Pac-12 Champions

The skiing program is doing well this season.

  • Tony
    2

    I will ski my 3rd day in a row in their honor.

  • Kayden
    4

    Justius Lowe decommits

    Sad

  • Kayden
    3

    https://mobile.twitter.com/LoweJustius/status/1482823604735594498

    • Tednab
      4

      Dam … was afraid of that

      • MDUte
        6

        That’s too bad, the kid has great speed. After a couple of years at Development U, I thought he could’ve been a nice contributor. But I saw him more as a potential Nickelback than WR.

        Seems like once he committed to Utah his recruitment blew up. Wonder if Utah’s reputation for evaluating and projecting talent attracted the blue blood schools to come after him.

  • Danilo
    1

    Damn. Can’t win ‘em all.

    Anyone else feel like when this happens there is usually a discussion of how it was a mutual parting and the player wasn’t a good fit for the program? Hard to believe that is the case so frequently. I’m ok knowing we lose players we want and would’ve been a great fit in the program

    • MDUte
      2

      Is someone saying that about Justius Lowe? I haven’t heard that anywhere. All I’ve heard is we were trying to hang onto him while he was being shown the love by Notre Dame, Florida, and Oregon.

      • crash11
        2

        I think Onlyu said that at one point? @Onlyu, can you give us some updates on the recruiting front? Any WR, OL, DB the Utes are going after? Thanks!

    • PhiladelphiaUte
      10 2

      I would would love it if we didn’t feel so compelled to make those types of excuses for a kid who’d rather play elsewhere.  If they decide to play somewhere else, we should just let them go peacefully and quietly.  You win some, and you lose some.  That’s how it is with EVERY program in the country.  Even Alabama.

      Personally, I’d rather lose them now, than lose them on signing day, or to the transfer portal after we’d already signed them.

  • Johnny
    4

    That’s why I like the early signing period. You’re either all in, or in the way. Utes are in a very good position. They are definitely the interviewer, not the interviewee. Any gloom and doom from anyone might need a bong hit.

  • dystopiamembrane
    2

    Who wants a kid with an adverb for a first name anyway?

  • utahby05
    9

    Football Recruiting

    A few Recruits to keep an eye on, that apparently are on visits to Utah this weekend : 

    Justius Lowe – Oregon Athlete that committed to Utah on 12/14/21, but did Not sign. Since that time, (and per 247 Sports) he has received offers from Florida, Notre Dame, and USC. He also has a Visit scheduled with Notre Dame on 1/28/22. 

    Jamarrien Burt – Florida DB. Adam Gorney, (Rivals National Recruiting Director), believes Utah has a good shot at signing Burt. 

     

    Walker Lyons – California TE. He is a 2023 4* recruit, as per 247 Sports.

    The 2/2/22 Signing date is coming up. Anyone aware of any other Recruiting Targets ? 

    TIA & Go Utes !!

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

  • LetItRide
    5

    SC is loaded at WR. He would be in for a challenge for playing time. 
    ND is the only scare if he decides to make a change. 

    • utahby05
      6

      Just noticed per 247 Sports, Jaivion Green also visited Utah this weekend. 

      Green appears to be an under the radar recruit. Safety from TX. 

      Go Utes ! !

      • Green will need a lot of development before being ready to play on the hill. Two of the three interceptions on his hudl were from passes thrown so far away from the receiver that they hit Green in the chest while he was out in right field catching butterflies instead of covering someone.

  • Ute Dub
    9

    I wouldn’t mind a food thread once a month for suggestions and reviews:

    Wife and I went to Saffron Valley (Indian) last night after almost choosing JCW’s (has the hickory burger and cheese fries that we used yo get at training table, we miss that place a lot).

    We ended up at the South Jordan location and they were slammed but food was flying out the door fast at the same time. We sat down, had the naan bread, tikki masala curry, coconut curry, rice,  Mango lassi, and a coke. It was perfect except I would say the coconut curry lacked flavor. From start to finish we were in and out in 30 minutes. Next time I want to try the Saffron Sampler. So many things on the menu I have no idea what they are because I’m used to the avenues location that is a lunch buffet and you don’t have to actually order anything.

    Afterward, we did axe throwing for an hour with some friends, then got desert at “the chocolate” off redwood and close to 9000 s.

    A month ago we ate at 8 settlers (by prcupine by the mouth of big cottonwood) on the top floor that views the whole valley and faces the city. Fun experience. 

  • chinngiskhaan
    1

    Good Indian food is awesome. How was the naan? Great naan might be the best vehicle for food on the planet.

    • Waybackutefan
      2

      I more of a Thai fan than Indian.

      • chinngiskhaan

        Thai is too basily for me… but I probably haven’t had great Thai food.

