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 This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.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: Grandma was wrong, college football cheaters do win http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58216126-77/rules-cheating-college-bowlsby.html.csp “I would prefer even to fail with honor than win by cheating.” Sophocles Yeah, so, Sophocles never played in the SEC. If he did, he’d be failing with honor a whole lot, all the way to the bottom of the standings. Honor in college sports, these days, is down five touchdowns to Machiavelli. When money is on the barrel, jacking a few rules en route pretty much seems like a reasonable casualty. Not endorsing that, just stating it as an unfortunate fact. Most of us had to nod in agreement the othe... “I would prefer even to fail with honor than win by cheating.” Sophocles Yeah, so, Sophocles never played in the SEC. If he did, he’d be failing with honor a whole lot, all the way to the bottom of the standings. Honor in college sports, these days, is down five touchdowns to Machiavelli. When money is on the barrel, jacking a few rules en route pretty much seems like a reasonable casualty. Not endorsing that, just stating it as an unfortunate fact. Most of us had to nod in agreement the othe... <img src="http://mngislctrib.112.2O7.net/b/ss/mngislctrib/1/H.17--NS/0?&pageName=RSS" height="1" width="1" border="0" alt=""/> 58216126@www.sltrib.com Thu, 24 Jul 2014 17:41:46 MDT Monson: Jazz are yearning to play a beautiful game http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/jazz/58211166-87/ball-jazz-says-lindsey.html.csp The beautiful game. That’s the Jazz’s thing now. That’s what they want to play. That’s the kind of basketball they’re trying to adopt and embrace, even if their early version of it is ugly enough to scare the snout off a pig. And, at times, when the regular season rolls around, it will be. Comedian Phyllis Diller once said she was so ugly when she was a kid, her mom had to tie a pork chop around her neck to get the dog to play with her. The Jazz’s remedy is more thorough than that. They’re re-i... The beautiful game. That’s the Jazz’s thing now. That’s what they want to play. That’s the kind of basketball they’re trying to adopt and embrace, even if their early version of it is ugly enough to scare the snout off a pig. And, at times, when the regular season rolls around, it will be. Comedian Phyllis Diller once said she was so ugly when she was a kid, her mom had to tie a pork chop around her neck to get the dog to play with her. The Jazz’s remedy is more thorough than that. They’re re-i... 58211166@www.sltrib.com Wed, 23 Jul 2014 09:05:46 MDT Monson: BYU’s Van Noy on the brink of something big http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58201289-77/noy-van-says-byu.html.csp Provo Kyle Van Noy covers all the tenses, as though they were a running back seeking open space out in the flat on a critical third-and-5. He looks back at what he was in the past, before he came to BYU and while he was there. He stares down the present, where he is now and how far he’s come, with grateful eyes. And he peers out at the future, convinced he’s as prepared as he could be to meet it, come what may. Here’s what’s coming: On Monday, the former Cougar begins, in earnest, his quest to... Provo Kyle Van Noy covers all the tenses, as though they were a running back seeking open space out in the flat on a critical third-and-5. He looks back at what he was in the past, before he came to BYU and while he was there. He stares down the present, where he is now and how far he’s come, with grateful eyes. And he peers out at the future, convinced he’s as prepared as he could be to meet it, come what may. Here’s what’s coming: On Monday, the former Cougar begins, in earnest, his quest to... 58201289@www.sltrib.com Sat, 19 Jul 2014 17:12:45 MDT Monson: College football watch lists have become unwatchable http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58194742-77/watch-list-lists-awards.html.csp They started out as good things, as badges of honor, as notices of real recognition, as hallmarks of promise. And then, they became college football’s version of quack grass. Their roots spread. They got out of hand. They popped up in places they shouldn’t. And they choked out authentic anticipation for what might come next. Watch lists. They’re everywhere. They’re too many places. They’ve simultaneously broadened the parameters of where star players begin and where they end and they’ve cheapen... They started out as good things, as badges of honor, as notices of real recognition, as hallmarks of promise. And then, they became college football’s version of quack grass. Their roots spread. They got out of hand. They popped up in places they shouldn’t. And they choked out authentic anticipation for what might come next. Watch lists. They’re everywhere. They’re too many places. They’ve simultaneously broadened the parameters of where star players begin and where they end and they’ve cheapen... 58194742@www.sltrib.com Fri, 18 Jul 2014 09:46:57 MDT