Rock On: Pardon the French

Published: Monday, June 2 2014 3:53 p.m. MDT


Following Nicholas Mahut’s first-round loss in the French Open, a reporter began the press conference by saying, “Congratulations.”

"Congratulations?” Mahut said. “I lost.”

Reporter: “You lost? OK. So what happened out there?”

Mahut: “Are you serious? Did you watch the match?”

Reporter: “No, I didn’t. I was told that you won. I’m sorry.”

Mahut (awkward pause): “Questions in French, please.”

Rock On suggests the reporter skip any of Gregg Popovich’s playoff press conferences.

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Chris B
Salt Lake City, UT

byu fans thought the big 12 had called?


But you guys actually are wanted by the Big 12 and the Pac 12 and you're just trying to weight your options huh?

Considering the news coming out that the power 5 are planning to create our own division(and permanently ensure only power 5 teams ever can go to the playoffs) I'd suggest you guys make up your mind and join a big boy conference very soon.

That is, unless you prefer setting up your own playoffs with Utah state, Wyoming, and the other mid majors. Because that will be the only option for mid majors going forward.

And if you think a lawsuit will get you into the big boy football picture once we set up our own division essentially?

Ya, and Wyoming can sue he Pac 12 or the SEC to demand access to the Pac 12 or SEC championship game huh?


CA. reader
Rocklin, CA

Son, you keep saying "we" like the U will ever win a PACSUN championship and get into the "playoffs". I like our chances from where we sit. If you have seen BYU's 2015 schedule, you can't question our ability to play with the supposed big boys.

Who am I sir?
Cottonwood Heights, UT


First things first - We've seen your 2014 schedule - Three games against top conference schools with Cal and Virginia's 2013 combined record of 3 wins and 21 losses.

Now for the 2015 schedule: Michigan and Nebraska - great games scheduled (did the Y turn down the opportunity to play Alabama?!) However - to play them and to beat them are two different things (as Y fans point out to Utah! However we did beat #5 Stanford last year) But this 2015 schedule is nowhere near as good as schedule as BYU's 2013 (ranked in the 30's as to difficulty. The Y played Wisconsin, Utah, ND, Washington, Virginia (and lost to all t) also Texas and Georgia Tech were wins. So a record of 2-5 is an indicator of how they against "good" teams.

Way to gain respect is to beat a Michigan or Nebraska and have them be strong enough to be ranked in the top teams at the end of the year (similar to Utah beating Alabama in the Sugar Bowl and Stanford last year. Do that on a consistent basis and respect will follow. Good luck.

Who am I sir?
Cottonwood Heights, UT


Additional comments on BYU's 2015 schedule. Impossible to know how strong Michigan, Nebraska, or others will be in 2015. However, looking at the projected rankings of 2015 teams Michigan is ranked #18, Nebraska #43, and Boise State #53. On the other hand Utah plays 5 teams ranked higher than Michigan! Oregon #2, UCLA #5, Stanford #8, USC #13, and Arizona State #16. In addition we also play Michigan (at RES!) Our 7th highest ranked opponent is Oregon State. So we have 7 teams ranked higher than your second highest.

My guess is that your '15 schedule will be ranked somewhere in the 70's toughest schedule. Utah's in the top 10 again.

Who am I sir?
Cottonwood Heights, UT


Final analysis of the Y's 2015 football schedule.

We both may be guilty of thinking the 2015 BYU football schedule is more difficult than it really is.

Consider this: (again the pre-season rankings are for 2014. See ESPN College Football 2014 Preseason Football Power Index))

1. BYU plays one team ranked in he top 25 (Michigan 18)
2. BYU plays one team ranked 25th to 49th. (Nebraska 43)
3. BYU plays three teams ranked 50th to 74th (Boise State 53, Cincinnati 58, and Fresno State 68)
4. BYU plays six teams ranked 75th or higher (East Carolina 75, Utah State 76, San Jose State 83, Connecticut 93, UNLV 95,and So. Miss 117)

Granted the Y has one more game to schedule (again, did they really turn down a chance to play Alabama?!) But truly this schedule is mid level (MWC or Conference USA) in difficulty!


You know, I've been a Cougar fan for over 56 years, before most of you were born. It never crossed my mind that they needed to be in a so-called power conference to win my support. First the Skyline Conference, the WAC in its many forms and numerous other conferences since along with Utah. Enjoyed all the games. Will continue to do so regardless whether they are holding hands with Utah or not. Power Conferences = money and that's about it. So what? I determined long ago at my life would not be ruled by the quest for money. It is tiresome to hear all the chest thumping from those with little else to do with their time.

Samurai Jake
Salt Lake City, UT


"It is tiresome to hear all the chest thumping from those with little else to do with their time."

Says the oddman who endearingly refers to so-what Skyline Conference, whacky WAC, and MWC small-pond games as "enjoyable." Ha ha ha

MN Doug
Rochester, MN

@ Who am I Sir

Did you really just use 3 postings assessing the SOS for BYU in 2015 based on 2014 PRESEASON rankings? Every year is so different; you're comparing apples to oranges in your "in-depth" analysis. In most 2013 Preseason polls, Auburn was ranked in the 40's or 50's or lower, but ended up losing in the last minute in the National Title game. I could site MANY more examples of the inefficacy of Preseason polls for a given season, let alone using those polls to assess two seasons ahead.
You were right about one thing though, BYU needs to just win the games in front of them if they have any chance to gain national respect, something they've faltered at the past couple years.

Lindon, UT

Maybe the reason we have heard nothing about whether or not we are scheduling Alabama in 2015 is because Holmoe is trying to reschedule one of the away games so that BYU will have 6 and 6 and still be able to play Alabama. Why don't we just be patient and wait to see what happens with that 12th game BYU needs to schedule.

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