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Gordon Monson

Last Updated Sep 29, 2016 07:19PM

The beautiful thing about sports is that it’s OK to disagree about stuff. The whole idea that everybody has to walk in lockstep, that everyone must agree when it comes to the way they think about teams and games and …

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  • (Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune)   Rudy Gobert, left, and Gordon Hayward take their turn on the backdrop for the team photographer as the Utah Jazz opens training camp with media day for players at the team’s training facility in Salt Lake on Monday, Sept. 26, 2016. Monson: No BS — the Jazz can be real, real good
    Spoken expectations were tamped down on Monday by Jazz players who opened training camp by repeatedly cautioning themselves that they had not yet acco...
    Updated Sep 27 2016 07:13 pm   |     |   Share
  • BYU running back Jamaal Williams, bottom, is knocked down by West Virginia safety Jeremy Tyler (2) during the first half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016, in Landover, Md. (AP Photo/Nick Wass) Monson: BYU’s adversity aside, can it win?
    Landover, Md. If this was any kind of audition or showcase for BYU’s Big 12 hopes … it was as crazy and undulating and exciting and, at times, troub...
    Updated Sep 25 2016 06:37 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    Brigham Young Cougars quarterback Taysom Hill (7) is chased by UCLA Bruins defensive lineman Deon Hollins (58), in football action, BYU vs, UCLA, at Lavell Edwards Stadium, Saturday, September 17, 2016. Monson: BYU's potential pivot point comes against West Virginia
    Landover, Md. • Kalani Sitake says his team, especially his offense, has to improve, all around. Ty Detmer says his offensive line “hasn’t played terr...
    Updated Sep 23 2016 12:06 pm   |     |   Share
  • Stanford wide receiver Michael Rector (3) runs past Southern California defensive back Chris Hawkins (4) on a 56-yard touchdown reception during the second half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Sept. 17, 2016, in Stanford, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez) Monson: Utah can beat the team formerly known as USC
    Friday night’s USC-Utah game is a classic match between a team whose name is bigger than its actual game and a team whose name, at least according to ...
    Updated Sep 22 2016 07:30 pm   |     |   Share


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  • (Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    BYU fans cheer as the Cougars takes the field before football action, BYU vs, UCLA, at Lavell Edwards Stadium, Saturday, September 17, 2016. Monson: How BYU can get into the Big 12 — and find some peace
    Here’s the truth about what BYU can do to make itself more attractive to the presidents of the Big 12, increasing its chances for inclusion in the con...
    Updated Sep 21 2016 04:13 pm   |     |   Share
  • San Francisco 49ers safety Eric Reid (35) and quarterback Colin Kaepernick (7) kneel during the national anthem before an NFL football game against the Los Angeles Rams in Santa Clara, Calif., Monday, Sept. 12, 2016. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez) Monson: What if a Utah Jazz player refuses to stand during the national anthem?
    A sporadic trend started by San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick of not standing for the national anthem before games in protest has trick...
    Updated Sep 20 2016 06:42 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Utah Utes running back Joe Williams (28) loses the ball before recovering it as the University of Utah Utes host the Southern Utah University Thunderbirds, NCAA football at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City, Thursday September 1, 2016. Monson: Utah’s Joe Williams makes the turn from football to ... life
    Joe Williams said he’d had enough of college football. And the rest of us were surprised that a running back would walk away from the game, his game,...
    Updated Sep 15 2016 07:46 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    Brigham Young quarterback Taysom Hill (7) is congratulated byTanner Mangum (12), after scoring a touchdown for the Cougars, in second quarter action, BYU vs. Utah at Rice-Eccles Stadium, Saturday, September 10, 2016. Monson: Did Ty Detmer make the right choice at quarterback for BYU?
    It’s early. This is no eager or irresponsible effort to romance the backup. There have been jokes about it, nothing more than whispers and chortles, r...
    Updated Sep 14 2016 04:44 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    Brigham Young Cougars defensive back Austin McChesney (27) goes for the ball, as Utah defensive back Terrell Burgess (26) loses control of the ball, in second quarter action, BYU vs. Utah at Rice-Eccles Stadium, Saturday, September 10, 2016. Monson: Utah beats BYU, and Whittingham thinks it might have given him an ulcer (with video)
    Kyle Whittingham walked off the field Saturday night, a mile-deep look of relief on his face and a worrisome win in his pocket. The victor of the 97th...
