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Rock On: A game-changer for Gifford Nielsen

Published: Saturday, Sept. 5 2015 12:23 a.m. MDT

Houston Oilers reserve quarterback Gifford Nielsen works out at practice Dec. 26, 1979, in preparation for the AFC playoff game against the San Diego Chargers. Nielsen started in place of Dan Pastorini.  (UPI Photo) Houston Oilers reserve quarterback Gifford Nielsen works out at practice Dec. 26, 1979, in preparation for the AFC playoff game against the San Diego Chargers. Nielsen started in place of Dan Pastorini. (UPI Photo)

SIGNAL CALLER

Gifford Nielsen, the former BYU and NFL quarterback, and longtime Houston sportscaster, has been called as an LDS general authority.

Nielsen will serve in the First Quorum of the Seventy, it was announced over the weekend. This might take some adjusting to on his part. For instance, Rock On sources say he’s already been asked to avoid referring to missionary expansion as “moving the chains.”

ADD NIELSEN

The same sources say he has also been advised not to refer to any change in stake presidencies as "calling an audible."

TIES THAT BIND

It’s a good thing the Lobos had it in writing.

Gifford Nielsen presents award to former BYU basketball coach Stan Watts.  Stan's wife Emily is in the center of the photo. photo by ravell call jan. 31, 1998 (Ravell Call, Deseret News) Gifford Nielsen presents award to former BYU basketball coach Stan Watts. Stan's wife Emily is in the center of the photo. photo by ravell call jan. 31, 1998 (Ravell Call, Deseret News)

Steve Alford signed a 10-year contract with New Mexico in March, and 10 days later left for UCLA.

Sources say Alford’s new deal includes a promise to stay seven years or until he next changes his oil, whichever comes first.

REGULAR JOES

Meanwhile, Southern Cal hired Florida Gulf Coast coach Andy Enfield.

Shaka Smart, Gravelle Craig, Barclay Radebaugh, Duggar Baucom, Dedrique Taylor…

Three hundred and forty-seven college basketball coaches and L.A. can’t come up with more intriguing names than Steve and Andy?

WEDDED MISS

Tiger Woods is dating skier Lindsey Vonn. Prior to that, the papers had him reuniting with ex-wife Elin Nordegren.

Retired BYU coach LaVell Edwards, center, poses with four former quarterbacks, from left, John Beck, Robbie Bosco, Elder Gifford Nielsen and Ty Detmer. Coach Edwards was this recipient this day of the 2013 Paul Retired BYU coach LaVell Edwards, center, poses with four former quarterbacks, from left, John Beck, Robbie Bosco, Elder Gifford Nielsen and Ty Detmer. Coach Edwards was this recipient this day of the 2013 Paul "Bear" Bryant Lifetime Achievement Award. Photo by Kelly Foss. (Jason Swensen, Deseret News)

In either case, Rock On has just one question: They wouldn’t even think of marrying in Vegas, would they?

CHICKENED OUT

At the annual White House Easter Egg Roll, President Obama took to the basketball court, but made only 2 of 22 shots.

It’s safe to say that, just like his deficit reduction plan, he laid an egg.

CHIN MUSIC

The Salt Lake Bees were introduced during halftime of the Jazz-Nuggets game last week, after which they tossed T-shirts into the crowd.

It all worked out nicely until pitcher Barry Enright stared down owner Gail Miller and then backed her off with a high, tight fastball.

Prior BYU quarterback Gifford Nielsen signs helmets at Riverside Country Club in Provo as part of BYU's quarterback week on Friady September 3, 2010.  The event  raises athletic endowment funding.  (Laura Seitz, Deseret News) Prior BYU quarterback Gifford Nielsen signs helmets at Riverside Country Club in Provo as part of BYU's quarterback week on Friady September 3, 2010. The event raises athletic endowment funding. (Laura Seitz, Deseret News)

HUSTLE THAT

Pete Rose told Grantland he thinks unwritten baseball rules such as not bunting during a no-hitter and not taking extra bases in a blowout are “stupid.”

No word what he thinks about the written rules, like not betting on games.

FIRST ALERT

Louisville guard Kevin Ware — via Letterman’s top 10 — on his first thoughts after suffering a gruesome broken leg: “Heat then ice? Or ice then heat?”

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