  • Waybackutefan
    1

    I’m probably in the minority on here but if you’re an imbiber of spirits the 8 settlers house spirits sampler is a great way to start off. Their food and amenities are excellent as well.

    • juan know well
      2

      Big fan of 8 Settlers for the views and the food.

    • Ute Dub
      1

      Been upstairs on both the restaurant side and bar side a half dozen times and never recall the sampler, but then again I don’t partake but my business associates do. I’ll have to recommend to them or ask if they have tried it before.  I wish they could get rid of that billboard between the canyon and 8 settlers. Would make for better ambiance.

      • UrbanLiar

        Removing that billboard would cost approximately $2 million thanks to the sweet laws the billboard industry passed with the state legislature’s help. I’ve never seen an industry get more favorable treatment than the billboard mafia.

        • Ute Dub

          My dad was an attorney for Reagan Outdoor Advertising for more than 30 years. He was a litigator, though, not a lobbyist. 

      • Waybackutefan

        Yeah they distill their own lable Vodka, Gin, Bourbon, and Bourbon Rye, I’m not sure if its on the menu but you can order 1 ounce of each and they will bring them one at a time at your timing and preference. 

        The Bourbons and the Gin were excellent, Vodka is Vodka so not sure how it stacks up. 

  • Utesbyfive
    2

    I love that JCWS is keeping the Training Table tastes alive. One of my favorite burgers has always been the blue bacon burger. Crap, now I want one, and they’re closed today.

    • Waybackutefan
      2

      They need one on the east side of the valley, the closest one to us is 7miles away from Cottonwwod heights.

  • chinngiskhaan

    JCWs is the worst ran drive thru restaurant in Utah by far (the one near me anyway). Maybe the 5th or 6th best burger in the Provo area… and it takes 20 minutes to go through the drive thru even if you are the only car there.

    If you are in the area save yourself the headache and go to Chom. Backdoor burger is also a great burger (everything else about that place is awful, but the burgers are really awesome).

    • chinngiskhaan

      To be clear, jcws food is fine… the inept service is the issue.

  • Tony

    I like this idea. 

  • UrbanLiar

    I tried Crack Shack on SLC’s 9th and 9th last week. I thought it was pretty good. They have a separate bar area which was a bit surprising for a fried chicken place. The chicken sandwiches are diverse and pretty big so most entrees will feed 2 people. The staff was very friendly and I’d definitely go back again to try the variety on their menu.

  • UTE98

    Sorry don’t live in SLC anymore, but I do have one SLC experience I’d recommend.

    Les Madelienes

    216 East 500 South
    Salt Lake City, Utah

    Our pièce de résistance is the beloved Kouign Amann, a rich buttery pastry from Brittany, France that was named 2012 Pastry of the Year by Food & Wine. Try it once and you’ll find yourself craving it again and again. (We were the first bakery west of the Mississippi and third in the U.S. to make and sell these delicious kouign amanns back in 2005!)

    The Kouign Amann’s are a bit expensive, and they are not open on Mondays.

    Another SLC recommend, Duck Donuts. They started at OBX and I was surprised they have one on Utah but not Colorado. On a rainy day, there is not much better than one of their fresh hot donuts. They take a few minutes to make your order, but that’s because they don’t make the donuts until you order, then you can get your choice of glaze, topping, and drizzle. I recommend the Lemon glaze, cocomut and raspberry drizzle. They are hot so a bit messy when the glaze melts as soon as they put it on.

    Denver recommendations

    I like Tocabe, it is an American Indian Eatery. On the weekend they serve Bison Ribs in a Blueberry sauce, sadly they are ALWAYS sold out when I go there on Fridays. But I love their shredded bison, black beans, spicey hominy, chipotle sauce and greens, on the fry bread of course.

    I also like NoNo’s Cafe, Cajun/Louisiana style. Love the Crawfish Monica or Blackened catfish with Monica sauce. And the Strawberry cake is better than the beignets IMO. The blackened pork chops are also good. Get the Lunch portion even if you go for dinner. 

    In the mood for breakfast?

    MotoMaki – a japanese/asian fusion restaurant. I love their Kalbi (Korean beef), Mochiko chicken, and  they also have poke. 

    Snooze an a.m. eatery. I recommend the pork chile verde bennie (benedict) or the Signature Pancake Flight with Pineapple Upside Down, Blueberry Danish, and sweet potato pancake, I usually substitute the sweet potato for their pancake of the day or whatever else sounds good.

    Three Little Griddles – they are bit farther from my house, but I like their biscuits and gravy (make sure you’re hungry), or their Shrimp and Grits. They also have ebelskivers. Sadly with a glass cooktop my wife won’t put her cast iron ebelskiver pan on the stove any more. (wah!)

