MONSON - The Salt Lake Tribune http://www.sltrib.com/feeds/topics/MONSON News from The Salt Lake Tribune 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 <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/utes/58313888-89/hatfield-says-receiver-monson.html.csp">Monson: Utes’ Hatfield an extraordinary man doing extraordinary things</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Gordon Monson</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> Tribune Columnist</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-08-19T21:55:48.022-06:00">Updated Aug 19, 2014 09:55PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">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...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58313888@www.sltrib.com Tue, 19 Aug 2014 21:55:48 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 <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/jazz/58296821-87/jazz-road-games-monson.html.csp">Monson: As Utah Jazz pucker up, their schedule leans away from them</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Gordon Monson</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> Tribune Columnist</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-08-15T20:06:47.66-06:00">Updated Aug 15, 2014 08:06PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">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...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58296821@www.sltrib.com Fri, 15 Aug 2014 20:06:47 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 <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/utes/58288873-89/football-petersen-monson-playing.html.csp">Monson: Utah football finds inspiration from one of its own</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Gordon Monson</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> Tribune Columnist</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-08-12T23:12:57.397-06:00">Updated Aug 12, 2014 11:12PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">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...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58288873@www.sltrib.com Tue, 12 Aug 2014 23:12:57 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 <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58279460-77/college-ncaa-athletes-sports.html.csp">Monson: It’s OK, the sky isn’t falling on college sports — yet</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Gordon Monson</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> Tribune columnist</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-08-09T23:30:54.876-06:00">Updated Aug 9, 2014 11:30PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">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...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58279460@www.sltrib.com Sat, 09 Aug 2014 23:30:54 MDT Monson: A Utah man who immortalizes Hall of Famers http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58271966-77/buswell-hall-football-fame.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58271966-77/buswell-hall-football-fame.html.csp">Monson: A Utah man who immortalizes Hall of Famers</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Gordon Monson</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> Tribune Columnist</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-08-07T23:40:51.613-06:00">Updated Aug 7, 2014 11:40PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">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...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58271966@www.sltrib.com Thu, 07 Aug 2014 23:40:51 MDT Monson: Is Booker the next great running back at Utah? (video) http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/utes/58264034-89/booker-running-utah-monson.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/utes/58264034-89/booker-running-utah-monson.html.csp">Monson: Is Booker the next great running back at Utah? (video)</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Gordon Monson</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> Tribune Columnist</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-08-05T22:16:28.239-06:00">Updated Aug 5, 2014 10:16PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">For all those who get misted over about the days when Utah football featured the kind of running back good enough to play in the NFL — and Kyle Whittingham is among all y’all — the dewy snapback may come in the form of one Devontae Booker. Who? Not that many people know about the 22-year-old junior for a single great reason — he hasn’t done a thing yet at the D1 level. But he’s already accomplished enough in spring and summer ball, since transferring to Utah from American River College in Sacra...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58264034@www.sltrib.com Tue, 05 Aug 2014 22:16:28 MDT Monson: Grandma was wrong, college football cheaters do win http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58216126-77/rules-cheating-college-bowlsby.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58216126-77/rules-cheating-college-bowlsby.html.csp">Monson: Grandma was wrong, college football cheaters do win</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">Gordon Monson Tribune Columnist</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-07-25T11:10:09.001-06:00">Updated Jul 25, 2014 11:10AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">“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...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58216126@www.sltrib.com Fri, 25 Jul 2014 11:10:09 MDT Monson: Jazz are yearning to play a beautiful game http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/jazz/58211166-87/ball-jazz-says-lindsey.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/jazz/58211166-87/ball-jazz-says-lindsey.html.csp">Monson: Jazz are yearning to play a beautiful game</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Gordon Monson</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> Tribune Columnist</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-07-22T22:53:31.084-06:00">Updated Jul 22, 2014 10:53PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">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...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58211166@www.sltrib.com Tue, 22 Jul 2014 22:53:31 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 <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58201289-77/noy-van-says-byu.html.csp">Monson: BYU’s Van Noy on the brink of something big</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Gordon Monson</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> Tribune Columnist</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-07-19T23:33:08.58-06:00">Updated Jul 19, 2014 11:33PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">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...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58201289@www.sltrib.com Sat, 19 Jul 2014 23:33:08 MDT Monson: College football watch lists have become unwatchable http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58194742-77/watch-list-lists-awards.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58194742-77/watch-list-lists-awards.html.csp">Monson: College football watch lists have become unwatchable</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Gordon Monson</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> Tribune Columnist</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-07-17T23:12:03.472-06:00">Updated Jul 17, 2014 11:12PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">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...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58194742@www.sltrib.com Thu, 17 Jul 2014 23:12:03 MDT Monson: Sunshine is breaking through on the Utah Jazz http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/jazz/58186665-87/jazz-monson-lindsey-exum.