A few sports-related items you might have missed while being immersed in Super Bowl fever over the past week ...

Utah State is raising football ticket prices for next season, coming off its scintillating 2-10 season. I guess prices would have stayed the same if they'd only gone 1-11 like the previous year ...

The suspension of four USU basketball players was lifted this week after they had to miss one game and some practice time. I commend Stu Morrill for upholding team rules at the expense of a possible victory. But wasn't it a bit self-serving to say, "There are places that would have turned their heads for what happened, but that's not the way we do it." And why not at least give us a clue what the players did to be suspended. Otherwise our imaginations run wild for what could have been something as little as being a few minutes late for curfew ...

The FBR Open in Phoenix drew a record 170,000 fans Saturday. Are you kidding me, 170,000 people attending a golf tournament? I thought only car races drew that many. As one who has been to a few U.S. Opens — which have less than half as many fans — and not been able to see hardly anything (and I'm fairly tall), I can't imagine trying to watch a golf tournament with that many people. And another amazing thing — Tiger Woods wasn't even playing in the tournament ...

Woods was actually playing in the Dubai Desert Classic in the United Arab Emirates, where — guess what — he won again. It looked like he didn't have a chance when he fell four shots behind, but he birdied five of his final seven holes for a 65 and a one-shot victory ...

Morris Almond, who everyone was so excited about when he was drafted by the Jazz out of Rice last summer, broke his own D-League record by scoring 53 points against Bakersfield. That's 50 more points than he's scored all season in his limited appearances with the Jazz ...

Russell Baze won his 10,000th race as a thoroughbred jockey, the most of any North American jockey. I have to admit, I'd never heard of the guy until I read about his accomplishment. I really don't care that much and you probably don't either, but 10,000 is an awful lot of races to win ...

The Utah Valley basketball team improved to 11-13 on the season with a big road win over New Jersey Institute of Technology. Well, not that big of a road win, considering that NJIT, a Division I program, by the way, is now 0-23 on the season ...

Is there a worse place for basketball in the country than Colorado State? After the men's and women's teams each lost to Utah Saturday, they both fell to 0-7 in MWC play this year. The combined halftime scores of the two games was 72-23 and the total margin of victory was 55 points ...

And finally, among the games we were able to watch on ESPN Saturday afternoon were the exciting Rider-Siena and Louisiana-Monroe-South Alabama games. Of course, there was no TV coverage of Saturday night's Utah-Colorado State game or the BYU-Air Force game three days earlier. Isn't it great Utah and BYU have The mtn. network now instead of ESPN?


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