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Eli Lucero
Gary Andersen poses for a photo with Big Blue after speaking at a press conference where he was introduced as the new head football coach at Utah State, Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2018, in Logan, Utah. (Eli Lucero/The Herald Journal via AP)

FIELD OF DREAMS

At Gary Andersen’s introductory press conference last week, Utah State president Noelle Cockett wasted no time getting to the point: season ticket sales.

“Now that we have Gary here,” she told boosters, “I’m going to challenge all of you folks to continue your commitment. We need you in those seats in Maverik Stadium, buying those tickets and showing Gary that we love having him back here.”

A 52-13 New Mexico Bowl win didn’t hurt.

There’s a saying about football programs: If you build it, they will come.

GOOD TO GO

USU athletic director John Hartwell says because the football program has improved so dramatically, non-conference teams aren’t lining up to schedule the Aggies as they once did.

“Our phone’s not ringing as much as it used to,” he said.

BYU: “Call us! November dates still available! Operators are standing by!”

ACCOUNTABILITY GAP

Everything was going swimmingly for Utah State in the New Mexico Bowl after an Aaron Wade interception — except the part where he punted the ball into the stands.

An unsportsmanlike conduct penalty ensued.

The good news: No coaches were left in the program to chew him out.

Ron Jenkins
Golden State Warriors Stephen Curry, left, and Kevin Durant look on from the bench as the Warriors play the Dallas Mavericks during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018, in Dallas. The Mavericks won 112-109. (AP Photo/Ron Jenkins)

THE UNEXPLAINED

Stephen Curry jokingly said he doesn't believe astronauts ever landed on the moon.

Cool, but if he’s naming things beyond belief, how about the Warriors already losing more games than they did all 2015-16 season?

CREDIT DUE

Drew Brees sent a commemorative football to 174 former teammates he believes helped him become the NFL’s all-time passing yardage leader.

Said the Tampa Bay Buccaneers secondary: “What about us?”

HISTORY CALLING

The New Orleans Times-Picayune is calling Taysom Hill “the Saints’ most beloved cult hero since Steve Gleason.”

Hill has faked punts, returned kicks, covered punts, run the ball in the goal-line offense and blocked a punt. Yet he went undrafted in 2017.

As a certain someone at BYU once said, “Magic happens.”

MATTER OF DEGREES

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Rudy Gobert says if officiating doesn’t get better it’s going to “get ugly.”

Does he mean regular ugly, or Andrei Kirilenko dragon tattoo ugly?

Mary Altaffer
FILE - In this Nov. 2, 2018, file photo, Houston Rockets forward Carmelo Anthony reacts during the second half of the team's NBA basketball game against the Brooklyn Nets in New York. The Rockets won 119-111. The addition of Anthony to the Rockets’ roster produced more thorns than fruit and now he is out. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)

ME, MYSELF AND I

NBA Mexico vice president Raul Zarraga told the Deseret News that basketball is “the second-most team practiced sport in Mexico.”

Carmelo Anthony is thinking: “Team sport? What’s that?”

NOT THERE YET

NBA commissioner Adam Silver says he’s optimistic about a G League team being established in Mexico.

No truth to the rumor it’s tied to the Jazz’s win-loss record “going south.”