a Comcast marketing channel. So I searched high and low through the interwebs. Well, after quite a bit of searching I finally got my answer, Comcast is now encrypting all local channels and is slowly working through each city, in practice they are blacking out the standard over the air free channels to anyone who uses a coaxial cable. They started doing this earlier this year and offered a limited period option of picking up an HD Digital Transport Adapter. Basically a little box they give you that allows you watch those channels by descrambling their encryption. The period allowed you to pick one of these up and use it for 2 years for free. Well the period was short lived and now you have to pay $10 a month just to have access to those "free" channels.
What a fucking crock of shit. How is this even legal? From what I've read the FCC just doesn't care, they understand the situation and has said "meh." IE, these huge companies are paying us a shitload of money just to look the other way. What a fucking joke. I used to have cable tv, until I realized I was paying $130 a month for 8 bazillion channels of which I only watched about 5. You can pretty much stream or download anything you want to watch over the internet for free. So out goes the cable box, I kept the cable modem and pay $30 a month for high speed internet. It was great because I could stream/download any show I wanted to watch and I still had all the major networks to watch major programming and sports in HD.
Comcrap is now blocking free networks if you use coax.
Comcrap now charges a monthly fee to access those channels.
/End Rant. Thanks if you managed to read through my tirade.
Need some advice regarding a windshield situation for my car
by PDXUtefan 2013-11-02 16:28:58
Recently bought a used car and last night was really the first time it's been in heavy rain. I was at a cousins house and when I came out to the car water had been leaking through the top of the windshield somewhere, it ran down my rear view mirror and dripped onto my dash and then leaked into my stereo and climate control. The display on the stereo stopped working and the climate control is not working properly. The car doesn't have any kind of warranty or anything like that.
Just wondering what my options are here, I know insurance agency's will replace windshields if they are cracked or have bad rock chips (depending on your coverage you might have to pay the deductible), would this kind of situation I'm in be covered by that? Or am I SOL having to pay to have the windshield fixed and my broken stereo/climate control myself?
This Goblin Valley zoob story just keeps getting better, turns out the idiot who tipped the goblin filed a personal injury lawsuit a few weeks before claiming "serious, permanent and debilitating injuries."
by PDXUtefan 2013-10-22 11:04:36
The attention has led to revelations that Taylor filed a personal injury lawsuit in September, claiming he had suffered "serious, permanent and debilitating injuries" from a 4-year-old car crash.
WWOOOOWWWWWWW, the US scores TWO stoppage time goals to steal a 3-2 win in Panama, at the same time Costa Rica beats Mexico. All Panama had to do was not give up those 2 goals and they would have advanced to a play in game for the World Cup...
by PDXUtefan 2013-10-15 21:29:27
But they fucked up and because the US won Mexico will now play in the play in game for the World Cup. The US' bitter rival gets their asses saved by the US. Unbelievable finish, I've never heard a stadium go sooo quiet before.
Doesn't matter who you are, you aren't going to win any game with 6 TO's. We're close to being a Pac-12 team athletically in key positions, but we're nowhere near a Pac-12 team mentally.
by PDXUtefan 2013-10-04 00:07:32
We have too many problems mentally in Pac-12 games to be an average team in this conference. TO's are only part of it, lousy penalties at inopportune times again cost us good field position at key moments of the game. We had stalled drives that really hurt us.
Credit to UCLA for taking advantage, it's tough to completely stop a team as athletically gifted as that. They had chances to make plays and did so and while they had a lot of penalties they did enough to give themselves a chance to win and they did. That's how Pac-12 teams win on the road.
So the season comes down to this, we HAVE to win the Colorado and ASU games and steal one of @Arizona, @WSU or @USC to get bowl eligible. It sure as hell isn't going to be easy, none of those games are close to gimme's. Unless we can find a way to play a clean game in Pac-12 play we aren't going bowling this year.
As was mentioned, the Utes need to play a clean game in order to have a chance tonight, but that goes beyond the obvious (ie turnovers)
by PDXUtefan 2013-10-03 09:34:56
By a clean game I mean no false starts or delay of game penalties that stall drives. No penalties on special teams during kickoffs or punts, thus giving the Bruins good field position. No stupid penalties when the Bruins are facing third downs giving them easy conversions. And no stupid penalties negating big gains on offense.
