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SALT LAKE CITY — Jimmer Fredette is entering his second-year in the league and went from the starting point guard for the Kings to a player fighting for time now. And boy is he fighting.
Fredette's trainer is named Lee Taft and he is putting the former college legend through a rigorous session to get him ready for anything. In order to improve his dribbling, Taft simply makes Fredette go through him ¾ of the way down the court.
Not just go around, but he has to really go through his trainer. Taft uses both hands at the starts and leans down on the sophomore guard. And whenever Fredette makes a move he hits his hands, swipes at the ball and just keeps hitting him.
If a guy that can do that and has a shot like he had at BYU can't make the league, then those that can must have some super powers.
Remembering a legend
Steve Sabol passed away on Sept. 18, at the age of 69 due to brain cancer. If any sports fan is wondering why this is news or who this man was, they need to find an appreciation for what he did for the NFL. He was the founder, with his father Ed, of NFL Films and created the images to make it the most popular sport in America.
The popularity of NFL FIlms pushed the NFL to make games more entertaining. It's even pushed other sports, like basketball and baseball, to find ways to make events more exciting.
He worked with John Facenda, "The Voice of God," who could make any story interesting and they worked together to create stories out of the simple game of football. Football follies showed the intelligence and sense of humor of Sabol and the crew.
His team has all the best shots, just watching "The Catch" as the ball floats in the air to be plucked out of the air by Dwight Clark shows that they understood football and they just always seemed to be in the right place at the right time.
Go watch any of the NFL Films productions out there with Facenda and Sabol and remember what these men have done for the NFL.
At this point the NFL is so engrained in the national scene that there is no way it will go away, but it will be a shame if the influence of Sabol is ever forgotten.
Collie down again
Austin Collie went down over the weekend with a knee injury that is now reported as a rupture patellar tendon, which means his season is over. This is a player who can not catch a break. He missed the first few weeks of the season with concussion-like symptoms after missing seven games two years ago with concussions.
He has played a total of 42 games in his four years, but when he has played, he has been productive. In 2010, he was on pace for up over 100 catches and 15 touchdowns before he went down for the season.
Collie is known locally for one of two things, both regarding the rivalry game with Utah: The fourth-and-18 catch that he hauled in for the rivalry game and his postgame comments about miracles happening if you live right off the field.
Well, Utah fans can now make some jokes about how he is living, but for anyone wanting to see a very good local player representing the state in the NFL, let's hope he can have a miracle happen and get back to playing football at a high level.
What to do after not watching football
Millions of sports fans and members of Twitter nation have decided that the ending of the Green Bay-Seattle game went too far and they will now boycott the NFL.
So what can they do now with their free time?
Bubba Watson has an answer from his Twitter account, "All @nfl fans watch the Ryder Cup this week, we got no refs. #USA"
So how many of the 30 million or so football fans will actually go through with their boycott? Will this actually change anything?
What else is on TV on Sundays during that time? They show an awful lot of bowling on during the day. There is probably a "Transformers" on or maybe the fourth Indiana Jones.
Well now, suddenly poor officiating might not seem so bad.
You can't do that
Utah State was up by 12 on Saturday against Colorado State, and the game was basically over pending an onside kick that was clearly not going to make it the required ten yards. But that was when Aggie Jake Doughty makes one of the most egregious hits anyone should ever see.
The Colorado State kicker Jared Roberts rolled the ball short. It was likely going through his head that there is no way this will make it all the way. Well, he probably got halfway through that thought when Doughty absolutely flat-backs him.
Roberts was walking the ball, and with any kickers, the players around the ball are protected from contact. Roberts might have thought he was protected, but Doughty didn't get the message.
He got a 15-yard penalty, the Aggies still got the ball and were able to run the clock out, but these are the kind of penalties the MUSS thinks is dumb.