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: 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 This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.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 Monson: Jazz can learn one important lesson from the Spurs http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/jazz/58078495-87/spurs-team-jazz-player.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/jazz/58078495-87/spurs-team-jazz-player.html.csp">Monson: Jazz can learn one important lesson from the Spurs</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="2014-06-17T23:31:34.607-06:00">Updated Jun 17, 2014 11:31PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">The way the Spurs won the NBA title was good news for the Jazz and a pleasure for everybody else, anybody who … 1) lives outside the 305 area code or 2) loves basketball — for basically the same reason. The game, all of a sudden, became a team sport again. The Spurs reminded us that basketball is exactly that. Should be, can be. In this case, the team with the best player lost. The team with the player with the most endorsement deals on it lost. The team with the player at the center of the bas...</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> 58078495@www.sltrib.com Tue, 17 Jun 2014 23:31:34 MDT Monson: Get rid of that NFL team’s name http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58065215-77/snyder-term-monson-nfl.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58065215-77/snyder-term-monson-nfl.html.csp">Monson: Get rid of that NFL team’s name</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="2014-06-15T18:44:31.841-06:00">Updated Jun 15, 2014 06:44PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Words are symbols, and symbols, with all their connotations, have power. Even in sports. And so, the unfortunate name of the NFL franchise in our nation’s capital lives on. If the owner of the club, Dan Snyder, has his way, the name will never be changed. He said never, and he said to put the NEVER in all caps. It matters little what connotations concerned people, be they senators or sensationalists, on the outside draw. The latest evidence comes from broadcaster Al Michaels, who said on a rece...</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> 58065215@www.sltrib.com Sun, 15 Jun 2014 18:44:31 MDT Monson: BYU has lots to sell to Big 12 — and an image to overcome http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/cougars/58050583-88/byu-football-wants-cougars.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/cougars/58050583-88/byu-football-wants-cougars.html.csp">Monson: BYU has lots to sell to Big 12 — and an image to overcome</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="2014-06-10T22:12:10.825-06:00">Updated Jun 10, 2014 10:12PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">In one setting or another, whether we were shopping for the latest in front-loading washer-and-dryer combos or a new four-pack of all-weather Michelins, we’ve all been on the business end of an aggressive salesman desperate to get product off the floor. Bronco Mendenhall was that sales guy, selling hard last week. Selling BYU football. He latched onto the leg of a writer at the Austin American-Statesman on Thursday like a schnauzer loose at the company picnic, making plain and public what BYU f...</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> 58050583@www.sltrib.com Tue, 10 Jun 2014 22:12:10 MDT Monson: Quin Snyder’s charmed life turned rocky en route to the Utah Jazz http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/jazz/58039882-87/snyder-jazz-coach-team.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/jazz/58039882-87/snyder-jazz-coach-team.html.csp">Monson: Quin Snyder’s charmed life turned rocky en route to the Utah Jazz</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="2014-06-07T22:35:33.35-06:00">Updated Jun 7, 2014 10:35PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">There was a time when things came too easy for Quin Price Snyder. His life was charmed. His game was a breeze. The Spalding bounced his way. Then, all of a sudden, it didn’t. And chasing down the carom led him to the Utah Jazz. “The challenges I’ve had, the adversity, make you better,” he said. Snyder grew up in Mercer Island, Wash., the same affluent community where Paul Allen now has a mansion or two or three and Bill Russell has a home, where Mercedes and Porsches roll through the streets ...</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> 58039882@www.sltrib.com Sat, 07 Jun 2014 22:35:33 MDT Monson: Jazz are on the edge of something big http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/jazz/58032595-87/jazz-rigby-team-coach.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/jazz/58032595-87/jazz-rigby-team-coach.html.csp">Monson: Jazz are on the edge of something big</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="2014-06-05T23:27:31.48-06:00">Updated Jun 5, 2014 11:27PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Many of us have been where the Jazz are now. Out on a precipice, our butts blowing in the wind. Trying to figure out our future. Trying to walk the best road. Trying to make solid decisions that will have long-lasting consequences. Trying to find real love in a cold, cruel world. Trying to navigate the meandering path of romance. It’s just that most of us didn’t have millions of fans hanging on the outcome. In a time of uncertainty for those following the Jazz, with no specific word on who the ...</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> 58032595@www.sltrib.com Thu, 05 Jun 2014 23:27:31 MDT Monson: The new head coach of the Jazz is ... this guy http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/jazz/58022379-87/coach-jazz-team-decisions.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/jazz/58022379-87/coach-jazz-team-decisions.html.csp">Monson: The new head coach of the Jazz is ... this guy</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="2014-06-03T21:45:44.853-06:00">Updated Jun 3, 2014 09:45PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Enough names and notations and quotations from informed corners have emerged for us to put together a healthy composite drawing of the next head coach of the Utah Jazz, what the man will look and act like. We may not know yet exactly who he is, but we have a pretty good idea of what he is. Here’s the blended sketch: • A defensive brain. Jazz powers are straight-up sick of watching their team get kicked around at the defensive end. They’ve said that again and again, and it’s more than sweet-sou...</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> 58022379@www.sltrib.com Tue, 03 Jun 2014 21:45:44 MDT