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Last Updated Feb 6, 2016 03:34PM

James Taylor sang the words that everybody, including the Denver Broncos, will be singing/mumbling come Sunday night: “Ain’t it just like a friend of mine to hit me from behind? Yes, I’m going to Carolina in my mind.” The Panthers …

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  • (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Utah Utes head coach Kyle Whittingham sings ’Utah Man’ after the game at Rice-Eccles Stadium Saturday November 28, 2015.  Utah defeated Colorado 20-14. Monson: With their recruiting done, Utah’s Whittingham and BYU’s Sitake look forward to what comes next
    Now that the days of evaluation and the day of renewal are over with, the days of hard work begin. National Signing Day came and went, with Utah and ...
    Updated Feb 04 2016 08:35 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Lennie Mahler  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    Jazz coach Quin Snyder motions to the team during a game between the Utah Jazz and the Los Angeles Lakers at Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City, Saturday, Jan. 16, 2016. Monson: Utah Jazz’s Quin Snyder has made adversity his friend
    In a quiet moment, not long after the Jazz beat the Chicago Bulls in overtime Monday night, Quin Snyder said something compelling. He said something t...
    Updated Feb 02 2016 09:56 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Stanford Cardinal guard Marcus Allen (15) dives for a loose ball as the University of Utah hosts Stanford, NCAA basketball at the Huntsman Center in Salt Lake City, Saturday January 30, 2016. Monson: Utah is now painting an awfully pretty picture
    Sometimes, a do-over is precisely what a team needs, especially a team that betrayed itself badly the last time around, and knew it, and this time mov...
    Updated Jan 30 2016 06:49 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    Utah Jazz guard Trey Burke (3) tries to get past Detroit Pistons guard Brandon Jennings (7), in NBA action, The Utah Jazz vs. The Detroit Pistons, in Salt Lake City, Monday, January 25, 2016. Monson: Utah Jazz still far from the point of no return
    So, about the Jazz’s point guard situation … what should they do? With Dante Exum out, the team’s defense up top has been compromised, allowing some ...
    Updated Jan 28 2016 11:09 pm   |     |   Share


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  • (Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    Utah Jazz forward Derrick Favors (15) grabs a rebound, in NBA action, |the Utah Jazz vs. The Detroit Pistons, in Salt Lake City, Monday, January 25, 2016. Monson: Derrick Favors is back, and hip, and not Carlos Boozer
    Derrick Favors was back against the Pistons on Monday night, his back was back, his hip was back and … it was strange. After missing a month on accou...
    Updated Jan 26 2016 08:33 pm   |     |   Share
  • Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry, left, has the ball knocked out of his hand by Chicago Bulls guard E’Twaun Moore during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2016, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast) Monson: Even as the Jazz struggle, here’s something to anticipate and celebrate
    As the Jazz fight through injuries and growing pains, the promise of a better tomorrow out there just beyond present reach, there’s something else to ...
    Updated Jan 23 2016 05:06 pm   |     |   Share
  • FILE - In this Nov. 8, 2015, file photo, Minnesota Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater lies on the field after a hit during the second half of an NFL football game against the St. Louis Rams, in Minneapolis. Bridgewater sustained a concussion.  (AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt, File) Monson: What if football went away?
    Antwaan Randle El is the NFL’s worst fear. Actually, he’s just one of the NFL’s worst fears. A growing number of them are rolling into a formidable cu...
    Updated Jan 21 2016 07:23 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Steve Griffin  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)     Grizzlies’ team dentist, Brett Stephens, at the Maverik Center during Grizzlies versus Tulsa hockey game in West Valley City, Wednesday, January 13, 2016. Monson: Meet Brett Stephens, the hockey dentist
    By day, Brett Stephens lives the routine professional life of a family dentist, filling cavities, performing root canals, capping teeth. By night, he’...
