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Friday, November 10, 2006

Q&A with Ed Bradley:

Q: What single issue should be covered more at CBS News?
A: Foreign news.

Q: Have you ever been assigned a story you objected to? How did you deal with it?
A: When I first started in New York at WCBS radio, the assignment editor automatically assigned any story that had a minority in it to me. I objected to being typecast and told him if I didn't get a variety of stories -- as other reporters did -- then I would take it up with the news director.

Q: If you were not in news, what would you be doing?
A: If I had the talent, I'd play bass guitar and sing in a kicking band.

--Ed Bradley, reporter, "60 Minutes," died yesterday of leukemia at age 65 (2006)

USU's not a football school - basketball will cure our inferiority complex

By Andrea Edmunds

October 2, 2006 | A friend once told us a story about her trip in Arizona. Almost from the moment she stepped off the plane, she said she was forced to listen to everyone in Arizona's reasons why they didn't live in Utah.

Good for them. Aside from going to visit her former roommate, this girl had never thought about the desert south of the Utah border, and she didn't really care why people lived there. In fact, we figure the average Utahn doesn't ever think of the state below us unless they're cheering for the Suns or the Diamondbacks. The Arizonians obviously had some sort of inferiority complex. But we don't really care about it because they aren't bothering us.

However, the tide turned on us not too long ago when a BYU student, right in the middle of our "100 Reasons Not To Attend BYU" lecture, stopped us to ask where exactly USU was.

Talk about a slap in the face.

After much research -- meaning we sat around talking about it and bashing the U and BYU -- we came to a conclusion about those two schools from the south and what they think about us.

Or what they don't think about us.

USU is not a football school. That is a known fact and we can live with it. All we have to do through every football loss is lean over to our neighbor, tap them on the shoulder and say, "Wait until basketball season." However, the U and BYU are both football schools, and each has a rich history in their football programs. Good for them. I'm sure most of us have grown up watching the USU-BYU football game, the Holy Grail of college football in Utah and probably much of Idaho.

But basketball hasn't ever been as big down there. A couple of us remember going to the USU-Utah game last year. There were almost more Aggie fans than Utah fans in the Huntsman Center. And no matter how many times we tried to bring up how many points we won by last year, nobody from the U remembered or cared.

Don't even get us started on BYU's basketball team. The only good thing they ever had happen to them flopped in the NBA.

So we've come to a conclusion about these two schools. Outside their narrow little rivalry world, USU barely exists. We're kind of like Arizona is to Utah, only our reasons for not going to BYU are valid. Their reasons for not living in Utah seem more like a desperate attempt to find water in a desert.

Basically, as Aggies, we've developed some sort of inferiority complex because we're so far north Salt Lake and Provo have forgotten we exist. But there is still time, we can do something about this.

The obvious answer would be that we need to enter their realm of competition and beat them in something they really care about. Since our football team isn't likely to score any points any time soon, we had to come up with some other solutions.

OK, we really only came up with one. But it's good enough it can stand on its own.

While the Utes and the Cougars are so entirely caught up in themselves and each other, we'll move into another arena. We don't have to make them care. We'll prove we're better than them by ignoring them.

All we have to do is get more national recognition than those two schools combined, then they'll have to turn around and figure out where exactly we came from. It'll be simple! The best would be to get national recognition in football, since they still are and will always be football schools. But since the only likely way for that to happen is to get every remaining USU football player in jail, we're opting for another solution.

Let's really make some noise on our terms. Everyone up here knows that basketball is better than football any day.

Let's show them what a real basketball school can do.


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