deseretnews.com | Folks in Arizona not bowl savvy PARADISE VALLEY, Ariz. — After a 14-month hiatus, the Rock Report was rolling — soaring, actually — right up until the security guard at Paradise Valley Mall said, "Sir. I'm going to have to ask you to leave." It lost steam after that. "I'm not selling anything. I'm conducting a poll for the newspaper in Salt Lake," the Rock Report explained. Pretty soon another security officer arrived. A regular Welcome Wagon. They whispered a minute. "I'm sorry. You're going to have to leave. It's policy," the first guard continued. "No news media allowed unless it's cleared by the management." The Rock Report is pretty sure he was lying but wasn't interested in finding out if mall security had a policy of conducting body cavity searches, too. The purpose of the latest Rock Report was to determine exactly how up to speed Arizonans are on the Utes and their bid to win the Fiesta Bowl. Answer: Not very. Unless Keith Urban actually is the coach, Joseph Smith the quarterback and Mele Kalikimaka the right guard. "What's the name of that team again?" said Elizabeth, of Phoenix. The Rock Report, by way of explanation, is a highly respected if somewhat unscientific poll. It normally involves interviewing 10 people on a given subject. Thanks to the security staff at Paradise Valley Mall, this time the poll included just seven.
Friday, December 31, 2004
Here's an account from a Salt Lake City Newspaper guy in the Valley for the Bowl game... It's pretty funny.