    Updated Jan 16 2016 10:47 pm   |     |   Share
  • Utah Jazz’s Gordon Hayward, left, drives against Los Angeles Lakers’ Kobe Bryant during the first half of a preseason NBA basketball game Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014, in Anaheim, Calif. The Jazz won 119-86. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) Monson: Do Utah Jazz fans still hate Kobe Bryant?
    Kobe Bryant’s run against the Jazz is almost complete. All the questions about his career, about his greatness as a player, are more than answered. H...
    Updated Jan 15 2016 10:54 pm   |     |   Share
  • Alabama head coach Nick Saban poses with the championship trophy during a news conference for the NCAA college football playoff championship Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2016, in Scottsdale, Ariz. Alabama beat Clemson 45-40 to win the championship. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip) Monson: Eight-team college playoff would make national championship even sweeter
    Whew. So, it has ended. A game. A season. We all mourn its passing. College football fired to a close on Monday night, by way of a 45-40 Alabama win ...
    Updated Jan 12 2016 08:42 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    Utah Athletic Director Chris Hill defends the decision to cancel next season’s Utah-BYU basketball game during a press conference at the University of Utah, Monday, January 11, 2016. Monson: BYU and Utah, listen up
    There are those who will scoff at this idea, at least at first, those who will say it's akin to rivals sitting around the campfire and singing Kumbaya...
    Updated Jan 12 2016 09:54 am   |     |   Share
  • (Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis (23) goes one-on-one with Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert (27), in NBA action The Utah Jazz vs The New Orleans Pelicans, In Salt Lake City, Saturday, November 24, 2015. Monson: Jazz are looking, hoping, pleading for a favorable nod from the fates
    What the Jazz have endured this season seems disproportionate, unfortunate, unfair, inopportune and straight ridiculous. Dante Exum blows out a knee....
    Updated Jan 09 2016 05:18 pm   |     |   Share
  • Utah head coach Larry Krystkowiak shouts to his team in the second half during an NCAA college basketball game against BYU Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2015, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer) Monson: Larry Krystkowiak and Chris Hill are messing up something bigger than them
    Suddenly, the Runnin’ Utes nickname is taking on a different meaning. When the news came out on Wednesday that Utah basketball was cancelling its gam...
    Updated Jan 07 2016 10:50 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Scott Sommerdorf   |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Safties and Special Teams coach Morgan Scalley coaches during University of Utah Spring scrimmage at Rice-Eccles Stadium, Saturday, April 11, 2015. Monson: Morgan Scalley will take Utah’s defense to new heights
    Anyone who had been paying attention knew this was coming. Not just from last year, but from more than a decade ago. Morgan Scalley as defensive coor...
    Updated Jan 12 2016 07:01 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    Utah Athletic Director Chris Hill defends the decision to cancel next season’s Utah-BYU basketball game during a press conference at the University of Utah, Monday, January 11, 2016. Monson: BYU and Utah, listen up
    There are those who will scoff at this idea, at least at first, those who will say it's akin to rivals sitting around the campfire and singing Kumbaya...
    Updated Jan 12 2016 09:54 am   |     |   Share
  • (Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis (23) goes one-on-one with Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert (27), in NBA action The Utah Jazz vs The New Orleans Pelicans, In Salt Lake City, Saturday, November 24, 2015. Monson: Jazz are looking, hoping, pleading for a favorable nod from the fates
    What the Jazz have endured this season seems disproportionate, unfortunate, unfair, inopportune and straight ridiculous. Dante Exum blows out a knee....
    Updated Jan 09 2016 05:18 pm   |     |   Share
  • Utah head coach Larry Krystkowiak shouts to his team in the second half during an NCAA college basketball game against BYU Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2015, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer) Monson: Larry Krystkowiak and Chris Hill are messing up something bigger than them
    Suddenly, the Runnin’ Utes nickname is taking on a different meaning. When the news came out on Wednesday that Utah basketball was cancelling its gam...
    Updated Jan 07 2016 10:50 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Scott Sommerdorf   |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Safties and Special Teams coach Morgan Scalley coaches during University of Utah Spring scrimmage at Rice-Eccles Stadium, Saturday, April 11, 2015. Monson: Morgan Scalley will take Utah’s defense to new heights
    Anyone who had been paying attention knew this was coming. Not just from last year, but from more than a decade ago. Morgan Scalley as defensive coor...
