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February 17, 2009

Why I miss my hate mail:

"It's an odd thing to admit, but in a perverse sort of way, I actually miss the wretched river, the rancid flow of puerile, nasty, sickeningly homophobic email I used to receive on a regular basis from the ultra-right and the Christian right and the Mormon right and the Bush-impaired whenever I would post a friendly, pointed column full of tangy liberal attitude. . . . . Oh, I miss all the lovely and positive email too, which outpaced the nasty stuff by a huge margin. But the hate mail was very special indeed, great fodder for live readings, for the reaction of horrified disbelief of anyone who saw it, for the charming reminder of just how ugly and violent and grammatically challenged the human animal can be."

--Mark Morford, columnist, (2/13/09)

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WAC hype doesn't disappoint as Aggies escape pesky Vandals, 70-61

By Craig Morris

January 6, 2008 | In defense of last season's conference championship, Utah State followed up last week's sweep at the Duel in the Desert with a victory over the University of Idaho in the Spectrum Monday night.

Last week's WAC Player of the Week, Jared Quayle, led all scorers with 18 points. He also added six rebounds and five assists.

The Ags shot a blazing 73.7 percent from the field in the first half, but cooled off as the game went on. They built a lead of as many as 16 in the first half, but led by only six at the break, 40-34.

It was a game of runs as the visiting Vandals, led by Kashif Watson's 15 points, refused to go away. Using a half-court trap for much of the game, Idaho had 12 steals and forced 17 turnovers all together.

It was a fast-paced game, and the Vandals were able to get the Aggies out of their offensive sets.

"It had to be done on the defensive end and on the boards," said Gary Wilkinson, who pulled down 10 boards of his own on his way to a quiet double-double (17 points).

USU Coach Stew Morrill said, "I thought Idaho did a really good job of making it a little bit of a struggle with their changing all their defenses and running and doubling us and taking us out of our offense."

The 9,138 fans in attendance rang in the New Year and sent the Vandals out with ringing in their ears as the Aggies extended their home win-streak to 28. The crowd was deafening the entire game, but it went up a few decibels as an alley-oop from Tai Wesley to Pooh Williams brought chants of "You got Pooh-ed on! You got Pooh-ed on!" that could be heard outside.

The Ags will take their unbeaten conference record on the road to play at Louisiana Tech and New Mexico State before returning home Jan. 15 to host the Bulldogs of Fresno State.



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