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Ahongalu Fusimolohi Interested in BYU

Monday, December 12, 2011 5:13:01 PM America/Denver

True Blue Cougars has learned that Ahongalu Fusimolohi is interested in playing football at BYU.Read More
7 Comments | Posted in Football By Ty Robbins

A Day in the Life of a Photographer

Monday, October 17, 2011 2:39:49 PM America/Denver

Through my connections with True Blue Cougars, I was able to photograph the BYU Oregon State game on Saturday. The photos delievered to the Deseret News can be found here: http://www.deseretnews.com/article/700188368/BYU-football-Cougar-offense-comes-alive-in-win-over-Beavers.html

 

Here are a few extra photos and a look behind the scenes at shooting a football game.

When you are a fan, it’s all fun, when you are in the press, it’s all business.

It seemed like a great idea at the time. I liked the thought of sideline passes and getting to stand five feet from the field. A little of the shine came off of the excitement when I realized, “Hey, I actually have to deliver some photos from this game.” All of a sudden, it’s a lot less vacation and actual work. It’s fun work, but work nonetheless.

Welcome to the hallowed press box.

The press box is the complete opposite of sitting in the stands; Instead of cheering, it’s total quiet; instead of over-priced food, the food is free; instead of an exciting stadium PA, there’s a voice coming through a speaker coldly announcing the result of each play.

Photographers are always on the move.

After finishing setting up the computer in the press box, I was on the field for the game. It wasn’t over populated with photographers, so we had the freedom to move around a bit. It was interesting to watch other photographers guess where the next play was going. When BYU was driving, everyone moved to the BYU end zone. When OSU was on the drive, everyone switched back to the other side.

If you move to the right end zone early, you can get a better location for the end of the drive, but if you move too soon, you may miss a play. For instance, I had moved to BYU’s side just before Riley Nelson’s one interception and couldn’t get single shot of the pick-six interception. I don’t think many Cougar fans would be heartbroken to miss that play, but that is risk you take if you move to early.

Also, while moving, be sure to look out for the mobile TV camera driving up and down the sidelines. A lot of this ends up being luck. If you’re on the right side of the field, it sure helps if the play is run to your sideline. It was great fun to try and quickly read plays and predict where to start pointing the camera on the right players so it’s ready to catch the action.

No cheering of course.

This was actually easier than I thought it would be. My guess is being 20 feet away from the crowd helps a bit. When you’re not shoulder-to-shoulder with other screaming people, it’s a little easier not to scream. Also still stressing about getting good celebration photos doesn’t hurt. Also, even though no one is wearing logos on the field, it’s still pretty clear who is happy, who is sad, and who doesn’t care.

It really is one play at a time.

After watching the game from so close, I almost feel like I need to watch a replay on TV to get a sense of what happened. After sitting so close to the field and focusing on trying to shoot the current play and being ready for the next one you get a little disjointed from the game. I felt like I was watching plays and not as much watching the game. Maybe the different perspective is something you get used to after shooting more games, but it certainly makes sense to me why most offensive coordinators are sitting up in the press box. 

 

All in all it was great experience and I was proud to send in a couple of good shots

7 Comments | Posted in Football By Ty Robbins

Week seven Pick'em

Saturday, October 15, 2011 11:08:51 AM America/Denver

True Blue Cougars Pick’em Contest

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Reminder on rules: Point Values: Picking the winner = 3 points, Closest to the actual game score = 1 point, Closest to the actual challenge question =1 point

 End of season tie breakers will be decided by the smallest difference in pick'em scores versus actual game scores from the entire season.

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TrueBlueCougars Pick'em

Saturday, October 8, 2011 1:45:42 PM America/Denver

True Blue Cougars Pick’em Contest

 

Check in, to find out how your favorite Cougar Blog is doing.

Reminder on rules: Point Values: Picking the winner = 3 points, Closest to the actual game score = 1 point, Closest to the actual challenge question =1 point

 End of season tie breakers will be decided by the smallest difference in pick'em scores versus actual game scores from the entire season.

 

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Poster: Ty Robbins

Score: 31-10

Winner: BYU

Running Yards given up by BYU: 87

Analysis: Look for BYU to establish a running game. Riley will start the game but Jake will see some reps. BYU's defensive front will win the game for the cougars, and SJSU's ground game will never really get rolling. Look for JJ to have a great game on the ground, as he is able to get to the corners out of the option. Something he can't do out of the 'I'. 

As reported in the Deseret News by the great Charles Kano. SJSU's ground game could be hampered already, despite the fact that it plays into BYU's defensive strength. 

8 Comments | Posted in Football By Ty Robbins

BYU vs. San Jose State from a Spartan insider perspective

Tuesday, October 4, 2011 10:52:10 AM America/Denver

 

PROVO — Charles Kano, senior writer for truebluecougars.com, spoke with San Jose State Spartan insider Jeff Faraudo of the San Jose Mercury News and the Bay Area News Group. We asked him a series of questions to help Cougar fans get insider views on Spartan football in anticipation of the SJSU-BYU game in Provo this Saturday night.

What is the buzz around the Spartan camp after their road win at Colorado State?

Faraudo: The Spartans have won two in a row for the first time since 2008 and are coming off their first road victory since that same season. So they are flying high right now, feeling very good about themselves. They have played better in each game and will arrive in Provo believing that if they play well they can win the game.

What are the San Jose State’s coaches and players saying about BYU at this point?

Faraudo: San Jose has not beaten BYU since 1968, so there is substantial respect for the Cougars' program. They are aware of the challenging schedule BYU has tackled this season and believe the Cougars are better than their record. They also are familiar with quarterback Riley Nelson from his days with WAC rival Utah State.

