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Last Updated Jun 25, 2016 05:17PM

It’s funny how much money people spend connecting themselves to sports teams, buying all kinds of merchandise, especially apparel, by which they wear a club’s gear and fly its colors. Think about it: Do you own a Utah Utes hat …

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  • Indiana Pacers’ George Hill (3) lays the ball up as Utah Jazz’s Gordon Hayward (20) looks on in the second quarter during an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013, in Salt Lake City.  (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer) Monson: One small step for the Jazz, not a giant leap
    We’ve heard it a thousand times: Dennis Lindsey doesn’t want to skip steps. He has no problem with stepping stones. That’s what he bought on Wednesda...
    Updated Jun 25 2016 04:51 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Utah Jazz forward Gordon Hayward (20) Utah Jazz forward Derrick Favors (15) Utah Jazz guard Rodney Hood (5) and Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert (27) walk off of the court during the game at EnergySolutions Arena Friday April 10, 2015. Monson: Utah Jazz have a chance to swing big in and around the draft
    Heading into Thursday night’s draft, the Jazz are where they’ve been for the better part of a decade now, the better part of two decades: Stuck in the...
    Updated Jun 21 2016 09:19 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    BYU head football coach Kalani Sitake  takes to his team after BYU’s final practice of spring camp, at LaVell Edwards Stadium, Friday, April 1, 2016. Monson: BYU’s lack of commitment to football shows in Sitake’s salary
    Here’s a big conclusion drawn from one small truth that’s hardly a secret: BYU is not fully committed to winning at the highest levels of college foot...
    Updated Jun 10 2016 09:00 pm   |     |   Share
  • Cleveland Cavaliers’ Kyrie Irving, from left, LeBron James, Dahntay Jones and J.R. Smith sit on the bench during the second half of Game 2 of basketball’s NBA Finals against the Golden State Warriors in Oakland, Calif., Sunday, June 5, 2016. (AP Photo/Ben Margot) Monson: NBA Finals have become a chore and a bore
    The Cavs lost by 33 points to the Warriors at Oracle Arena on Sunday in Game 2 of the NBA Finals. They were crushed, kicked, slapped, dominated, annih...
    Updated Jun 09 2016 06:31 pm   |     |   Share


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  • Philadelphia heavyweight Joe Frazier connects with a jolting left jab to the jaw of Tony Doyle of Draper, Utah in the first round of their fight in Philadelphia Oct. 17, 1967. Referee Zack Clayton stopped the fight after Frazier knocked Doyle down twice in the second round. (AP Photo/Harry Harris) Monson: A Utahn who traded thousands of punches with Muhammad Ali mourns his passing
    The old boxer’s eyes are a little sleepier now, the mental mechanics a little slower, fighting off the early stages of dementia. But Tony Doyle still ...
    Updated Jun 07 2016 07:15 pm   |     |   Share
  • FILE - In this Oct. 24, 2015, file photo, a nearly empty McLane Stadium is seen minutes before kickoff between Iowa State and Baylor in an NCAA college football game, in Waco, Texas. Baylor University will look to rebuild its reputation and perhaps its football program after an outside review found administrators mishandled allegations of sexual assault and the team operated under the perception it was above the rules. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez, File) Monson: Quick second chances for violent athletes must end
    It will never change. Ever. The bent priorities men have when they should have straight ones, the lofty place where people of power, who otherwise ma...
    Updated Jun 04 2016 10:20 pm   |     |   Share
  • FILE - In this Oct. 1, 1975, file photo, spray flies from the head of challenger Joe Frazier as heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali connects with a right in the ninth round of their title fight in Manila, Philippines. Ali, the magnificent heavyweight champion whose fast fists and irrepressible personality transcended sports and captivated the world, has died according to a statement released by his family Friday, June 3, 2016. He was 74. (AP Photo/Mitsunori Chigita, File) Monson: Muhammad Ali was the Greatest of All Times
    I have never experienced anything in sports like the night of March 8, 1971. We, my friends and I, were huddled around, waiting for news about what wa...