Late hits, taunting, celebration and procedural penalties are what will lose us this game. Pac-12 refs are awful and will absolutely call even the weakest of these of these penalties, Utes have to keep their heads and play a smart game to have a chance to win tonight. I think physically and athletically they are decent enough, but if they can't compete mentally as a Pac-12 school (and we really haven't in our first 2 years) than we are going to continue to lose these types of games.
Glad we won, it was absolutely critical to our bowl eligibility hopes, but it didn't help my opinions/hopes of being a better team in the long run
by PDXUtefan 2013-09-22 12:29:49
I am SO. FUCKING. SICK. of the damn conservative nature of Whitt coached teams. We're up 20-6 with way too much time left in the game, you have a QB hitting 70% of his throws with no INT's and no fumbles. You've figured out a strategy to work their defense with a combo of screen passes, runs to edge and passes over the top/middle. So let's just go three up the gut, into the strength of the defense, for a quarter and half. DAMMIT Whittingham, get the damn sand out of your vagina, this kind of game calling will absolutely cost us games in the Pac-12 if we are in a similar position.
Taysom Hill couldn't hit water if he was in the middle of the Pacific Ocean on an inner tube. That guy is one of, if not the worst passing QB in the entire NCAA. And we still gave up several big plays. Sure, give credit to Hoffman who is a good WR, but nobody else on that team would be a player for any Pac-12 team. We are going to continue to give up huge yardage in the air all season long. Look at their receivers, long of 20, long of 26, long of 32, long of 30. At least we were able to generate SOME pass pressure on Hill. I honestly have no idea if that was us making plays (which we haven't against the two decent teams we've played thus far) or TDS's o-line just being terrible.
WTF happened on kick coverage? Yikes. I'm going to chalk this up to an anomaly because it's been good all year.
Pac-12 refs continue to be Pac-12 refs, the worst in the country by a long shot. They were bad, on both sides, all night long. Both teams got horrible calls against them and for them.
Looking at the rest of the conference, it's going to be damn tough to get 3 more wins. Outside USC, who has a GREAT defensive front 7, and Colorado this conference is an offensive juggernaut. Colorado at home is really the only game I see on the rest of our schedule where I believe we will win. I hope to god it's freezing cold and snowing for ASU at home, that is probably our second most likely to win game even though ASU has had our number the last two years. We still have to manage to find a win either on the road at Zona or WSU or at home against a highly ranked opponent. Given how the conference is playing, right now, it's going to be an absolute battle for those last 3 wins.
Having watched USU twice, BSU twice and FSU twice now, why are these chode announcers creaming all over either these teams tonight? IMO USU is better than both and will win the MWC. Defensively USU is better than BSU and FSU from what I've seen...
by PDXUtefan 2013-09-20 22:48:08
and Keeton is clearly the best QB in the MWC. Don't know why these announcers have COMPLETELY glossed over USU like it's a foregone conclusion that either BSU or FSU is going to win this conference.
Oh and none of them are going to a BCS bowl, don't know why the announcers are even bringing that up, it ain't happenin.
In an ideal world Duddley Do Right would have emailed the photos to the TDS compliance office and then waited the days, weeks, or months....
by PDXUtefan 2013-09-19 22:26:13
until the zoobs did nothing, than would have sent that stuff to the media.
But he didn't. So look at this from a professional standpoint in a Utah point of view. Our compliance officer ends up with this email from someone claiming to be a "die hard Utah Utes fan." Ok, what now? If she sits on the info and doesn't at least email it to the BYU compliance officer, then Duddley goes public with the info and perhaps even drops a "oh ya, I sent this to the U of U compliance office who did nothing" in the expose. Then the U looks like amateurs and gets dragged into someone else's shit storm looking even worse. No matter what, the fact that this was emailed to the U's compliance officer was going to come out bad looking for her. At least she did the right thing and quickly sent it to BYU for their own judgement.
