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Chris Rawle leads a discussion about sports in Utah.

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  • Game 7 Extravaganza: Bucks-Nets, Hawks-Sixers

    Nothing brings out emotion like the playoffs and nothing in the playoffs brings it out like Game 7. This weekend featured two Game 7s (Bucks vs Nets, Hawks vs Sixers) that gave fans everything: the razor thin margin between winning and losing; another great, lost performance of the playoffs; win...

  • Awe & Sympathy: Kevin Durant Paints A Masterpiece

    There are two themes consistently threaded throughout the sports watching experience: awe for world-class athletic performance and sympathy for the losing side. Game 5 of Bucks-Nets tapped into both sources. Kevin Durant played the greatest game of his playoff career and pushed Milwaukee to the b...

  • Jazz-Clips Game 4: More Of The Same

    The Los Angeles Clippers defeated the Utah Jazz 118-104 in Game 4 of the Western Conference Semifinals. It was an ass kicking in every sense of the word. Kawhi Leonard and Paul George both went off. The Jazz offense struggled mightily against LA's ability to switch and swarm on defense. Have the ...

  • Jazz-Clips Game 3: Bombs Away

    The Los Angeles Clippers defeated the Utah Jazz 132-106 in Game 3 of the Western Conference Semifinals. It was a white-hot shooting night for nearly every Clipper. Paul George and Kawhi Leonard did whatever they wanted. Donovan Mitchell was constantly double-teamed and ended his night with a twea...

  • Jazz-Clips Game 2: Team Effort

    The Utah Jazz defeated the Los Angeles Clippers 117-111 in Game 2 of the Western Conference Semifinals. In another close affair, the Jazz relied heavily on six players (Mitchell, Gobert, Bogdanovic, Clarkson, Ingles, O'Neale) to seize control of the game. It was an emphatic answer to the constant...

  • The Emotionality Of Sports, Pt 2: Colorado Avalanche On The Brink Of Elimination

    The Colorado Avalanche's season is on the brink, down 3-2 with Game 6 against Vegas tonight. It's time for reflection because it's easier to reflect before the end occurs, if it occurs. What does it mean when something comes to an end?

  • Jazz-Clips Game 1: The Emotionality Of Sports

    The Utah Jazz defeated the Los Angeles Clippers 112-109 in Game 1 of the Western Conference Semifinals. On a court with Kawhi Leonard and Paul George, Donovan Mitchell was the best player during an emotional night inside Vivint Smart Home Arena, filled to max capacity for the first time since the...

  • Bucks-Nets: Star Power That Overwhelms

    The Brooklyn Nets and Milwaukee Bucks have constructed their rosters in very different ways, yet ended up in a similar place: hopeful championship contenders built upon star power. Through two games of their second round playoff series, Brooklyn has overwhelmed Milwaukee with the combination of K...

  • Kawhi vs Luka

    The margin between winning and losing in the playoffs is razor thin. To be in that position, however, you need star power. Yesterday's Game 7 between DAL and LAC featured two superstars, Kawhi Leonard and Luka Doncic, at the peak of their powers. It was a historic series for both players and a re...

  • The Lost Performances Of The Playoffs

    A loss is not always an indicator a player performed poorly. Three nights ago, Dame Lillard pieced together a historic 55-point, 12-assist performance against Denver in Game 5. The Blazers lost, and were eliminated from the playoffs last night in Game 6, as Dame's performance joins the long list...

  • Jazz-Grizz Game 5: The Ceiling Of Mitchell Is The Ceiling Of Utah

    The Utah Jazz defeated the Memphis Grizzlies 126-110 in Game 5, finishing off their first round series and advancing to the second round. Donovan Mitchell was superb in only 29 minutes, the catalyst behind a first quarter offensive explosion that buried Memphis in an avalanche of threes. What is ...

  • Searching For Answers To Playoff Questions.

