Monday, July 28, 2014

Rock On: Pardon the French (7 items)

By , Deseret News

June 2, 2014

ATTENTION DEFICIT

Following Nicholas Mahut’s first-round loss in the French Open, a reporter began the press conference by saying, “Congratulations.”

"Congratulations?” Mahut said. “I lost.”

Reporter: “You lost? OK. So what happened out there?”

Mahut: “Are you serious? Did you watch the match?”

Reporter: “No, I didn’t. I was told that you won. I’m sorry.”

Mahut (awkward pause): “Questions in French, please.”

Rock On suggests the reporter skip any of Gregg Popovich’s playoff press conferences.

1 of 7. TEMPORARY HEAVEN

BYU fans got a jolt of excitement, then a wave of disappointment, Friday, when rumors circulated that the Cougars would be joining the Big 12.

“It appears our account has been hacked,” it said on KSL Sports’ Twitter feed. “BYU is not joining the Big 12, at least not that we’ve heard of. Sorry for the confusion.”

Not that conference realignment has ever been confusing.

2 of 7. FOOD FOR THOUGHT

The Indiana Pacers did some serious (read: expensive) talking during this year’s Eastern Conference finals.

Paul George, for example, was fined $25,000 for calling the officiating in Miami “home cooking.”

But at those prices, shouldn’t it really be called “eating out?”

3 of 7. ADD-ON

An E-Poll Market Research study says Donald Sterling is the most unpopular man in America.

The ex-Clippers owner outdistanced, in order, Ponzi schemer Bernie Madoff, O.J. Simpson, Michael Jackson doctor Conrad Murray and Justin Bieber.

Rock On thinks there should be a place in this poll for whoever invented the term “selfie.”

4 of 7. UPWARDLY MOBILE

The University of Nebraska is looking for a president, and governor Dave Heineman says he wants the job.

This naturally opens the door for Utah governor Gary Herbert to apply for the position of Utah Jazz head coach.

5 of 7. TROLLING TIME

In case you’re wondering if SI.com is throwing spaghetti against the wall to see what sticks, consider this headline on its website: “5 Professional Bowlers With The Sexiest Personalities.”

Feel free to insert punch line here.
1. Chris B
Salt Lake City, UT,
June 2, 2014

byu fans thought the big 12 had called?

LOL

But you guys actually are wanted by the Big 12 and the Pac 12 and you're just trying to weight your options huh?

Considering the news coming out that the power 5 are planning to create our own division(and permanently ensure only power 5 teams ever can go to the playoffs) I'd suggest you guys make up your mind and join a big boy conference very soon.

That is, unless you prefer setting up your own playoffs with Utah state, Wyoming, and the other mid majors. Because that will be the only option for mid majors going forward.

And if you think a lawsuit will get you into the big boy football picture once we set up our own division essentially?

Ya, and Wyoming can sue he Pac 12 or the SEC to demand access to the Pac 12 or SEC championship game huh?

LOL

2. CA. reader
Rocklin, CA,
June 2, 2014

Son, you keep saying "we" like the U will ever win a PACSUN championship and get into the "playoffs". I like our chances from where we sit. If you have seen BYU's 2015 schedule, you can't question our ability to play with the supposed big boys.

3. Who am I sir?
Cottonwood Heights, UT,
June 2, 2014

@CA,reader

First things first - We've seen your 2014 schedule - Three games against top conference schools with Cal and Virginia's 2013 combined record of 3 wins and 21 losses.

Now for the 2015 schedule: Michigan and Nebraska - great games scheduled (did the Y turn down the opportunity to play Alabama?!) However - to play them and to beat them are two different things (as Y fans point out to Utah! However we did beat #5 Stanford last year) But this 2015 schedule is nowhere near as good as schedule as BYU's 2013 (ranked in the 30's as to difficulty. The Y played Wisconsin, Utah, ND, Washington, Virginia (and lost to all t) also Texas and Georgia Tech were wins. So a record of 2-5 is an indicator of how they against "good" teams.

Way to gain respect is to beat a Michigan or Nebraska and have them be strong enough to be ranked in the top teams at the end of the year (similar to Utah beating Alabama in the Sugar Bowl and Stanford last year. Do that on a consistent basis and respect will follow. Good luck.

4. Who am I sir?
Cottonwood Heights, UT,
June 2, 2014

@CA,reader

Additional comments on BYU's 2015 schedule. Impossible to know how strong Michigan, Nebraska, or others will be in 2015. However, looking at the projected rankings of 2015 teams Michigan is ranked #18, Nebraska #43, and Boise State #53. On the other hand Utah plays 5 teams ranked higher than Michigan! Oregon #2, UCLA #5, Stanford #8, USC #13, and Arizona State #16. In addition we also play Michigan (at RES!) Our 7th highest ranked opponent is Oregon State. So we have 7 teams ranked higher than your second highest.

My guess is that your '15 schedule will be ranked somewhere in the 70's toughest schedule. Utah's in the top 10 again.

5. Who am I sir?
Cottonwood Heights, UT,
June 3, 2014

@CA,reader

Final analysis of the Y's 2015 football schedule.

We both may be guilty of thinking the 2015 BYU football schedule is more difficult than it really is.

Consider this: (again the pre-season rankings are for 2014. See ESPN College Football 2014 Preseason Football Power Index))

1. BYU plays one team ranked in he top 25 (Michigan 18)
2. BYU plays one team ranked 25th to 49th. (Nebraska 43)
3. BYU plays three teams ranked 50th to 74th (Boise State 53, Cincinnati 58, and Fresno State 68)
4. BYU plays six teams ranked 75th or higher (East Carolina 75, Utah State 76, San Jose State 83, Connecticut 93, UNLV 95,and So. Miss 117)

Granted the Y has one more game to schedule (again, did they really turn down a chance to play Alabama?!) But truly this schedule is mid level (MWC or Conference USA) in difficulty!