Thursday, August 21, 2008


As Utah fans go, I can't help but imagine there are varying degrees of acceptability. Some fans are ok with 8-wins and a bowl victory every season, some fans are not. It's interesting to note the differences here, but I think there tends be a larger number of Utah fans who do not accept mediocrity, or even play slightly above mediocre. This is a big reason why Ron McBride was eventually fired and why there is still a large number of Ute fans who have yet to fully embrace Kyle Whittingham as head coach.

So this year they begin 0-0, just as years past, yet expectations are higher. The experience, talent, coaching stability and schedule have many of us believing this team is capable of advancing to the next level. But what is the next level and if the Utes do not step it up, what will we as fans tolerate at the end of the season?

There are many scenarios, some good, some bad and some that are pretty meh, but they're all possibilities. And as last year showed Ute fans, expectations, whether made at the beginning of the season, or after a 27-0 defeat to the worst team in all of the Mountain West, have a good chance of being proven wrong. But it doesn't change the fact there is a ceiling for expectations and a floor, as well. Some may feel this team is only capable of winning 10-games, while others may feel they can go undefeated. Yet I'm willing to bet it's nearly universally accepted this team will win more than 9 games. And why not? They managed to do so last season, even with all the injuries and what many thought would be the hardest schedule in years. So why not this year, if they stay healthy?

But what if they don't.

I think there are many fans who concede the Utes may just very well lose to Michigan (myself included). So if they lose there, drop a home game to Oregon State, lose to New Mexico and TCU, but manage to defeat BYU and win their bowl game, is that a successful season? Will Ute fans tolerate it?

Friday, August 15, 2008

2008 Summer Olympics: Day 7

Phelps Medal Count: 7 Down 1 to Go.

Michael Phelps won his seventh gold medal of the Beijing Olympics on Saturday, edging Milorad Cavic by a fingernail, .01 of second in the 100m butterfly on Saturday at the Water Cube.

The Serbian federation filed a written protest to FINA, swimming's world governing body, contesting the result, but Serbian officials were shown video of the finish and agreed not to pursue it further.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

2008 Summer Olympics: Day 6

USA v. Greece 92 - 69

Phelps Medal Count 6 down, 2 to go.
Side Note:
Have you noticed when Michael Phelps stands for the National Anthem after receiving his Golds, he holds his pec, instead of putting his hand over his heart?

Liukin good! Natasia Gold, Shawn Johnson Silver

Side note: Is it possible for Tim Daggett to be any more annoying?

This annoying human just cannot keep his mouth shut.
It would be nice to know something different than what these gymnasts are being deducted every time they screw up. "That's 5 tenths of a deduction right there; that's 8 tenths of a deduction right there!" That nasally voice, that pessimistic attitude, and that "know-it-all-I-used to-be-a-gymnast-and-can't-let-go-of-my-past" personality, and commenting about everything gymnasts do is giving me a headache and heartburn before I turn of the TV and go to bed.

I'm not sure how much more of his voice I can stand...

Anyone else this annoyed with him?

2008 Summer Olympics: Day 5

This has been my favorite commercial of the Olympics...

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

2008 Summer Olympics: Day 4

U.S v. Angola 97 - 76

Phelps 2 Gold Medals in one day.
Wins the men's 200-meter butterfly Wednesday and not even an hour later helped lift the U.S. 4x200m freestyle relay team to victory, becoming the winningest athlete in Olympic history, now with 11 gold medals -- and counting.
(5 Down, 3 to go...)
Just Silver for the Women's All-Around... :(

2008 Summer Olympics: Day 3

(3 Down, 5 to go...)

Sunday, August 10, 2008

2008 Summer Olympics: Day 2

United States v. China 101 - 70

Shawn Johnson is pretty cool...

President Bush is not really cool...
(He had to be informed he was holding it backwards.)

Men's 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay
Take THAT France!!!
Phelps Medal Count: 2 Down, 6 to go...

Saturday, August 9, 2008

2008 Summer Olympics: Day 1

I thought I would post pictures every day that I found that highlight some of my favorite moments of the Olympics... These are Day 1.
(Editors note: Shara played Volleyball with #15 Logan Tom,
she loves watching her play in the Olympics)

Phelps Medal Count: 1 Down, 7 To go...

Olympic Opening Ceremonies

Bravo China!
These opening ceremonies were the best I have ever seen, although I am biased to the Salt Lake Olympics. The entire thing was visually stunning and incredible.