BYU basketball: From hoop stars to rock stars, Jimmermania hits Twitter

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  • Duckhunter American Fork, UT
    Jan. 27, 2011 10:35 p.m.

    The best part about this is that we get to do it all over again on Saturday. What a great rde this kid, and this entire team, are taking us on. It's really alot of fun.

  • fresnogirl Fresno, CA
    Jan. 27, 2011 10:24 p.m.


    DOn't forget, the 22,000 was just those lucky enough to get into the Marriott Center. Then there was the overflow at the Wilk and all the home viewing audiences as well.

  • shaybo Richfield, UT
    Jan. 27, 2011 9:24 p.m.

    When was the last time the team you root for drawn 22000 Hedgehog? The things haters come up with is amazing.

  • shaybo Richfield, UT
    Jan. 27, 2011 9:06 p.m.

    I think the best one was when the ESPN sports analyst said Kevin Durant is showing Fredette like range" as he was dropping 47.

  • Iggle Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 27, 2011 6:46 p.m.

    Regarding Kevin Durant's tweets: He was most likely joking, but probably not mocking. I say that because I follow him on Twitter and he's one of the classiest athletes on there. He has nothing but respect for most fellow athletes in all sports.

  • LonestarRunner Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 27, 2011 4:39 p.m.

    The "Trotter Tribute" honors professional and college athletes from all sports throughout the world whose play calls to mind the dazzling showmanship of "the worlds most famous team." The honor is designed to recognize amazing and entertaining moments during the course of competition.

    After BYUs road victory over Colorado State this past Saturday, an Associated Press story quoted Rams coach Tim Miles comparing Fredette's ball handling ability to that of Globetrotters Legend Curly Neal.

    "The guy is the total package," said Globetrotters Showman Special K Daley, "and with his shooting range, he might even be pretty prolific with our new 4-point shot."

    Globetrotting with Jimmertime, hmmmm!

  • stokethefire The Planet, Earth
    Jan. 27, 2011 4:26 p.m.

    All you need to know about utahcountyute - he may be stupid, but he's not clever.

  • stokethefire The Planet, Earth
    Jan. 27, 2011 4:25 p.m.

    All you need to know about Hedgehog - He may be stupid but he is not clever.

  • AK Cougar Palmer, AK
    Jan. 27, 2011 3:19 p.m.

    Hey Hedgehog, I am so glad you are an obsessed with all thing Cougar. You certainly read more articles, watch more games and blog more often than most avid fans. Thanks for your support.

  • Two Cents Springville, Utah
    Jan. 27, 2011 3:12 p.m.

    Did anyone else thing Coach Rose looked like he was zoning out the last 10 minutes of the game? He looked like he wasn't even thinking about basketball.

  • BYU Z-man Provo, UT
    Jan. 27, 2011 2:47 p.m.

    It's okay hedgehog, ESPN's replayed enough of the game's highlights that anybody who missed it the first time around has had plenty of opportunity get caught up on what they're missing.

  • Ted H. Midvale, UT
    Jan. 27, 2011 2:36 p.m.

    If a tree falls in the woods..

    Apparently John Wall, Kevin Durant, and Nelly all hear it.

    And those other few who ever read or watch espn or sports illustrated

  • hedgehog Ann Arbor, MI
    Jan. 27, 2011 2:14 p.m.

    "You put up 44 against a 20-0 #4 team in front of 22000 on national TV .. enough said"

    I'd like to see the total number of actual viewers for the so called "national" tv.

    An obscure premium cable outlet is not reaching the masses. I think you'd be shocked at just how few people saw this game.

    As they say, If a tree falls in the woods......

  • patriot Cedar Hills, UT
    Jan. 27, 2011 1:41 p.m.

    Jimmer is good. How good? Well, if you put up a bunch of 40+ games your the real deal. You put up 44 against a 20-0 #4 team in front of 22000 on national TV .. enough said. There is always room in the NBA for guards who can shoot and have natual basketball savy... just like Jimmer. There are alot of athletic kids from the big east schools who just can't shoot and they bump around the league for a few years and then they are done. The guys who can shoot the ball consistantly will always find a place on a team.. as a starter or off the bench.

  • Where's Stockton ??? Bowling Green, OH
    Jan. 27, 2011 1:09 p.m.

    What??? Hedggie Doggie's getting a Jimmer Tatoo...Talk about a shift in perception... Sounds like Jimmer made a believer out of least until tomorrow when his prediction for Saturdays game in the pit comes out. Go for it man!!! It's your body...

  • TheSportsAuthority Arlington, VA
    Jan. 27, 2011 12:15 p.m.


    You're not fooling anybody. We all know if Jimmer wore crimson and made his home on the hill, you'd be singing his praises as the best basketball player in the NCAA and a surefire NBA star.

