KEEPING THEM HOME
First-year BYU basketball coach Mark Pope momentarily raised eyebrows when he joked with local media about his recruiting philosophy since leaving Utah Valley University.
“I don’t know if there’s any special sauce, but I do know that as soon as I get these kids — I get to know them — I start collecting dirt on them. I’m like an FBI guy. I got them. They’re stuck. I used to go toward the bags of cash, but I can’t do that here anymore because it’s more high-profile.”
Somewhere there’s an NCAA investigator that doesn’t think this is funny.
A RING THING
The New England Patriots’ 2019 Super Bowl rings are the largest in history.
The greatest ring of all-time. pic.twitter.com/Vv5AHmVGhS— New England Patriots (@Patriots) June 7, 2019
Per ESPN, each includes 416 round diamonds and six marquise-cut diamonds. But sources say those numbers may have been deflated.
THE CLAIM GAME
Tom Brady has filed an application to trademark “Tom Terrific” — the nickname already linked to fabled Mets pitcher Tom Seaver.
What next, is Brady going to trademark “Amazin’ Pats” too?
An Ohio company can preserve a deceased loved one’s tattoos by surgically removing them and mounting them behind UV-protected glass for display.
Clearly, Dennis Rodman’s posterity needs to start planning a wall of fame.
Pete Rose says Johnny Bench never would have made the Hall of Fame “if I wasn’t born.”
There’s a fair chance the betting industry wouldn’t have survived without him, either.
Boston GM Danny Ainge on his post-heart attack diet: “I’m eating more plants, and not the kind of plants in (Bill) Walton’s garden, by the way.”
Comedy writer RJ Currie via Sports Deke:
Q: What do you get if you combine a one-time NHL MVP with two Stanley Cup-winning brothers, a two-time NBA MVP and a former NFL MVP?
A: Crosby, Staals, Nash and Young.
Scottie Pippen’s lawsuit against a couple he says trashed his rental mansion includes their 5-year-old daughter.
The suit claims the child colored on the walls, proving that Jacob and Lindsay Glazer Woloshin are inattentive parents.
Apparently they allowed her to spend more than three seconds in the paint.
APPLES AND ORANGES
Studies say millennials lag far behind baby boomers when it comes to do-it-yourself skills.
So maybe millennials can’t change a tire.
How many boomers are on the Jazz Gaming roster?
THREE’S A CHARM
Former Jazz coach Frank Layden: “If I use a joke once, I give ’em credit. If I use it a second time, I say I heard it somewhere. If I use it a third time, it’s mine.”