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Jim Harbaugh’s magical mystery tour rolled into town on Thursday night — hoping to take you, me and everybody else away — supposedly ready to put on a show in front of 47,000 fans loaded into Rice-Eccles Stadium, along with …

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  • (Scott Sommerdorf   |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
BYU head coach Bronco Mendenhall watches during practice, Saturday, August 22, 2015. Monson: BYU’s actions ensure that Miami brawl remains at forefront going into season opener
    The college football season is about to commence, and BYU should be smelling the freshly cut grass, reveling in the wafts of bratwursts on the grill a...
    Updated Sep 01 2015 08:56 pm   |     |   Share
  • FILE - In this Nov. 8, 2014, file photo,  Oregon linebacker Derrick Malone, left, attempts to make a tackle as Utah running back Devontae Booker carries the ball during an NCAA college football game in Salt Lake City. Booker's 1,512 rushing yards in 2014 were the second most in school history by seven yards. Many expect Booker to be a Heisman candidate in 2015. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer) Monson: Playing a guessing game with Utah, BYU and Utah State
    Thirty guesses about what will happen around here this college football season: 1. On account of his ability to keep moving forward after the initial...
    Updated Sep 01 2015 05:43 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
Utah Utes running back Devontae Booker (23) runs the ball during a practice Tuesday April 21, 2015. Monson: For BYU and Utah, great expectations rule the day
    Some smart dude once said: “Blessed is he who expects nothing, for he never will be disappointed.” That smart dude wasn’t a college football fan. The...
    Updated Sep 02 2015 03:49 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Steve Griffin  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  

University of Utah quarterback Travis Wilson throws a side-arm pass to running back Devontae Booker during practice in Salt Lake City, Friday, August 21, 2015.  l Monson: Utah’s Travis Wilson looking for a little faith
    All Travis Wilson wants is for doubters, including his own coaches, to have a little faith in him. He’s looking forward to a big senior year, which is...
    Updated Sep 02 2015 03:46 pm   |     |   Share


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  • Monson: BYU’s Fred Warner looks to break out this season
    Provo Still in his jersey and pads, with globs of sweat puddling up in the creases of his face and then flooding down his nose and cheeks, from a f...
    Updated Aug 22 2015 09:36 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Leah Hogsten  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
Real Salt Lake forward Sebastian Jaime (23) celebrates his goal with teammates Real Salt Lake defender Justen Glad (14) and Real Salt Lake defender Aaron Maund (21) and Real Salt Lake midfielder Kyle Beckerman (5).  Salt Lake Real and Sporting Kansas City are tied 1-1 at the half, Saturday, June 21, 2015, at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy. Monson: Is RSL being run into the ground?
    There are two ways to go with this. 1) You’ve made a fortune, a hundred fortunes, a thousand fortunes. You’ve got nearly as much cash as Mansa Musa o...
    Updated Aug 20 2015 09:01 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Al Hartmann  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
Quarterback Chase Hansen looks for a receiver down field during practice Monday August 17. 

Monson: Chase Hansen is Utah’s quarterback of the ... (fill in the blank)
    Kyle Whittingham recently was asked what his ideal quarterback would look and be like. He said he wanted a dual-threat guy, a smart, tough, mobile qua...
    Updated Aug 19 2015 01:45 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Francisco Kjolseth  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   
Aaron Roderick, right, works with players as the University of Utah football team practices at Rice Eccles stadium on Thursday, April 16, 2015. Monson: Roderick says Utah’s offense will throw and attack more this time around
    Aaron Roderick gets it. He gets the skepticism, the cynicism, the doubt. He knows everybody’s watching him and his offense and its efficiency and pro...
    Updated Aug 28 2015 02:10 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Lennie Mahler  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  

