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Gordon Monson

Last Updated Feb 20, 2017 03:09PM

I don't dislike the NBA All-Star game. I hate it. I hate it for what it's become. I watch it because it's a part of the job, but I can't stand it. Not because it's a bad idea to honor …

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  • (Leah Hogsten  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Utah Utes head coach Larry Krystkowiak talks with his team during the first half. The Utes played their 6th straight game with at least 13 turnovers. University of Utah’s men’s basketball team leads University of Washington, 44-28 at halftime, February 11, 2017 at Utah’s Jon M. Huntsman Center. Monson: NCAA Tournament odds for BYU and Utah are a long stretch of the imagination
    It’s not a pretty picture, the collective image of college basketball in the state this year. Not as far as prospects for the postseason go. The March...
    Updated Feb 18 2017 10:29 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Leah Hogsten  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Central Davis Junior High wrestler Gabi Serrao, 14, won her match against her Mueller Park Junior High opponent February 14, 2017. Davis County School District has temporarily allowed girls to compete with the team. Monson: It’s long past time for chauvinistic and paranoid school officials to let girls compete
    It was 21 years ago that I interviewed a 17-year-old athlete named Blanca, who saw herself not as any kind of revolutionary, pioneer or a force for ch...
    Updated Feb 16 2017 05:30 pm   |     |   Share
  • Monson: Jazz sully their uniform, Utah’s sports flag, not at all with this new pitch
    It was bad enough when, a number of years ago, Disney started butting in on one of the few pure things left in sports — the seconds immediately follow...
    Updated Feb 14 2017 07:55 pm   |     |   Share
  • FILE - In this Sunday, Jan. 22, 2017, file photo, New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick talks on his headset on the sideline during the second half of the AFC championship NFL football game against the Pittsburgh Steelers in Foxborough, Mass. Belichick may seem like one-of-a-kind, and he will set himself apart with a win Sunday in Super Bowl 51, which would make him the first coach to capture five Super Bowl rings. But he has much in common with Tom Landry, Chuck Noll, John Wooden and any other coach to put himself among the Mount Rushmore of the best to ever run a team. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum, File) Monson: There are reasons to love the Patriots in Super Bowl LI
    At this point, we’re all past breaking down every detail of Super Bowl LI to figure out who’s going to win the darn thing. Patriots-Falcons, Falcons-P...
    Updated Feb 04 2017 03:43 pm   |     |   Share