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/jazz/58186665-87/jazz-monson-lindsey-exum.html.csp">Monson: Sunshine is breaking through on the Utah Jazz</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Gordon Monson</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> Tribune Columnist</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-07-15T23:08:05.155-06:00">Updated Jul 15, 2014 11:08PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">This is not meant to blow sunshine in all directions or any direction. It’s not meant to overestimate or to oversell the situation. It’s not meant to provide a lot of hope where there is little. Nobody knows how this is going to turn out. But what is happening with the Jazz right now seems a promising, positive thing. There are indications that the moves they have made are nudging them upward and onward from last season’s nadir. Somebody once said: “A wise man sees as much as he should, not as ...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58186665@www.sltrib.com Tue, 15 Jul 2014 23:08:05 MDT Monson: In Hayward, the Jazz paid for a Maserati and got a Buick http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58177207-77/hayward-jazz-buick-money.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58177207-77/hayward-jazz-buick-money.html.csp">Monson: In Hayward, the Jazz paid for a Maserati and got a Buick</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">Gordon Monson Tribune Columnist</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-07-13T18:25:47.367-06:00">Updated Jul 13, 2014 06:25PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Nobody likes overpaying for what they buy. But that’s what the Jazz just did. They paid for a Maserati and got a Buick. A really nice Buick, but a Buick, nonetheless. Let’s say this all plain and simple: In terms of where he is as a player, there’s no way Gordon Hayward is worth $63 million. He’s not a max-money guy. The Jazz know this. A lucky Hayward knows it, too. They and he have experienced it, firsthand. If they’d thought he was worth that kind of cash, they would have offered it before l...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58177207@www.sltrib.com Sun, 13 Jul 2014 18:25:47 MDT Monson: Exum could be great one day, but not today http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/jazz/58172287-87/exum-jazz-lindsey-open.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/jazz/58172287-87/exum-jazz-lindsey-open.html.csp">Monson: Exum could be great one day, but not today</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Gordon Monson</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> Tribune columnist</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-07-11T10:45:06.1-06:00">Updated Jul 11, 2014 10:45AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Dennis Lindsey stood in a corner of the room, talking privately about Dante Exum. He was excited about the Jazz’s young draftee, the 18-year-old kid from Down Under, who somehow had slipped through the first four selectors in last month’s draft, almost as though prospects from the Southern Hemisphere weren’t real, they didn’t actually count, spinning through the draft drain in the opposite direction, falling straight into the open arms of the Utah Jazz. Crikey! There is a basketball god, after ...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58172287@www.sltrib.com Fri, 11 Jul 2014 10:45:06 MDT Monson: If Langi wants to transfer from U. to BYU, we all should let him http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58160984-77/langi-wants-utah-byu.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58160984-77/langi-wants-utah-byu.html.csp">Monson: If Langi wants to transfer from U. to BYU, we all should let him</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Gordon Monson</span></span> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn"> Tribune Columnist</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-07-09T17:36:28.132-06:00">Updated Jul 9, 2014 05:36PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Harvey Langi is quoted in a Deseret News report as saying he wants to transfer from Utah to BYU upon his return from an LDS Church mission and Utah coach Kyle Whittingham is quoted as saying he will not release the former Bingham High running back — and there are arguments to be made in all directions as to what is happening here and what should happen. There is only one thing that should happen — and we’ll get to it in a minute. Turns out what should happen will happen if Langi so desires; he ...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58160984@www.sltrib.com Wed, 09 Jul 2014 17:36:28 MDT Gordon Monson: Dante Exum and Rodney Hood — Who are these guys? http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/jazz/58125058-87/exum-hood-guy-game.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/jazz/58125058-87/exum-hood-guy-game.html.csp">Gordon Monson: Dante Exum and Rodney Hood — Who are these guys?</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Gordon Monson</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> Tribune columnist</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-06-27T23:33:30.073-06:00">Updated Jun 27, 2014 11:33PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">The Who should have burst onto the platform and performed at the Jazz’s practice facility on Friday, providing theme music for a meet-and-greet that could have been wrapped up by their iconic song chorus: “Whooooooooo are you? Who, Who, Who, Who?” Nobody knew. Nobody had a clue, really. The occasion had nothing to do with the actual meaning behind Pete Townshend’s famous lyrics. No one woke up drunk in a Soho doorway. No policeman knew anybody’s name. But there definitely were acquaintances to ...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58125058@www.sltrib.com Fri, 27 Jun 2014 23:33:30 MDT Monson: Fortune smiles on the Jazz with Dante Exum http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/jazz/58120876-87/jazz-door-exum-monson.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/jazz/58120876-87/jazz-door-exum-monson.html.csp">Monson: Fortune smiles on the Jazz with Dante Exum</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Gordon Monson</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> Tribune columnist</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-06-26T23:54:19.248-06:00">Updated Jun 26, 2014 11:54PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">For the Jazz, there were three ways Thursday night’s NBA Draft/Let’s Make a Deal game show could have gone. Show everybody watching at home what they were, Monty. Behind Door No. 1: ordinary. Behind Door No. 2: extraordinary. Behind Door No. 3: lucky. When the Jazz couldn’t pry open Door No. 2 with a massive trade up for the No. 1 overall pick, fortune swung open Door No. 3. After the Cavs took Andrew Wiggins, the Bucks took Jabari Parker, the Sixers took Joel Embiid, the Magic, at four, took ...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58120876@www.sltrib.com Thu, 26 Jun 2014 23:54:19 MDT Monson: Jazz are trying to go big and bold in NBA Draft http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/jazz/58107886-87/jazz-player-deal-draft.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/jazz/58107886-87/jazz-player-deal-draft.html.csp">Monson: Jazz are trying to go big and bold in NBA Draft</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Gordon Monson</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> Tribune Columnist</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-06-24T22:49:44.058-06:00">Updated Jun 24, 2014 10:49PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">The Jazz have made a strong play for the No. 1 pick in Thursday’s draft. Good — no, great — for them. Not only have they offered the Cavs their No. 5 selection, they’ve thrown in Derrick Favors. When Cleveland asked for more — an additional unprotected first-round pick sometime in the future — the Jazz countered, sweetening the deal with Alec Burks, a player Jazz management is split on. The deal included at least one other piece coming back to the Jazz, all of this coming via 1280 The Zone, whi...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58107886@www.sltrib.com Tue, 24 Jun 2014 22:49:44 MDT