Unfortunately this is looking like a 4 or 5 win season at best. What's most disappointing is it appears our defense has taken a massive step back
by PDXUtefan 2013-09-15 13:23:50
A normal strength of this team, a hallmark of Whitt teams overall, has become a glaring weakness. 3 games in and I'm absolutely struggling to find any positives with the D in any facet of the game. Individually guys like Reilly and Orchard have been pretty good. But as units, there is no standout. Our DB's and D-line are DREADFUL. Thanks to some stat padding against lowly Weber St. the overall numbers don't look so bad, but we generate absolutely zero pass rush and the good QB's we've faced have lit up our secondary like a roman candle war on the fourth of July. That's a really bad combination and a recipe for disaster. Even the mediocre QB's in this conference (and there aren't many) are going to torch us. Is it the coaching? Is it the players themselves? Is it recruiting? What has propagated this situation?
Sitake hasn't appeared to make any strides as a D-coordinator and we might be looking at having to make a change in that position after the season. It's amazing how far his stock has fallen, once a front runner for the Hawaii head coaching position a couple years ago and now getting lit up by every team with a pulse we face.
This isn't to take anything away from Keeton or Mannion (or any of the future QB's we face), but my goodness has our defense been serving it up on platter for these guys. Our D-line is pathetic, the defensive schemes for the DB's leaves us exposed on every play, LB's aren't getting involved at all (Reilly needs to be exclusively used as a DE, stop dropping him into coverage for the love of god). We're losing the TO battle and outside one or two guys nobody is stepping up to make any big plays.
At least the offense seems to be developing nicely. Got off to a slow start last night which doomed us, with our defense we need to be putting points on the board from the first possession on. We should probably stop deferring to the second half and just take the opening kick every game if we can. It's great that Ericckson has got them putting up 40+ points per game because we're going to need all that and more if we want to win enough games to sniff a bowl.
Sorry for chicken little post, but yesterday was a must win for our bowl eligibility hopes and we took a massive dump when it mattered most. 4 more wins out of our 9 remaining games is going to take a MASSIVE effort from everybody starting with this week. Quite frankly if we don't beat TDS then we aren't going bowling.
Some thoughts on OSU fans, "aspiring to be a program like OSU" and some resentment...
by PDXUtefan 2013-09-11 13:26:05
A lot of interesting posts recently (as well as Kragthorpe's article on how Utah should aspire to be a program like OSU's), as a Portland Oregon resident the last 10 years I'd just like to write down some thoughts/insights into how OSU's fans have lived over the past decade.
OSU has been a steady program, seemingly always good but never great. Their a program that wins its fair share of games, has more winning seasons than losing seasons, but can never seem to take the next step towards bigger things in college football. The Mike Riley era has been filled with a few decent bowls, a lot of 7, 8 or 9 win seasons and not much else. As a program it seems like every time they are picked to have a great season or move up to bigger and better things they just kind plod around in the mud and underachieve. They are a program that has produced some great athletes and at times seem like they should have done more with them. Riley is a good coach, seems to get a lot out of his players and given the nature of being in UO's shadow seems to overachieve quite a bit.
It certainly is a program I would like to see Utah aspire to in terms of a FOUNDATION. 7-9 wins a year as a Pac-12 school is pretty damn good. What I don't want Utah to become is a program that never takes that next step. Since that magical Erickson season that saw them go to the Fiesta Bowl they've really been in contention for the conference championship ONE time. Once, in 13 years, that just wouldn't cut it for me. I don't expect the Utes to be competing for Pac-12 championships every year, but to basically be in the backseat always looking up for 10+ years, that just wouldn't be enough for me.
Now, as for the fans and their recent sense of "seniority" shall we say....Well, just look at their recent history. As a fan base and a program they have been living in UO's shadow for over half a decade now. UO, like OSU, was mired in mediocrity for a LONNNGGGGGG time. Then they started getting decent and put together some solid years. This is where the story changes, dramatically, UO took the next step and became an elite program (thank you Nike). UO fans are unbearable, the most arrogant self entitled dick wads you will meet in the PacNW. Uncle Phil backed up the Brinks truck and said "have at it" while OSU has been unable to move up. OSU has received sizable donations for Phil as well, but the fact that UO has taken off while OSU continues to be just good, never great, sticks in the craw of a lot of OSU fans.
OSU fans feel like they've paid their due, they support a good coach and a generally good team. But whenever they are picked for big things the team falters. Whenever they are picked for mediocre or below average seasons, they tend to surprise and put together a nice year. But they just haven't been able to take that next step. Along comes Utah, pounding our chests over recent BCS success and happy to be part of the big boy table. I think even after a few crappy years from the Utes, BEAVER fans think we still hold out hope for bigger things, NOW. I think most Beaver fans still believe that us Ute fans think we're just going to roll to big season and land in the Rose Bowl no problem.
