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$25,000 Golfer’s Dream Trip, now $1 off with coupon!

Written by: Tony Korologos | Saturday, January 17th, 2009
Categories: Golf CoursesLifeTravel

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:

Boulders North
Spyglass Hill
The Links at Spanish Bay
Reflection Bay
The Falls
Shadow Creek
Pebble Beach
Troon North Monument
Troon North Pinnacle

Perhaps I can talk them into comping me on this one so I can blog about it….

Yeah, right.


Happy birthday pop

Written by: Tony Korologos | Saturday, January 10th, 2009
Categories: Life

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.


My Utah Utes win the Sugar Bowl convincingly and should be considered for the national championship

Written by: Tony Korologos | Sunday, January 4th, 2009
Categories: LifeMiscellaneous

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.

Total yards

Utah: 353 (Alabama gave up an average of 263 for the season)
Alabama: 208

Turnovers

Utah won the turnover margin 3-1.

Coaching

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.

Special teams

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.

Physicality

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.

Scoreboard

31-17 Utah.

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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Best of luck to my Utah Utes in the Sugar Bowl tonight!

Written by: Tony Korologos | Friday, January 2nd, 2009
Categories: LifeMiscellaneous

Back in 2004 a little ole football team coached by Urban Meyer became the first “BCS Buster” by going 12-0 and crushing Pittsburg in the Fiesta Bowl 34-7.  At the time I thought that was a once in a lifetime thing for my Utes.  I was wrong.

This year my Utes went 12-0, beating four top 25 teams and thumping our rival byu (yes I don’t use caps for them) 48-24.  That 12th victory put the Utes in the Sugar Bowl to play Alabama.  Alabama was ranked #1 for much of the 2008 season.

This is be the biggest game in Utah football history.

Greek tradition is on the Utes’ side!

Yesterday at my aunt’s house, we had our yearly New Years Day dinner.  One Greek tradition is the “Vasilopita” or Greek New Years Day bread.  A “good luck” coin is cooked into the bread.  We make a list of each family member in order that they entered the family, and cut a piece of the bread for them.  There were 24 names on the list.

We got to the end of the list and nobody got the coin.  We didn’t know where to go next so we selected my aunt’s home as the next piece, so her home would have good luck.  No coin.

I suggested that the next piece of bread be for the Utes.  We all agreed.

My father cut into the bread and the knife struck gold.  The Utes got the lucky New Years Day bread coin!

This is about as good an omen as one can get, and it will bring a ton of good fortune to the Utes!

For extra luck

Just in case it helps, I’ve worn a Ute shirt (not the same one) 57 days in a row, since their big game against TCU.

GO UTES


3rd Annual Christmas Classic Tournament Highlights

Written by: Tony Korologos | Tuesday, December 30th, 2008
Categories: Golf VideosHackersLifeMiscellaneous

I’ve been in a blog break since the 22nd.  This is the longest break I’ve taken, 7 days.  I was going to be on blogbattical until the new year but I just can’t stay away.


On Christmas day, three buddies and I got together for the 3rd Annual Christmas Classic.  This tournament takes place on the par-3 18th hole at River Oaks in Sandy, Utah.  We each hit 12 balls, the 12 balls of Christmas.  The closest to the pin is the champion for the year.

Video highlights


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