utah jazz autograph party.

17 03 2011

I LOVE my job.

At the most random times, my boss will say something like, “hey you wanna go sit courtside at the Jazz/Heat game?” or today’s, “hey you wanna come to a Jazz autograph party tonight?”

YES please!
It was incredible.

I got to bring my buddy Nate (a HUGE Jazz fan).
We met over at the Zions Bank Practice Arena. There was catered food and then they had tables set up where each of the players were seated. Everybody brought tons of things to have signed and we just went form table to table getting things signed.

I decided on a basketball.
If I got any kind of clothing, I’d have to frame it.
A ball is pretty easy to display.

It was an incredible experience.
These guys are HUGE. Seriously huge.

It was funny to see how they interacted with everyone.
Some of them laughed and joked.
Some of them just seemed to pass the time. (lame)

It’s hard to imagine what it would be like to be SO famous that people line up to have you sign a basketball or shirt.
I would like to think that if I ever had the chance to be famous that I would be a fun and approachable celeb.

Who were the celebrities of the scripture times?
The prophets were never really liked, so I’m pretty sure it wasn’t them…
“and they did cast him out, and he was about to return to his own land.” (Helaman 13:2)

? If you could meet any famous person, who would it be?

church ball.

12 03 2011

Jimmer lit up New Mexico last night with 52 points.

This morning it was my turn.

It was the 2nd round of the Elder’s Quorum basketball tournament and time for domination.

Too bad we the ones dominated.
Oh man.
It got ugly.

We played a team of giants. Wow.

I took basketball class at BYU a few years ago with my best friend Brandon.
I’m pretty sure coach thought we were hopeless.
Brandon and I would just shoot from anywhere on the court and yell out, “Good” right as we shot the ball.

Not much has changed since my days on the court with Brandon.
I’m not sure much has changed for him either. Hahaha

I haven’t played church ball in years, actually it might have been when I was in young mens. This was the most mild-mannered game I have ever played in.
The game was missing all of the standard elements of a typical church ball game.
Unintentional swearing.
Intentional swearing.
Physical violence.
Guy who is trying to relive his “glory” days.
Guy who doesn’t actually want to be there.
Overly sweaty guy who no one wants to guard.

I hate losing, so this morning wasn’t much fun.
Hopefully Jimmer doesn’t play like we did this morning or BYU doesn’t stand a chance tonight.

Looks like I need to have my brother Kory help me get ready for next season. Haha
A little off season training and preparation might go a long way next season – but probably not.
“And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel…” (Ephesians 6:15)

? What experiences have you had with church ball?

march (candy) madness.

8 03 2011

The madness is upon us.
Selection Sunday is this weekend.

I LOVE this time of year.
March Madness!
We are about embark on a journey similar to the children of Israel.
“And they returned from searching of the land after forty days…” (Numbers 13:25)
Ok, well I guess it’s nothing like that journey.

January & February have been slow at the store.
We were brainstorming some ideas the other day during our meeting and my cousin Ty mentioned we need to do a HUGE candy sale. (it’s definitely time to get some of the candy moved out).

Last year I set up a march madness bracket with Book of Mormon characters.
This year?

Welcome to March CANDY Madness-

I broke our candy section down into 4 categories:

I chose the top 16 selling candies and seeded them 1-16 accordingly.
64 candies all vying to be the National Champion.

You can come by the store and pick up a bracket (or print this off and bring it in) and fill it out with which candy you like the best. I will then look at all of the entries and assign each candy points based on how many rounds it made it through the tourney.
The person whose bracket wins the most points (based on how close there bracket is to the general public tally) will win a prize (to be announced soon)

I love stuff like this, so it was really fun to create.
Let me know what you think!

? What candy do you think will win?

integrity wins today.

7 03 2011

Over 200 players on the rosters of the top 25 NCAA football teams have run into trouble with the law.

Those same 200+ players played full seasons last year and many will be returning this season.

I know I’ve covered the Brandon Davies situation several times now, but permit me another post. The situation continues to gather attention and the comments continue to amaze me.

Time Magazine wrote a great article: “Brandon Davies: Is BYU’s Premarital Sex Controversy Good For College Sports?”

What an interesting title.
Davies did NOT break the law.
He did something that on most college campuses is an everyday occurrence, premarital sex.