    Updated Jun 04 2016 11:22 am   |     |   Share
  • Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson (11) shoots over Oklahoma City Thunder center Steven Adams (12) during the second half in Game 6 of the NBA basketball Western Conference finals in Oklahoma City, Saturday, May 28, 2016. The Warriors won 108-101. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki) Monson: Warriors-Cavs Finals is clear evidence that basketball has gotten deeper
    Basketball isn’t just changing. It has changed. Since somebody cut out the bottom of the peach basket, the 3-point shot and the application of simple...
    Updated Jun 02 2016 10:59 pm   |     |   Share
  • Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry, center right, drives past Oklahoma City Thunder’s Steven Adams, left, during the second half in Game 7 of the NBA basketball Western Conference finals Monday, May 30, 2016, in Oakland, Calif. Golden State won 96-88. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez) Monson: Steph Curry’s Warriors remind us why we became sports fans in the first place
    Love or hate the Warriors, and there is no real reason for the latter, they make watching basketball a joy. They make it fun. The positivity with whic...
    Updated May 31 2016 09:37 pm   |     |   Share
  • FILE - In this Aug. 5, 2014, file photo,Baylor University President Ken Starr, left, jokes with head football coach Art Briles, right, on the first day of NCAA college football practice in Waco, Texas. Baylor University’s board of regents says it will fire Briles and re-assign Starr in response to questions about its handling of sexual assault complaints against players.  The university said in a statement Thursday, May 26, 2016, that it had suspended Briles ’with intent to terminate.’  Starr will leave the position of president on May 31, but the school says he will serve as chancellor. (Rod Aydelotte/Waco Tribune-Herald via AP, File) MANDATORY CREDIT Monson: Every school should learn from Baylor tragedy
    “Football was above the rules.” That line from a 13-page summary of the external report compiled by Philadelphia law firm Pepper Hamilton in its inve...
    Updated May 28 2016 10:46 pm   |     |   Share
  • FILE - In this Sept. 5, 2015, file photo, UCLA players run onto the field for an NCAA college football game against Virginia at Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif. UCLA and Under Armour have agreed to an athletic shoe and apparel deal that will pay the school a record $280 million over 15 years, in a deal that was announced Tuesday, May 24, 2016.  (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) Monson: Should UCLA — and Utah — and other schools share even more money with athletes?
    UCLA signing a $280 million shoe- and-apparel deal with Under Armour this week was the latest example of the hypocrisy so prevalent in college athleti...
    Updated May 26 2016 09:17 pm   |     |   Share
  • In this Sunday, May 22, 2016 photo, Oklahoma City Thunder center Steven Adams, center, recovers after being fouled by Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green in the first half in Game 3 of the NBA basketball Western Conference finals in Oklahoma City. Green received a flagrant foul. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki) Monson: Somebody, please, write the unwritten rule for Draymond Green
    There are written rules — and then there are unwritten rules somebody should write. Like this one: Do not kick an opponent in the acorns. Any player ...
    Updated May 24 2016 10:25 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    BYU head coach Kalani Sitake  shares a laugh with quarterback coach Ty Detmer on the second day of spring practice, in Provo, Thursday, March 3, 2016. Monson: BYU needs a big benefactor to get in Big 12
    BYU is in big trouble. It needs big help. It needs a big benefactor, a big advocate with a big mouth, a big wallet, with big plans and big clout in o...
    Updated May 21 2016 04:42 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Utah Jazz forward Gordon Hayward (20) takes an inbound pass past Los Angeles Clippers forward Luc Richard Mbah a Moute (12) during the game at Vivint Smart Home Arena Friday April 8, 2016. Los Angeles Clippers defeated the Utah Jazz 102-99 in overtime. Monson: Should the Jazz trade Gordon Hayward?
    Dennis Lindsey wants to argue. He wants to hear all sides. He doesn’t want canned answers or a party line. He doesn’t want a discussion in a box. He ...
    Updated Jun 23 2016 07:38 pm   |     |   Share
  • FILE - In this Sept. 5, 2015, file photo, UCLA players run onto the field for an NCAA college football game against Virginia at Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif. UCLA and Under Armour have agreed to an athletic shoe and apparel deal that will pay the school a record $280 million over 15 years, in a deal that was announced Tuesday, May 24, 2016.  (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) Monson: Should UCLA — and Utah — and other schools share even more money with athletes?
