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May 8, 2009

The Last WORD


The Fat Lady Sings, Off-Key, Drools

At about this time every year, like the swallows to Capistrano or the buzzards to Hinckley, Ohio, the WORD migrates to its summer musing grounds at the sanitarium —St. Mumbles Home for the Terminally Verbose.

The reason is clear, and never moreso than as this season —the WORD's 13th —peters out.

It's been a fraught year of high palaver and eye-popping transition, both good and not-so-much. An interminable presidential campaign saga finally did end, and in extraordinary and historic fashion. Meanwhile, the bottom and everything that's below the bottom fell out of the economy, with families, homes, entire industries and —of particular interest to WORDsters and the civic-minded —dozens of daily newspapers ("I don't so much mind that newspapers are dying--it's watching them commit suicide that pisses me off." --Molly Ivins). . . all evaporating. What replaces them, from the individual to the institutional to the societal? Are we looking at a future of in-depth Tweeting?

As any newsperson or firehorse knows, it's hard to turn your back on day-to-day catastrophe --we just have to look at the car wreck. But even the most deranged and driven need a rest. As philosopher Lilly Tomlin once observed, "No matter how cynical you become, it's never enough to keep up."

So this morning, as a near-frost hovered over northern Utah, the unmarked van pulled into the driveway and the gentle, soft-spoken men in the white coats rolled the WORD out of bed and into a straitjacket for the usual summer trip to St. Mumbles, where the blathering one will be assigned a hammock and fed soothing, healthy foods --like tapioca, dog biscuits and salmon --while recharging the essential muscles of cynicism, outrage, sarcasm, social engagement and high-mindedness, in preparation for the next edition.
Summer well, friends.

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Return of Aggie football is the real sign spring's here

By Haleigh Munson

April 29, 2009 | Two wonderful things happened last weekend here in Cache Valley. For one, the weather was absolutely amazing and felt so good to finally be able to walk outside and not freeze or worry about snow! Secondly, I was able to watch the Utah State spring football game on Saturday. Warm weather and football, it doesn't get much better than that! Even though I am graduating I'm still very excited about this upcoming football season! We have a whole new coaching staff and new players!

Gary Anderson commented on the spring game saying, "We made a lot of big plays. That is good on one side, but bad on the other side of the football. Offensively we executed and made some big plays. That is a very big positive for us. The biggest concern coming out of this is the first team defense gave up way too many points."

Anderson, who used to be the defensive coach at the University of Utah, is now the head coach of Utah State University. The Aggies will start their 2009 season at a familiar turf for Anderson when they travel to Salt Lake City to take on the Utah Utes Sept. 3, and you can already feel the excitement the USU players have for the game.

Sophomore linebacker, Alfred Kikau stated, "I'm really excited to start the season! We have been working so hard and Coach Anderson and his staff has done an excellent job with our football program so far. Our theme for this season is called 'respect the process.' We might have a ways to go but Cache Valley will definitely see a new and improved football team."

Another thing that is really exciting about the upcoming season is that the game against Boise State will be on ESPN2 on Nov. 2. This will be the first time ever that Utah State has hosted an ESPN game. This is a very big deal for the Aggies and the city of Logan. What an exciting time! Make sure to wear your Aggie blue and cheer loud, after all we have to make Utah State look good!

The Aggies first home game of the 2009 season will be on Sept. 26 at 6 p.m. as they take on Southern Utah. For more information on the football season, players, and coaches go to www.utahstateaggies.com. For ticket information visit the USU ticket office or call 435 797 0305. Go Aggies!

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