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Studs & Duds – October 28rd


NBA: Preseason-Utah Jazz at Los Angeles Lakers

Utah Jazz Front Office – During the offseason, the Utah Jazz let their dominant scoring veterans Al Jefferson and Paul Millsap walk on unrestricted free-agency contracts.  As a big commitment to the team, the community, and obviously to Derrick Favors himself, the Jazz signed a $49-million plus deal that secures Favors in Salt Lake over the next 4-years.  The deal rings true to the Jazz’s philosophy and concept of letting their younger players grow and learn.

NFL: Dallas Cowboys at Detroit Lions

Calvin Johnson – Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson put up 329 receiving yards in Detroit’s dramatic last-minute win over the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday.  The numerous stats that Johnson racked up this weekend boosted him to some impressive figures, including: his 5th 200+ yard game (Tied for the NFL Record) and his 3rd career game with 7 catches for 20 yards or more (NFL Record).  15 teams have yet to pass for 329 total yards in a game this season, and Johnson did it all on his own.


NCAA Football: Utah at Southern California

Utes Quarterback Decision – Don’t go claiming that we are throwing Kyle Whittingham or Travis Wilson under the bus.  Both of them have been quality and essential contributors to the Utes’ success and growth.  The decision to allow Travis to play with an injured throwing hand was a Dud.  Should Wilson have been on the bench, he would have a solid 3 weeks to recuperate from his injuries.  His replacement Adam Schulz didn’t play any better, but it would have lessened the confidence blow to Travis and it would have allowed him to have more rest for his crucial pass-making hand.

*Photos courtesy of USA Today Sports Images