Gordon Monson

Last Updated Jan 31, 2015 10:19AM

There are all kinds of reasons to pick the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl 49. Kragthorpe took them, and I'm not mad at him for doing so — both because it's a strong move on his part and because I …

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  • FILE - In this Nov. 30, 2014, file photo, New England Patriots' Tom Brady looks on before an NFL football game against the Green Bay Packers in Green Bay, Wis.  There is a lot to look forward to when Russell Wilson's Seahawks take on Brady's Patriots in the Super Bowl, and not just that Seattle can become the first team to win consecutive NFL championships since New England a decade ago. (AP Photo/Tom Lynn, File) Monson: Super Bowl Sunday should be a national holiday
    The 49th Super Bowl is set and there are a few things to like about it. Make that almost everything. Nobody loves the one-step-too-far Roman numeral d...
    Updated Jan 22 2015 09:42 pm   |     |   Share
  • Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert (27) dunks the ball as Chicago Bulls Joakim Noah (13), Kirk Hinrich (12)  Jazz Joe Ingles (2), and Bulls Pau Gasol watch, during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast) Monson: Rudy Gobert’s time has come — start him
    It’s time for Rudy Gobert to start and finish for the Jazz. It’s time for Enes Kanter to spend more time on the pine. We’ve all thought it. We’ve ski...
    Updated Jan 20 2015 08:07 pm   |     |   Share
University of Utah athletic drector Chris Hill (left) and Utah head coach Kyle Whittingham walk to the podium together to annouce the new contract ectended to Whittingham. Terms were announced as 6 million over 5 years. 
A press conference was held to announce that the University of Utah has extended head coach Kyle Whittingham's contract to coach their football team, Monday, 12/29/08.
Scott Sommerdorf / The Salt Lake Tribune)  Monson: Here’s what happened on Whittingham’s way to new $11 million contract — and what it means
    OK, let’s get one more running start at what happened on the road to Kyle Whittingham agreeing to a new four-year contract worth $11 million. And then...
    Updated Jan 17 2015 10:29 pm   |     |   Share
  • Courtesy  |  Doug Rogers

Rylee Rogers, Lives in Highland, Ut. Played setter, Lone Peak High School, four year starter. Signed letter of intent for Southern Utah University in November 2014. Monson: Five Division I athletes, five different schools, one family
    There are families that embrace sports, and then there are families that are embraced by sports, clutched in a hug so tight it never really ends. The...
    Updated Jan 17 2015 09:06 pm   |     |   Share

  • (Steve Griffin  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  

Utah Jazz forward Joe Ingles (2) gets fouled by Golden State Warriors center Marreese Speights (5) during first half action in the Utah Jazz versus Golden State Warriors NBA basketball game at EnergySolutions Arena in Salt Lake City, Tuesday, January 13, 2015. Monson: You’ve seen this film before: the Jazz get rolled by a better team
    War-ree-ors, come out and play-ee-yay. War-ree-ors, come out and play-ee-yay. War-ree-ors … come out and … yeah, bad ’70s movies for $500, Alex. That...
    Updated Jan 29 2015 06:14 pm   |     |   Share
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Utah football coach Kyle Whittingham has opted for familiar faces steeped in the Ute program over coaching experience in building his staff. Monson: Kyle Whittingham and Chris Hill stay together — for the time being
    So, as it turned out, Chris Hill and Kyle Whittingham are a fighting couple that decided to give in and stay together for the good of the kids. Neith...
    Updated Jan 24 2015 04:57 pm   |     |   Share
  • Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert (27) dunks the ball as Chicago Bulls Joakim Noah (13), Kirk Hinrich (12)  Jazz Joe Ingles (2), and Bulls Pau Gasol watch, during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast) Monson: Zut alors! Rudy Gobert and the Jazz are on the rise
    Sacrebleu! Ah, la vache! Roooody Gobaaaaaaaaaarre! Pardon my French. I may have broken two of my absolute writing rules at the start of this column: ...
    Updated Jan 08 2015 05:06 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  

Utah Jazz guard Dante Exum (11) takes the ball inside, in NBA action, Utah vs Indiana, at EnergySolutions Arena, Monday, January 5, 2015 Monson: Dante Exum must play more to be more
    Dante Exum rose up for a shot … and missed.He rose up again, and missed again, and again and again and again. In the early going of his first start f...
    Updated Jan 20 2015 04:59 pm   |     |   Share
  • Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota, center, celebrates with linebacker Tony Washington, left and head coach Mark Helfrich after a 59-20 win against Florida State during the second half of the Rose Bowl NCAA college football playoff semifinal, Thursday, Jan. 1, 2015, in Pasadena, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) Monson: At last, college football’s best thing ever
    After years of waiting and waiting, enduring excuses and doublespeak and nonsense from those standing in the way, college football fans were finally r...
    Updated Jan 03 2015 07:44 pm   |     |   Share
  • Utah forward Jakob Poeltl (42) shoots as BYU center Corbin Kaufusi (44) defends in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014, in Provo, Utah. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer) Monson: 50 things that will happen in 2015
    A big Five-O things bound to happen in Twenty-15: 1. SEC teams will go unbeaten in bowl gam … uh, no, no they will not. 2. NFL teams whose nicknames b...
    Updated Jan 14 2015 05:22 pm   |     |   Share