Also, Alex Smith's admonition to 'embrace' challenges. Rock On is all in.

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CLASS OF 2015

Former Ute quarterback Alex Smith can handle criticism, but asking to be booed?

The Kansas City Chiefs quarterback requested the audience jeer his commencement speech at the University of Utah, last week. It was part of a demonstration to show adversity happens.

In that case, if things go poorly again this fall for the Utes, maybe Kyle Whittingham can be the 2015 commencement speaker.

YA KNUCKLEHEAD

Smith said, “I encourage you to embrace the challenge of your own imperfections.”

Oh, all right. That’s it for Rock On.

No more Three Stooges marathon weekends.

DETROIT DOGS

At the end of their lives, where do old stadiums go?

To ruin, that’s where.

The Pontiac Silverdome is in such disrepair that the roof collapsed after years of neglect. Owners are selling off parts such as seats, toilets and food service equipment.

And you thought stadium hot dogs tasted funny before.

EUROCENTRIC

Stories say (CSKA) coach Ettore Messina could be a consideration for the next Jazz coach.

But the glamorous Lakers are also reportedly interested in the Italian legend.

Not sure whether that means Messina or Leonardo DiCaprio.

MATRIX-ULATED

Dallas forward Shawn “The Matrix” Marion briefly left the team after the Mavs’ win over San Antonio, last week, to attend the birth of his baby boy.

The name the couple chose was Shawn.

That’s not terribly imaginative, but does anyone really want to be saying, “Morpheus, it’s time for your nap”?

HO-HUM HEADLINE

The Oklahoman newspaper drew heat last week when it featured a large headline that referred to Thunder star Kevin Durant as “Mr. Unreliable.”

Considering Durant is in line to win the MVP, it seemed a bit heavy-handed.

Still, in relative terms it wasn’t that big a deal.

The New York Post would have called it a “dog bites man” headline.

SOUR GRAPES

“The NCAA is probably the most reprehensible organization God ever created. Total exploitation. The kind of money they make, the kind of life they live, it’s embarrassing.”

Who said it?

A. Jim Brown

B. Someone who didn’t get an NCAA tournament bid.

ADVICE FROM O

Oprah Winfrey is among the celebrities interested in buying the Los Angeles Clippers.

Sources say she plans to interview players about expressing their feelings in non-confrontational ways and slimming down for their high school reunions.

TRUMPED

Meanwhile, Donald Trump is looking into buying the Buffalo Bills.

Poor Doug Marrone.

It couldn’t be easy working for a guy whose most famous line is, “You’re fired!”