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Richard Farley of FourFourTwo looked at the career of Real Salt Lake‘s Kyle Beckerman and discussed how he should go down as an all-time great in MLS.

After talking about Beckerman’s humility, Farley wrote, “Beckerman has helped guide RSL from competitive obscurity to a model of franchise growth. He’s won an MLS Cup, another Western Conference title, is a multi-time All-Star and is the captain of one of the most iconic squad cores in league history.”

Farley then mentions comparing Beckerman to Derek Jeter, Tony Gwynn and Kevin Garnett, before diving into what Beckerman has done in MLS, saying, “The legacies of those athletes, both Hall of Fame-caliber in their sports, float in rarified air, but perhaps Beckerman’s should, too. His position doesn’t lend itself to lofty attacking numbers, but in his defensive midfield role, he has accumulated more appearances (412), starts (403) and minutes (34,117) than any field player in Major League Soccer history.”

After talking about Beckerman’s role at the international level, Farley continues, “Kyle Beckerman is Hall of Fame material. He’s not only a legend in Salt Lake; he’s a legend of the entire league.”

The Utah Jazz got good while no one was watching

Chris Herring of FiveThirtyEight looked at how the Utah Jazz turned into a contender under the NBA radar.

After looking at how the Philadelphia 76ers and the Houston Rockets made improvements, Herring turned his attention to the Jazz, saying, “The Jazz’s improvement isn’t as straightforward as the Rockets’ or Sixers’, though — they did it by tinkering with the margins of a roster that had missed the postseason for four consecutive years, and they’re capitalizing on their two young stars finally coming of age.”

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While the Los Angeles Clippers have dominated the series in recent years, the Utah Jazz still hold an 83-47 advantage in the win column since the Clippers moved to Los Angeles from San Diego. Utah also holds the advantage in postseason play as they have won both series’ the two teams have played, including a 3-game sweep in the first round in 1997 and a 3-2 win in 1992.

Even though the record is lopsided in favor of the Jazz, there have still been some incredibly intense and meaningful matchups between the two organizations over the years.

Here is a look at the most memorable of those games — the games that die-hard Jazz fans won’t forget — whether good or bad.

February 19 and 20, 1988

While the Jazz won both games handily, it was the nearly flawless play of John Stockton that make the two games memorable as he produced his first back-to-back 20-assist performances. In the first game, he totaled 19 points on 8 for 9 shooting from the floor while handing out 21 assists and collecting eight steals in a 98-88 victory. The following night was nearly a mirror image as he had 16 points on 7 for 8 shooting to go along with 21 assists and six steals while committing just one turnover in a 120-103 win.

April 4, 1992

After a sluggish start that saw them trail by 12 at the break, the Jazz used a big second half to knock off the Clippers 98-89 and advance to the second round of the playoffs. Jeff Malone was the catalyst for Utah in the clincher with 25 points while Karl Malone chipped in with 19 points, 16 rebounds and five blocks.

February 2, 1996

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Pete Fiutak of College Football News looked at what would happen if BYU went 13-0 in 2017.

After looking at the Cougars’ success on the field in 2016 and what it would have meant if they ran the table, Fiutak asks the question, “No, really, what happens if BYU goes 13-0? Or 12-1? Does that mean that BYU could have this whole thing figured out after all?”

Then he answers why it’s a relevant question, saying, “If you’re wondering why the whole idea of BYU being considered for the College Football Playoff might be an offseason theoretical discussion worth figuring out, it’s because this year’s team is probably better than the 2016 version that, again, was eight points away from being perfect.”

Fiutak then looks at the talent BYU has on the field and its tough schedule to start the season, before turning his attention what a great Cougar team could do to the system, saying, “It would be an interesting test for the system if BYU really did come up with a magical year. Would it prove that being in a conference just doesn’t matter? Would it encourage others to think about doing the same? And just how much weight would the committee put on a 12-1 BYU team if that one loss was a close call against a powerhouse like LSU or Wisconsin?”

He then takes a step back from having the Cougars as an undefeated or one-loss team, saying, “Okay, okay, okay, BYU is probably more 11-2 on the high-end than a 13-0 national discussion, but if the team really is able to come up with some of those big early wins …”

Gobert ranked best center

Adam Fromal of Bleacher Report released his end of the season NBA Power Rankings at each position, and Utah Jazz big man Rudy Gobert came in as the top-ranked center.

After talking about Gobert’s ability as a rim protector, Fromal writes, “It’s offense that has propelled Gobert to the leading spot, even if such an idea would have felt nonsensical heading into the season.”

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