    Washington, D.C

    El Pollo Rico – I have searched and searched and have not found a good replacement for their “crack chicken.” It is a Peruvian Chicken joint, First place I go when I get my rental car at Reagan National. About a 10 minute drive from the airport. My wife used to drive up once a month with our small kids to go to dinner here. We lived 50 miles away, so definitely worth it. 900 block of Kenmore Street in Arlington/Ballston/Clarendon. A block from the Virginia Square Metro stop. 

    Farther south, I really like Pancho Villa, their chile rellenos and queso blanco are delicious. DO NOT get the mini chile rellenos, I made that mistake once, they are supposed to be jalapenos instead of anaheims, but they were way way hotter than most jalapenos I’ve had.

    And if you have the chance in Virginia or North Carolina, probaly North Carolina is better… Get some Carolina BBQ, vinegar base, I didn’t like it at first but love it now. Allman’s in Fredericksburg, VA is decent in Virginia, but when I put on the UF.N tailgate in North Carolina we had Allen and Son Bar-B-que and it was delicious. And YES you have to have coleslaw on your BBQ sandwich.

    Okay, looking for any good Denver restaurants – I’ve heard Denver Biscuit company is good, been to Steubens it’s pretty good.

    Not bad for a kid who grew up on Idaho, not potato country but my grandpa was a potato farmer and raised some beef cattle. Who knew I’d learn to love Indian, Chinese, Japanese, Vietnamese, Korean, Peruvian, and other regional U.S. dishes.

    • chinngiskhaan

      Les Madelienes is great! I love those Kouign Amann things are amazing. We take our kids up there about once a year for a treat.

  • chinngiskhaan
    1

    I have a few random restaurant suggestions that might come in handy to one of you some day.

    If you are in the Provo/Orem area: Mexican: Holy Taco, solid Al Pastor. Either that or 180 Taco (not strictly mexican, but all the regular mexican joints in the area are mediocre at best). Burger: Go with Chom or Backdoor Burger. They are literally right next to each other, and both are great in their own way. If you just want a good burger Backdoor is probably the better option. If you actually want to have a good experience, I’d strongly recommend Chom. JJ Burger is also a pretty good option if you are into more of a classic burger joint kind of feel.  Ramen: Asa Ramen is a great little Ramen shop. It’s fast, friendly, and nothing fancy. Been there 20 times and it’s always been great. I’m no Ramen expert, but I’ve been to 4 or 5 places around the state, and this is the best by far.

    I obviously haven’t eaten everywhere in the area, but I wouldn’t pay money to eat anywhere else in Provo/Orem if one of those places was an option.

    If you are in Vernal Utah there is only one place you should eat: Antica Forma. Best pizza in the state. Also, if you are in Moab, they opened up a restaurant there by the same name. If you like Neopolitan pizza, you won’t be disappointed. It’s my favorite restaurant in Utah by far. 

    I would recommend Red Iguana in SLC but that place isn’t exactly a secret.

     

  • Central Coast Ute
    1

    If any of you ever visit the California Central Coast, hit me up. We have great Mexican, seafood, and of course, world famous Santa Maria tri-tip. This thread is making me hungry.

    • Ute Dub

      Nice, whereabouts you from? The wife and I would love drive the coast, eat and visit the beach. We just finished a week at Disneyland and hate ourselves right now. We need to get away from the kids and have our own vacation.   

      • I’m from West Valley City, Utah but I currently live in San Luis Obispo. Yeah, get away from Disneyland. If you want a theme park I’d recommend almost any of the other ones over that. The coast has a ton to offer in terms of scenery, beaches and food. From Santa Barbara to Monterrey. If you’re into wine tasting, plenty of vineyards along the way too.

  • Got the first answer to my questions about Smith’s recruiting prowess

    Wilguens Exacte Jr just committed. Has offers from… wait for it…

     

    East Carolina and George Mason. Man it feels good to steal a recruit out from under those national powerhouses! WE’RE BACK BABY!!

     

    oh wait…

     

    Yeah, our program is screwed unless Smith lucks out on a nobody from Europe or Africa or something.

  • chinngiskhaan
    6 7

    We really should have s**tcanned LK before our program was in complete ruins.

    • Roy Rangum
      4

      My Twitter feed is leading me to believe that Exacte is an incredible athlete with a lot of potential that wasn’t on other peoples radar. As Utah football made a name for itself through development and finding diamonds in the rough, I don’t think it’s impossible this could be similar.

      However, given the state of the season, I’m not sure I’m ready to give Utah basketball the benefit of the doubt either…

      • AZUTE
        8 1

        The season has been derailed by injuries and illness. The team has had Carlson, Anthony, Hoyt, Mahorcic, and Madsen all out at different times this season.
        Carlson the teams best player
        Anthony the best rebounder
        Hoyt best athlete
        Mahorcic is the muscle
        Madsen best most consistent 3 pt shooter.

