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Last Updated Jul 22, 2017 05:50PM

With football camps starting at Utah, BYU and Utah State, it’s easy to get fired up about the possibilities and ponder the vulnerabilities of these programs. As the offseason work concludes and the preparations intensify for whatever it is that’s …

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  • FILE - In this March 22, 2013, file photo, bettors watch the odds for second-round NCAA tournament games displayed on a board at the Mirage hotel-casino Race & Sports Book in Las Vegas. Nevada gambling regulators voted Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015, to allow the state’s sports books to offer bets on the Olympics for the first time in years. Revised regulations say the Nevada Gaming Control Board chairman can limit the bets at his or her discretion. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson, File) Monson: Utah, and every other state, shouldn’t freak out over sports gambling
    Have any of you puritans out there ever gambled away any money on sports? Yes. Yes, you have. Most of you have, in one way or another. For instance, ...
    Updated Jul 20 2017 09:38 pm   |     |   Share
  • FILE - In this April 1, 2017, file photo, Minnesota Timberwolves’ Ricky Rubio reacts in the closing seconds as the Timberwolves lost to the Sacramento Kings 123-117 in an NBA basketball game in Minneapolis. After six years in Minnesota, Ricky Rubio is saying goodbye. The seemingly endless rumors finally came to fruition when he was traded to the Utah Jazz last week. (AP Photo/Jim Mone, File) Monson: The Jazz’s mysterious new puzzle includes a few new pieces; here’s a closer look at them
    When the Jazz reassemble themselves in the fall for the onset of the 2017-18 season, there’s bound to be confusion. I mean, who are these guys? Not on...
    Updated Jul 21 2017 07:30 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Leah Hogsten  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    The Utah Jazz fall to the Los Angeles Clippers 93-98 during Game 6 at Vivint Smart Home Arena, Friday, April 28, 2017 during the NBA’s first-round playoff series. Monson: An ode to the fans in Utah, whack-jobs that they are
    This is an ode to the sports fans of Utah. And to the state itself. It’s not a poem. Just a column from the heart. In the wake of Gordon Hayward’s de...
    Updated Jul 15 2017 06:49 pm   |     |   Share
  • Utah Jazz forward Joe Ingles (2) in the third quarter during an NBA basketball game against the Phoenix Suns, Monday, Jan. 16, 2017, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) Monson: The Jazz are now more than Utah’s team, they belong to the world
    OK, so we’ve brought this up before, but the Jazz now have gone second level. They’re freaking global, the United Nations of NBA basketball. They are...
    Updated Jul 13 2017 09:32 pm   |     |   Share


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  • (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Utah Jazz guard Rodney Hood (5) shoots past LA Clippers forward Blake Griffin (32) during Game 1 of the Western Conference at the Staples Center Saturday, April 15, 2017.  Utah Jazz defeated LA Clippers 97-95. Monson: Jazz use a ‘machine’ to make themselves better
    Players in the NBA, and more specifically with the Jazz, always have had an opportunity to work to make themselves better. Some take advantage of it, ...
    Updated Jul 11 2017 08:59 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Utah Jazz head coach Quin Snyder and Utah Jazz forward Gordon Hayward (20) during Game 1 of the Western Conference at the Staples Center Saturday, April 15, 2017.  Utah Jazz defeated LA Clippers 97-95. Monson: Gordon Hayward’s departure disrespected Quin Snyder more than anyone
    Of all the people in and around the Jazz organization who are disappointed/disrespected by Gordon Hayward’s move away from the Jazz and to the Celtics...
    Updated Jul 08 2017 10:03 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Utah Jazz’s Nigel Williams-Goss, Tony Bradley and Donovan Mitchell look at their new jerseys at The Grand America Hotel Wednesday, June 28, 2017. Monson: Jazz’s secret for future success? Unicorns and hard work
    A dark cloud hovering over the Jazz after what happened to them over the past few days is whether they ever can find their way to real contention in t...
    Updated Jul 10 2017 08:01 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Steve Griffin  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)     Utah Jazz forward Gordon Hayward (20) walks off the court after being taken out of the game late in the fourth quarter during game 4 of the NBA playoff game between the Utah Jazz and the Golden State Warriors at Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City Monday May 8, 2017. Monson: Goodbye, Gordon Hayward, whoever you are
    Goodbye, Gordon Hayward, we hardly knew you. Not the real you. Not the you who was ducking out down a back alley, looking for the easier route. Peopl...
