Top 10 local sports stories of 2011

Published: Saturday, Dec. 31 2011 8:13 p.m. MST

Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News
From Jimmer to Jerry, Utah was home to some sensational sports headlines in 2011. The Deseret News staff took a look at some of the state's top sports headlines from this past calendar year, and asked a few local sports commentators and reporters for their thoughts and observations on the phenomenal and the phenoms. Hope you enjoy. Honorable mentions: Conference realignment rumors keep fans — and sometimes college administrators — guessing as BYU was often involved in said rumors Bingham has 13 seniors sign scholarship commitments with colleges on National Signing Day Norm Chow hired as Utah's offensive coordinator, but then he leaves after one season to coach at Hawaii Weber State head coach Ron McBride, 72, retires after 50 years in coaching John L. Smith takes the Weber State head football coaching job Jazz have a tremendous start and then end up missing the playoffs NBA lockout delays the start of the season Women's ski jumping is officially included in the Sochi Winter Olympics (2014), and then six months later Park City's Sarah Hendrickson, 17, wins the first FIS Women's Ski Jumping World Cup competition St. George's Jay Don Blake breaks through on Senior Tour
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Orem, Utah

Nicely done, Amy. Couldn't agree more with your choices...especially Jimmermania as #1. Even my wife who generally dislikes sports attended three BYU basketball games last winter and is now following the Sacramento Kings!

Bountiful, UT

I don't know about the team not quitting on Jake, the defense certainly did in the 3rd quarter of the Utah game. Consequently, Utah took a close game and turned it into a route.

Las Vegas, NV

The fans apparently do not realize that any "official practice" would be considered an NCAA Violation and subject a school to probation? I suspect all the fawning over purportedly missed practices will disappear when one realizes that there are no such thing as off-season practices (missed or otherwise). Any off-season workouts are only called by the players themselves; cannot be called, mandated or otherwise attended by coaches and are therefore, not formal or organized. But I am sure all the intellectual geniuses (fans) out their know this right?

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