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SALT LAKE CITY — Three more stories from the world of sports in today’s From Left Field.
1. Harbaugh makes Utah high school appearances
Jim Harbaugh apparently made a trip to the Salt Lake Valley Friday, showing up at East High School and Bingham High School Friday, according to various social media posts.
East High football coach Brandon Matich posted a photo of Harbaugh and Michigan defensive line coach Greg Mattison visiting the school.
Later in the day, Bingham student-athlete Braden Harward posted a video of some parting thoughts to a group of students at Bingham.
Harbaugh told the students a story about a young philosopher and a man holding a bird in his hands, with the point being the fate of the bird was in that man’s hands no matter what the philosopher said.
“The lesson I take from that great story is our fate is in our hands; your fate is in your hands,” he told the students. As he left, someone yelled “go blue!” to which Harbaugh echoed that and added, “go Miners!”
Unfortunately for Harbaugh though, his team’s fate is in the hands of the College Football Playoff selection committee, which will decide which four teams will fight for the NCAA championship on Sunday. The Wolverines are currently No. 5 in the CFP rankings.
Michigan has offered a scholarship to Bingham High defensive tackle Jay Tufele, who is a four-star recruit, according to Rivals.com, as well as defensive end Langi Tuifua, who recently decommitted from Oregon amidst its firing of head coach Mark Helfrich. Tuifua is also a four-star recruit, according to Rivals.com.
According to the Deseret News, Harbaugh met with East High players Jordan Lolohea, Paul Maile and Sam Vakalahi.
2. Bees burn Isotopes in online exchange
Speaking of school, the Salt Lake Bees — in the spirit of offseason boredom — took Pacific Coast League foe Albuquerque to school on Friday in an entertaining Twitter exchange Friday.
The Salt Lake Bees announced their 2017 schedule Friday, and the season begins April 6 at Albuquerque.
That led to an entertaining exchange between the two clubs, which ended poorly for the Albuquerque team.
So far so good.
Oh no, it’s a trap!
Burned, but not completely knocked out, the Isotopes went to the bullpen.
@SaltLakeBees Ok. Your turn. A number between 1 and 20...— Albuquerque Isotopes (@ABQTopes) December 2, 2016
However, the Isotopes couldn’t find relief there, either.
@ABQTopes Hmm.... How about 8 for division titles since we joined the PCL. Or is it 4 for the number you have over the same time?— Salt Lake Bees (@SaltLakeBees) December 2, 2016
To Albuquerque’s credit, the Isotopes attempted to rally in the bottom of the ninth, but that fell short as the Bees picked up a 13th win over their PCL counterparts in 2016.
@SaltLakeBees Wrong. 16. Times we will beat you next year. 9 1/2 would have been accepted for games out of 1st you finished last season.— Albuquerque Isotopes (@ABQTopes) December 2, 2016
3. LeBron James pays up on World Series bet
Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James made a bet with former teammate and current Chicago Bulls guard Dwyane Wade during last month’s World Series matchup between Chicago and Cleveland.
The Cubs went on to overcome a 3-1 deficit in the series to win Game 7 and snap a 108-year-old title drought. On Friday, Wade cashed in on winning that bet over James — forcing James to dress in a Cubs uniform before the Cavs and Bulls played.
Things got worse for James and better for Wade. The Bulls went on to win the game, 111-105. Yet another win for Chicago in the battle between the two cities.