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 This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.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: Utes’ Hatfield an extraordinary man doing extraordinary things http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/utes/58313888-89/hatfield-says-receiver-monson.html.csp Dominique Hatfield felt the plumbing back up in his eyes and spill out of his eye sockets the day they buried his close friend and teammate, Marvin, in his football jersey five years ago. Talk about traumatic and devastating. Both kids were just 14 years old. Marvin was walking home from the store in Crenshaw, on one of the meaner streets in one of the meaner neighborhoods in Los Angeles. That’s where he and Hatfield lived, in housing on those streets, slammed between desperation and despair. H... Dominique Hatfield felt the plumbing back up in his eyes and spill out of his eye sockets the day they buried his close friend and teammate, Marvin, in his football jersey five years ago. Talk about traumatic and devastating. Both kids were just 14 years old. Marvin was walking home from the store in Crenshaw, on one of the meaner streets in one of the meaner neighborhoods in Los Angeles. That’s where he and Hatfield lived, in housing on those streets, slammed between desperation and despair. H... <img src="http://mngislctrib.112.2O7.net/b/ss/mngislctrib/1/H.17--NS/0?&pageName=RSS" height="1" width="1" border="0" alt=""/> 58313888@www.sltrib.com Wed, 20 Aug 2014 09:16:24 MDT Monson: RSL climbs to top over Seattle http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58304087-77/rsl-seattle-real-sounders.html.csp Sandy The sky was tall for Saturday afternoon’s marquee match at Rio Tinto Stadium between Real Salt Lake and the Seattle Sounders, as was the challenge. With a sellout crowd and national television cameras dialed in on the two best teams in the West, now brawling for first place in the conference and an edge in the race for the Supporters’ Shield, the contrast between them was clear and stark. Gutty little RSL versus the glitz-and-glam Sounders. The side from Utah that had made the team its... Sandy The sky was tall for Saturday afternoon’s marquee match at Rio Tinto Stadium between Real Salt Lake and the Seattle Sounders, as was the challenge. With a sellout crowd and national television cameras dialed in on the two best teams in the West, now brawling for first place in the conference and an edge in the race for the Supporters’ Shield, the contrast between them was clear and stark. Gutty little RSL versus the glitz-and-glam Sounders. The side from Utah that had made the team its... 58304087@www.sltrib.com Sat, 16 Aug 2014 20:06:38 MDT Monson: As Utah Jazz pucker up, their schedule leans away from them http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/jazz/58296821-87/jazz-road-games-monson.html.csp Somebody once said the two hardest things in the world to do are climbing a wall that’s leaning toward you and kissing someone who’s leaning away. The Jazz in 2014-15 will be attempting the equivalent of both. Their schedule was released on Wednesday, along with the rest of the NBA’s, and let’s put it simply: For a young team that got younger during the offseason, that sked leans every which way. And it could lead the Jazz to another lottery pick. There’s a decent chance of that. That’s not bre... Somebody once said the two hardest things in the world to do are climbing a wall that’s leaning toward you and kissing someone who’s leaning away. The Jazz in 2014-15 will be attempting the equivalent of both. Their schedule was released on Wednesday, along with the rest of the NBA’s, and let’s put it simply: For a young team that got younger during the offseason, that sked leans every which way. And it could lead the Jazz to another lottery pick. There’s a decent chance of that. That’s not bre... 58296821@www.sltrib.com Fri, 15 Aug 2014 14:49:26 MDT Monson: Utah football finds inspiration from one of its own http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/utes/58288873-89/football-petersen-monson-playing.html.csp By convention, Kenneth Ryan Petersen had no business being on the field at Rice-Eccles Stadium during the Utes’ scrimmage on Tuesday morning. The dual major — a senior studying biology and chemistry — should have been in a white lab coat somewhere on campus, calculating equations in his brain and pouring frothing liquid from one beaker into another. Instead, there he was, running routes and playing special teams. His story is cool. Very cool. “I’m super-fortunate to be out here,” he said. “I me... By convention, Kenneth Ryan Petersen had no business being on the field at Rice-Eccles Stadium during the Utes’ scrimmage on Tuesday morning. The dual major — a senior studying biology and chemistry — should have been in a white lab coat somewhere on campus, calculating equations in his brain and pouring frothing liquid from one beaker into another. Instead, there he was, running routes and playing special teams. His story is cool. Very cool. “I’m super-fortunate to be out here,” he said. “I me... 58288873@www.sltrib.com Tue, 12 Aug 2014 22:59:14 MDT Monson: It’s OK, the sky isn’t falling on college sports — yet http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58279460-77/college-ncaa-athletes-sports.html.csp If you, alongside the NCAA, love holding fast to the dusty ideals of amateurism, you probably frown upon the decision reached Friday by U.S. District Judge Claudia Wilken. In what has come to be known as the O’Bannon case, Wilken ruled that the NCAA’s ban on athletes profiting from their own names, images and likenesses was an unreasonable restraint of trade. Of course it was. In a 99-page report, the judge indicated, in so many words, that she didn’t buy — or find sound legal reasoning in — th... If you, alongside the NCAA, love holding fast to the dusty ideals of amateurism, you probably frown upon the decision reached Friday by U.S. District Judge Claudia Wilken. In what has come to be known as the O’Bannon case, Wilken ruled that the NCAA’s ban on athletes profiting from their own names, images and likenesses was an unreasonable restraint of trade. Of course it was. In a 99-page report, the judge indicated, in so many words, that she didn’t buy — or find sound legal reasoning in — th... 58279460@www.sltrib.com Sun, 10 Aug 2014 13:28:03 MDT Monson: A Utah man who immortalizes Hall of Famers http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58271966-77/buswell-hall-football-fame.html.csp Pleasant Grove Do what some of the most famous sports figures on the planet have done — roll up on the parking lot outside of Blair Buswell’s workplace here in Utah County, park your car on the same patch of asphalt where John Madden once idled his infamous bus, the “Madden Cruiser,” while the coach/broadcaster sat inside for a day, posing for his Hall of Fame bust, and try to spot the sculptor’s studio. Good luck. In a row of nondescript and unremarkable yellowish-brown town-warehouses, if th... Pleasant Grove Do what some of the most famous sports figures on the planet have done — roll up on the parking lot outside of Blair Buswell’s workplace here in Utah County, park your car on the same patch of asphalt where John Madden once idled his infamous bus, the “Madden Cruiser,” while the coach/broadcaster sat inside for a day, posing for his Hall of Fame bust, and try to spot the sculptor’s studio. Good luck. In a row of nondescript and unremarkable yellowish-brown town-warehouses, if th... 58271966@www.sltrib.com Thu, 07 Aug 2014 18:11:41 MDT