Dick Harmon: Father witnesses rise of his son as Dennis Pitta has breakout year

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  • gdog3finally West Jordan, Utah
    Feb. 5, 2013 7:21 a.m.

    Pitta did score yesterday, but his game in the AFC title game was better. The article mentioned the hit Pitta took from Mayo. I mean Pitta got rocked, HUNG onto the ball, shook it off and scored the next play. Pitta is a tough dude man.

    It was good to see my Utes have the second most players from one school (Miami was first) in the Super Bowl yesterday. Anything to boost recruiting and depth in the PAC 12 is much needed.

  • antiphonus Oxford, Oxon
    Feb. 4, 2013 7:49 a.m.

    A quote from Shaq? Dick, that is Artistotle, via Will Durant: The Story of Philosophy: The Lives and Opinions of the World's Greatest Philosophers (1926) [Simon & Schuster/Pocket Books, 1991, ISBN 0-671-73916-6] Ch. II: Aristotle and Greek Science; part VII: Ethics and the Nature of Happiness: "Excellence is an art won by training and habituation: we do not act rightly because we have virtue or excellence, but we rather have these because we have acted rightly; 'these virtues are formed in man by his doing the actions'; we are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit: 'the good of man is a working of the soul in the way of excellence in a complete life... for as it is not one swallow or one fine day that makes a spring, so it is not one day or a short time that makes a man blessed and happy'" (p. 76). The quoted phrases within the quotation are from the Nicomachean Ethics, Book II, 4; Book I, 7. The misattribution is from taking Durant's summation of Aristotle's ideas as being the words of Aristotle himself.

  • sls Columbia, MO
    Feb. 4, 2013 5:56 a.m.

    This should help BYU recruiting in the Fresno area, even though the utes decided to forgo the rivalry game so they can play Fresno State.

  • OCoug Ogden, UT
    Feb. 3, 2013 10:25 p.m.

    Congrats to Dennis and the Ravens. Of all the players with ties to Utah, none had a bigger impact on the Superbowl.

  • stampederus Ephraim, UT
    Feb. 3, 2013 9:16 p.m.

    A Super Bowl ring!! Way to go, Dennis.

  • Aggielove Cache county, USA
    Feb. 3, 2013 9:07 p.m.

    49ers should of run Colin that last goal

  • Wayne Rout El Paso, TX
    Feb. 3, 2013 4:56 p.m.

    Great story. Hoping Dennis has a long and safe career.

  • LindonMan Lindon, UT
    Feb. 3, 2013 12:45 p.m.


  • nothegame Saratoga Springs, UT
    Feb. 3, 2013 12:08 p.m.

    That was a great article. Hope he has a great game. I know if it was my son playing i would be at the game. No question about that.

  • thebigsamoan Richmond, VA
    Feb. 3, 2013 11:16 a.m.

    @ SLCWatch,

    "May BYU be cursed with a thousand more such "No stars".

    Andt to that I say, "Amen, and amen!" So do we have any of that caliber now? Please say it is so!

    Go Cougars!

  • War dog Taylorsville, UT
    Feb. 3, 2013 11:13 a.m.

    Little minds will make negative comments on anything

  • SLCWatch Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 3, 2013 9:35 a.m.

    I note that Dennis Pitta was one of those no "Stars" players that others are always saying BYU's recruiting classes are always full of. May BYU be cursed with a thousand more such "No stars".

  • ChiefSportsFan Denver, CO
    Feb. 3, 2013 8:50 a.m.

    Excellent article! Always like to see feel-good items about sports stars, regardless of their affiliation. All the best to Dennis, Jr. and the Ravens.

  • pb Vernal, UT
    Feb. 3, 2013 7:45 a.m.

    I enjoyed reading about Dennis Pitta (Son), but I think you used the word Son and Father way to much. I'm not sure how you could have worded it differently, but it was irrating.

  • ImABeliever Provo, UT
    Feb. 3, 2013 5:15 a.m.

    Go N9ner's!