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0 Comments | Posted in Football By Charles Kano

Naki's Girls Benefit Concert

Thursday, September 29, 2011 9:21:36 AM America/Denver

On Friday, October 16, 2009, The Maile family suffered a tragic and unexpected loss when their husband, father, son and brother, Naki Maile, passed away.  Naki’s great qualities are without number and as diverse as the people who loved him. He was a great man, who loved the Lord and his family.  Naki spent his last days “in the service of his fellow beings,” as he labored to raise funds and supplies for victims of the Pacific tsunamis that struck Samoa, American Samoa and Tonga.

While Naki loved many, his heart only ever belonged to one, his loving wife, Abby.  Abby blessed Naki with six beautiful daughters, Line, Malia, Lose, Eli, Eva and Ane.  Naki loved these girls, all seven of them, with all of his heart. 

Naki was a former BYU football player.  True Blue Cougar fans will remember Naki as a offensive lineman at BYU from 1999 to 2001.

On Friday October 14th 2011 at 6:30pm the Maile Family will present the 2nd Annual Naki's Girls Benefit Concert at the American Fork Amphitheatre. The Concert will feature Leikafekt, Daverse City Crew, Na Drua, and Jr. Maile. The event will be fun for the whole family. 100% of proceeds will go Naki's wife and daughters.


Donations can be made at anytime at www.mailefamily.com

2 Comments | Posted in Football By Charles Kano

BYU vs. USU from an Aggie insider perspective

Tuesday, September 27, 2011 10:11:06 AM America/Denver

 

PROVO — Charles Kano, senior writer for True Blue Cougars, spoke with USU Aggie insiders Al Lewis, Voice of the Aggies on KVNU radio, and Tavin Stucki, sports editor for the Utah Statesmen, the USU campus newspaper. He asked them a series of questions to help Cougar fans get some insider views on Aggie football in anticipation for the USU-BYU game in Provo this Friday night.

What is the buzz around the Aggies’ camp after their heartbreaking loss to Colorado State? Lewis: Aggies were really down after Saturday, but coach (Gary Andersen) says they know they will turn this thing around to win these close games

Stucki: Aggie fans have all pretty well put the CSU loss behind them and are getting pumped to beat BYU.

What are the USU coaches and players saying about BYU at this point?

Lewis: Utah State thinks BYU plays great defense, and their offense has just faced great defenses, too. They expect a real tough game.

Stucki: One football player said "We can't let CSU beat us in the BYU game too," and another said during the summer, "There are going to be a lot of penalties, on both sides." I didn't think Aggie football players cared as much about the rivalry with BYU as they did with Fresno or the other California schools, but he shot that down fast for me.

Fans are saying they didn't believe USU had a chance to beat BYU before the season started. Since watching the Auburn vs. USU and BYU vs. Utah games, and BYU’s games against Texas and Ole miss, Aggie fans believe they will beat BYU for the second time in a row. Most students have seen the banners on BYU message boards about "Happy October First" last year with the 31-16 reminder (last year's final score), and they like that.

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206 Comments | Posted in Football By Charles Kano

Week four Pick'em

Friday, September 23, 2011 3:06:56 PM America/Denver

True Blue Cougars Pick’em Contest

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Reminder on rules: Point Values: Picking the winner = 3 points, Closest to the actual game score = 1 point, Closest to the actual challenge question =1 point

 End of season tie breakers will be decided by the smallest difference in pick'em scores versus actual game scores from the entire season.


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BYU vs. UCF an Insider Preview

Wednesday, September 21, 2011 11:57:46 AM America/Denver

PROVO — Charles Kano, senior writer for truebluecougars.com, spoke with University of Central Florida insiders Marc Daniels, play-by-play voice of the UCF Knights on 740theGame.com, and Iliana Limon, a blogger for the Knight Notepad of the Orlando Sentinel newspaper. He asked them a series of questions to help Cougar fans get some insider views on UCF Knights football in anticipation of the UCF-BYU game in Provo this Friday night.

What is the buzz around the Knights’ camp and the campus about the match-up against BYU?

Daniels: The loss to FIU was really deflating to the fans and players. Fans have seen the momentum that UCF has built over the past few years winning a couple of conference titles, getting a top 25 ranking and really manhandling Boston College a few weeks ago. The loss to FIU was very uncharacteristic of a George O’Leary coached team. They were disappointed but need to have a quick turnaround going into their game with BYU.

Limon: UCF fans expect this game to be a challenge. They are also anxious to see if the Knights can correct the mistakes from last week’s game as most were not expecting a loss against FIU. Most UCF fans thought the program was much further along. The players have acknowledged that they had the right game plan but did not perform well enough to win.

What are the UCF coaches and players saying about BYU at this point?

Daniels: UCF is past the wow factor of playing a team like BYU, not that they don’t respect them, just that they feel that can play with anyone. Coach O’Leary has said that they are throwing out the Utah game because they don’t feel it is representative of Bronco Mendenhall's team. They are anticipating a big, tough offensive line and an aggressive attacking defense. Coach O’ Leary and his staff also respect the schedule that BYU has played so far, including the physicality of the Cougar team.

Limon: On offense they are going to try and establish the run against the BYU defense. They are used to playing defenses with a lot of speed. They see the BYU defense, especially the defensive line, as maybe not being as fast but having good size and power.

The defense is looking at Heaps as the main threat on offense. One player said this week that they watched the Utah game but aren’t going to be fooled into thinking that they will see the same team in Provo.

 

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Week three Pick'em

Saturday, September 17, 2011 10:40:11 AM America/Denver

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