Therein lies the problem. Hell, I still get ribbed by my OSU and UO fans when I wear my Ute gear. "This ain't the WAC or whatever you played in, you aren't going to roll over a bunch of patsies for a BCS bowl." They haven't come to the realization that WE KNOW THAT NOW. They're under the impression that we are still riding the wave of our BCS bowl victories and that we think that is going to translate to a great Pac-12 season every year.
Realistically though most OSU fans are extremely nice, they're not the arrogant douche bags that Duck fans have become. They still love to tailgate, support their Beavers and enjoy football. Just gotta find the ones not hiding behind a keyboard on some message board.
Things I think we (as fans) should take away from the win over Weber State:
nothing. Well, ok, maybe nothing, but pretty damn close. The Utes, as a team, did exactly what they are supposed to do to a team of the quality of WSU. They handled business, executed the offense, played well on defense and got the backups a whole half of reps. About all you can ask in a situation like this, where the opponent is more or less a practice squad game and you just hope you escape with zero injuries.
As for the actual game, I think we should take nothing from it because I just don't see the Utes playing that type of game from here on out. Here's why: we won't be breaking off 30, 40, 50, 60, 70+ yard plays on a regular basis against the remaining teams. This isn't taking anything away from Wilson, Dres, Denham, Fitzgerald or any of the other guys, they played great and showed great athleticism making those plays. The teams we play from here on out are just that much more athletic.
This is going to sound stupid, but I was kinda hoping to see some more "sustained" drives from the first string offense. We hit so many home run type plays it just kinda felt like a playstation game. I'm glad we got that 2 minute drill practice at the end of the first half, that was great. Just wish we would have practiced some plays, routes, and formations that we will need to work the ball (and manage the clock) against Pac-12 defenses. We won 70-7 and 7 minutes less time of possession. There is absolutely nothing to complain about here, in that game, but realistically the only teams I can see maintaining that TOP and consistently winning games are ones like Oregon.
Looking forward to the OSU game this weekend, this is an important game for bowl eligibility purposes. Win this and we are set up nicely to ensure we at least get to a bowl game this year. Plus this will help us get off that bottom tier of Pac-12 teams and hopefully get us into that middle of the conference area. It's still way too early to be making any kind of projections, but with our schedule and our opponents quality (thus far) I can see the Utes hovering in the middle third of the conference. It's looking like the top teams are UO, Stanford, and UW with possibly UCLA breaking into that. Than you have ASU....and a big mess that will be sorted out. I think after ASU there really is no pecking order for the Pac-12 and parity will really dominate. Any weekend could see any of the remaining 7 teams beating each other. From a talent perspective each team has its matchups and areas that will work against certain opponents and fail miserably against others.
It's going to be an interesting year for over half the conference, who is going to make a run and what will the middle and bottom tiers of the conference look like? Utes need a win this weekend to get themselves into that middle tier.
There is not a bigger douche bag in all of football right now than Johnny Manziel, dude gets off scott free, then comes on at half and does not but talk trash including at the end of the game when it's way out of hand...
by PDXUtefan 2013-08-31 20:10:47
Then when his coach comes out to talk to him he COMPLETELY ignores him and walks past him to the sideline. Someone needs to take this kid down a notch or two, fucking asshole.
Meh to the Aggie smack talk, let em have it, they do have scoreboard and hopefully that changes in 9 days, I could care less....
by PDXUtefan 2013-08-20 09:36:56
We have bigger worries as fans of a team to worry about than what the Aggie fans are yapping about on their boards. Maybe they win again this year, maybe they don't, that's why the teams play the game. Utah as a team and we as fans have been in their shoes before and it was not long ago either. Great for them, they beat a Pac-12 team last year and have another shot this year, we lived off that "BCS graveyard" for how many years?
At the end of the day we have a team with a lot of holes, a lot of questions marks all over the field, and a monumental challenge to get bowl eligible in a year where we have probably our toughest schedule EVER. The Aggies as a football team would struggle to win 2 or 3 games in the Pac-12, that team isn't half what our program was before entering the Pac-12 and we all know how that's turned out. The pundits were right (grumble grumble), getting up for one or two tough games a year is very manageable. Going through a 9 game Pac-12 conference schedule with some tough OOC games is a whole other thing.
