Tender is the night

It wasn't all bad news for Utah State fans last week.

True, quarterback Riley Nelson is transferring to BYU.

But on the bright side, former Aggie Chris Cooley, now with the Washington Redskins, just launched a career as a romance writer. The tight end from Logan on Friday married former Redskins cheerleader Christy Oglevee. On his blog for Yahoo! Sports he breathlessly described their first date:

"Christy stepped through my back door two Julys ago. She walked into the house like she had climbed out of a poster in my high school bedroom. Past fashionably late, she had given me way too much time to sit and drink, and I knew it would be hard not to make an a-- out of myself. By the time I was face to face with my favorite Redskins cheerleader, all I could muster was a shrugged shoulder handshake.

"It was a Saturday night in the summertime and Christy was thinking about me. I would have never known what she had on her mind, but I couldn't keep my eyes off her. She confessed that it wasn't coincidence that brought her to the house and she was prepared. If looks were bait then I was hooked. She dressed to make men panic, but beyond that she was beautiful. Her smile was incredible and she had something terribly contagious in her eyes. Awkward glances and stares filled the room, and before the night ended I knew that I wanted more."

Wow. Back door entrances, summer nights, contagious eyes. Clothing to make men panic.

The sexiest thing Rock On ever writes about is that funny smell in a hockey locker room.

Spreading the word

Getting back to Nelson, there has been much discussion over his transfer, some saying he should never have been thinking of football while on an LDS mission.

At the same time, BYU has complained that players like Austin Collie were hotly pursued while in the mission field by other schools.

Perhaps it's time for the LDS Church to put an end to such Elder-skelter and just say NOBODY from ANY school talks to players while they're on their missions. After all, friends, girlfriends and — except on rare occasion — even families are off-limits to missionaries.

Why aren't coaches?

Or maybe the church could limit contact by mandating no coach can recruit a missionary unless he agrees to sit through all the missionary discussions.

Vai-ing for success

First, there was Ali vs. the Japanese kick-boxer, then Tonya Harding vs. Paula Jones and Manute Bol vs. William "The Refrigerator" Perry.

Now there's Vai vs. Jose.

Philadelphia sportscaster Vai Sikahema (a former BYU and Eagles kick returner) is set to fight Jose Canseco on July 12. Sikahema is planning to donate the $5,000 purse to the wife of a slain policeman.

Rock On is favoring Sikahema, mainly because he said this regarding the fight: "I know my limitations."

Which harks to the classic quote by Dirty Harry Callahan, who said, "A man's got to know his limitations."

And you know how well things turned out for Dirty Harry.

E-mail: rock@desnews.com