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Brad Rock: Rock On

Published: Monday, Nov. 22 2010 11:56 p.m. MST

Trickery time

Each week, the University of Utah publicity office sends out a schedule of interview times for its football team. But Sunday, an inadvertent error caused the release to be e-mailed to the gymnastics media, rather than football, before being corrected.

It could have been a simple mix-up, gymnastics for football. But Rock On suspects the Utes are actually planning a play that involves an aerial walkover, a double-twist, a front pike somersault and Shaky Smithson.

Let's see Bronco Mendenhall plan his defense around that.

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In related news, the U. also announced there will be no end zone celebrating during Saturday's game, but it is allowing a kiss-and-cry area in the southeast corner of the stadium.

Unique position

The rivalry was always a big deal in Utah, but only when BYU and Utah started playing close games in the 1990s did it reach a wider audience.

How big the rivalry is depends on the source. A Bleacher Report article in May rated Utah-BYU the No. 17 rivalry, behind the likes of Oregon-Oregon State (16) and Lehigh-Lafayette (9). In 2009, ESPN's Pat Forde didn't rank Utah-BYU in his top 10, despite including such debatable choices as Boston College-Virginia Tech and Washington State-Washington. Meanwhile, The Wall Street Journal rated it the fourth-best rivalry in football.

Rock On is going out on a limb and calling it the world's greatest rivalry between teams whose head coach says "Fetch!" when his kicker misses a field goal.

About face

Remember in 2005, when Kyle Whittingham mildly dissed the Las Vegas Bowl?

He said the best way to view Vegas was in his rear view mirror.

Seems the view of Glitter Gulch is improving.

After losing two straight games earlier this month, the Utes' chances of attaining anything bigger went, well, south. So this is what it has come to for the Utes: Viva Las Vegas.

Now serving from the buffet menus at the MGM Grand, Luxor and Bellagio: All-you-can-eat crow and humble pie.

Birdsong

Baseball legend Stan Musial was informed last week he will be receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

The St. Louis Cardinals began a "Stand for Stan" promotion in May, after a lower-profile attempt failed during the George W. Bush administration. This time, the campaign picked up momentum thanks to publicity on Facebook and Twitter.

Which stands to reason. Honestly, how better to get the word out on a longtime Redbird than to tweet about it?

e-mail: rock@desnews.com

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