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Jimmer Fredette: Pres. Obama chimes in on Sports Illustrated cover boy

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  • 2 bits Cottonwood Heights, UT
    March 16, 2011 11:24 a.m.

    That's a big honor... congratulations Jimmer and BYU!

  • The Jimmer Salt Lake City, UT
    March 16, 2011 11:30 a.m.

    For once, Pres. Obama knows what he's talking about.

  • skywalker Palo Alto, CA
    March 16, 2011 11:37 a.m.

    Well-deserved accolades for a great young man.

    If anybody has earned a couple of wins in the Big Dance, it's Jimmer.

    Good luck tomorrow Jimmer and the rest of the Cougars!

  • Alpine Coug Alpine, UT
    March 16, 2011 11:46 a.m.

    Well deserved, although deeply concerning.

    The infamous SI Cover Jinx could well spell doom for the limping to the finish line Cougs. Hopefully not. Go Cougs!

  • Gifford VanBuren Holladay, UT
    March 16, 2011 11:47 a.m.

    Sorry Mitt but we just swung Obama's way.

  • Liberal Ted Salt Lake City, UT
    March 16, 2011 12:32 p.m.

    Everyone barack has picked ends up flat on their face. Sorry, Jimmer you just been baracked. If barack really care he would take back his picks. Every team ends up losing when he chooses them.

  • Gala Apples Nashville, TN
    March 16, 2011 12:53 p.m.

    That's cool for Jimmer. But too bad Sports Illustrated is garbage. You know what I'm talking about.

  • Ragnar Danneskjold Bountiful, UT
    March 16, 2011 1:17 p.m.

    That is cool. I'm not a BYU fan, but really you couldn't choose a better person to be a representative for any university. He is a nice, well spoken kid. Great for him to be the face of BYU.

  • Waylon77 Logan, UT
    March 16, 2011 1:43 p.m.

    I am happy for Jimmer, but honestly who picked that pose? It looks like he practicing skipping with a basketball. And what a game face, really intimidating stuff.

  • klepsydra Longmont, CO
    March 16, 2011 2:19 p.m.

    I thought there was a big SI cover page curse, combine that with being jinxed by the President and wow. Hopefully he can Jimmer the curse.

  • RBN Salt Lake City, UT
    March 16, 2011 2:50 p.m.

    Best matchup on Thursday: The Jinx vs. Jimmer.

  • Democrat Provo, UT
    March 16, 2011 3:21 p.m.

    Decades from now we'll be saying "Win one for the Jimmer". Now its just, "Jimmer, win!"

  • three11stu Saratoga Springs, UT
    March 16, 2011 3:49 p.m.

    When does this issue come out?

  • plyxply SLC, UT
    March 16, 2011 3:51 p.m.

    who was the last Utah based college hoops player to be on the cover of SI? Was is Wayne Estes or has someone else been there? Ainge maybe or Bogut.

  • Alpine Blue Alpine, UT
    March 16, 2011 4:17 p.m.

    Here in Denver for the game a couple of days early. Local sports radio has been comparing Jimmer to Tim Tebow. Both good Christian men who are wonderful representatives of all that is good with college athletics. The only difference one host noted is that Tebow has the trophies-while Jimmer doesn't.....yet anyway.

  • Shawnm750 Lehi, UT
    March 16, 2011 5:09 p.m.

    As a VERY non-BYU fan I offer my congratulations to Jimmer and the Cougs (not that I'll be rooting FOR them, but for once I may not be rooting AGAINST them.) However, I have to go with Waylon77 and ask who picked that pose? It's ridiculous! Why couldn't they put a good un-staged action shot of him or something?

  • patriot Cedar Hills, UT
    March 16, 2011 5:40 p.m.

    Jimmer deserves all the recognition nationally and then some.. BYU doesn't.

  • hedgehog Ann Arbor, MI
    March 16, 2011 6:00 p.m.

    nice...

  • MiP Iowa City, IA
    March 16, 2011 6:23 p.m.

    I have no problem with the pose. It's a Pistol Pete fun shot. Far too often the players on covers try to appear super tough. Why so serious?

    They ain't Roman gladiators.

    Congrats on the cover.

    Jimmer is change Cougar fans can believe in....

  • Johnson72 Salt Lake City, UT
    March 16, 2011 7:07 p.m.

    Way to go Jimmie.. Now he just to get the Cover of the Rolling Stone.

  • hedgehog Ann Arbor, MI
    March 16, 2011 7:26 p.m.

    Hopefully this exposure will trickle over to Europe. It might help out with his contract negotiations next year.

  • SouthBendCoug Granger, IN
    March 16, 2011 7:34 p.m.

