Hi Rebel fans. It seems like my blog this time of year is always a little sad. For the last 4 years, the Rebels have gone to the Big Dance, but cut the weekend short when they lost in the first round (technically the second round, but that's just dumb, we all know it's the first round). They now share a record with Clemson and BYU for losing 4 years in a row in the first weekend as a higher seed. That's a record we don't particularly like.
The Rebels traveled to San Jose, California to play the University of California on Thursday, March 21st. They stayed at the San Jose Marriott. I flew in Thursday morning with my friends, Jan Jones and Brian Sorenson. My son, Michael, followed on a flight later that day after a morning exam. We were able to have a nice breakfast at Peggy Sue's diner and then met up with the UNLV Alumni and RAF groups, plus many Rebel fans who made the trip, at the get-together they had at the hotel restaurant. It was a fun time meeting some new Rebel friends and seeing all my other friends who were also there.
The game was at 4:45 p.m. and the crowd was about 65% Cal fans, 20% UNLV fans and 15% either Syracuse or Montana fans. That 65% was loud. Anthony Bennett and Bryce Dejean-Jones both ended up with 15 points but it wasn't enough as Cal beat the Rebels 64-61. It was very frustrating for the fans who have traveled year after year to see their favorite team and have had their vacation cut short because of the loss. It was a long, chilly walk back to the hotel after the game. Some ended up staying the weekend anyway to see the sights. I was able to have lunch at Boudin at Fisherman's Wharf before I caught a flight out of San Francisco Friday afternoon.
I know the Rebels can win in the postseason. I've been to every postseason game since 2007 and I've seen them win 3 games (2 in Chicago, 1 in Omaha) so it IS possible (and I'm not bad luck)! But the games in Oklahoma City, Tulsa, Albuquerque and San Jose have been a bummer. Here's hoping that next year the trip is more successful. All this talk about firing Coach Rice is ridiculous. He's only been here 2 years and although we haven't done what we wanted in the postseason, I know that soon enough we will see Coach Rice and the Rebels celebrating like the Florida Gulf Coasts and La Salles of the world.
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Hey, don't forget there's still baseball! The UNLV baseball team is 17-7 and still have plenty of games left for you to get out to. You can see the schedule here.
Well Rebel fans, I'm sure you'll hear from me now and then before football starts but in the mean time, I hope to see you at a baseball game and GO REBELS!