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Gordon Monson

Salt Lake Tribune

Salt Lake City, UT, United States

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Recent articles by Gordon:

Gordon Monson: Utah is ‘absolutely’ ready to play some football when the green light comes

A wise old sage says the Utes are getting ready to play some football. → Read More

Gordon Monson: Let the Utes play. Let the Pac-12 play. Discretion has bettered valor.

Utah should go ahead and play football. → Read More

Gordon Monson: BYU’s outbreak shows the risks of playing football during a pandemic

It’s hard and maybe even reckless to blame those afflicted with COVID-19 for their affliction. Nobody in their right mind wants to come down with the coronavirus, least of whom are BYU football players who have practices to hold and games to play. Many individuals across the country have been careful in their comportment and still been diagnosed with the virus. → Read More

Gordon Monson: Here’s exactly what Real Salt Lake should do to become great again

You’ll all be happy to know that even though Real Salt Lake is up for sale — and I’ve got some great advice for making the club better — I, personally, am not planning to buy it, on account of three reasons: → Read More

Gordon Monson: Root for a Cougar great who once ran afoul of the Honor Code and now intends to lead BYU football

This is a happy story of inspiration when, straight In the teeth of the coronavirus era, all of us could use a few more of them. → Read More

Gordon Monson: If it’s desperation the Jazz needed, they’ve got it now

Closure was a tempting and ultimately harsh, bitter mistress for the Jazz on Sunday night, as the dark silhouette of advancement in the playoffs stood in a backlit doorway, like Marlene Dietrich puffing on an elongated cigarette, beckoning the Jazz to come hither, heel turned and lips puckered up. → Read More

Gordon Monson: Dell Loy Hansen should be removed as owner of RSL

Dell Loy Hansen has done some good things, and a whole lot of dumb things as it pertains to the team he owns, a proud Utah club that has many proud players, managers and other employees. It used to have many more, before they started leaving the club, like sailors jumping a doomed ship. And now he’s threatening to fire additional staff. → Read More

Gordon Monson: The Utah Jazz are killing the Denver Nuggets, and the Nuggets know it

Whew. → Read More

Gordon Monson: Can the Utah Jazz reverse the inevitable? They can if they play like this.

Rock-solid answers came with force on Wednesday in Game 2 of the Jazz-Nuggets playoff series, sweet answers that supplanted the Jazz’s sour suspicions that hovered beforehand. Now it’s on Denver to discover useful responses. → Read More

Gordon Monson: Utah Jazz must find what’s been lost in their restart... and soon

The Utah Jazz have a hole in their hull. → Read More

Gordon Monson: The Utah Jazz aim to surprise a world that’s already in shock, if anybody cares anymore

Nobody’s quite sure what to expect from the Jazz in the NBA’s cracked globe in Orlando. And that’s fitting, really, in a season that’s about as abnormal as the bounce of a lopsided, gutter-worn Spalding, having been kicked around the gym too many times. → Read More

Gordon Monson: Should Utah defensive coordinator Morgan Scalley be fired for use of racist slur?

You ever know a person over a long stretch who you really like, who you respect, who is smart and talented, who is an effective leader, who has helped others, who has demonstrated nothing but integrity in your associations with him and then …? → Read More

Gordon Monson: Leadership — and winning — comes in many forms, from Michael Jordan’s to LaVell Edwards'

In my 40 years of covering sports, I’ve encountered various types of leadership from many types of leaders. More than a few times, that type has, if not been the equal of, at least been aligned with Michael Jordan’s tough leadership, tough love. → Read More

Gordon Monson: Our green cathedral needs worshippers. Man, we could use baseball right now.

Salt Lake City’s green cathedral stands empty now, just like every other cathedral, green or otherwise, all of them emptied by a virus from a far-off land. → Read More

Gordon Monson: The Utah Jazz, RSL, Utah, BYU, Utah State, MLB and the NFL will play games again. They will. They will.

Sports leagues, including the NBA, MLB, MLS and even the NFL and college football, are all looking for ways to prepare to start or restart their seasons, their preparations for seasons, once the effects of the coronavirus are safely minimized. Should some of those alterations be permanent? → Read More

Gordon Monson: Utah, BYU and Utah State need not worry. A proposed NCAA transfer rule is the right thing to do.

BYU football coach Kalani Sitake, in a slightly different context, had it right nearly three years ago, long before the NCAA, spurred by the Big Ten and the ACC and various other administrators, started seriously considering what they are considering now — allowing student-athletes in football and basketball to transfer from one school to another, free of penalty, at least on a one-time basis. → Read More

Gordon Monson: Something’s gone terribly wrong with the Utah Jazz

Fixing the Jazz is a bit like playing Whack-a-Mole. → Read More

Gordon Monson: Where would the Utah Jazz be without Jordan Clarkson? Not where they are.

Let’s write it all plain here — in permanent ink. → Read More

Gordon Monson: The Jazz are on the brink of falling into a pit of great regret

It’s time for the Jazz to decide what it is they want to be. → Read More

Gordon Monson: Andy Reid will finally get his Super Bowl win, then maybe send up a silent message to LaVell Edwards

Andy Reid deserves to win a Super Bowl. The longtime coach, probably the best offensive mind in the NFL, who used to call LaVell Edwards on a regular basis to discuss matters of winning and living, who is respected by darn near everyone in and around the league, has had his share of success. → Read More