Monson - The Salt Lake Tribune http://www.sltrib.com/columnists/Monson Stories from The Salt Lake Tribune &copy; 2014 The Associated Press, The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Learn more about our privacy policy: http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy. en-us webmaster@sltrib.com (Webmaster) Monson: It’s a rough time for anybody who loves sports http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58424293-77/sports-athletes-monson-games.html.csp “I always turn to the sports section first. The sports section records people’s accomplishments; the front page, nothing but man’s failures.” It was former Supreme Court Justice Earl Warren who spoke those words in 1968. Were he alive today, he couldn’t speak them now. Whatever line used to separate sports from news, accomplishments from failures, has been crossed over enough to erase it. There is no line, not anymore. The other day, I read through the listings on The Salt Lake Tribune’s on... “I always turn to the sports section first. The sports section records people’s accomplishments; the front page, nothing but man’s failures.” It was former Supreme Court Justice Earl Warren who spoke those words in 1968. Were he alive today, he couldn’t speak them now. Whatever line used to separate sports from news, accomplishments from failures, has been crossed over enough to erase it. There is no line, not anymore. The other day, I read through the listings on The Salt Lake Tribune’s on... <img src="http://mngislctrib.112.2O7.net/b/ss/mngislctrib/1/H.17--NS/0?&pageName=RSS" height="1" width="1" border="0" alt=""/> 58424293@www.sltrib.com Fri, 19 Sep 2014 10:05:21 MDT Monson: Utah has new reasons for big hope http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/utes/58420765-89/utah-state-monson-reasons.html.csp “A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity. An optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.” Winston Churchill OK, that’s a little too profound for a column on Utah football. Winny wasn’t a college coach, but … he could have been. There’s both room and reasons for his kind of optimism around here now, as it pertains to the Utes. They seem better, look better, than what we had imagined or expected a few short weeks ago. And, just as important, their circumstances are, too. Th... “A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity. An optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.” Winston Churchill OK, that’s a little too profound for a column on Utah football. Winny wasn’t a college coach, but … he could have been. There’s both room and reasons for his kind of optimism around here now, as it pertains to the Utes. They seem better, look better, than what we had imagined or expected a few short weeks ago. And, just as important, their circumstances are, too. Th... 58420765@www.sltrib.com Tue, 16 Sep 2014 18:41:00 MDT Monson: If BYU wants perfection, it must listen to a Ute http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/cougars/58409694-88/byu-season-team-cougars.html.csp One by one, BYU’s coach and players sifted through what had transpired the other night, after the Cougars’ third straight victory to start the season. They squirmed a bit as they answered postgame questions, chucking the proper responses back and forth in their minds before verbalizing them. Maybe squirmed is too strong a word. They looked unsettled and dissatisfied. And, for them, that’s a positive sign. When BYU does what it had accomplished only one other time in Bronco Mendenhall’s 10 years... One by one, BYU’s coach and players sifted through what had transpired the other night, after the Cougars’ third straight victory to start the season. They squirmed a bit as they answered postgame questions, chucking the proper responses back and forth in their minds before verbalizing them. Maybe squirmed is too strong a word. They looked unsettled and dissatisfied. And, for them, that’s a positive sign. When BYU does what it had accomplished only one other time in Bronco Mendenhall’s 10 years... 58409694@www.sltrib.com Sat, 13 Sep 2014 21:40:01 MDT Monson: Cougars’ victory over Houston was an underachievement http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58404486-77/byu-cougars-monson-houston.html.csp Provo • Three things were in the offing for BYU on Thursday night at LaVell Edwards Stadium and two of them were bad: a shot at a big, impressive win, a shot at a small, unimpressive win, a shot at – shut your mouth – a loss. The first would be acceptable, the second disappointing, the third a competitive disaster. As it turned out, the Cougars could gain only a bit of satisfaction in the middle ground they found. The final numbers on the board reflected their ho-hum discovery: BYU 33, Houston... Provo • Three things were in the offing for BYU on Thursday night at LaVell Edwards Stadium and two of them were bad: a shot at a big, impressive win, a shot at a small, unimpressive win, a shot at – shut your mouth – a loss. The first would be acceptable, the second disappointing, the third a competitive disaster. As it turned out, the Cougars could gain only a bit of satisfaction in the middle ground they found. The final numbers on the board reflected their ho-hum discovery: BYU 33, Houston... 58404486@www.sltrib.com Fri, 12 Sep 2014 11:16:20 MDT Monson: One thing is simple in Ray Rice aftermath — men, don’t hit women http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58393013-77/nfl-rice-video-ravens.html.csp The Ray Rice elevator video was hard to watch. It was callous and cruel. It brought unanswerable questions to mind: When will men stop beating women? When will NFL players stop beating women? Tragically unanswerable questions. Seeing an NFL running back punch his fiancée with such force that it slammed her head sideways and downward, bouncing it off a handrail, before she collapsed in a heap on the floor, where she lay motionless, completely knocked out, was brutal. It took that vicious imagery... The Ray Rice elevator video was hard to watch. It was callous and cruel. It brought unanswerable questions to mind: When will men stop beating women? When will NFL players stop beating women? Tragically unanswerable questions. Seeing an NFL running back punch his fiancée with such force that it slammed her head sideways and downward, bouncing it off a handrail, before she collapsed in a heap on the floor, where she lay motionless, completely knocked out, was brutal. It took that vicious imagery... 58393013@www.sltrib.com Wed, 10 Sep 2014 08:47:40 MDT Monson: Hill’s leap of faith propels BYU past Texas http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58383690-77/texas-hill-byu-cougars.html.csp Austin, Texas They loaded into Darrell K. Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium on Saturday night from all over the Lonestar State and beyond, nearly 100,000 of them, looking not just for revenge exacted against that team from out West somewhere, but also for some kind of an indication for themselves. An indication that everything’s going to be OK, after all, all y’all, that the Texas Longhorns are back in the football business. It hasn’t exactly been the best of times for one of the proudest programs ... Austin, Texas They loaded into Darrell K. Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium on Saturday night from all over the Lonestar State and beyond, nearly 100,000 of them, looking not just for revenge exacted against that team from out West somewhere, but also for some kind of an indication for themselves. An indication that everything’s going to be OK, after all, all y’all, that the Texas Longhorns are back in the football business. It hasn’t exactly been the best of times for one of the proudest programs ... 58383690@www.sltrib.com Sun, 07 Sep 2014 12:57:43 MDT