Alan is my best friend. He and I grew up together. We’re like brothers. He moved away to Philly years ago, worked his way up the business ladder and started a beautiful family. We can go months without talking to each other and then we both can simultaneously say the same phrase word for word.
I have Alan to thank for many great things in my life. About 5 years ago, he told me to start blogging about golf. Years later, I’ve built one of the world’s best golf blogs, made hundreds of friends, played dozens of incredible golf courses, and met some of the most famous golfers in the world like Jack Nicklaus, Greg Norman, John Daly, Mike Weir etc. Because of my blog I even got to play golf with George Brett. I’ve hung out with Charles Barkely, John Elway, Mario Lemieux, met women from The Big Break (Debbie “DD,” Ashley Prang) and made connections even top CEO’s would envy.
I have another thing to add to my friend Alan’s thank you list. This one is the helmet you see pictured here. It’s an autographed Univerisity of Utah football helmet from the Sugar Bowl where my Utes completed the perfect 13-0 season. Anyone who knows me or follows my blog knows I’m a HUGE UTE FAN. Hell I even have Ute golf shoes. This helmet was signed by the whole team during the Sugar Bowl. When I opened this box I was in complete shock and for the 2nd time this year got goose bumps opening a package which came in the mail.
Alan my friend, my brother from a different mother, I THANK YOU.
I’ll be blogging live, or “blogcasting” at the PGA Show in Orlando next week! Boy am I getting excited.
The HOG private jet (a.k.a. Southwest flight 761 to Chicago, then flight 1856 from Chicago to Orlando) leaves next Wednesday.
For those who haven’t seen my blog coverage of previous shows, I do a lot of live posts, take hundreds of photos and do dozens of live video interviews.
Ping at the PGA Show
Ping will have a booth at the PGA Show for the first time in quite a while, as they celebrate their 50th anniversary. I’ll be checking out and reporting on everything I can at the Ping booth.
Titleist returns to the PGA Show
I have a few connections at Titleist and I’m told that not only will they be at the show, they will have a “considerable presence.” I’ll be covering their considerable presence, considerably.
Jesse Ortiz – Bobby Jones Golf
I’m already booked for some time with my good friend Jesse Ortiz of Bobby Jones Golf. Jesse is one of the coolest people I’ve ever met in the golf industry. Jesse provided me two great interviews last year on his new wedges and driver. In fact, those videos were used as promotional videos on the Bobby Jones web site for a while!
New game plan for this year’s PGA Show
I have a bit of a new game plan for this year’s show. I need more time on the actual show floor than I’ve had in previous years. In previous years I’ve spent as much as 1/3 of my time in the press room editing, writing, dumping images, editing videos etc. I plan on doing some very quick posts live, but spending the bulk of my production time in the press room or my hotel room after the show. I also have previously only allotted myself 2.x days of the show due to flying home the night of the 3rd day. I’ve booked a whole extra day and I’ll be at the show from start to finish, all three days.
I also have some other ideas which are bouncing around my cranium. If the gears in my cerebral cortex get enough grease, I may be able to churn out some fun new items from this year’s show.
My pals at Golf Adventures have an incredible golf package for those of you who are still doing very well, despite the economic downturn.
3 Cities, 7 Days, 6 Nights, 9 Rounds, 6 Fine Dinners
For a mere $24,999 they’ll take you via private jet, staying in luxury hotels, eating fine food, and playing some amazing courses:
The Links at Spanish Bay
Troon North Monument
Troon North Pinnacle
Perhaps I can talk them into comping me on this one so I can blog about it….
I’d like to wish my pop a happy birthday, even though he’s not going to be able to read this for a while since he won’t be near a computer. My Dad is the youngest damn 72 ever. He hits my old Titleist 983K driver damn near as far as I hit my driver. If I can hit a ball that well when I’m 72, or if I even make it to 72 I’ll be happy.
Welcome to Hooked On Golf College Football Blog. I’ve almost recovered from the biggest game, and greatest victory in the history of my University of Utah Football team. Two nights ago my BCS busting Utes CRUSHED Alabama 31-17 in the Sugar Bowl, despite being 10 point underdogs and getting almost NO respect or chance of winning by the talking heads in the national media. I’m proud of my Utes and proud to say I am a Utah Man.
Some highlights of the Sugar Bowl
I said the Utes “crushed” Alabama and that isn’t just a fan being a homer. Let’s look at the ways Utah dominated:
The Utah defense dominated Alabama’s offense
Alabama was supposed to destroy the Utah defense with its huge offensive linemen and amazing running game. ESPN said that if Utah held Alabama’s running back Coffee to under 150 yards they’d be doing well. The Utes not only held Coffee to under 150, they him to 36. The Utes held the entire Alabama offense to 31 yards rushing in 33 attempts. Yes 31 yards. It isn’t a typo. (Gets calculator out…) Hey that is an average of 1.06 yards per carry!
Alabama’s huge offensive line was supposed to have no problem pass protecting against Utah’s defense since they outweighed each player by an average of 40 pounds. Utah proved that size isn’t all that matters. Utah’s speed, determination and defensive scheme put them in ‘bama’s backfield almost as much as their own backs.
Utah sacked Alabama’s quarterback a record eight times. They knocked him down many more times.
Alabama’s offense entered Utah’s red zone once, following a turnover. Alabama wasn’t able to put on sustained drives from their own end of the field and get to Utah’s red zone otherwise.
Alabama converted 4-13 3rd downs, for 31%.
The Utah offense dominated Alabama’s #3 ranked defense
Utah steamrolled Alabama in the 1st quarter, racking up a 21-0 lead with a no-huddle offense. The ‘bama defense was in shock. Alabama had only given up 37 first quarter points in the 13 games they’d played before that.
Utah quarterback Brian Johnson carved up the Alabama defense like a Thanksgiving turkey. The Alabama D couldn’t keep up with the faster Utah receivers. The result was Brian Johnson winning the Sugar Bowl MVP and racking up 336 yards passing with three touchdowns.
Utah: 353 (Alabama gave up an average of 263 for the season)
Utah won the turnover margin 3-1.
Utah came into the Sugar Bowl more prepared. They came in more focused. They came in with a better scheme which they executed in impressive fashion.
The Utah offensive coaches knew they’d have a difficult time trying to run against Alabama, so they didn’t. They let the spread offense do it’s thing, using short passes as run plays.
This is one category I’d say Alabama tied with Utah. Bama ran back kickoffs (of which there were many by Utah) well. They ran a punt back for a TD yes, but lost my consideration for winning the special teams battle with two missed field goals.
If you payed attention to this game at all, you saw a ton of big hits, many of which were delivered by Utah’s defense. The Ute D pounded Alabama’s QB and running backs. A look in the eyes of ‘bama QB Wilson showed he was beat up.
There were a few stoppages of play due to player injury. All injury times out were for ‘bama players. The Utes just plain beat them up physically.
Why Utah should be considered for the national championship
- Utah is 13-0. Utah is the only team standing. There are NO other teams in the country who are undefeated.
- Utah has wins against four top 25 teams, including two in the top 10.
- Utah beat #4 ranked Alabama, a team ranked #1 for a large portion of this year
- Utah beat a tough Oregon State, who beat USC
- Of Utah’s 13 wins, six of those came against bowl teams.
For good measure…
- Utah has the longest winning streak in college football
- Utah has the longest bowl winning streak in college football
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