    Updated Sep 11 2016 01:39 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Utah Utes defensive back Dominique Hatfield (15) runs for a touchdown after an interception as Utah faces BYU in the Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl, NCAA football at Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas, Saturday December 19, 2015. Monson: Utah is the pick until BYU proves otherwise
    It was Casey Stengel who said, “Never make predictions, especially about the future.” I was asked by the boss to predict the outcome of Saturday’s Ut...
    Updated Sep 09 2016 09:03 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   BYU and Utah fans react during the third quarter as Utah faces BYU in the Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl, NCAA football at Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas, Saturday December 19, 2015. Monson: Somebody, please, remove religion from a great BYU-Utah football rivalry
    I never liked the term “Holy War.” It isn’t accurate. It’s too categorical. It doesn’t take into account the nuances and the crossover and the compre...
    Updated Sep 08 2016 10:26 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Steve Griffin / The Salt Lake Tribune)    University of Utah head coach Kyle Whittingham and tight ends coach Fred Whittingham hold up the winning trophy as they stand with BYU head coach Kalani Sitake and offensive coordinator Ty Detmer following the rivalry for charity (National Kidney Foundation) golf tournament at Hidden Valley Country Club in Sandy, Utah Monday June 13, 2016. The tournament pitted the Utah football team coaches against the BYU football coaches with the losing team singing the others fight song. Sitake and his team held up their end of the bargain and sang the University of Utah fight song after falling to the Utah coaches in the tournament. Monson: Among BYU and Utah coaches, red is blue and blue is red
    There are a lot of <del> weird </del> unique things about the BYU-Utah football rivalry, but one of the most peculiar is this: The coachi...
    Updated Sep 09 2016 07:00 pm   |     |   Share
  • BYU place kicker Jake Oldroyd (39) celebrates with fans after an NCAA college football game against Arizona, Saturday, Sept. 3, 2016, in Phoenix. BYU defeated Arizona 18-16. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) Monson: Cougars show heart in victory over Arizona
    Glendale, Ariz. Kalani Sitake kept telling everyone who asked that there were no real surprises since he was hired as BYU’s new football coach. Nothin...
    Updated Sep 09 2016 07:01 pm   |     |   Share
  • Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, right, drops back to throw as San Francisco 49ers outside linebacker Eli Harold, left, closes in during the first half of an NFL preseason football game Friday, Aug. 26, 2016, in Santa Clara, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot) Monson: All dogs go to heaven and Packers are an absolute lock to win the Super Bowl, maybe
    When looking for a potential Super Bowl champion out of the NFC, there are essentially four responsible choices: the Seahawks, the Cardinals, the Pack...
    Updated Sep 03 2016 10:30 am   |     |   Share
  • (Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   BYU and Utah fans react during the third quarter as Utah faces BYU in the Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl, NCAA football at Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas, Saturday December 19, 2015. Monson: Somebody, please, remove religion from a great BYU-Utah football rivalry
    I never liked the term “Holy War.” It isn’t accurate. It’s too categorical. It doesn’t take into account the nuances and the crossover and the compre...
    Updated Sep 08 2016 10:26 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Steve Griffin / The Salt Lake Tribune)    University of Utah head coach Kyle Whittingham and tight ends coach Fred Whittingham hold up the winning trophy as they stand with BYU head coach Kalani Sitake and offensive coordinator Ty Detmer following the rivalry for charity (National Kidney Foundation) golf tournament at Hidden Valley Country Club in Sandy, Utah Monday June 13, 2016. The tournament pitted the Utah football team coaches against the BYU football coaches with the losing team singing the others fight song. Sitake and his team held up their end of the bargain and sang the University of Utah fight song after falling to the Utah coaches in the tournament. Monson: Among BYU and Utah coaches, red is blue and blue is red
    There are a lot of <del> weird </del> unique things about the BYU-Utah football rivalry, but one of the most peculiar is this: The coachi...