    And, you'd have no problem with Ute Nation getting crazy with Jimmermania. The NC talk from the hill would reach "epic" level.

  • Duckhunter American Fork, UT
    Jan. 27, 2011 11:16 a.m.

    Poor utahcountyute. This is absolutely killing him. He begrudgingly has to give Jimmer backhanded compliments because the kid is so good trying to pretend he isn't just makes him look like an even bigger fool than we all know him to be.

    The fact is that BYU is now 20-1, ranked in the top 10, just beat a top 5 team, and Jimmer gets a nightly 10 minute segment on ESPN not to mention all the big names, like Durrant and Wall, that are actually tweeting about him and talking him up. This is absolute torture for ute "fans". At least the hater segment.

    As far as all the attnetion by ESPN that Jimmer is getting. There are probably two factors to it. One is that Jimmer mania is simply overtaking the country, that is undeniable, and the other is that BYU's exclusive contract with ESPN is incentive for ESPN to cover BYU as much as possible. ESPN wants to give them exposure. Remember the ESPN contract is not just for football, it also includes basketball and that is simply more money in the coffers for ESPN and BYU.

    Nice little thing we have going on here.

  • Rock Chalk BYU Lawrence, KS
    Jan. 27, 2011 10:37 a.m.

    Hey @utahcountyute, let me lay it out for you straight.

    When you can hide behind your anonymity with a name like @utahcountyute, you don't really have to use your manners, you can say whatever you want.

    When you are a real person, posting as yourself (such as Kevin Durant), you pretty much have to use the matters your mother tried to teach you (such as "If you can't say anything nice, don't say anything at all"), or else you look like a buffoon.

    So you tell me, was the real-life person Kevin Durant *really* going out of his way, unprovoked, to give Jimmer a backhanded compliment, or to put him in his place? Or was it a star player being a class act.

    Don't let your anonymous poor manners cast a shadow on a guy you don't even know (Durant). Hopefully your social skills are better in real life.

  • DEW Cougars Sandy, UT
    Jan. 27, 2011 10:27 a.m.

    So I wonder how many people who watched this game - anyone know? Twitter was going nuts about Jimmer. Way to go Cougars!

  • fresnogirl Fresno, CA
    Jan. 27, 2011 10:21 a.m.

    It's amusing to watch Hedgehog flounder for zingers.

    First he thought "Zoobs" was an insult. And then it was "tds" (until a poster asked if that stood for "touch down school"). He still thinks that misspelling someone's name is a slight ... so does my 6 year old.

    And yesterday he stole my comment about him having Attention Deficit Syndrome and tried to say that about Cougs ... while he was trolling the BYU boards. The irony still makes me laugh.

    February is going to be long, cold and grey in Ann Arbor. Meanwhile, Cougar Nation is still smiling.

  • Middle of the Road Home Town USA, UT
    Jan. 27, 2011 10:09 a.m.

    The consensus of the sport writer's world is that Jimmer is legend, and needs not last name to identify him, like LeBron, Shaq, or even Magic!! in my humble opinion of course on the other first name's fame.

    Jimmer is the real deal. If you read and notice in his comments, he deflects the praise with more praise to others, which shows he does not let the words go to his ego, or head. His team mates helped him all the way, and they did not think he was taking center stage, but worked as a team. Great coaching example for Dave Rose, when the refs made a huge fuax paux call, he kept his cool and ignored the crowds reaction. Now, that showed a lot of class!

    The other coach, Fisher, was also a class act, and had great sportsmanship even though his team was kicked down a few notches. He also praised Jimmer's performance and quoted by the press.

    The game will be one remembered for a while. I look forward to the next showdown in San Diego in a month. Go Cougars. My Alma mater.

  • oh ye confederacy of dunces Flushing, NY
    Jan. 27, 2011 9:58 a.m.

    Utah County Ute,
    Respectfully, you are so far off on your analysis of Durant's comments that it is laughable. I understand where your loyalties lie, and honestly I think they are really clouding your thought processes.
    Does Durant really think Jimmer is the best scorer in the world? No. But that is what made his comments so kind and supportive of what Freddette had accomplished...after dropping 47 himself on an NBA court, his complements of Fredette meant all the more.
    Your analytical skills need a little refinement, my friend.

  • Walter Bellhaven Las Vegas, Nevada
    Jan. 27, 2011 9:49 a.m.

    Fredette is a DragonSlayer. Durrant knows about talent; sure, he was probably being tongue-in-cheek, to an extent, but I'm sure he dropped the name for a very good reason. Fredette: Legit!

  • hedgehog Ann Arbor, MI
    Jan. 27, 2011 9:48 a.m.

