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USU vs. WSU

My instate friends will initially believe that I’m talking Utah State vs. Weber State.  No, on this post I’ll be discussing Utah State vs. Wichita State.

Wichita State University is a NCAA Division I school that plays in the Missouri Valley Conference.  Saturday’s game is big for Utah State – they need the win to maintain their lead in the conference, thus getting into the NCAA March Madness Tournament.  Wichita State, on the other hand, has no way of making the tourney because they are #2 in their conference having lost to Northern Iowa earlier this season.

So, why does any of this matter?  Because I’m going to the game on Saturday and my dad and I will probably be the only two people in the Spectrum rooting for the Shockers!

I lived in Wichita, Kansas, for almost five years and my family was there for a total of 12.  When it’s college baseball world series time, we always pulled for WSU (check out their record and you’ll know why).  If the game is televised, look for the two guys in the Sunflower Yellow and Black!

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Posted by on February 19, 2010 in Sports

 

Winchester SXP Update (Part III)

I was googling around today wanting to see if I could find more info on the Winchester SXP.  I found it at Field and Stream:

The SXP is the Turkish-made reincarnation of the old 1300, an underappreciated, lightweight, inexpensive gun made in the old New Haven factory before it closed. Winchester announced the SXP last year but it wasn’t until this year that they actually received guns from their Turkish vendor in sellable quantities.

Turkish-made?  It was time for another call to Browning.

Rick, one of the customer service agents with whom I’ve spoken several times concerning the SXP, confirmed that the manufacturing was being done in Turkey but did not remember the name of the factory/company.  FN (the Browning/Winchester parent) of course has complete QC oversight and testing is being done in here in the U.S. at the Browning factory in Morgan, Utah.  Apparently, FN uses a lot of Turkish manufacturers for their shotguns (thus quality should not be an issue).

As mentioned previously, they are still on schedule for a June, 2010 release date.

 
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Posted by on January 27, 2010 in Follow up, Guns, International, Really Excited, Sports

 

Thoughts on the 2009 NFC Championship Game

Team Stat Comparison
1st Downs 31 15
Passing 1st downs
17 8
Rushing 1st downs
10 4
1st downs from Penalties
4 3
3rd down efficiency
7-12 3-12
4th down efficiency
0-0 1-1
Total Plays 82 55
Total Yards 475 257
Passing 310 189
Comp-Att
28-46 17-31
Yards per pass
6.7 6.1
Rushing 165 68
Rushing Attempts
36 23
Yards per rush
4.6 3.0
Red Zone (Made-Att) 4-6 3-3
Penalties 5-32 9-88
Turnovers 5 1
Fumbles lost
3 1
Interceptions thrown
2 0
Defensive / Special Teams TDs 0 0
Possession 36:49 27:56

A note to the Minnesota Vikings – YOU CANNOT COMMIT 5 TURNOVERS (fumbling six times, losing three, and throwing two interceptions) AND EXPECT TO WIN THE GAME, NO MATTER HOW GOOD YOUR OTHER STATS ARE!!!

Over all, it was a great game.  If the Vikings hadn’t of turned the ball over five times, they’d be heading to Super Bowl XLIV and not the Saints.

Oh well.  Only 231 days until the Vikings take the field during week 1 of the 2010 Regular Season.

 
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Posted by on January 25, 2010 in Eyes+Sharp Stick, Sports

 

Go Red Rocks!!!

They often go unnoticed because of the Utah football and basketball team, but our Red Rocks did us proud tonight!

The largest gymnastics crowd in Utah and NCAA history turned out to see the two most successful programs in the country and Utah and Georgia did not disappoint. In a meet that went down to the final routine, Utah eked out a 196.550-196.500 victory over the five-time defending NCAA champion GymDogs.

Like the article says, Georgia has won the NCAA gymnastics championship for the last five years.  Utah has “the most successful collegiate gymnastics team in the nation,” and finished 2nd three times and 3rd twice in the last five years.  We beat Georgia last year during the regular season too, but couldn’t pull it out in the finals.  Good luck, Red Rocks!  Let’s bring another national championship home!

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Posted by on January 24, 2010 in History, Local, Special Interest, Sports

 

Take That Pac-10!

Utah just finished destroying Cal in the Poinsettia Bowl.  Yes, the final score was 37-27, but the game wasn’t really that close.  Congrats to the Utes!  That makes the Mountain West Conference 3-0 in bowl games thus far.  It also makes the Pac-10 0-3 since Wyoming beat Fresno State, BYU beat Oregon State, and Utah just beat Cal.

I love the Bowl Season, and I’m not the only one in our family.  D has become an avid football fan.  He always wants to do it and only real games will suffice (I’ve tried to get him to watch stuff on Youtube and he just walks off).  Well, the game tonight was on ESPN and thank heaven for ESPN360.com.  If your internet service provider is contracted with ESPN, you can watch ANY game that they cover (in any sport), even going into the archives to catch games that you missed.  This was the view for the first little while at our house:

Yes, that’s my two year old watching the game, propped right in front of the screen.  It makes me a happy dad.  Congrats to the Utes!!!  Good luck to Air Force when they play Houston on Dec. 31 in the Armed Forces Bowl, and good luck to TCU when they play Boise State on Jan. 4 in the Fiesta Bowl.
 
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Posted by on December 23, 2009 in Local, Really Excited, Sports

 

The Streak Is Over!

For the first time in 10 years, the Utah Jazz beat the San Antonio Spurs IN San Antonio

I think that, going forward, we should only sign Carlos Boozer to one year contracts.  That way he’s always in a contract year and always has to play at the top of his game. 

 
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Posted by on November 20, 2009 in Local, Sports

 

Cry Babies

I’d like to invite Lane Kiffin and the other pansy coaches of the SEC to quit whining to the press and to handle their complaints in a manner that isn’t going to take up space in my sports news reading.  I’d also like to invite ESPN, CBS Sports, Fox Sports, and each and every other sports news agency/ affiliate to stop getting a hard on and showing it to the world every time one of these second graders complains to the press.

Most people that I talk to agree that high-profile athletes aren’t worth their salaries, regardless of their talent and what they do for our favorite teams.  And it’s strange to see how that attitude is starting to apply to coaches.  For example: I think Urban Meyer is an amazing football coach and I’m very grateful for what he did with the University of Utah program, leading us to our 2005 Fiesta Bowl win.  But now he’s whining to the press about how SEC refs blew a call against the holy child Tebow (the call didn’t even determine the outcome of a game).

All of this crying has led to the decision by the SEC to no longer hand out reprimands but to start fining or even suspending coaches who act like 8 year olds.  I think it’s a good move.

Okay, I’m done.

 
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Posted by on November 5, 2009 in Celebutards, Eyes+Sharp Stick, People, Rants, Sports

 
 
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