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  • (Steve Griffin / The Salt Lake Tribune)    Milwaukee Bucks guard Tony Snell (21) grabs a rebound over the outstretched arms of Utah Jazz forward Gordon Hayward (20) during NBA game at Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City Wednesday February 1, 2017. Monson: 50 games in, the Jazz aren’t far off the pace of great Jazz teams of the past
    The Jazz stand at 31-19 with 32 games left in their regular season. And the intriguing questions are: How many of those will they win and where will ...
    Updated Feb 02 2017 11:14 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Brigham Young Cougars forward Eric Mika (12) guards the inbound pass during the game at the Marriott Center Thursday January 12, 2017. Monson: Try to ask it with a straight face: Can BYU beat the country’s top team?
    The question sounds stupid. It sounds outrageous. Even worse, it sounds hilarious. Like it was written into a cartoon. Like you get the squirt of a s...
    Updated Feb 01 2017 07:37 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert (27) warms up before the game at Vivint Smart Home Arena Thursday January 26, 2017. Monson: Jazz GM Dennis Lindsey fires off on Rudy Gobert All-Star snub
    Jazz general manager Dennis Lindsey typically is a measured interview. He dispenses good information but chooses his words carefully and understands t...
    Updated Feb 07 2017 04:39 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune)   Utah Utes forward Kyle Kuzma (35) and Utah Utes guard Lorenzo Bonam (15) collide during a rebound attempt against the Oregon Ducks during the first half of the NCAA college basketball game at the Huntsman Center in Salt Lake City, Thursday, Jan. 26, 2017. Monson: Utes sweat one out against Oregon, now they must sweat out the rest of the season
    As the Utes left the floor late Thursday night, they looked as though they wanted to slip on out the back door and get away from the heartbreak of the...
    Updated Feb 15 2017 07:45 pm   |     |   Share
  • Utah Jazz forward Gordon Hayward (20) drives against Dallas Mavericks guard Wesley Matthews (23) during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Dallas, Friday, Jan. 20, 2017. The Jazz won in overtime, 112-107. (AP Photo/LM Otero) Monson: Rudy Gobert and Gordon Hayward should both be named All-Stars
    There’s an irony to the Jazz’s ascension this season and it has created an argument over who — beyond the team itself — should reap a tangible reward ...
    Updated Jan 24 2017 02:36 pm   |     |   Share
  • New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) passes under pressure from Houston Texans defensive tackle Joel Heath (93) during the first half of an NFL divisional playoff football game, Saturday, Jan. 14, 2017, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa) Monson: An important lesson for Kalani Sitake and Kyle Whittingham from the NFL playoffs
    Utah and BYU can take lessons from what’s going on in the NFL playoffs — not that coaches at those schools don’t already know the drill. But it unde...
    Updated Jan 21 2017 12:54 pm   |     |   Share
  • Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin talks with reporters after their NFL football practice, Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2017, in Pittsburgh. The Steelers face the New England Patriots in the AFC conference championship on Sunday. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic) Monson: Thin line between locker-room secrets and open revelations
    So this is deathly serious business, what goes on behind closed doors in postgame locker rooms, where and when a team’s coaches give private speeches ...
    Updated Jan 19 2017 07:37 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert (27) reacts to a foul call in the fourth quarter as the Utah Jazz host the Sacramento Kings at Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City, Wednesday December 21, 2016. Monson: Jazz’s aggressive body language says it all
    The Jazz are improving and two things indicate it — one being about as tangible as anything can be — the numbers — and one being a bit more subtle — b...
    Updated Jan 22 2017 06:04 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Francisco Kjolseth  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Forward Joe Ingles. Utah Jazz portrait photos from Media Day to be used for the 2016-17 season. Monson: Jazz’s Joe Ingles has surprised everyone — including himself
    Joe Ingles played numerous sports growing up in South Australia. He was multidimensional enough to have had cracks at Australian Rules football, crick...
    Updated Jan 14 2017 06:30 pm   |     |   Share
  • Utah Jazz guard George Hill (3) drives around Cleveland Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving (2) during the second half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017, in Salt Lake City. The Jazz won 100-92. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer) Monson: George Hill’s advanced degree centers on a humble kind of confidence
    George Hill, the Jazz’s version of an educated big brother, was saying the other day there is a thin line for him and his teammates between self-assur...
    Updated Jan 13 2017 12:10 pm   |     |   Share
  • Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin talks with reporters after their NFL football practice, Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2017, in Pittsburgh. The Steelers face the New England Patriots in the AFC conference championship on Sunday. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic) Monson: Thin line between locker-room secrets and open revelations
    So this is deathly serious business, what goes on behind closed doors in postgame locker rooms, where and when a team’s coaches give private speeches ...
    Updated Jan 19 2017 07:37 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert (27) reacts to a foul call in the fourth quarter as the Utah Jazz host the Sacramento Kings at Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City, Wednesday December 21, 2016. Monson: Jazz’s aggressive body language says it all
    The Jazz are improving and two things indicate it — one being about as tangible as anything can be — the numbers — and one being a bit more subtle — b...
    Updated Jan 22 2017 06:04 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Francisco Kjolseth  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Forward Joe Ingles. Utah Jazz portrait photos from Media Day to be used for the 2016-17 season. Monson: Jazz’s Joe Ingles has surprised everyone — including himself
    Joe Ingles played numerous sports growing up in South Australia. He was multidimensional enough to have had cracks at Australian Rules football, crick...
    Updated Jan 14 2017 06:30 pm   |     |   Share
  • Utah Jazz guard George Hill (3) drives around Cleveland Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving (2) during the second half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017, in Salt Lake City. The Jazz won 100-92. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer) Monson: George Hill’s advanced degree centers on a humble kind of confidence
    George Hill, the Jazz’s version of an educated big brother, was saying the other day there is a thin line for him and his teammates between self-assur...
    Updated Jan 13 2017 12:10 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Steve Griffin / The Salt Lake Tribune)    Utah Jazz forward Gordon Hayward (20) and Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) fight for the ball during the Utah Jazz versus Cleveland Cavaliers NBA basketball game at Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City Tuesday January 10, 2017. Monson: Having beaten LeBron’s Cavs, the Jazz are on the brink of winning big
    In a season of ascension for the Jazz, one in which they’ve edged toward believing they can climb over any challenge and any opponent, they faced a fe...
    Updated Feb 10 2017 05:35 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   BYU basketball coach Dave Rose, as BYU faces Weber State, NCAA basketball at Vivant Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City, Saturday December 5, 2015. Monson: BYU’s Dave Rose has become Bronco Mendenhall — without the weirdness
    Provo • Kalani Sitake and Dave Rose are two coaches darn near everybody likes, and not just because they win more than they lose. They are good mentor...
    Updated Jan 07 2017 03:37 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Utah Jazz forward Gordon Hayward (20) shoots a free throw during the game at Vivint Smart Home Arena Friday December 16, 2016.  Monson: All-Stars? The Jazz have a few
    Anybody who’s consistently watched the Jazz play this season knows the team has a couple of All-Stars on it. And that’s more than surprising, given th...
    Updated Jan 06 2017 09:31 pm   |     |   Share
  • Utah head coach Kyle Whittingham watches a replay on the screen as his team plays Indiana during the first half of the Foster Farms Bowl NCAA college football game Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2016, in Santa Clara, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez) Monson: No longer a dark overlord, Kyle Whittingham seeks offensive enlightenment
    Stop us if you’ve heard some of this before: • The Utes have hired a new offensive coordinator. • That new offensive coordinator says he’s been given...
    Updated Jan 09 2017 06:44 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Scott Sommerdorf   |  The Salt Lake Tribune)     Utah Jazz head coach Quin Snyder talks with referee Derek Richardson during a second half time out. The Toronto Raptors beat the Jazz 104-98, Friday, December 23, 2016. Monson: Say goodbye to 2016 — and hope for a better 2017
    There are comely years and uncomely years in sports around here, and, plainly said, 2016 wasn’t much to look at. Even worse, it broke our hearts. It h...
    Updated Jan 18 2017 07:15 pm   |     |   Share
  • Salt Lake coach Todd Phillips lifts the net after cutting it down after the team defeated Hutchinson in the NJCAA basketball tournament final, 74-63, Saturday, March 19, 2016, in Hutchinson, Kan. (Travis Morisse/The Hutchinson News via AP) Monson: Which coach in all of Utah sports had the best 2016?
    Who did the best job of coaching among college and professional ranks in the state of Utah in 2016? Factoring in the rather subjective varying degrees...
    Updated Dec 29 2016 06:42 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert (27) reacts to a foul call in the fourth quarter as the Utah Jazz host the Sacramento Kings at Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City, Wednesday December 21, 2016. Monson: A Utah Jazz Christmas quiz reveals something about you
    Optimism for the Jazz this season is on a big sliding scale. It’s all over creation, like socks and shirts scattered around your kid’s room if a bomb ...
    Updated Jan 17 2017 08:59 pm   |     |   Share