Miracle catches turn football into religious experience for Public Relations executive

College football became a spiritual experience Saturday for Las Vegas public relations executive Melissa Warren and family members.

She and hubby, Clark Warren, were enjoying completion of the BYU-Nebraska video game in your home when her nephew, freshman backup quarterback Tanner Mangum, connected on a 42-yard Hail Mary pass to Mitch Mathews to shock Nebraska, 33-28, in Lincoln.

Then a crazy day for the family got crazier.

Mangum’s brother, Madison, a pass receiver for Idaho State, made a one-handed circus catch for among his three touchdowns in a 55-0 thrashing of Black Hills State.

ESPN’s “SportsCenter” was so pleased it rated Tanner’s miracle touchdown No. 1 on its “Plays of the Day” and Madison’s catch No. 2.

“The more fascinating nugget,” Melissa Warren said through email, “is my bro, Michael, dad of Tanner and Madison, along with his better half, Karen, participated in Madison’s game in Pocatello. Provided their sons’ football schedules, they have actually diligently divided the season to go to half of each child’s games.

“When they heard Tanner got into the game, they began watching it on a mobile phone, which died right prior to Tanner’s Hail Mary pass!”

Tanner Mangum, who was an LDS missionary in Chile in June, had actually replaced Taysom Hillside, who hurt his foot throughout a goal run. Mangum, a true freshman, was not your average unskilled backup. Four years ago, he and Jameis Winston were co-MVPs of the Nike Elite 11, representing the top high school quarterbacks in the nation.

“So we constantly understood he was an incredibly talent,” said Melissa Warren, a managing partner of the Public Relations company Faiss Foley Warren.

The Mangum household story has an interesting twist.

“I matured in Salt Lake City and graduated from the University of Utah,” Warren stated.

“My immediate and extended family are divided into 2 camps: red and blue (believe Jack Mormon and Mormon),” she said. “We more defiant Jack Mormons attended the University of Utah while the more passionate of the family participated in BYU.”

Throughout the BYU-Nebraska video game, she received text messages from buddies. Among them was one from former Channel 3 anchor Kendall Tenney, a BYU graduate, minutes after BYU’s impressive surface.

“Melissa Warren, fall to your knees! You might need to go back to the Church after all!”

Most likely not, said Warren, “but I will certainly go as far as to put on BYU blue on video game days.”

When Terry fulfilled Angie

Moved-up wedding strategies didn’t stop Terry Fator from keeping a dedication to his fans.

The Mirage’s headlining ventriloquist got hitched to Angie Fiore on Thursday at the Hilton Lake Las Vegas and brought her on phase to announce it at his program. Then they avoided for his weekend engagements at state fairs in Pueblo, Colo., and Grand Island, Neb.

. The unofficial honeymoon weekend in Pueblo and Grand Island will certainly be defeated by the main honeymoon in Europe in January, he said.

The couple’s Nov. 28 wedding event got moved up when Fator created an emotional touch. Upon learning the wedding anniversary of his wife-to-be’s late father and mothers was Sept. 3, Fator raised the concept of having the wedding event sooner.

They fell in love with the Tuscan-themed chapel at the Hilton Lake Las Vegas and chose to have the wedding within a week.

Angie asked Fator if he would like to use her father’s wedding event ring. “Her moms and dads were married 66 years,” stated Fator, who developed another unique touch. Angie’s daddy was a singer and “among his preferred songs was ‘You’ll Never Stroll Alone,'” Fator said. He sang the tune at the wedding.

A difficult year that began with a divorce from his spouse and phase assistant, Taylor Makakoa, took an unanticipated turn in the spring when he was presented to Fiore, a Dallas caterer, at an event honoring him in Corsicana, Texas. A theater was called after the “America’s Got Skill” winner.

A few nights later on throughout their first supper “actually, lightning struck,” Fator stated. “We had opened the window and lightning struck.”

The big wedding is still on Nov. 28. “I didn’t want to wait that long,” he stated.

“It resembles that line in (the movie) ‘When Harry Met Sally.’ When you fulfill the person you want to spend the rest of your life, you desire the rest of your life to start as soon as possible.”

The Scene and Heard

Alan Stock, who attended on Jim Villanucci’s talk-show on KNXT-AM 840 recently, will certainly substitute him Tuesday through Friday (3 to 6 p.m.)

On this day

Sept. 7, 1996: Rap artist Tupac Shakur is fatally wounded in a drive-by shooting on Flamingo Roadway near the Strip after going to the Mike Tyson-Bruce Seldon battle. Shakur, who passed away 6 days later on, was riding in an automobile driven by Marion “Suge” Knight. Despite extensive suspicion that the murder is connected to a fight amongst rappers, no arrests were made.


Houston Rockets star James Harden, with friends in a cabana at Repetition Beach Club (Wynn) on Saturday. … “Orange is the New Black” breakout star Ruby Rose and her fiancee, Phoebe Dahl, taking pictures backstage with DJs Diplo, Major Lazer’s Jillionaire and Zedd. … Trey Songz, with guests at Hakkasan restaurant (MGM Grand) on Saturday. … Comedian Russell Peters, with a group of 20 that included UFC announcer Bruce Buffer at N9ne Steakhouse (Palms) on Saturday. … “Jersey Coast” stars Pauly D and Ronnie Magro, reuniting at Rehabilitation (Acid rock) on Saturday. In the crowd: “Chumlee” Russell of “Pawn Stars,” commemorating his 33rd birthday, and Michael Pericoloso of “Dating Naked.” … Ron Yuan of “Boys of Anarchy,” with starlet Cindy Chiu of “Bring It On: All or Nothing,” dining at Andiamo Italian Steakhouse (The D) on Saturday. Also in the restaurant: UFC ladies Arianny Celeste and Britney Palmer, sharing wine, oysters and lobster risotto.

The Punch Line

“I saw that during a city center in Miami today, Jeb Bush attacked Donald Trump in both Spanish and English. And later on that night, Donald Trump responded in both English and much, much louder English.”– Jimmy Fallon

— Norm Clarke’s column appears Sunday, Monday, Wednesday and Friday. He can be reached at 702-383-0244 or [email protected]!.?.!. Discover more online at www.normclarke.com. Follow him: @Norm_Clarke

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