    Zora Neale Hurston said, "There are years that ask questions and years that answer." This echoes the continual search by teams (like the Toronto Maple Leafs) and players (like Ben Simmons) to find a better version of themselves in the playoffs. What are the questions that have arisen? Are there a...

  • Jazz-Grizz Game 4: Baptism By Fire

    The Utah Jazz defeated the Memphis Grizzlies 120-113 in Game 4 to take a 3-1 series lead. For the second straight game, Mike Conley made enormous crunch time plays, Donovan Mitchell provided quality scoring and creation, and the Jazz bombed away from 3. What are the Jazz learning about themselves...

  • Jazz-Grizz Game 3: Great Offense, Not-So-Great Defense

    The Utah Jazz defeated the Memphis Grizzlies 121-111 in Game 3 to take a 2-1 series lead. The good: the guard combo of Mike Conley and Donovan Mitchell, and Utah's 3-point shooting. The bad: Utah's defensive struggles through 3 games, especially when it comes to limiting the Grizzlies ability to ...

  • Playoff Luck = Injury Luck

    There is a razor thin margin between winning and losing in the playoffs. A large portion of this margin is injury luck. One of the most compelling series of the first round is Lakers-Suns, a matchup that has been affected by injuries to Lebron James and Chris Paul. Lebron is playing as a diminis...

  • Jazz-Grizz Game 2: The Rise Of Conley, Mitchell Returns, Gobert vs Morant

    The Utah Jazz defeated the Memphis Grizzlies 141-129 in Game 2, knotting their first round playoff series at 1-1. The storylines are endless. Donovan Mitchell returned from injury and provided Utah with an emotional boost. Mike Conley was superb. The Jazz drilled a boatload of 3-pointers. Ja Mora...

  • The Razor Thin Margin Between Winning & Losing

    The proving ground of the playoffs is where reputations are created and solidified. How do we judge individual success relative to a team's failings? Is it true that, in the words of Connor McDavid, "the regular season doesn't mean anything?" And why is it so hard to comprehend the razor thin mar...

  • There Are Years That Ask Questions & Years That Answer

    A memorable PGA Championship is in the books and Phil Mickelson is the oldest major champion in history. The Kiawah Island Ocean Course was a perfect setting for golf expressed as an art form, finding the spiritual balance between mental grind and physical demand. The tournament, the sport, and P...

  • Jazz-Grizz Game 1: Homecourt, 3-Point Shooting, & Gobert's Defense

    The Utah Jazz lost to the Memphis Grizzlies in the opening game of the NBA playoffs, 112-109. For Utah, the refinement process begins as old familiar playoff questions pop up. What does it mean for this team to have homecourt advantage, especially in a Covid year? What does it mean to structure y...

  • Body & Mind

    Every sport presents challenges both physical and mental, and every athlete is continually searching for the perfect blend of body and mind. Whether you're an amateur golfer or professional hockey player like Auston Matthews, the process of refining your physical tools and mental abilities is co...

  • If History Holds True

    Conventional wisdom of the NBA Playoffs says defense wins championships and last night's Warriors-Lakers battle was a good reminder. However, the league is playing offense at a higher level than ever before: this season alone, seven different teams set an all-time record for offensive efficiency ...

  • Lebron vs Curry

    Lebron James and Steph Curry square off tonight in a much anticipated play-in game. They are two of the brightest stars of all-time. There hasn't been an NBA Finals without at least one of them since 2010. Curry, the ultimate agent of chaos, is coming off his greatest offensive season. Lebron is ...

  • Why Sports Gambling Should Be Legal In Utah

    In 2018, the Supreme Court struck down federal controls on sports gambling and turned the decision over to each individual state. Since then, 22 states have legalized sports gambling with 5 soon to follow. Utah is dragging its feet because on a governmental level, the state has a strange relation...

  • Eternally In Flux

    Every sport is in a constant state of change, attempting to strike a balance between the soulful nostalgia of the past and the bright-eyed optimism of the future. In a week where the NHL/NBA playoffs are hitting their stride and the PGA Championship is taking place, Major League Baseball is quiet...