AROUND THE WEB — It was opening weekend for football.
The Alliance of American Football, that is, as the Salt Lake Stallions played their first-ever game in franchise history in the Valley of the Sun.
But first — it’s still basketball season.
Here are a few of our favorite moments, from the turf to the hardwood.
As always, click the video above for all of our Great Clips of the Week.
PVD for 3
You’ve seen it by now, and probably several times if you are a Ute fan.
Parker Van Dyke scored the game-winning 3-pointer as time expired to lift the Runnin’ Utes to a stunning 93-92 road victory at UCLA.
It was Utah’s first lead of the game, and erased a deficit that swelled as high as 22 points in the second half.
But when the ball left Van Dyke’s hands, he knew.
"I knew that it felt good leaving my hands," Van Dyke told the media after the game. "My mind was pretty clear and Sedrick (Barefield) made a great pass. I just kind of let it fly."
If you still haven’t seen the shot, we suggest watching it now — but set to a classic Celine Dion ballad.
PVD for 👌👌👌 pic.twitter.com/QyU1lytNBF— KSL.com Sports (@KSLcomSports) February 10, 2019
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Yoeli Childs had 19 points and 13 rebounds in BYU basketball’s 69-59 win Saturday night over Pacific, but helping the Cougars to their third-straight win isn’t the reason he made this list.
No, Childs has already proven himself on the basketball court; Saturday was his 14th double-double of the season and the 34th of his career.
After the game is when Childs made this list.
After fulfilling media responsibilities and saying good things about freshman teammate Connor Harding, Childs took some time on the way back to the locker room to hoop it up with a few young BYU fans.
Our favorite is the reaction as the 6-foot-8 junior from Bingham took flight for a dunk.
He's pretty cool, sure.
The Alliance begins
It’s been one week since pro football, and … wait, no it hasn’t.
Not this year, at least.
The Alliance of American Football kicked off its inaugural season with a four-game slate airing across CBS, CBS Sports Network and the NFL Network, which saw the local Salt Lake Stallions fall on the road against the Arizona Hotshots, 38-22.
Here are highlights of the league’s opening weekend.
There are plenty of changes in the league from the NFL: no kickoffs, no point-after touchdowns, and no TV timeouts, as well as a SkyJudge that can immediately overturn egregious officiating blunders, among them.
But the main reason football fans are loving the first few games of the AAF is for one thing: It’s football. Real, actual, legitimate football.
Take what happened in the first game, for example.
Welcome to every AAF promo reel, Mike Bercovici pic.twitter.com/9xHi9e1p39— Big Cat (@BarstoolBigCat) February 10, 2019
That’s San Diego quarterback Mike Bercovici, formerly of Arizona State, getting de-cleated — and de-helmeted — in the Fleet’s opening game of the Alliance of American Football, a 15-6 loss to the San Antonio Commanders.
The highlight made the rounds on social media, as well as postgame highlight shows on ESPN, CBS, the NFL Network, and more.
We hope Bercovici is OK after that brutal hit. But that also looks like a reason to enjoy the league that will fill the NFL offseason.