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Can someone quickly explain lacrosse to me? Soccer on a stick?

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    Utah

    Hockey on grass with football helmets. 

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      89ute

      Whatever it is, this is probably our first commit. I read that the season is February to May. It’s almost impossible to make it to a sunny, warm Utah baseball game, it doesn’t look like lacrosse is going to be weather friendly for fans.

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    RedLine
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    Anybody remember this tweet from Snoop Dogg.

    Never in my life did I think Snoop Dogg would tweet regarding Utah Football. Definitely more eyeballs are viewing the U since being in the PAC12.

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    Tony

    I fixed it for you.  Copy the link to the tweet and just paste it on its own line in the text editor and the tweet will appear. 

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      FtheY

      I don’t remember that tweet, but snoop is very involved in the football community. I know he used to coach pee wee football, maybe one of his old players?

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    FtheY
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    Kicking Game

    Has anyone heard much about our kicking game? I think we have Hicken and a juco guy. 

    They have big shoes to fill with Andy being finished. Will they be just as good, almost as good, or will we see more riverboat Kyle this year? 

    In the warmups for the spring game, I thought I saw them hitting a few from distance, but that’s practice. 

    Anyone have any insights on these guys? 

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    Tony
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    The only thing I know is our punter is awesome.

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    Onlyu
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    Pretty sure the Chayden Johnson (think that’s his name) kid is back from a mission.  Supposed to be pretty solid and better than what we saw in the spring game.  I believe it’s his job to lose.

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      RiseasUtes
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      Johnston, and yes he is back.  Pretty highly touted coming out of high school.  Hope he can fill the void left by Phillips.

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        FtheY
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        Thanks all. I found this article after a quick Google search. Dude seems legit. 

        http://www.sltrib.com/sports/1416165-155/johnston-chayden-kicking-bingham-offered-peck

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    We have 4 kickers right now with Johnson as our only scholarship kicker. 

    This fall will be a battle royal for the job. 

    We just had a kid transfer from UVU a week ago. 

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      FtheY
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      I hadn’t heard about that one. Sounds like some good competition. 

      On the kickoff side, I hope one of these guys can continually put the ball past the end zone. 

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    Utah
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    Yeah, no kidding. Kick the thing out of the endzone, make them go 75 yards. Simple stuff.

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      ironman1315

      Analytics indicate you kick it to the goal line and they won’t make it to the 25 a d they have to go 76-80 yards instead.

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        ladyinred

        For kickoff returns you mean?

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        quagmire

        And increase the chance of getting a turnover 

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        Utah
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        100% of touch backs are not returned for TD’s. 

        It seems like every year we get burned by a kickoff returned for a TD. 

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          UteThunder

          I wonder what the statistics are for our opponents’ average starting field position on kickoffs they were able to return. I feel like it is better than the 25 yard line which means we need to stop trying to be so cute and just kick it out of the endzone every time. 

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    Hammer
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    I watched Chaydon Johnston live (Bingham @ Brighton). Every kick is higher than the posts, even extra points, and straight down the middle it seems. #12 nationally ranked kicker.

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    noneyadb
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    Well,,, if Taylor has his way kicks should only be PAT’s and kickoffs, so onside every kickoff and go for 2…

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    Longview

    Defense. Something in the air/ 3.2 beer in Utah?

    There  is something in common across Utah Football, Basketball, and the Utah Jazz.  a historical laser focus on great defense.  Is that a coincidence or something more?  Why is it happening?

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    Parach-Ute
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    “Defense wins championships.”

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    ladyinred

    People in Utah are also generally more defensive. Not necessarily the best personality trait, but better than being offensive I suppose?

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      Tony
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      This establishment is licensed as a restaurant, not a bar.

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        ladyinred

        I’m certain Jesus never drank his wine without a meal, or at least nachos as an appetizer.

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          Tony

          I’m certain Jesus never drank his wine without a meal, or at least nachos as an appetizer.

          Thus the popular term, “Jesus nachos.”

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    quagmire

    Utah will never bring in that sexy high profile,  recruit or free agent. The local religislature, with their “don’t like it? Then leave” attitude assures that for the foreseeable future. So the teams around here must build with what they can – hard workers with a chip on their soldier – which usually means better defense, less offense. 

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    Basketball Recruiting and the NBA Draft

    I am unclear about how fans expect that having three first round draft picks in the last three years will help Utah get bluechip basketball recruits. For the most part, the draft picks Utah had were developed (at Utah) over multiple years, and in the case of Kuzma three years. Although the end product of being drafted in the first round is nice, most bluechip players want to be a lottery pick after their first season and I don’t blame them ($$$). Utah’s best pitch is always going to be taking high three star and low four star guys, developing them, and getting them drafted after several years of development. Looking at Utah’s draft classes reflects that thinking (i.e. Tillman, Carlson, Brenchley, and Popoola). Yes, it would be very nice to get the occasional bluechipper but that is never going to be the way to sustained basketball success at Utah.

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    PlainsUte
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    Compare the results with Kuzma to Eric Mika.   There you go.
    Not sure its about landing the 5-star 1-and-done but getting the better 3- to 4-star players.

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    Coreyc04
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    Kuzma is going to be a laker and I’m not pissed

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    Coreyc04

    This rebuilding laker team will give him much needed playing time and he will get to develop under a good coach. I really like this for Kuz. I didn’t want him to leave but he proved me wrong and landed in the first round and showed the nba what he was capable of. I predict he’ll be successful in the NBA with a long career.

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      Hammer
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      Let’s face it! He’ll be the next Kobe!

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        Tony
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        That would certainly help Utah Basketball marketing.

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    PlainsUte
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    LA Times coverage of Kuzma being drafted…

    Of course for them it was Lonzo Ball and “everyone else”…

     

    http://www.latimes.com/sports/lakers/la-sp-lakers-other-picks-20170622-story.html

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    3 straight 1st rounders for coach

    Now turn that into some croots dammit

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    rbmw263
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    Not being able to flip this into some relatively highly rated players is utter incompetence. “Imagine what we could do with a touted recruit like yourself”

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      Utah

      You have to play the recruiting game and bend the rules. Until Larry decides to do so, our recruiting will suffer. 

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        Hammer
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        This is spot on. The recruiting boards know of several 4 star bigs that were all but locks to Utah until they got paid to go elsewhere….cough, cough, NC State. 

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    Kuzma to LA, another first rounder from the U!

    Way to go

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    PlainsUte

    Nevermind, Brooklyn traded thrir pick to the Lakers.

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    pics

    L.A. Is better than Brooklyn for Kuz but I’ll have a hard time rooting for him there.

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    vcsg01

    Happy for Kuz! I’ve always liked him.

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    Tony

    So is he in Brooklyn or LA?  How much dough will he get?

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      PlainsUte
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      About $1.2M minimum salary in first year.

      Rookie Minimum Salaries, 2017-18

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        Tony

        Fantastic. I hope he can survive and flourish in the NBA of course.  That said I hope he stashes the dough away because his career there may not be long.