So let their fans talk, let's just hope our team and coaches are focused and ready to take care of business and get better.
WRT the poll, saw Star Trek Into Darkness last night, very good movie and worth seeing in theaters, could use a little more Alice Eve in her underwear though...but I digress...
by PDXUtefan 2013-05-17 14:47:11
I really enjoyed all the references to the original Star Trek movies, JJ Abrams has done a good job creating movies where you don't have to have seen the earlier films to understand what is going on in the new ones. BUT if you have seen the older films it adds to experience of watching the new ones. The plot got a little thin in places, but the ending was dramatic and the film was entertaining overall.
They had a new preview for World War Z before the movie, this is the 4th or 5th preview for that movie I've seen and I'm completely convinced that it will have absolutely NOTHING to do with the book. I've yet to see any clips from that movie that shows anything resembling the story line of the book, in any form. Maybe I made the mistake of reading the book first, but I have zero desire to see that movie and every preview I see makes me not want to see it even more. The book is great, could have been a cinema masterpiece if they had actually made it like the book. Instead it's another Hollywood action fest with lots of shooting/explosions and very little basis on what the original work was. They should have just named it something else instead of trying to sell it off the book, now they're going to piss a whole lot of zombie film fans who all loved the book.
Stupid damn ESPN, Miller puts on a clinic in the 4th quarter and the only Miller highlight they show is the game winner. Meanwhile they show 20 seconds of Curry missing shots, literally. Unbelievable.
by PDXUtefan 2013-04-20 20:04:45
Can't even stand ESPN and the NBA anymore, it's such a fucking joke. Go to watch highlights expecting to see Andre dominating, instead I get half a minute of literal garbage from one guy, a couple threes and the Miller game winner.
saw the jazz won tonight, looks like the lakers are losing as well, quick look at the boxscore, lakers have shot 34 free throws to golden states 10. unbelievable. nba doing all they can to get their poster childs into the playoffs.
by PDXUtefan 2013-04-12 22:30:33
How do people watch the NBA anymore? Its such a joke. In what world does one team take 34 ft's compared to 10 for the other team and STILL be losing? The closest thing to WWE, its all a show while David stern pulls his strings.
Gotta love Lame Kiffin, today he took another step forward in running the dumpster fire known as USC football, tossing his defense under the bus for the reason why Barkley isn't getting more NFL hype.
by PDXUtefan 2013-02-27 16:53:44
Who the hell would want to play for this guy? Ya, Kiffin, go ahead and blame the defense for Barkley not winning the heisman and Barkley leading USC to a terrible record last year. It was the defense that forced all those bad decisions by your star QB, the defense was on the field when he was throwing those interceptions and losing games.
What a joke, USC fans must be frothing at the mouth to get rid of this tool.
6 of our 7 losses are by 5 or fewer points, all 6 by a combined 19 points. Ugh. Props to Larry, he's coached this team as far as any coach can. But you can't teach clutch and this team lacks the one player to push them over the top.
by PDXUtefan 2013-01-10 22:12:47
Every close game has the same thing, someone who needs to knock down the big shot. Larry has coached this team to be in a position to win every single game. 6 losses by 5 or fewer points? And every single one is a one possession game in the final minute. Hell, even the 7th loss (@SMU) was only by 7 points and came down the wire. No poppinga victories, this team needs a damn player who has ice in his veins and can fucking hit a big time shot. Tonight it was Dean's attempts, last game it was DuBois, the time before it was Washburn/Loveridge, and on and on.
Half way through the season and we are 8-7. We are LIGHT YEARS ahead of where we were last year. Hopefully it's just the sign of a young team (which I believe is evident in the melt down losses where we blew decent leads) and we are just a few pieces away from being an actually competitive team and not just a team that can't finish games.
I hope this year is a learning experience and not a demoralizing one. Young players can take these losses hard and if we get through the second half of the season with a lot more close losses it might actually be damaging, at least mentally. Larry needs to do his best coaching AFTER these games, keep their heads in it and not just in the dumps because they keep losing every single close one. Then he needs to go out and find a guy who can win us these freaking games because it's starting to piss me off.
