Utah Sports Ruckus: Half-year sports awards
Most pleasant surprise: Travis Wilson being cleared to play by doctors after a rather frightening medical diagnosis last year.
Biggest nonstory: The BYU NCAA violations "scandal" that was reported on as if it were a 10 on the Richter scale when in reality it looks like it was more of a 3, largely due to the nature and source of the "breaking news."
Biggest lesson learned: Beware of sports-radio news reporting.
Most afraid of commitment: Jake Heaps and Matt Carlino, who both transferred … again.
Most alarming statistic: The Utah Jazz failed to produce the individual high-scorer in their last 11 games, and in 26 of their last 30. In that span, Richard Jefferson was the only Jazz player to score the most points in a game more than once. This goes back to the point about needing a potential superstar.
Biggest off-the-field winner: Kyle Beckerman, who was married in January. In June The Huffington Post proclaimed that Beckerman and his wife, Kate, might be “soccer’s most beautiful couple.” Kyle Van Noy didn’t do too bad, either, getting married in June to former Miss Utah Marissa Powell. Apparently the name Kyle is the important thing.
If any great performances or stories were missed, or if a ranking is debatable, leave feedback in the comments. Based on reader feedback, there could be a Version 2.0 of the awards published.
Nate Gagon is an opinion columnist featured by the Deseret News, and writes a regular sports feature called Utah Sports Ruckus. He shoots roughly 94 percent from the free-throw line and can be reached at: email@example.com or Twitter @nategagon.
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