    A rare moment indeed when the Prez and I are on the same page. Looking forward to a great run by the now "underdog"cougars.

  • TrueBlue Orem, UT
    March 16, 2011 7:56 p.m.

    "Jimmer deserves all the recognition nationally and then some.. BYU doesn't."

    Typically clueless comment from a desperate Utah troll - you can't separate Jimmer from BYU. They're one and the same.

    You're just jealous that Utah has NEVER had a player as exciting as Jimmer.

    Like BYU and Danny Ainge. BYU and Steve Young. BYU and Ty Detmer.

    BYU and Jimmer will always be inseparably connected.

  • Swoop Salt Lake City, UT
    March 16, 2011 8:10 p.m.

    hedgehog

    Don't worry your little self to sleep in your little hedgehog hole.

    I'm sure Jimmer will have a very qualified business agent to handle his endorsement contracts in Europe while he's playing in the NBA.

  • cougar76 Provo, UT
    March 16, 2011 8:41 p.m.

    Hey hedgehog. Who did you pick to win the BYU/Wofford game?

  • CougarOnTheProwl Murray, UT
    March 16, 2011 9:00 p.m.

    Nice to see Jimmer getting the national recognition he deserves, he represents BYU very well. Now hopefully the nation will do him right and vote him as National player of the year.

  • Truth Machine Salt Lake City, UT
    March 16, 2011 9:25 p.m.

    patriot

    Getting a little desperate aren't you.

    I suppose MWC Defensive Player of the Year just stood around watching Jimmer shoot. None of Jackson' 7th in the nation steals made any difference.

    By your logic, we should rewrite history. Strip away all of the great players from their teams. None of the hard work by the role players deserves any credit. It was all just the star.

    Get real!

  • TJ Eagle Mountain, UT
    March 16, 2011 9:34 p.m.

    Patriot; Jealous much?

  • TOO Sanpete, UT
    March 16, 2011 10:20 p.m.

    That is the FIRST thing in two years that Obama has said that I ACTUALLY agree with. The man has style.

  • fan32 St. George, Utah
    March 17, 2011 12:23 a.m.

    I am still hoping Pres. Samuelson will reinstate Davies for the tournament. Don't you think they owe Jimmer that. Then Obama will really have something to cheer about during the final four.

  • awsomeron1 Oahu, HI
    March 17, 2011 2:36 a.m.

    Many times having your side story in SI, does not turn out to be a good thing.

    Can we all say Smarty Jones.

  • Anon 64 Oahu, HI
    March 17, 2011 3:14 a.m.

    Posed Action Photos. What will we think of next.

    I just got my SI Swimsuit Issue.

    Lots of Female Jocks in that issue to include Basketball.

  • Mike in Sandy Sandy, UT
    March 17, 2011 7:52 a.m.

    The "Cover Jinx". Perfect!

  • Lia Sandy, UT
    March 17, 2011 7:53 a.m.

    Only the cover? They won't have him in the swimsuit issue?

  • liberal larry salt lake City, utah
    March 17, 2011 8:19 a.m.

    Obama praised Romney, and they said "Obama taints Romney", maybe Obama is trying to "taint" the Jimmer.

  • What's up? Salt Lake City, UT
    March 17, 2011 8:29 a.m.

    The curse of the SI cover, oh no.

  • Solomon the Wise Alpine, UT
    March 17, 2011 8:55 a.m.

    Jimmer started the season on the cover of SI -- superheros like Jimmer are immune to the curse.

  • Give Me A Break Pullman, WA
    March 17, 2011 9:34 a.m.

    To those who wonder at Jimmer's pose for Sports Illustrated, all the guys on this regional cover posed this way. It is actually really fun. Check it out at si.

  • alternate Salt Lake City, UT
    March 17, 2011 10:16 a.m.

    Hedge your sarcasm isn't lost here. Nor is your history of constantly posting negative comments on BYU stories and then getting very upset if a BYU person posts a negative comment on a Utah story.

    But my return question is simple and not really BYU or Utah flavored. More NBA flavored. Why in the world would European teams try to outbit the NBA here? A first round draft pick gets a guaranteed 3 year + contract.

    Basically what you are saying that 30 plus teams are going to pass on a consenus all american.

    My take is you have a little bit of the Chris B syndrome here. You pick from your heart and not from reality. Happens all the time. Don't feel bad.

  • alternate Salt Lake City, UT
    March 17, 2011 10:21 a.m.

    I guess if there are 5 regional covers, Jimmer would only be subjected to 1/5 of the SI curse.

    BTW, Hedgie. If you truly do not live in Utah, send me a comment replay and I will try to help you get a Jimmer cover.

  • windsor City, Ut
    March 18, 2011 5:41 a.m.

    ...gonna buy five copies for my mother...