Utah Sports Ruckus: Boo the Super Bowl, not Jimmer

By Nate Gagon

For the Deseret News

Published: Tuesday, Feb. 4 2014 11:50 a.m. MST

Please don't boo Jimmer.

Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News

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Editor's note:This is a new weekly web-only column from Deseret News contributor Nate Gagon, talking whatever else is going on with sports in the great state of Utah and around the world.

In hindsight: A look back at the week that was

Watching the Super Bowl Sunday night, I was reminded of a 2012 movie “Thunderstruck” where Kevin Durant supernaturally switches basketball ability with a clumsy 16-year-old kid when he autographs a basketball for him.

Does anyone know if the Oakland Raiders visited Denver for a sign-n-greet before the Broncos left for New Jersey?

No, seriously.

Quote of the Week: “This game bites.”

– Everyone in America watching the Super Bowl except Seahawks fans.

Quote of the Week Part II: “This game really bites!”

– Fox executives and the companies that paid millions of dollars for second-half advertising in the Super Bowl.

That game was so boring I turned the channel to a replay of preseason WNBA basketball and felt a rush of adrenalin.

Maybe defense really does win championships. That will be a tough one for Peyton Manning to bounce back from. Personally, I was rooting for the guy to further his legacy with a second Super Bowl victory.

Meanwhile, in local news, the Jazz got back on track to finish the week with two straight losses after a disappointing two-game winning streak. Don’t look up Jazz. Keep your eyes on the prize: the lottery ping pong balls.

Last Monday the Jazz took on BYU icon Jimmer Fredette and the Sacramento Kings. With a bunch of the Kings’ players injured and the game a blowout, Jimmer was only two minutes short of a season-high in minutes played with 19.

Jimmer was loudly booed at EnergySolutions Arena by the Ute fans still hurting from Jimmermania and the 47 points he dropped at the Huntsman Center three years ago. As I told my cousin, who texted me from the game delighting and participating in the booing: "Dude, booing the Jimmer is like booing puppies, rainbows, angels, happiness and innocent little kids. It's just wrong! It doesn’t matter what team you root for — booing the Jimmer is bad karma."

Is it any wonder then that the Ute men’s basketball team is on a three-game losing streak? Ute fans, why mess with karma when you finally have a competitive team again? The Utes’ seven losses this season have been by an average of 3.7 points. Even against No. 1 Arizona, in a game the Utes ultimately lost by nine, they trailed by just four with 5:30 remaining. Yet, Utah sits on 10th in the Pac-12 with a 3-6 conference record.

Moral of the story: Don’t boo Jimmer.

Down south, the BYU men’s basketball roller coaster continues: four straight losses; five straight wins; two straight losses; two straight wins.

The variable, as with most college basketball teams, is quite simple: home court. The Cougars are 5-0 at home in West Coast Conference play and just 2-4 on the road.

In BYU’s two home wins last week over Pacific and Saint Mary’s, Tyler Haws made 22-of-37 field goals, 6-of-9 3-pointers and 21-of-23 free throws while averaging 35.5 points. His free-throw attempts in the two games nearly equaled his total number of assists on the season — 26.

We’re in the midst of a disappointing season for college basketball in the Beehive State.

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