Twelve games this weekend in the NFL were decided by 7 points or less (hint…there were 16 games). The season is off to an electric start and there are no signs of a slow down. Can Tom Brady throw for 6000 yards (all-time record – Dan Marino, 5084 yards)? Can the Lions and Bills keep this up? Should the Eagles be worried about their slow start? Who are the five best teams in the league today? Nate Stevens makes his first appearance on the show to answer these questions and to confirm who has the most athletic body in the NFL today.
Utah – 54, BYU – 10….What in the world just happened? In one of the most bizarre games in the history of the rivalry, the University of Utah absolutely destroyed BYU in every facet of the game, forcing 7 turnovers, racking up 500 yards of total offense, and then finishing the game with 47 unanswered points. Say what you will about how and why this all happened, but in the end, Utah just has better players and better coaches than BYU.
12 of the last 14 years the BYU-Utah game has been decided by 7 points or less. The last 6 games have been split evenly. Utah is 4-3 in Provo during the last 14 years. Normally we have a full season to prepare for this game, and we usually have a pretty good idea about each team. This year, there are more uncertainties than ever before. After an offseason of hype, is Jake Heaps as good as everyone thought he was? Have the Utah’s players grasped Norm Chow’s offense yet? Does Brandon Doman know what he’s doing? Amidst all of the questions there are two things that we know for certain….Bronco is going to be wearing old khaki pants, a black belt, and his Band of Brothers tee, and this is going to be a spectacular game.
Do I believe in moral victories? Absolutely. It would have been great if Utah would have been able to pull of the victory on Saturday in the Coliseum, but the gritty performance proved a lot about this team’s ability to go on the road and smack a big-time opponent in the mouth, especially after getting off to a slow start. (And did I use an Ivan Drago analogy to better illustrate this during the show? Absolutely again.) Utah fans should take comfort in several things that happened on Saturday: Jordan Wynn didn’t turn the ball over, moved the chains, and put his team in position to win a tough game on the road. Devonte Christopher, Dres Anderson, and Reggie Dunn proved that Utah has some legit playmakers. Joe Kruger is a monster. Brian Blechen is a crazy person. John White IV may be the toughest dude on the field and is quickly winning the hearts of every Utah fan on planet earth. With that said, what can we expect to happen this Saturday in Provo? Flip a coin….it’s honestly our best option.
This is the most extensive Fall TV preview show that you are going to find anywhere on planet earth. Dan Brown and I cover new shows (first 28 minutes), old shows(28:00 – 40:00), cable shows (40:00 – 45:00), and also provide our Emmy picks (45:00 – 1:00:00….seriously, we went for a full hour…). Oh, so…remember when Dan Brown said he was going to get a tattoo on the inside of his arm of the Friday Night Lights tag line, “Clear Eyes, Full Hearts, Can’t Lose?” Well, he actually did it.
The atmosphere at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City, Utah is a little different than what I’ve been experiencing these last few years at Lawrence A. Wien Stadium in the Bronx (home of the Columbia University Lions!!!!). The Utes got off to an interesting start last night. The 27-10 final can be deceiving in either direction. After jumping out to a dominant 24-0 lead, the team seemed to relax and then allow an inferior, but better than expected, opponent to make the game seem respectable. Is Norm Chow’s offense going to work? Does Jordan Wynn have the mettle to lead this team to a possible Pac-12 Championship? Is Kyle Whittingham ready for a 12 game season of tough games every single week? Based on what we saw last night, what are we excited about and what are we nervous for? Can we schedule Wyoming and New Mexico in the middle of the year so we can pad some stats and rest our starters? MUSS President, Sean Davenport, joins the show to break down the game and talk about the future of Utah football.
Tiger Woods should be on the U.S. Presidents Cup team and anyone that says otherwise is talking crazy. Michael Vick is going to struggle on and off this year. Arian Foster will see a 25-30% decline in production. Terrelle Pryor will never be the starting quarterback of an NFL team. Tim Tebow may not be the Broncos quarterback right now, but they at least need to get him on the field to impact the game. The NCAA needs to clean up this mess and they need to do it fast. The NBA owners and players association need to lock themselves in a room for two weeks and sort out their differences before we start missing games after having maybe the most successful season in the history of the sport. ….man, I needed to get all of that off of my chest…enjoy the show!
How badly do you want to win your fantasy football league? I think we all would basically do anything to get that leg up on our friends and co-workers. There is something unbelievably satisfying about feeling like you “know” and “understand” football better than someone you see on a regular basis. I won my one and only fantasy football title 10 years ago this year. I still feel like that championship validates me as a sports fan…and a man. Anthony Dinwoodey Morris, maybe one of the greatest fantasy players of all time, shares with us all of his secrets to success….well….almost all of them.