        The record would look very different if these 5 had been healthy all season

    • AZUTE
      4 4

      This comment right here just proves how dumb you are.

      Harlan’s hands were tied behind his back when it came to firing Larry. Utah couldn’t afford his buyout thanks to Chris Hill and Jon Huntsman and the ridiculous contract they have Larry.

      Larry should’ve been fired two years ago when he really checked out. Believe me Harlan fired Larry the first chance he got.

      • chinngiskhaan
        5 4

        Wait… you argue a point that I didn’t make… then insult MY intelligence? Bahahahahahaha!

        Did I place blame on Harlan? You aren’t saying anything I disagree with. We both agree that it would have been better if he had been fired sooner.

        • AZUTE
          4 8

          Listen Moron.

          I argued your first point that Smith couldn’t recruit and then your second point that Larry should’ve been fired years ago which he should have been but Utah couldn’t afford it.

          Do you honestly think Harlan didn’t want him gone the day he stepped on campus?

          Larry quit Coaching and recruiting his last two years here. He was waiting to get fired.

          • chinngiskhaan
            1 3

            Lol… so it’s ad hominem attacks now then eh? I already addressed every point you just made (for the second time for some reason).

  • AZUTE
    4

    Exacte is already an upgrade over Brenchley and Madsen in the backcourt

    He has a college ready body and is very athletic which the current team lacks in spades.

    This is how Smith is going to have to rebuild the team. With transfers and under the radar guys.

    Just remember before you post another stupid uneducated comment. Whit has made a career out of recruiting under the radar guys and turning them into great players. Let’s give Smith a couple of years to prove he can do it.

    • Distantute
      6

      No the team needs guys that can shoot. This guy doesnt sound like thats his game. Big body and athleticism are great – but if they cant score …. Its not football. Ill wait and see but given nobody was recruiting him it worries me.

      • AZUTE
        1

        Have you even seen his highlights???

        He’s a three level scorer

        He can spot up and shoot.

        If the defender runs up on him he can dribble around and pull up which looks like the best part of his game.

        Then his ability to get to the rim.

        Utah has nothing but standup shooters right now they need a guy who can pump fake and make something happen.

    • chinngiskhaan
      5

      Here you go again building up that straw man and knocking it down.

      Did I compare him to anyone else on the roster? No
      Did I say anything about his body? No
      Did I blame smith? No

      This isn’t on smith, but it is a reality of our situation. Like I said in a previous post, if we can’t beat byu in a battle for maybe the most important recruit in the history of the program, who is a lifelong Ute fan… we are going to have to rely on lucking out with diamonds in the rough. Which is EXACTLY the point you just made!

      He might be a great player. Smith might be able to help him develop. He did that at USU. He’s got to do it here also.

      I don’t mind Smith. This isn’t his fault, but if he were an excellent recruiter he would have pulled in Chandler. Kyle is not an excellent recruiter, but he has an eye for talent. Maybe Smith does too. We’ll see.

      I was simply pointing out that we now know for sure that Smith isn’t a good enough recruiter to pull in known commodities in spite of our programs current state.

      • AZUTE
        2

        So much more went into the Chandler recruiting that you know nothing about. It just makes you look foolish and stupid

        It wasn’t just Utah vs BYU basketball or Smith vs Pope. You forgotten about the Chirch pressure and the NIL deals that were promised to him. Scholarship availability when he returned from his mission in three seasons and much much more

        • radioUte

          Oh come on now. We were all disappointed but let’s not go full Zoob. There was absolutely no scholarship crunch had our No.1 recruiting target for a team in complete disarray decided to wait two years.

        • chinngiskhaan
          3

          Straw men, ad hominem attacks, and conspiracy theories… nicely done.

        • chinngiskhaan
          2

          And let’s pretend that you are correct that byu outbid us for his services… or that we didn’t have a scholarship.

          If byu is going to outbid us for the best b-ball recruits, Smith is screwed, Is he not?

          If Smith didn’t boot someone off the team to make room, then he is a fool… but I don’t believe that is what happened.

      • Charlie
        3

        I believe it was the Jazz owner that decided where Chandler would go to school. It would have been interesting if Jon Huntsman was here to watch that process. I will give Smith some time since I don’t know who could do better with what he walked into.

  • RedUte14
    2

    Are we really allowed to call each other morons and idiots?
    I think something should be done or said about this toxicity. Sounds like 12 year olds playing video games.

    • chinngiskhaan
      1

      Lol… there is only one guy calling people names… my feelings are very hurt.

  • Extra Medium
    3

    It’s basketball. Who gives a s**t? The only thing worse than the NBA is college basketball. Seriously guys you’re arguing over basketball. Think about it for a second.

    • GameForAnyFuss
      1

      I give a s**t. Every college basketball game I watched this weekend was vastly more entertaining than any NFL game I watched this weekend.