Tuesday, February 24, 2009

MWC Basketball Race

I've been fiddling around trying to figure how BYU can win the MWC regular season title while keeping Utah and everyone else out of it. Here are the standings and games each team has left:

Utah, 10-2, UNLV, @BYU, @UNM, TCU
BYU, 8-4, @SDSU, Utah, @Wyo, AFA
UNM, 8-4, TCU, @CSU, Utah, @Wyo
UNLV, 8-5, @Utah, AFA, @SDSU

Before we get to BYU, here are some thoughts: The coolest scenario (besides BYU winning) would be if all five teams finished with an 11-5 record...which could very well happen. Actually, if BYU loses only game and Utah loses all but one game (both very viable scenarios) and the other three teams win the games they should, then New Mexico could very well finish 12-4 while everyone else goes 11-5. The Lobos have the easiest schedule remaining, though the Aztecs do have 3 of the last 4 at home.

To win the title outright, BYU has to win all its games. Period. I know it's statistically still possible if they don't, but you and I both know that's not going to happen. Next, Utah has to lose its next three games. There's no way they're beating BYU or UNM on the road, so it really comes down to the game at home tomorrow night against UNLV. If the Utes win, they're champs.

In sum: After these two games in the next two days, things will either be really clear or really exciting...Look out for New Mexico...If BYU loses tonight, at the best they'll be kissing their very ugly sister...Cheering for UNLV is okay from here on out...Wyoming does have two home games against these teams, but TCU is the team to watch to see if they totally gimp a championship hopeful.

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Thoughts from the Weekend

After getting work and school out of the way on Friday, I spent a couple hours finishing up John Adams, the HBO miniseries. My great friend Stella stuck with me to the end (it's about 7-8 hours long). I've read the book and loved that too; if you don't know, I am huge into history, especially early American history. Those men were THE BOMB. I'm glad they all made it to heaven so I can talk to them...um, assuming I make it there, also. John Adams is definitely underrated.

He knew it too: "The history of our Revolution will be one continued lie from one end to the other. The essence of the whole will be that Dr. Franklin's electrical rod smote the earth and out sprang General Washington. That Franklin electrified him with his rod - and thenceforward these two conducted all the policies, negotiations, legislatures, and war."

So by giving him mention in my first real blog post and being one of the most intense 1776 (the musical...watch it, I dare you. I mean, c'mon, Adams is played by Mr. Feeny, and I know you love Mr. Feeny) fans alive, I'm hoping I have given Mr. Adams at least a few more props.

On Saturday I covered my first ever rugby game. Now, if there's one thing I like more than history, it's sports, but I haven't taken the time to learn much about the Down Under's favorite sport. The game pitted BYU against UVU. Both are quite good for the division, but BYU is DI compared to the Wolverines' DII, so the Cougars 56-0 win wasn't surprising. Luckily my cousin's husband is the team trainer, so that helped with some clarifications. There are some big boys. This guy, the team captain, scored two tries (think touchdowns) after getting six staples in his head earlier in the week. They don't get the money the other programs do, so it's cool to know they play simply for the love of the game.

Finally, I went on Tyler's and Nichole's good graces to the Jazz/Hornets game. They honored Larry Miller before the game due to his recent passing. His commercials weren't my favorite, but he did name a mall after me and kept the Jazz in Utah, so he's tops in my book. We ate at Crown Burgers both because the food is delish and you get free parking a block or two away....but if you take my spot now because I just told you that, I'll act like I didn't get my plane ticket. Okay, maybe not exactly like that.

And if you must ask, yes, I listened to some of the BYU basketball game...looks to be the same old, same old. It's amazing how much the basketball team has mirrored the football team the last five or six years. Wait, I take that back...the football team has actually won a postseason game since 1993, my bad.

Friday, February 20, 2009

The Beginning

And thus it begins.

After much deliberation, here I go. I have a lot of ideas for this blog, but let's see how it actually goes. My main goals are to 1) have fun being random and 2) be entertaining to the outside world. But really, I figure things will just develop as I experiment and get feedback. Tell me what you like and especially what you don't like!

If all else fails, I'm also a public relations major, so a little dabbling in social media can't hurt. Please link to my blog whenever you'd like, whether it be permanently on your site or just whenever you enjoy a posting. I'll often comment on other blogs and websites as well.

Okay, enough with being boring. Here we go.