How did I not know that Bronco Mendenhall used to rock a ponytail before he coached at BYU? Football season is fast upon us, and for those of you that live in Utah, that means hatred, malice, and irrational fandom is swirling at an all-time high. BYU and Utah are both coming into the season looking at a completely new landscape, but still holding on to high hopes and high expectations. John Wells Stevens joins me to break down the upcoming Cougar season. Bubba Brown, Daily Utah Chronicle sports writer, breaks down the upcoming University of Utah season, and R.J. Rice, former University of Utah almost All-American safety, breaks down the ups, downs, and in-betweens of fall camp.
After being asked if God loves football, Jason Street responded that “everybody loves football”…we got to see the truth of that statement this week. The NFL lockout is officially over and a flurry of activity has followed. Reggie Bush to Miami, Ochocinco and Haynesworth to New England, Kolb to Arizona, V. Young cut, and so much more in just a few short days.
The Ryan Lochte and Michael Phelps rivalry is heating up for the 2012 Olympic Games, Bob Bradley was fired today from his post as the head of U.S. Soccer, and I’m 99% positive that Stevie Williams wears nothing underneath his white jumpsuit at the Masters.
How are we all going to survive without Tim and Billy Riggins teaching us lessons about life? The end of a beautiful era came to a close last week, and I wanted to make sure that we sent Friday Night Lights off with a fitting tribute. Dan Brown, Lauren Schwendiman, Stuart Anderson, Jake Welch, and Brooke Hathaway join me to reminisce about their love affair with Coach Taylor and the Dillon Panthers (…and the East Dillon Lions…I guess…).
What is your favorite episode of all-time? Which scene got you more emotional than any other in the history of the show? Which season is your favorite? Tami or Lyla? Coach T or Riggins? Send your thoughts to email@example.com or follow the conversation on my Facebook page. http://www.facebook.com/grahamjohna
Coach Taylor ultimate pep talk – http://nymag.com/daily/entertainment/2011/07/coach_taylor_pep_talk.html
“Hey y’all” Tami Taylor through the years – http://nymag.com/daily/entertainment/2011/07/tami_taylor_yall_montage.html
FNL Oral History – http://www.grantland.com/story/_/id/6766070/clear-eyes-full-hearts-lose
We knew D. Will was upset when he got shipped to one of the (currently) worst franchises in pro sports (I was in the building when I watched the Nets go to 3OT with the Thunder last season….it honestly felt like they were purposely trying to give the game away), but is the talk about playing in Turkey this next season for real? Is this a sneaky plan by the NBA Players Association to put more pressure on the owners? And how in the world did we get talking baseball on the show?! It happened people. I couldn’t resist talking about Derek Jeter and his chase for hit number 3,000 not to mention the joke that is C.C. Sabbathia not being selected to the AL All-Star team. Huge thank you to ESPN700’s Ryan Bailey for taking the time to jive some sports on the show. He’s not a jive turkey, but he did issue a personal invitation to the entire Swedish Women’s soccer team….you’re probably not going to want to miss it.
William Jefferson Clinton won our hearts, lost them, and then won them back again. How is it that some athletes, politicians, and movie stars are able to make enormous personal/legal blunders, but then still come back to us like nothing ever happened? As long as Jason Kidd is able to go for 17 pts. and 10 assists, we don’t care if he assaulted his wife. As long as Gilbert Arenas can still drain big time threes, we’ll pay him $20M/ year and we don’t care that he pulled a gun on his teammate because of a card game. Will Anthony Weiner ever be welcomed back, a la Clinton and Spitzer? Will Plaxico Burress be embraced in the same way that we’ve embraced Michael Vick? Only time will tell. Former Valparaiso superstar, Louie Maxwell Clark III, storms back on the show with deep insights from Eliot Spitzer’s re-emergence into the public eye to his deep personal love for Ryan Reynolds.
Zack Morris (Mark Paul Gosselaar) is a worldwide icon…and Saved by the Bell was the show that defined a generation, my generation. Why haven’t we seen the artist formerly known as Zack Morris on the silver screen? Couldn’t you see him in a Jennifer Aniston rom-com? Wouldn’t you go see that just to see him? Why did he purely make made for TV movies in the 90s and 2000s? This among other major TV topics discussed with a favorite of the podcast, Dan Brown, PhD (in TV). Make sure to check out Dan’s blog: http://deebstv.tumblr.com/
Who is going to take James Fredette (seriously people, he’s an adult now, let’s call him by an adult name) in the draft? Are my hometown Jazz going to pull the trigger under community pressure? I guess we’ll just have to wait and see. Please sit back and enjoy the last podcast about meaningful sports for the foreseeable future….NBA season is over, NFL in lockout, no Tiger Woods, no World Cup, no Summer Olympics…we are now to be tortured with 18 hours per day of Peter Gammons and Baseball Tonight.