Itís been an interesting year for Paul Kruger (+7.1). At times heís looked overmatched as an every-down player and could be better suited a situational role. Then there have been games, more than a few actually, like this one where he looks the kind of disruptive force that has you loathe to take him off the field.
He worked over Winston Justice, his replacement Bradley Sowell, and left tackle Anthony Castonzo, all of whom were devoid of answers to the questions he posed. When it was all said and done he had three sacks, three more quarterback hits and five more hurries (and a batted pass) on 41 pass rushing snaps.
PFF Game Ball
Performance over sentiment at Pro Football Focus. Nobody played better than Paul Kruger.
Can't take much from this, given that it was against the college of Idaho, but it was a fun game to watch and the Utes executed well. Both teams played hard and to the final buzzer.
by PDXUtefan 2012-12-28 21:25:58
For a final non-conference game it was entertaining and competitive, the Utes did what they should as a PAC-12 school playing a smaller college. I was impressed with Loveridge's intensity and physicality, even if he should have passed a couple times instead of shooting. We need to improve out inside finishing, missed way to many 5 foot or less shots. The defense was sound, good rotations and contesting every shot. There also was no let up in the second half while up 20+ which was important. Shooting was a little cold to come out during the second half, but they got to the line and also got higher percentage shots to work through it.
Nice job Utes, now comes the real test in PAC-12 play. 8-4 with room for improvement and a young team. I'd be happy with 5-7 conference wins and any more than that will be gravy. A 15 win season would be a nice improvement.
WTF happened? Watched the first half and saw a team freely moving the ball, hustling, scoring with ease and playing decent defense. Up by 18 I decided the game was in hand with how the Utes were playing, went to a friends party...
Saw the post by KyleWouldDoIt about safeproofing his wife's classroom, thought I would add a simple idea that could help tremendously...
by PDXUtefan 2012-12-17 12:22:19
I had read in an article about the Sandy Hook shooting that a teacher who had a classroom near the front door where the shooter came in, in her classroom she had a bookshelf near the door and she pushed it in front of the door to block it.
Most classrooms have filing cabinets, bookshelves or something of that nature. Placing something like that next to the door, on the hinge side preferably if room is available, could be a simple way to act as a deterrent. It could be knocked over or maneuvered to block the door. Even if it couldnt block the whole door, blocking part of it from the hinge side would make it the door couldn't open all the way. A shooter probably isn't going to waste a whole lot of time trying to knock down a blocked door. This would be an added deterrent beyond just locking the door, which can be broken/shot out or unlocked by knocking out a door window.
ESPN's top 10 Football coaching jobs (not limited to NFL)...
by PDXUtefan 2012-12-12 12:21:08
Somewhat interesting article, I disagree with several of the selections for the list, but it's a decent talking point in a boring offseason thus far.... Top 10 coaching jobs in football
First of all, Texas at #2 is a complete and utter joke. Ya, it's a good program with a fine history, but you couldn't pay me enough money to live in Austin. This line from the article literally made me laugh out loud:
The school and Austin are drop-dead gorgeous.
BAHAHAHAH, Austin is "drop-dead gorgeous"? Wow, where have you lived your whole life? Iowa? Sure, Texas has a ton of money to throw around and a name brand, but there are many more schools/teams that are far more desirable to coach at.
LSU and Florida at 7? Riiigggghhhhhttttt. Again, you couldn't pay me enough money to live in either of those locations, Gainsville is AWFUL. And while it is in SOME parts of Florida, who the #%!@ wants to live in a swamp. Baton Rouge is better, but still, Louisiana? Uhhh no thanks and neither LSU nor Florida have a top-10 program tradition IMO.
USC is ahead of both LSU and Florida, easily, IMO.
As for the NFL teams, Packers make sense, but the Giants and Texans? What. The. #%!@. In no particular order here is a list of teams that would be FAR BETTER to be a head coach of in the NFL: Seattle, Chicago, Indianapolis, San Diego and Pittsburgh. Again, just my opinion. As a huge 9ers fan I would put that team on my list, except for the fans. San Fran is an amazing city, the team has an incredible history, but my god the typical 9ers fan is a total jackal.
What say you? It's easy to say Utah as a dyed in the wool, red goggled Ute fan, but subjectively what is on your list?
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