    Updated Jan 12 2016 07:01 pm   |     |   Share
  • Utah head coach Larry Krystkowiak directs his team against Stanford during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Friday, Jan. 1, 2016, in Stanford, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez) Monson: BYU and Utah football, Jazz and Ute basketball will be big stories in 2016
    What’s listed here are five things to look forward to, things to examine, to follow closely, to spin and toss in the air like a pizzaiolo working his ...
    Updated Jan 02 2016 05:52 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Lennie Mahler  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    Jazz guard Gordon Hayward draws a foul as he is guarded by Hollis Thompson, Jerami Grant and Richaun Holmes in the first half of a game against the Philadelphia 76ers at Vivint Smart Home Arena, Monday, Dec. 28, 2015. Monson: Optimism is the Utah Jazz’s lifeblood right now
    As New Year’s resolutions go, finding a little more sunshine, a bit more optimism in anything, in everything is a standard. Optimists supposedly live ...
    Updated Dec 31 2015 10:39 pm   |     |   Share
  • FILE - In this Monday, Dec. 7, 2015 file photo, New University of Virginia NCAA college head football coach, Bronco Mendenhall, smiles during a news conference at the school  in Charlottesville, Va.  Mendenhall takes over after his current team Brigham Young University competes in it’s bowl game. Bronco Mendenhall and Kirby Smart are pulling double-duty this month after accepting head coaching positions with other programs. (AP Photo/Steve Helber) Monson: A year of memories, milestones in Utah sports
    One of many things sports, in the collective sense, is good for is that its yearly events mark the paths of our lives like mileposts. A lot of people ...
    Updated Dec 29 2015 08:12 pm   |     |   Share
  • Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Ty Detmer (14) flips a pass away from Dallas Cowboys defender Brock Marion (31) in the second quarter Monday night, Sept. 15, 1997, in Irving, Texas. (AP Photo/Mat Otero) Monson: Ty Detmer will carry his legend well at BYU
    Over an eight-month period beginning at the moment he won the Heisman Trophy, Ty Detmer bounced from lofty heights to steep depths, back to the height...
    Updated Dec 26 2015 11:02 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: BYU and Utah are not mortal enemies
    During the hours in the run-up to the Las Vegas Bowl, in the tailgating area adjacent to the stadium, there was red and blue everywhere — off to the l...
    Updated Dec 24 2015 06:00 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Al Hartmann  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   BYU Athletic Director Tom Holmoe, left, announces Kalani Sitake as BYU’s new head coach at a press conference in Provo Monday Dec. 21. Monson: BYU’s Kalani Sitake is a good guy and a bad man (with video)
    Provo After Kalani Sitake attempted to play football at BYU, after he, as a running back, scored one touchdown in 53 games, after he popped his shou...
    Updated Dec 21 2015 09:07 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Utah Utes quarterback Travis Wilson (7) poses for a selfie with a fan after Utah defeated BYU 35-28 in the Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl, NCAA football at Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas, Saturday December 19, 2015. Monson: Utah and BYU put on a strange, wonderful show at Las Vegas Bowl (with video)
    Las Vegas • Anybody who says the BYU-Utah rivalry game shouldn’t be played, that there’s no longer any usefulness to it, any enjoyment in it, any reas...
    Updated Dec 22 2015 11:08 am   |     |   Share
  • Utah quarterback Travis Wilson (7) hands the ball off to Utah running back Joe Williams (28) in the first half during an NCAA college football game against Colorado Saturday, Nov. 28, 2015, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer) Monson: 50 things sure to happen in the BYU-Utah Las Vegas Bowl (with video)
    Fifty lead-pipe locks at Saturday’s Las Vegas Bowl: 1. Joe Williams will rush for more than 100 yards, often finding space in the back of BYU’s defen...
    Updated Dec 18 2015 07:00 pm   |     |   Share