    Updated Jul 11 2017 07:11 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Utah Jazz head coach Quin Snyder and Utah Jazz forward Gordon Hayward (20) during Game 1 of the Western Conference at the Staples Center Saturday, April 15, 2017.  Utah Jazz defeated LA Clippers 97-95. Monson: In all the waiting for Hayward’s decision, a bit of hope and happiness emerges
    Over a span of a few hours following the Jazz’s Yalta Conference with star free agent Gordon Hayward at his home in San Diego on Monday afternoon, the...
    Updated Jul 04 2017 04:02 pm   |     |   Share
  • Minnesota Timberwolves’ Ricky Rubio (9), of Spain, guards against Utah Jazz’s Shelvin Mack (8) during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game on Saturday, March 26, 2016, in Minneapolis. The Jazz won 93-84. (AP Photo/Hannah Foslien) Monson: Rubio and Ingles are in, so what do the Jazz do now?
    As the plot edges toward its conclusion in the story of the summer in Utah — Will Gordon Hayward stay or will he go? — the options for the Jazz in eit...
    Updated Jul 21 2017 07:31 pm   |     |   Share
  • FILE - In this Jan. 28, 2017, file photo, Serena Williams holds up a finger and her trophy after defeating her sister, Venus, in the women’s singles final at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia. Williams posed nude for the cover of Vanity Fair in an image released by the magazine on June 27, 2017. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila, File) Monson: John McEnroe shouldn’t be lambasted for telling the truth
    So, let’s see if we can get this straight: After being pressed into clarifying/justifying his response during a recent NPR interview in which he call...
    Updated Jul 04 2017 06:16 pm   |     |   Share
  • Utah Jazz’s Gordon Hayward (20) shoots over Golden State Warriors’ David West (3) during the first half in Game 1 of an NBA basketball second-round playoff series, Tuesday, May 2, 2017, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez) Monson: There may be good news for the Jazz, no matter what Gordon Hayward decides
    As everyone around here waits for and wonders about what Gordon Hayward will do next week, as the official part of his free agency commences, there’s ...
    Updated Jun 27 2017 10:18 pm   |     |   Share
  • FILE - In this Jan. 24, 2017, file photo, Louisville guard Donovan Mitchell (45) goes up for a shot against Pittsburgh guard Cameron Johnson (23) during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game, in Pittsburgh. Mitchell left Louisville after his sophomore season and has the chance to be a lottery pick in Thursday’s NBA draft. (AP Photo/Fred Vuich, FIle) Monson: Drafting of Donovan Mitchell a warning shot across Dante Exum’s bow
    The Utah Jazz’s moving up in the draft to select Donovan Mitchell shouted out loud messages, beyond just that they believe the athletic, explosive, co...
    Updated Jun 30 2017 05:14 pm   |     |   Share
  • Donovan Mitchell answers questions during an interview after being selected by the Denver Nuggets as the 13th pick overall during the NBA basketball draft, Thursday, June 22, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II) Monson: With the draft done, the Jazz’s heavy lifting is yet to come
    On a scale from zero to 10, zero being a burp and a yawn, 10 being a rocket to ride, the Jazz’s draft night was a … five, or a six, maybe, a burp and ...
    Updated Jun 28 2017 09:45 am   |     |   Share
  • FILE - In this Jan. 28, 2017, file photo, Serena Williams holds up a finger and her trophy after defeating her sister, Venus, in the women’s singles final at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia. Williams posed nude for the cover of Vanity Fair in an image released by the magazine on June 27, 2017. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila, File) Monson: John McEnroe shouldn’t be lambasted for telling the truth
    So, let’s see if we can get this straight: After being pressed into clarifying/justifying his response during a recent NPR interview in which he call...
    Updated Jul 04 2017 06:16 pm   |     |   Share
  • Utah Jazz’s Gordon Hayward (20) shoots over Golden State Warriors’ David West (3) during the first half in Game 1 of an NBA basketball second-round playoff series, Tuesday, May 2, 2017, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez) Monson: There may be good news for the Jazz, no matter what Gordon Hayward decides
    As everyone around here waits for and wonders about what Gordon Hayward will do next week, as the official part of his free agency commences, there’s ...