The willingness of BYU to police poor conduct is sharply at odds with other college programs. At Seton Hall University last season, for example, a basketball player who caused an accident while driving under the influence, causing an injury to the other driver, was suspended for only eight games. This year, a top player from Robert Morris University got a four-game penalty after a drunk-driving incident. In February, two players from Marshall University were charged with battery over a bar fight; they played in a game the next evening. Schools often let athletes off easy for on-field transgressions too. Two seasons ago, a University of Florida football player intentionally gouged an opponent’s eyes. He was suspended for a half.

I am proud to be a Cougar.
I am proud to have been part of a university that helps boys become men.

The analysts have ruled us out of a Final Four run.
Those same analysts have told the world that we are truly a beacon of light in a world of misconduct and unethical practices.

“I give unto you to be the light of this people. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hid…” (3 Nephi 12:14)

? What are your thoughts on student athletes and rule breaking?

brandon davies scandal day 2.

2 03 2011

Ok, we’ve had about 24 hours to listen to everybody’s opinion on how devastating the loss of Brandon Davies is to the Cougars.

The most impressive thing that’s come out of this loss?
A video clip of Chris Broussard and Skip Bayless on ESPN’s, 1st and 10.

I’ve perused the comments section on the article posted on ESPN about the suspension.
Last I checked there was over 3000 comments on the article.

The comments run the gamut:

Super Positive: “I wish Brandon and his family all the best in the future, because I can only imagine how hard this has to be on them. Basketball pales in comparison to the truly important things in life, and I hope that Brandon is able to use whatever happened as a learning experience.”

Super Negative:Provo was the creepiest place I have ever been. The bad, negative energy and vibes there are palpable. And with the history of racism in the moron church, It boggles my mind that any black people have ever played there, and that a white person who is not a racist would play there.”

I’ve only read a handful of the comments (if you consider a handful to be somewhere around 800) and there is some serious trash on the boards. It is interesting how the tone of the message board has at certain points turned into a full-on assault on the LDS church.

People jump on the opportunity to point the finger and mock.

Let’s go back to the video I mentioned earlier.
The reason the video caught my eye was because it is interesting that the “higher ups” in the industry – those with jobs in as sports analysts (not some joe basketball sitting on a couch) seem to applaud not only the suspension but the Honor Code as a whole.

“I like it that while most programs on their level will sell their soul to win games, they’re saying there are certain things more important than a game, we’re trying to teach you to be a man.” (Chris Broussard)

“Most people seem prone to scoff at BYU’s standards… I don’t think they’re so unrealistic that you can’t win a championship.” (Skip Bayless)

When you go to BYU you KNOW what you are getting yourself into.
You KNOW the code you’re signing, in fact you are reminded of the code each year as you are asked to resign it.

There are plenty of items in the Honor Code I could sit and argue about with you.
Top of my list is the dress and grooming standards. I was never a big fan of shaving or cutting my hair.
HOWEVER, no one forced me to go to BYU.
I chose to go there.
The Honor Code is a VERY integral part of the school.

I am still just as disappointed as everyone else about Davies. It is a big blow to the team.

BUT I do not believe it is insurmountable.
This is one of those moments in life where adversity provides opportunity.
There is someone else (or multiple people) on that team that will now play a bigger role. This is an opportunity for a very, very good team to demonstrate character, desire and heart.

You might not be a big fan of former coach Bob Knight, but even he believes that this setback is NOT a deathblow.
We’ll see BYU play just as well as they have been playing…. that’s the kind of thing that will be a rallying point for the BYU team…. I think that BYU will move right on without a hitch whatsoever.” (Bob Knight)

There is still hope.
I’m not giving up on the team.

In fact without our big man and with the obvious possibility of starting a smaller team, I think we’re going to see BYU run the floor harder and faster than we’ve seen before (if that’s even possible).

Oh and a side note to all of the haters on the boards.
Stick to commenting on basketball. There is no need for the religious vitriol.

“Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers…” (2 Peter 3:3)
I guess we were bound to get some hate…

? Thoughts on the Honor Code and this whole Davies situation?

i hate you brandon davies.

1 03 2011

We just lost our best big man in the paint.

