Playing Jenga with the Utah Utes

Do you remember the fun game Jenga where you have a tower of rectangualr pieces. Everyone takes a turn removing pieces until it falls over. Most people have played this game in their lives. The best part of the game is where the tower is swaying multiple ways about to fall. All the players sit in anticipation for the game to end. Who is going to make the tower fall? (Check out how Blake Griffin does Jenga)

Do you see the glass half full or half empty?

The Utes basketball season and program growth seems to be at a climactic point in a game of Jenga. Coach Krystkowiak has removed a lot of pieces from what was a small tower. He has pretty much redone his whole roster twice and just built on the small tower by recruiting some young talent. This recruiting talent has been capped off with Jordan Loveridge who carried the Utes for portions of the game against Arizona. However, now the tower is teetering.  The way you see it is based on whether the glass is half full or half empty.

If you see the glass half empty, the Utes are on the border of going no where. Yes, the team can compete. The defense is good and the Utes can control the pace of the game. However, that doesn’t change the win-loss record. Another close loss like this and the avalanche of a bad season will start down the mountain. This team’s confidence will be completely depleted and the tower will have fallen. Maybe next season right?


Now, what if you see the glass half full? Have you heard about pruning trees and shrubs. You cut of the wild branches so the greenery will grow back stronger and healthier. That is all the tower falling over will be. Coach Krystkowiak will just be building a bigger stronger tower and program. The falling of the tower will come with the Utes’ first conference win against UCLA. The fall will create an avalanche of momentum.



So which way do you see this young Ute basketball team?

About the author

Grant Bagby

Since moving to Utah in 2005, I have changed from following all sports in D.C/Virginia to following all sports in Utah. I am a Chicago Bulls fan first (Born and raised by my father), but I am also a hardcore Jazz fan with 7 years of being a season ticket holder under my belt. I started TornBySports to write about the BYU/Utah Rivalry after Max Hall ran his mouth.