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Of Mormons and the Utah-BYU rivalry

Some are calling him an outright nutcase. Others, a well-meaning but misguided soul. Me? I think the guy’s a freakin’ genius, and I see his potential...


Sports

Oh look, another BYU-Utah "non-troversey"

Later this week the men’s basketball teams from the University of Utah and BYU will meet for a game in Provo, at the Marriott Center. Because the two rivals...


Sports

Debate all you want, but playoff selection committee nailed it

Forgive me if this comes across as, you know … braggy. I hate to say I told you so but facts are facts, you know? About 20 years ago (give or take) I wrote...


Behind the Headlines

New Standard video shows part of 'TV optional era'

We are entering what has been termed a “TV optional era.” Trends are showing, especially with the younger generation, that more and more people are...


Sports

Late-night game gives Runnin' Utes a big-time win

Back down? Seriously? From a big, nationally-televised fight? “Hell no,” said Utah basketball player Brandon Taylor. “No. No. We’ll...




Outtakes

Lowest voter turnout is something Utah can shoot for

It turns out Utah is a slacker state when it comes to voter participation. The numbers are in, and only two other states – Indiana and Texas – had fewer...


Sports

There's too much hate seeping into the sports section

Joy to the world? Yeah, maybe, if you’re lucky … if you’re looking for it. Maybe in a fleeting moment, on a slow news day. There is, without a...


Standard Deviations

Record holiday display could be ours, Utah

THIS! This is what Christmas is all about. Because nothing says “Happy Birthday, Jesus” like putting more holiday lights in your yard than anyone else....


Sports

You can't stop Aggies' LB Zach Vigil, but he can definitely stop

It’s much, much harder than this, but it’s an excellent place to start: Want to win football games? Want to have a great season even when injuries...


Sports

Book it: Ute runner is state's offensive POY

Last time we visited, I used this space to tout Utah State football coach Matt Wells as this state’s college football coach of the year. Now understand,...


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