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Gordon Monson: The facility of 1; Jerry Sloan’s Utah Jazz legacy lives on

(Trent Nelson | Tribune file photograph) Jerry Sloan gained his 1,000th recreation as coach of the Jazz on Nov. 7, 2008. (Trent Nelson | Tribune file photograph) Jerry Sloan gained his 1,000th recreation as coach of the Jazz on Nov. 7, 2008. (Trent Nelson | Tribune file photograph) Jerry Sloan talks to his staff throughout his 1,000th recreation as coach of the Jazz on Nov. 7, 2… (Hector Amezcua | AP Picture/The Sacramento Bee) Jerry Sloan, left, is escorted off the court docket by assistant coach Phil Johnson… (Picture courtesy…

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Gordon Monson: Pay a candy silent tribute to Jerry Sloan, because the once-fierce lion’s eyes develop sleepy

The once-fierce lion’s eyes are drained now. The battles — a thousand of them, and extra — have been fought and received, and there’s a remaining battle Gerald Eugene Sloan is not going to win. Towards an opponent that by no means loses. Stay that method, it without end will. After I not too long ago requested somebody exterior the household, somebody who would know the main points about Sloan, requested how he was doing at age 77, despite the fact that I already had been instructed by others, he…

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Gordon Monson: Utah pizza man says there was no method Michael Jordan’s pie was poisoned

The Utah Pizza Man is upset. The one who mentioned he delivered the notorious pie that supposedly poisoned Michael Jordan earlier than Sport 5 of the NBA Finals in 1997. He mentioned what has been offered by Tim Grover, Jordan’s private coach, in and out of ESPN’s 10-episode MJ Glorification Showcase, is in severe error. The implied half about Jordan being poisoned by 5 suspicious, probably nefarious supply guys who confirmed up on the Bulls’ lodge in Park Metropolis the evening earlier than Sport 5, when His Airness ordered a…

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Gordon Monson: Piped-in crowd noise, pretend followers for soccer and basketball video games on TV? Don’t make me snigger.

I by no means did like snigger tracks — from the time of “Gilligan’s Island” straight by means of to “Buddies” — imbedded into TV sitcoms meant to sweeten the comedy and immediate laughter from whoever was watching, whether or not that scattered viewers thought the jokes had been humorous or silly. An entire lot of People don’t wish to be advised when to snigger. Now, based on Joe Buck, Fox is planning not solely to pump crowd noise into NFL broadcasts for video games with empty stadiums, it’s aiming…

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Gordon Monson: Right here’s a Pac-12 concept that’s silly for Utah — and each different league member

School soccer is within the brainstorm section of making an attempt to profit from regardless of the 2020 season will or received’t deliver. And there are a selection of situations being mentioned by faculties and conferences across the nation. One of many dumbest is the thought revealed by USC coach Clay Helton this week that he stated the Pac-12 is contemplating. Who got here up with that winner? Pac-12 groups usually play 12-game seasons with 9 league video games. Figuring how an adjusted 11-gamer towards solely convention groups makes a…

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Gordon Monson: Utah, BYU, Utah State soccer gamers deserve the appropriate to an NFL dream, and a method again if their dream is folly

The share of faculty soccer gamers who’re completely satisfied they’re in the future going professional is remarkably excessive, even amongst scrubs with little or no shot. The desires blow deep into double-digits, the fact is a shallow fraction of that. And that’s one of many the reason why Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh’s concepts for these gamers — the way in which they’re handled by the NFL and faculty soccer — have to be heard. The foundations want to vary, not in contrast to the way in which the NBA and…

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Gordon Monson: Two twin Ute basketball gamers tricked ex-coach Jim Boylen by switching identities. That is their story.

What you’re about to learn right here is 100-percent true. At the very least the scoundrels who pulled this stunt off swear it’s true. They wouldn’t … like, lie, would they? Matt LaFrance was scared, afraid former Utah and present Chicago Bulls head coach Jim Boylen was going to kill him that day. Boylen would clutch him by the throat, he figured, shake him like a sock doll, and go away him in a sorry heap on the ground. It was within the minutes instantly after a Utes observe within…

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Gordon Monson: How secure — or sane — is it for Utah, BYU, USU or another college to play faculty soccer this fall?

College of Alabama president Stuart Bell says there can be a school soccer season in Tuscaloosa this fall, regardless of the coronavirus pandemic. He says additional, as reported by an Alabama tv station, that “our plan is that we are going to have a soccer season and followers can be part of it in our stadium.” Scattered college directors at different faculties have indicated related designs. College of Iowa president Bruce Harreld says his college’s soccer crew can be “again to follow” by June 1. Thereafter, he clarifies that “our…

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Gordon Monson: Our inexperienced cathedral wants worshippers. Man, we may use baseball proper now.

Salt Lake Metropolis’s inexperienced cathedral stands empty now, similar to each different cathedral, inexperienced or in any other case, all of them emptied by a virus from a far-off land. It’s far off no extra. It’s all round. Everyone seems to be absolutely conscious. On account of that, baseball at Smith’s Ballpark has been pushed again, shoved so arduous that no one can sharpen their view sufficient to see precisely when it’d return. We will solely guess, whereas badly lacking an annual custom that might not be on the Main…

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