Head coach Kyle Whittingham speaks to the team during Utah football fall camp at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City.  Saturday, Aug. 8, 2015. Monson: Bronco and Kyle must answer the question — how much physicality is too much?
    Ask any football coach about training camp or preseason practice and he’ll reinforce what convention says: It is significant, and even defining, when ...
    Updated Aug 13 2015 07:54 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Lennie Mahler  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
Utah defensive coordinator John Pease poses for a portrait at the Spence and Cleone Eccles Football Center on the University of Utah campus Friday, Feb. 6, 2015. Monson: Utah’s John Pease is the old man and the D
    John Pease is talking football, talking the beautiful physicality of football, talking defense, talking Utah defense, talking coaching defense, talkin...
    Updated Aug 11 2015 09:48 pm   |     |   Share
  • FILE - In this Oct. 3, 2014, file photo, Brigham Young quarterback Taysom Hill (4) passes the ball in the first quarter during an NCAA college football game against Utah State in Provo, Utah. Taysom Hill continues to recover from a season-ending injury as spring practices wrap up. The senior is anxious to return to 100 percent and belives the Cougar offense can be the best in school history in 2015.(AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File) Monson: BYU must have a September to remember
    Earth, Wind and Fire sang the following lyrics in their iconic song “September”: “Now December found the love that we shared in September, only blue t...
    Updated Aug 08 2015 10:29 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
Utah Jazz guard Dante Exum (11) reacts during the game at EnergySolutions Arena Friday April 10, 2015. Memphis Grizzlies won the game 89-88. Monson: Dante Exum’s long road back
    Owing to the fact that they are unique physical specimens who get paid in stacks of cash taller and wider than your house, it’s easy to forget that pr...
    Updated Aug 06 2015 09:58 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  

Utah Gov. Gary Herbert plays tennis at the Eccles Tennis Center, Monday, August 3, 2015. Monson: Utah’s most powerful athlete is Gov. Gary Herbert
    You can learn a lot about a man when you talk sports with him. And, the other day, the governor was in the mood to talk some sports. Not just sports,...
    Updated Aug 04 2015 07:39 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
Utah Utes quarterback Travis Wilson (7) and wide receiver Kenneth Scott (2) during a practice Tuesday April 21, 2015. Monson: Utah could do something memorable in the Pac-12 if ...
    Stop and think about it for a second. More importantly, stop and feel it. It’s August. The days are still hot, but the nights are starting to conjure...
    Updated Aug 08 2015 07:20 pm   |     |   Share
  • FILE - In this Oct. 3, 2014, file photo, Brigham Young quarterback Taysom Hill (4) passes the ball in the first quarter during an NCAA college football game against Utah State in Provo, Utah. Taysom Hill continues to recover from a season-ending injury as spring practices wrap up. The senior is anxious to return to 100 percent and belives the Cougar offense can be the best in school history in 2015.(AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File) Monson: BYU must have a September to remember
    Earth, Wind and Fire sang the following lyrics in their iconic song “September”: “Now December found the love that we shared in September, only blue t...
    Updated Aug 08 2015 10:29 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
Utah Jazz guard Dante Exum (11) reacts during the game at EnergySolutions Arena Friday April 10, 2015. Memphis Grizzlies won the game 89-88. Monson: Dante Exum’s long road back
    Owing to the fact that they are unique physical specimens who get paid in stacks of cash taller and wider than your house, it’s easy to forget that pr...
    Updated Aug 06 2015 09:58 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  