    "Have fun at the tattoo parlor"


    No such luck, all the Utah County tatto parlors are booked ( standing room only).

  • TheSportsAuthority Arlington, VA
    Jan. 27, 2011 9:44 a.m.


    As Mike Miller of NBC Sports "Beyond the Arc" said,

    "Jimmer Fredette reached LeBron territory Wednesday night. He broke Twitter.

    We knew BYU's senior guard could score from anywhere. We knew he could score in bunches. And we knew he could carry BYU when needed. But we didn't know he could do all three at once, when the entire college basketball world was watching and against a team that hadn't lost all season."

    Jimmer shot his way into legendary status last night.

    Get over your BYU-hating, small-minded Utah fan jealousy and give props where props are due.

    Jimmer is the real deal!

  • fresnogirl Fresno, CA
    Jan. 27, 2011 9:33 a.m.


    Your comment was hilarious!

    There's a poster who has been posting the last couple of days: "Fredetteaboutit." I don't remember who it was, but I thought he/she would like to know that ESPN used that on their headline last night. I thought that was pretty cool.

    My favorite, however, came this morning on a Fresno radio station: "It was a game the Aztecs would like to Fredette."

    I'm still smiling this morning. Have fun at the tattoo parlor, Hedge. Maybe that will get you the attention you crave.

  • IDC Boise, ID
    Jan. 27, 2011 9:25 a.m.

    Jimmer will never be a Durant but he is a pretty sweet Jimmer. Go cougs!

  • Naked Truth Salt Lake City, Utah
    Jan. 27, 2011 9:13 a.m.

    "I'm getting the name 'jimmer' tatooed on my face later today."

    I'm sure it would be an improvement. I guess I should just try to be the better man but I can't help but feel a little joy in sensing how much you really must hate the guy. Every 30 ft. 3-pt swoosh must feel like a needle to the brain!

  • utahcountyute Cedar Hills, UT
    Jan. 27, 2011 9:13 a.m.

    Bleeding blue

    I have nothing but props for the kid. It's the fans that rub me the wrong way and need a little dose of reality.

  • GoodGuyGary Houston, TX
    Jan. 27, 2011 9:11 a.m.


    you are so funny.

  • hedgehog Ann Arbor, MI
    Jan. 27, 2011 9:07 a.m.

    Jimmer would school Durant... no contest. I'm getting the name "jimmer" tatooed on my face later today.

  • Bleeding Blue Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 27, 2011 9:05 a.m.


    I am enjoying the Jimmer show. It seems to be you who are having the problem with it. By all accounts Durant and Jimmer are friends. Does Durant really think Jimmer is the best scorer in the world? Probably not, but he was giving Jimmer his props. Jimmer, to his credit, deflected the praise. It must be hard to view the world through your cynical eyes.

  • utahcountyute Cedar Hills, UT
    Jan. 27, 2011 8:57 a.m.

    Bleed Blue

    No, I think you really need to get over yourself. Even Jimmer realized what Durant was saying.

    Do really think Jimmer will drop 47 points in an NBA game? That is where Durant is coming from. He was mocking and if you can's see that, I'm sorry.

    Deal with it and enjoy the kid while he is around.

  • Eliot Santaquin, UT
    Jan. 27, 2011 8:46 a.m.

    Naw, I think Durant was lying. What a kidder! My goodness some Utah fans sure are thick.

  • Bleeding Blue Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 27, 2011 8:40 a.m.


    Do you really think Durant would put that out just to mock Jimmer? After they've played together at basketball camps? After other NBA players and college players tweeted similar messages? Get over yourself.

  • utahcountyute Cedar Hills, UT
    Jan. 27, 2011 8:02 a.m.

    Do you really think Durant meant what he put up there?

    Durant had just put up 47 in an NBA game!

    That's actually pretty funny.

    That being said, I have to give the kid props for keeping the cougs in the game. Nice win.

  • Y4LYFE Lubbock, TX
    Jan. 27, 2011 7:44 a.m.

    Awesome. BYU has put on a show, BYU fans have made the MC absolutely scary. I can't wait for some rematches against the rest of the dumpy mwc.

  • RaininTime Orem, UT
    Jan. 27, 2011 7:11 a.m.

    The good news is now the newly created verb, "Jimmered," is being used by everyone, everywhere.

    The bad news is my student's will use this verb in their papers.

  • Where's Stockton ??? Bowling Green, OH
    Jan. 27, 2011 5:18 a.m.

    What a Great Performance. Jimmer Fredette wasn't just a one man Team. He was Ainge...He Was Fred Roberts... He was Namelka...He was Kresmer... He was Pistol Pete... He was just about anybody you wanted him to be! But Most of all...He was Here..There...and Everywhere. And last night The Jimmer Jammed. It all came together!!!