    Updated Sep 09 2016 07:00 pm   |     |   Share
  • BYU place kicker Jake Oldroyd (39) celebrates with fans after an NCAA college football game against Arizona, Saturday, Sept. 3, 2016, in Phoenix. BYU defeated Arizona 18-16. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) Monson: Cougars show heart in victory over Arizona
    Glendale, Ariz. Kalani Sitake kept telling everyone who asked that there were no real surprises since he was hired as BYU’s new football coach. Nothin...
    Updated Sep 09 2016 07:01 pm   |     |   Share
  • Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, right, drops back to throw as San Francisco 49ers outside linebacker Eli Harold, left, closes in during the first half of an NFL preseason football game Friday, Aug. 26, 2016, in Santa Clara, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot) Monson: All dogs go to heaven and Packers are an absolute lock to win the Super Bowl, maybe
    When looking for a potential Super Bowl champion out of the NFC, there are essentially four responsible choices: the Seahawks, the Cardinals, the Pack...
    Updated Sep 03 2016 10:30 am   |     |   Share
  • (Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Utah Utes quarterback Troy Williams (3) throws the ball for a first down as the University of Utah Utes host the Southern Utah University Thunderbirds, NCAA football at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City, Thursday September 1, 2016. Monson: Utah’s ‘bittersweet’ win comes via a quarterback and a great defense (with video)
    Troy Williams stood on the sideline, having partially answered the biggest question of Utah football’s offseason: Do the Utes have a competent quarter...
    Updated Sep 22 2016 05:57 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   New coach Kalani Sitake oversees his first BYU fall camp practice, Friday August 5, 2016 in Provo. Monson: For BYU’s Kalani Sitake, the hugging is over and the squeeze is on
    Provo An hour after most everyone had vacated the building on the day he was introduced as BYU’s new head football coach, Kalani Sitake meandered hi...
    Updated Aug 30 2016 08:36 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   New coach Kalani Sitake oversees his first BYU fall camp practice, Friday August 5, 2016 in Provo. Monson: Expectations and realities for BYU, Utah, Utah State
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    Updated Sep 15 2016 04:03 pm   |     |   Share
  • BYU quarterback Taysom Hill (4) is chased by Nebraska safety Aaron Williams (24) as he runs for a touchdown during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Lincoln, Neb., Saturday, Sept. 5, 2015. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik) Monson: Only a fool would do what Taysom Hill is doing — and it’s pretty cool
    We all should have seen this coming, Taysom Hill being named BYU’s starting quarterback. Wait, we all did. I wrote a column two months ago proclaimin...
    Updated Aug 25 2016 09:06 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Scott Sommerdorf   |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Kylie Fitts, left and Hunter Dimick celebrate Fitts’ 4th quarter sack of Cal QB Jared Goff. Utah beat Cal 30-24, Saturday, October 10, 2015. Monson: While the pretty boys on offense find themselves, Utah’s defense could be extraordinary
    Now that everyone — including Kyle Whittingham — has determined that Utah’s offense blew it last year, that it must become more consistent, more explo...
    Updated Sep 27 2016 04:42 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Scott Sommerdorf   |  The Salt Lake Tribune)     Utah head coach Kyle Whittingham during practice, Thursday, August 11, 2016. Monson: Can Utah win the Pac-12 title?
    Quarterback Tyler Huntley and receiver Tim Patrick stood about 20 yards apart from one another in the hot late-morning sun after a recent Utah practic...
    Updated Aug 31 2016 06:31 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    BYU quarterbacks, Taysom Hill and Tanner Mangum talk to the media at the annual football media day at the Broadcasting Building,Thursday, June 30, 2016. Monson: Tanner or Taysom? Here’s the real answer to BYU’s quarterback question
    Provo Kalani Sitake and Ty Detmer say they are waiting, waiting for separation between their quarterback candidates to determine a starter. But it’s...
    Updated Aug 23 2016 04:55 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Utah Utes defensive back Justin Thomas (12) runs for a touchdown at Rice-Eccles Stadium Thursday September 3, 2015.  Thomas ran for 55 yards for a game-clinching touchdown in the fourth quarter after intercepting a pass from Michigan Wolverines quarterback Jake Rudock. Utah defeated Michigan 24-17. Monson: Justin Thomas is Utah football’s old soul
    Justin Thomas’ story is for everybody, but especially for those who are absolutely convinced the world’s going to hell in a football helmet. No. No i...
    Updated Aug 16 2016 07:41 pm   |     |   Share