Utah Gov. Gary Herbert plays tennis at the Eccles Tennis Center, Monday, August 3, 2015. Monson: Utah’s most powerful athlete is Gov. Gary Herbert
    You can learn a lot about a man when you talk sports with him. And, the other day, the governor was in the mood to talk some sports. Not just sports,...
    Updated Aug 04 2015 07:39 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
Utah Utes quarterback Travis Wilson (7) and wide receiver Kenneth Scott (2) during a practice Tuesday April 21, 2015. Monson: Utah could do something memorable in the Pac-12 if ...
    Stop and think about it for a second. More importantly, stop and feel it. It’s August. The days are still hot, but the nights are starting to conjure...
    Updated Aug 08 2015 07:20 pm   |     |   Share
  • Arizona Cardinals training camp coach Dr. Jen Welter speaks, Tuesday, July 28, 2015, at the teams' training facility in Tempe, Ariz. Welter is believed to be the first female to hold a coaching position of any kind in the NFL and will be member of the Cardinals coaching staff throughout training camp and the preseason, working with inside linebackers. (AP Photo/Matt York) Monson: A woman’s place is on the football field
    Jen Welter made NFL history on Monday when she was hired by the Arizona Cardinals as an assistant coaching intern for training camp and the preseason ...
    Updated Jul 30 2015 09:56 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
Utah Utes running back Devontae Booker (23) run past Colorado State Rams linebacker Cory James (31) and Colorado State Rams defensive back Tyree Simmons (5) during the Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl at Sam Boyd Stadium Saturday December 20, 2014. Utah won 45-10. Monson: Utah’s Devontae Booker is even better than he said he’d be
    At first, if you didn’t listen carefully, it seemed as though Devontae Booker was bragging, like he was just another young, knuckleheaded athlete who ...
    Updated Aug 29 2015 04:58 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert (27) celebrates after dunking the ball during the game at EnergySolutions Arena Friday April 10, 2015. Memphis Grizzlies won the game 89-88. Monson: Utah Jazz are now — Meine Gute! Zut alors! Caramba! Crikey! — Salt Lake International
    With the recent signings of Brazilian Raul Neto and German Tibor Pleiss, the Jazz are continuing a trend that has spread around the NBA, but that, in ...
    Updated Jul 23 2015 10:24 pm   |     |   Share
  • BYU wide receiver Cody Hoffman during the second half of an NCAA college football game against the Notre Dame in South Bend, Ind., Saturday, Oct. 20, 2012. Notre Dame defeated BYU 17-14. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy) Monson: BYU should be invited into a P-5 league, Notre Dame forced into one
    Missouri football coach Gary Pinkel made great points on Monday about BYU. He threw in comments about Notre Dame, too. Yeah, actually, it was the oth...
    Updated Jul 21 2015 07:33 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Scott Sommerdorf   |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
A Bees fan watches during the early innings versus the Reno Aces before the Bees had accumulated any hits or runs, Friday, July 17, 2015. The Bees won the game 6-5 to improve their record to 36-57 - still the worst record in the PCL. Monson: A Utah team you love to watch play, win or lose
    For once, nobody cares about winning and losing. Nobody cares about the numbers on the scoreboard. And, in this particular case, that’s a good, good, ...
    Updated Jul 18 2015 10:55 pm   |     |   Share
  • FILE - In this June 6, 2015, file photo, Victor Espinoza reacts after crossing the finish line with American Pharoah (5) to win the 147th running of the Belmont Stakes horse race at Belmont Park, in Elmont, N.Y. Racing's first Triple Crown winner in 37 years will make his next start in the $1 million Haskell Invitational on Aug. 2 at Monmouth Park. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File) Monson: Here’s why you care about sports
    One of the more compelling aspects to the close observance of sports by and for many of us is a thirst for witnessing history, for seeing something ex...
    Updated Jul 16 2015 11:07 pm   |     |   Share
  • Gordon Monson: Real Salt Lake finds new belief against Galaxy
    Sandy Since becoming a respected outfit, a self-respecting outfit, Real Salt Lake rarely has come into a game with as much to prove as they did agai...
    Updated Jul 14 2015 10:56 pm   |     |   Share
  • Salt Lake City, UT--4/26/07--8:21:05 PM--

Utah's Deron Williams and Jerry Sloan during the game at the Energy Solutions Arena. 
Utah won 81-67.

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 Jazz's first-round playoff series against his Houston Rockets .
Game 3.

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Monson: With move to Mavericks, Deron Williams now has more gold than game
    There was a time not so long ago when a team giving up $27.5 million for Deron Williams not to play for it would have been unthinkable to him. Now, n...
    Updated Jul 11 2015 06:17 pm   |     |   Share
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