We? BYU.
Big man? Brandon Davies.

We needed you Brandon.
Jimmer is the man, but the past few games have shown us that we need the whole team.
He can’t do it alone.

BYU’s potential Final Four chances were dealt a significant blow when starting forward Brandon Davies was dismissed Tuesday from the team for the remainder of the season for a violation of the school’s honor code.” (Brandon Davies Dismissed from team)

I know that nobody is perfect.
Mistakes are made – I understand that really, really, well.
I understand that he needs to be penalized for disobedience (another thing I understand pretty well)
But, right before we head into the most important part of the year during our BEST year ever?

I feel sick.
My stomach sank when I read the news.

Brandon, I don’t actually hate you.
I’m just a little angry right now.
I wish you the best in getting everything straightened out so that we can have you back next season and you don’t have to miss out on the opportunity to do what you love.
“they which belong to it must needs be stirred up unto repentance…” (2 Nephi 28:19)

You will be missed.

I’m sorry that your mistakes made the national news.
But if you live in the spotlight, all of your life ends up in the spotlight.

Now we need a new game plan to finish out the season, win the MWC tournament and hopefully make a deep run in the tournament….

Good luck guys! (we’re gonna need a little more now)

? What do you think about the dismissal of Davies?

michelle got jimmered.

9 02 2011

Every so often there comes along an athlete that changes the landscape of the sport.

The Naismith College Player of the Year has been awarded to the most outstanding player each year in college basketball since 1969.

Duke has produced 7 of those. (NCAA record)
BYU has produced 0. (No surprise)

Things could change this year.

Jimmer Fredette is the great white hope.
Most polls have Jimmer in a three way race for the award with UConn’s Kemba Walker and Ohio State’s Jared Sullinger.

Why do I bring this up?

Michelle Peralta.
She wrote a very interesting letter to the Daily Universe – have a look:

“I can’t walk across campus without hearing Jimmer Fredette’s name a dozen times. His name comes up everywhere: in class, at work, during lunch … really, people? Cut it out with the Jimmer worship. Last time I checked, idol worship was very much frowned upon in the scriptures.
Don’t you have a life to live? Then quit wasting it in front of the TV or in lines at the Marriott Center.
At the very least, stop trying to convert those of us who don’t follow BYU sports and don’t care that baseball and badminton are two different things. Pushing basketball on us isn’t going to make us like it any better.
I’m not blaming Jimmer for all this; was it Nephi’s fault in the Book of Mormon when his brothers worshiped him? As far as I’m concerned, Jimmer is perfectly free to live his dreams. If he reaches his goals and lives his dreams, more power to him. I would like the same courtesy from his fans: let me live my own dreams in peace, even if they don’t include ever sitting in the Marriott Center screaming my brains out.
Michelle Peralta
Apple Valley, Calif.”

Michelle’s letter led to a very, very interesting Facebook wall thread of comments (you’ve got to check these out) which then led to great little piece on ESPN.

And now a rebuttal for Sister Peralta….

Dear Michelle,

Thanks for the letter. It seems you’ve got some issues and I’ve got some suggestions to solve your little dilemma.

1. Tired of hearing Jimmer’s name?
Ah, yes the problem with living in a society is that we are subject to our environment. Society celebrates success. The best way to avoid being burdened with the weight of the name Jimmer would be to go join the Red denizens of the North. (Not much individual athletic success going on up there) Or, I hear Cuba doesn’t have any All-Star ball players this season…

2. Concerned for our worship of idols?
Aww, you’re so sweet. But, don’t worry about us.
And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?” (Matthew 7:3)
Once you’ve been translated, we’ll ask for some help. (after March Madness of course!)

3. Worried about us not having a life?
Man, the last game I went to, I felt connected to about 30,000 other individuals. But you’re probably connected to a lot more – you probably have a lot of Facebook friends, huh? (you did get a lot of comments on your wall recently!)

4. Pushing basketball on you?
Yeah, it’s a shame we live somewhere that thoughts (like your delightful letter) can be freely shared. Is it too repetitive to suggest Cuba again?

5. You want to live your dreams?
We want you to as well! We wish you all the best.


Long post today.
But as soon as I saw the post about Jimmer, I knew I had to write about this!

? Thoughts on Jimmer?

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