    UCLA signing a $280 million shoe- and-apparel deal with Under Armour this week was the latest example of the hypocrisy so prevalent in college athleti...
    Updated May 26 2016 09:17 pm   |     |   Share
  • In this Sunday, May 22, 2016 photo, Oklahoma City Thunder center Steven Adams, center, recovers after being fouled by Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green in the first half in Game 3 of the NBA basketball Western Conference finals in Oklahoma City. Green received a flagrant foul. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki) Monson: Somebody, please, write the unwritten rule for Draymond Green
    There are written rules — and then there are unwritten rules somebody should write. Like this one: Do not kick an opponent in the acorns. Any player ...
    Updated May 24 2016 10:25 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    BYU head coach Kalani Sitake  shares a laugh with quarterback coach Ty Detmer on the second day of spring practice, in Provo, Thursday, March 3, 2016. Monson: BYU needs a big benefactor to get in Big 12
    BYU is in big trouble. It needs big help. It needs a big benefactor, a big advocate with a big mouth, a big wallet, with big plans and big clout in o...
    Updated May 21 2016 04:42 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Utah Jazz forward Gordon Hayward (20) takes an inbound pass past Los Angeles Clippers forward Luc Richard Mbah a Moute (12) during the game at Vivint Smart Home Arena Friday April 8, 2016. Los Angeles Clippers defeated the Utah Jazz 102-99 in overtime. Monson: Should the Jazz trade Gordon Hayward?
    Dennis Lindsey wants to argue. He wants to hear all sides. He doesn’t want canned answers or a party line. He doesn’t want a discussion in a box. He ...
    Updated Jun 23 2016 07:38 pm   |     |   Share
  • Monson: No more steps to skip, the Jazz must make the most of their lottery pick
    Now that Lady Luck left the Jazz on Tuesday where she always leaves them — right where they left themselves with their play — in the draft lottery, fi...
    Updated May 17 2016 09:53 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Scott Sommerdorf   |  The Salt Lake Tribune)     Utah F Brekkott Chapman (0) works under the hoops during second half play. Gonzaga beat Utah 82-59 in Denver, Saturday, March 19, 2016. Monson: Brekkott Chapman and all other transfers should be permitted to play immediately, anywhere
    Sophomore forward Brekkott Chapman’s recently announced transfer from Utah brought up, one more time, a ridiculous, hypocritical NCAA policy that has ...
    Updated May 14 2016 05:03 pm   |     |   Share
  • Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) reacts after scoring a basket against the Portland Trail Blazers during the second half of Game 4 of an NBA basketball second-round playoff series Monday, May 9, 2016, in Portland, Ore. The Warriors won 132-125. (AP Photo/Craig Mitchelldyer) Monson: Old NBA critics, get off Steph Curry’s back
    There are reasons to respect old guys’ opinions, especially former players such as Charles Barkley, Oscar Robertson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Walt Frazier...
    Updated May 12 2016 10:10 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Rick Egan  | The Salt Lake Tribune)      Brigham Young Cougars quarterback Taysom Hill (4) a couple of tacked by Texas A&M Aggies defensive back Deshazor Everett (29) and Aggies defensive back Floyd Raven Sr. to run for a 68 yard touchdown as BYU played the University of Texas, Lavell Edwards stadium, Saturday, September 7, 2013. Monson: What are the odds BYU gets into the Big 12?
    You’ve heard the Big Dysfunctional might want to expand, might want to live up to its proper name and have, you know, a dozen schools. So, we’re setti...
    Updated May 10 2016 09:26 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    The Brigham Young Cougars celebrate their win over UCLA, in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Volleyball Championship, in tournament action at the Smith Field House in Provo, Saturday, April 23, 2016. Monson: BYU men’s volleyball team on the edge of a national title
    National championships don’t come all that often around here in any sport, but the top-ranked BYU men’s volleyball team, hatched from a program that h...
    Updated Apr 28 2016 10:15 pm   |     |   Share