Morning links: Jim McMahon advocates for medical marijuana; Utah-BYU rivalry already starting for future freshmen
Stacy Thacker, AP
Former BYU quarterback Jim McMahon, who spent 15 years in the NFL, is taking a stance in favor of medical marijuana.
In a Chicago Tribune story by Robert McCoppin Thursday, McMahon said the controversial treatment has been the most effective method of helping him deal with the ongoing effects of concussions and other injuries he sustained during his playing days.
"This medical marijuana has been a godsend," he said. "It relieves me of the pain — or thinking about it, anyway."
Utah-BYU rivalry already alive for future football freshmen
Just minutes after he announced his commitment Thursday night to play football for the University of Utah, Terrell Burgess of San Marcos, California, was welcomed to the Utes' rivalry with BYU by a player who hasn't seen the field for the Cougars yet.
In a tweet congratulating Burgess on his commitment, BYU's Troy Warner, who faced Burgess in high school before graduating early and enrolling at the Provo school, added a little note to fan the rivalry's flames.
Turn up boy!! @TiTaniumT98 this rivalry goes on😈— Troy Warner (@TroWarner) January 29, 2016
In response a little while later, a Utah fan posted a video on Twitter of Burgess burning Warner on a play for a touchdown.
Bill Simmons proposes trade ideas for the Utah Jazz, jabs fans
Ever since a piece from ESPN NBA analyst Zach Lowe was published Tuesday suggesting that the Utah Jazz should at least think about trading Gordon Hayward to the Boston Celtics for what's sure to be a Top 5 pick in June's NBA Draft, discussion concerning the topic has abounded.
Late Thursday night, media personality Bill Simmons, formerly of Grantland and a diehard Celtics fan, proposed on Twitter some trade ideas that would get Hayward to Boston without Danny Ainge and company surrendering the pick.
Along the way, Simmons took some shots at Jazz fans.
Teague/Korver for Hayward/Burke. That's the trade.— Bill Simmons (@BillSimmons) January 29, 2016
I recant my fake trade. Utah fans would riot if they traded Hayward. Back to drawing board. Schroeder for Hood is interesting...— Bill Simmons (@BillSimmons) January 29, 2016
I can't wait to talk on tomorrow's podcast about Utah fans and their predictably irrational love for Gordon Hayward. Get ready @HousefromDC— Bill Simmons (@BillSimmons) January 29, 2016
Hayward to Atl, Teague to Utah, Korver to Cle (trade exception). Utah would cut 7.5m and be 15 mill under cap for a 2nd move. I like it!— Bill Simmons (@BillSimmons) January 29, 2016
Let's see if the Utah fans approve this one - Hayward to Minnesota for Towns, Wiggins and two first round picks.— Bill Simmons (@BillSimmons) January 29, 2016
(Fine, fine, I've just been trying to neg Hayward's trade value b/c I want Boston to get him w/o giving up a Nets pick... you got me...)— Bill Simmons (@BillSimmons) January 29, 2016
Ryan McDonald is a sports reporter at DeseretNews.com. Follow him on Twitter @ryanwmcdonald.
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