Boise State football coach Chris Petersen has reached impressive heights in his career, but this may have been his highest.

Petersen took a ride with the Blue Angels stunt team two weeks ago. His flight lasted 30 minutes and reached speeds exceeding 800 mph.

"I didn't know if I was upside down or right-side up," he told the Idaho Statesman, "or if I was going away from the Earth or toward the Earth. I was just hanging on for dear life."

In other words, he felt a lot like Andrei Kirilenko driving the lane.

Pressure cooker

Petersen added that near the end of the flight, he had to fight to stay alert, due to the G-force.

"I could really feel it closing in on me," he said. "It's a roller coaster times 20. Your body doesn't ever get this type of feeling."

That's because his body has never coached at Utah State.

Doing the math

Team USA forward Carlos Boozer observed this of Kirilenko, who totaled 18 points, eight rebounds, four assists, one block and one steal in Russia's pre-Olympic loss to USA:

"Let me tell you, if we can get that out of him in Utah, whew, we might be cutting the nets down."

True, but getting that from Kirilenko could also mean Boozer giving up some of his own stats, so don't bet the house on it.


Former presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani's son is going to court.

Andrew Giuliani, who was booted from the Duke golf team, claims he was targeted to reduce roster size, not because he wasn't good enough.

But that doesn't mean he'll be calling Dad for help.

The golfer told the New York Daily News, "I love my father, but I asked him not to get involved in this."


Considering how Rudy fared in his presidential bid, do we really need to answer that?

Party on

The 2009 edition of the Princeton Review named BYU the least likely college in America to imbibe — for the 11th straight year.

We know, we know. It's a really, really dry campus.

But what the publication failed to note is that if BYU wins the national title in football, there could be a heck of a run on Snapple.

Adversity central

Michigan football coach Rich Rodriguez raised eyebrows recently when he referred to his team leadership group as "apostles."

The phrase, he said, shouldn't be misinterpreted.

"It's not in biblical nature," Rodriguez told the Detroit Free Press. "The definition of an apostle is one that leads a new way. ... I don't want anybody to take it the wrong way."

Besides, a lot of people already consider Michigan football a religious experience.

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