    Updated Jun 27 2017 10:18 pm   |     |   Share
  • FILE - In this Jan. 24, 2017, file photo, Louisville guard Donovan Mitchell (45) goes up for a shot against Pittsburgh guard Cameron Johnson (23) during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game, in Pittsburgh. Mitchell left Louisville after his sophomore season and has the chance to be a lottery pick in Thursday’s NBA draft. (AP Photo/Fred Vuich, FIle) Monson: Drafting of Donovan Mitchell a warning shot across Dante Exum’s bow
    The Utah Jazz’s moving up in the draft to select Donovan Mitchell shouted out loud messages, beyond just that they believe the athletic, explosive, co...
    Updated Jun 30 2017 05:14 pm   |     |   Share
  • Donovan Mitchell answers questions during an interview after being selected by the Denver Nuggets as the 13th pick overall during the NBA basketball draft, Thursday, June 22, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II) Monson: With the draft done, the Jazz’s heavy lifting is yet to come
    On a scale from zero to 10, zero being a burp and a yawn, 10 being a rocket to ride, the Jazz’s draft night was a … five, or a six, maybe, a burp and ...
    Updated Jun 28 2017 09:45 am   |     |   Share
  • (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Utah Jazz forward Gordon Hayward (20) before the game at Vivint Smart Home Arena Thursday January 26, 2017. Monson: Jazz need to make a big move, or risk losing Hayward
    There are times and seasons for all things. It’s time. Time for the Jazz to do something bold. Not something kind of bold or nearly bold or mostly bo...
    Updated Jul 12 2017 07:00 pm   |     |   Share
  • Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant dunks against the Cleveland Cavaliers during the first half of Game 1 of basketball’s NBA Finals in Oakland, Calif., Thursday, June 1, 2017. (John G. Mabanglo/Pool Photo via AP) Monson: Don’t hate these Warriors, own them
    You may not like the way the Golden State Warriors became the glorious thing that they are, much of which was achieved through acumen, terrific draft ...
    Updated Jun 06 2017 08:15 pm   |     |   Share
  • Cleveland Cavaliers’ Deron Williams (31) looks to get around Boston Celtics’ Terry Rozier (12) during the first half of Game 4 of the NBA basketball Eastern Conference finals, Tuesday, May 23, 2017, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak) Monson: What if the Jazz signed ... don’t punch a wall ... this guy?
    Everybody knows the Jazz need help at point guard. What is still unknown is the best way for them to get it. There’s an offseason option that would n...
    Updated Jun 03 2017 06:46 pm   |     |   Share
  • Utah Jazz guard Dante Exum, of Australia, dunks during the first half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the San Antonio Spurs, Sunday, April. 2, 2017, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Darren Abate) Monson: Dante Exum, where are you, man? Who are you? What are you?
    Hey, Dante Exum, who are you, man? Are you all grown up now? Are you all healed up? Are you ready to lead the Jazz at the point? Are you prepared to ...
    Updated Jun 18 2017 09:18 pm   |     |   Share
  • Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James celebrates after sinking a three point shot during the second half of Game 5 of the NBA basketball Eastern Conference finals against the Boston Celtics, on Thursday, May 25, 2017, in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola) Monson: If LeBron beats these Warriors, he’ll replace MJ as the best ever
    Michael Jordan is the best basketball player ever. Few had better vantage points from which to make that kind of judgment than folks around here, wit...
    Updated May 30 2017 09:55 pm   |     |   Share
  • HOUSTON - MAY 29:  John Stockton #12 of the Utah Jazz shoots the game winning shot over Charles Barkley #34 of the Houston Rockets in Game six of the Western Conference Semifinals during the 1997 NBA Playoffs at the Compaq Center on May 29, 1997 in Houston, Texas.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges  and agrees that, by downloading and or using this  photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory copyright notice: Copyright NBAE 1997  (Photo by Glenn James/NBAE via Getty Images) Monson: Uh-oh! John Stockton’s shot still resonates 20 years later
    The shot left John Stockton’s hand, spinning out from it the way nearly all of his jumpers did back in the day, lifted to an apex of his controlled bo...
    Updated May 27 2017 08:44 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Chris Detrick | The Salt Lake Tribune)    Former Utah Jazz Coach Frank Layden and his wife Barbara pose for a portrait Wednesday July 27, 2011. Monson: Who’s your sports inspiration ... Kalani Sitake? Kyle Whittingham? Gordon Hayward? Jerry Sloan?
    This column isn’t about tennis. It’s not even about sports. It’s about existential inspiration. And it’s up to you to decide to whom to turn, if you ...
    Updated May 25 2017 03:36 pm   |     |   Share