more than just a loss.

24 03 2011

First off – thanks for all of the great exercise advice and thoughts! I loved hearing from you guys!

Today was just one of those days.
We all have them. You run from task to task only to look back at the end of the day and realize you are not even close to being done. I’m working on our store web site right now in one of the many tabs I have open. (I keep too many tabs open all at once according to my wife-haha)

BYU played their Sweet 16 game against Florida tonight.
Have you ever wanted a team to win so badly that you felt connected to the outcome? I don’t know if it was because of my long (somewhat rough) day or if it’s something else – but I felt more connected to this particular game than any game I’ve watched recently in any sport.

When BYU lost tonight, I actually felt like I lost.
Maybe I felt like I was lost.
I think I felt like a loser briefly.
I’m not sure.

I was crushed. And for about 20 minutes after the game I wallowed. Oh man. It was pretty pitiful, but it felt good.

I’m a strong believer in giving yourself some time to mope at certain times. It’s good. You set a time limit and let yourself get it all out and then you can move on. Now I’m here working on this web site and feeling pretty good about everything I have accomplished today. It’s been a productive day (even though I’m not close to being done). I’m feeling grateful.

” I am very thankful before God this day that I am yet alive…” (Mosiah 7:12)

I can’t wait for everyone to see this new web site, it’s incredible. Our design team dow in Texas just knocked it out of the park with this one. All I’m doing is writing all the content, taking and then uploading pictures and then managing the site. They did a fantastic job. It should go live tomorrow, so I’ll post a link….

I guess I should get back to work.

? Do you ever just let yourself mope for a bit?

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?

i’m a little peeved.

9 03 2011

I went to practice at BYU last night with a couple of the kids I teach. Every Tuesday from 8:30-10:00 the BYU Breakdance Club meets.

I have participated in the club in one way or another since 2002 (minus the 2 years I spent on my mission). The club has been the focus of some negative attention from BYUSA the group that oversees all of the club activity on campus.

During my first year back from my mission (2005) the club hosted an incredible event. It was a breakdance battle held in the BYU Wilkinson Center. There was a terrific turnout – lots of spectators as well as the best bboys in the state.

That was the last event we were allowed to throw.

Fast forward several years when I helped Chris Sullivan run the club and I planned out another event. I took the plan to Adrian, the man who oversees BYUSA on the faculty side. I told him we wanted to invite nationally recognized crews to the event and that we were confident we could produce an event that would be both entertaining, fun and financially beneficial.
One of his first questions was, “what will these guys look like?
I told him that there would be guys with tattoos, beards, long hair and possibly piercings.

I didn’t get to say much more about the event.
He said the only way we could throw the event was if we could guarantee that everyone who showed up would look like a BYU student.
He said, “what would the alumni think if they saw people who looked like that on this campus?

By then my patience had pretty much gone and I asked him about the athletic program or about devotional speakers that are invited.

At the time we had athletes with tattoos and we obviously have athletes from across the country who are not forced to remove piercings, cover tattoos, cut hair or shave beards. In fact I remember during that semester, we actually had a devotional speaker who had a beard.

Adrian said that athletics generates there own revenue so we shouldn’t worry about them.

One of the main tenants of our church is to: “proclaim the gospel”.
“And also gave commandments to others, that they should proclaim these things unto the world…” (D&C 1:18)

In fact I love it so much I spent 5 years getting my undergraduate degree. Haha
I have written 3 posts recently about how great BYU was for the integrity they have shown with the Brandon Davies situation.
The school has done so much good and is filled with great individuals. doing the best they can.

I think that is why I am a little peeved.
I don’t understand why Adrian was so negative.
Last night the club president, Shunta, announced that only BYU students/alumni could come. BYUSA sent Shunta a letter stating that they were receiving complaints about the dress/grooming of people attending the club.
Everything I felt in my meeting with Adrian came back when I heard that.

Breakdancing can be used as a missionary tool. I know that the interaction between LDS and non-LDS at the club meetings has been positive. Everyone has benefitted form the things they have learned from each other. It’s sad that they want to take away the opportunity for some of the local bboys to come to the campus and feel the great spirit there.

Whew. Ok, I’ve vented. I feel better.
The new rules don’t really affect me anyways, I’m alumni. Haha
I’ve already had the chance to learn from the guys who can’t come anymore…
Too bad others won’t get that chance.

? Thoughts on the new rule?

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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