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Jimmer scored 47. Will you now please watch him?

Posted on: January 12, 2011 12:00 am
Edited on: January 13, 2011 10:35 am

Posted by MATT JONES

Jimmer had 47 tonight, eclipsed the 2,000-point mark for his career and, chances are, virtually none of you saw it. I have already expressed my Rick Majerus-sized man-crush on Jimmer Fredette on this blog before, but I am not sure that people are truly getting the message. 

Because the Mountain West has a conference television contract that seemingly only puts its games on The Food Network, the Mountain Friends and Family Network and C-Span 3, finding a BYU game on television is only slightly easier than finding an admitted Rafael Palmeiro Hall of Fame voter.  The league’s games are not on regular college basketball channels and thus viewers simply forget they exist.

But you as a college basketball fan must go the extra mile to watch Jimmer play .  Take tonight’s effort, in which Fredette scored 47 points on the road at rival Utah, and put up a dazzling array of moves that had some excitable folks on Twitter recalling the days of a guy named Maravich.  Jimmer scores so many different ways and so easily, that at times you lose track of what you are watching.  He can beat you with the three, take you off the dribble, catch and release quickly or simply drop an assist that leaves you shaking your heard.  On Tuesday, he scored in bunches, including a 32 point barrage in the first half that may end up being the single most impressive individual half of basketball we will see this year.

Unfortunately, I know you didn’t see it.  And that hurts me. Because I want you to get the same joy out of Jimmer that I do and chances are that unless you live in Utah or have no spouse/kids/girlfriend prospect/library card, you haven’t made the time to do it yet .  So please take this as a warning.  Watch a Jimmer game ASAP.  The amount of times you will get to see him get you out of your seat in college are quickly diminishing.  By March, everyone will know Jimmer and discovering him will be cliché.  Get out in front of the masses, upgrade your cable package and buy whatever version of the Home Shopping channel is showing his next game.  I want us to share in this glory together and it is now your move.

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Since: May 31, 2011
Posted on: May 31, 2011 8:59 pm

Jimmer scored 47. Will you now please watch him?

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Jimmer scored 47. Will you now please watch him?

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Since: Oct 30, 2010
Posted on: January 14, 2011 3:20 pm

Jimmer scored 47. Will you now please watch him?

Talk about your uneducated fans, chiefjock. UTEP was a home game for BYU! And maybe no one outside Provo (or better yet outside Cougar Nation, which certainly is a larger demographic then the Provo Metropolitan Area) cares about Steve Cleveland's return to Provo, but maybe you need a lesson on what the Mtn. is. It's the flagship television station of the Mountain West Conferece. BYU is the flagship school of the conference (i.e. more fans, more eyeballs to watch tv content) and yet the mtn. decides they'd better show some ridiculous women's college basketball game. You cannot, in any possible way, convince me that the women's basketball game would have garnered better ratings than BYU/Fresno State. I mean, seriuosly, any MWC women's program over BYU's men's basketball? And that's why, among numerous other examples, the Mtn tv contract with the MWC is ludicrous and why BYU is high-tailing it to much much much greener pastuers. Next year the MWC can show all the women's bball games they want, to their hearts' content, because probably then it will be their best chance at ratings!

Since: Dec 27, 2010
Posted on: January 12, 2011 11:17 pm

Jimmer scored 47. Will you now please watch him?

Nice post. MAYBE I'll watch now. Ha. 

Since: Jan 12, 2011
Posted on: January 12, 2011 9:39 pm

Jimmer scored 47. Will you now please watch him?

chiefjock is typical of someone who spouts off without knowing anything... Craig Thompson's MWC television contract blunder gives The MTN/Comcast exclusive rights to ALL MWC home basketball games, whether preseason or regular season. BYU isn't even allowed to broadcast BYU games on campus without permission from Comcast, which means, NEVER! Guaranteed, EVERY BYU home game would have been broadcast on BYUtv if BYU owned the rights. The MTN is one of the main reasons BYU will be leaving the MWC after this season. The Arizona and Hawaii games are available for replay on BYUtv because they were played on a neutral court.

Since: Jan 12, 2011
Posted on: January 12, 2011 7:47 pm

Jimmer scored 47. Will you now please watch him?

UgradBYUfan is typical of uneducated fan...TV rights go with the home neither The Mtn. nor VERSUS could do the UTEP game...and NOBODY outside of Provo cares that Steve Cleveland returned to the Marriott Center...and that was a non-competitive game...Kansas, Oklahoma and others have non-televised games, yet they don't complain about their TV deal...there are plenty of non-televised BIG EAST games, and they practically own the Top 25 rankings...a reality check is in order

Since: Jan 12, 2011
Posted on: January 12, 2011 4:37 pm

Jimmer scored 47. Will you now please watch him?

I think that any good coach will tell you flat out that no matter how good he is, one excellent player will not get you the 17-1 record that BYU has, especially having played St. Mary (neutral court), UNLV (on their court), and Arizona (at home). Look at Jackson Emery who put up 20 points against Utah and broke BYU's all time steals record. Granted, Fredette is amazing, but BYU will do just fine at the next level.

Since: Dec 22, 2009
Posted on: January 12, 2011 3:59 pm

Jimmer scored 47. Will you now please watch him?

This may be a stupid question as I never see BYU play, but why doesn't the opposing team stick a man up Jimmer's a** so he can't do anything? Just follow him around everywhere (like Ben Hansbrough did to Kemba Walker) and make sure he doesn't get more than 15-20 points and there's a win for the other team.

Since: Dec 28, 2010
Posted on: January 12, 2011 3:00 pm

Horrible TV contract.

I am so glad BYU is leaving this horrible TV contract next season.  Even if you had every chanel under the sun, there were 5 games this year that the MTN/CBS sports networks refused to show and refused to allow BYUtv the rights to cover the games.  This included the season opener against Fresno St. (Steve Clevlands return to the Marriot Center) and an away game at UTEP.  These would have been great to watch, but instead the MTN decided to cover some preseason womens basketball preview show or something like that.

Since: Jan 12, 2011
Posted on: January 12, 2011 2:10 pm

Jimmer scored 47. Will you now please watch him?

Maybe if Jimmer's name was spelled Gymmer as in a gym rat, people might be more accepting of his name.  Everyone needs to get Gymmered.

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