By now you probably are familiar with Notre Dame having hired a wildly successful high school coach named Gerry Faust to wake up the echoes. But there’s an even bolder experiment that better correlates to UNLV that was conducted in North Texas.
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The Cowboy Christmas and Fanfest drew 66,258 shoppers to giant shopping the Las Vegas Convention Center on opening weekend. Is it any wonder Orlando and Dallas tried to rustle the cash cow that is the National Finals Rodeo?
Last weekend, when he was driving toned-down NASCAR stock cars at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, it was hard to discern the perennial all-around world champion cowboy Trevor Brazile from the racing machines.
During his first week on the job, a nervous young sportswriter got a chance to interview hockey legend Gordie Howe. No. 9 broke the ice by offering him a beer.
NASCAR champ Kevin Harvick grew up wanting to be Rick Mears, the four-time Indy 500 champ from Bakersfield. “I was fortunate to have grown up in a racing town,” Harvick says. “It’s a place that has dirt tracks, asphalt, ovals, go-kart tracks, drag strip … always well supported.”
Rodeo cowboys usually don’t talk trash. Unless you get them behind the wheel on a racetrack. Then they will talk more trash than a mob boss when the feds are tapping wires.
A couple of hours after Bobby Hauck resigned as UNLV football coach on Friday, Gonzaga beat St. John’s in one of those sort-of-attractive early season college basketball matchups on TV.
I chatted with Matthew Nelson for nearly an hour the other day, and he barely mentioned music. All he wanted to talk about was cars, classic cars and muscle cars and racing cars.
The left-for-dead Rebels won the WAC regular-season title and conference tourney. They faced UC Irvine in the NCAA Tournament.
A lot of people talk about the heart of a marathon runner, both literally and figuratively. But the first thing I notice are the eyes.
Las Vegas might be getting an NHL franchise soon, but the NHL probably can’t match the charm of the Western States Hockey League. A Las Vegas Storm game at the Las Vegas Ice Center smacks of hockey played on a frozen pond, only with a Zamboni coming out between periods.
There are many stories about what possesses one to run a marathon. This one involves deadly flesh-eating bacteria, Jose Canseco, Yasiel Puig, a guy who was burned over 90 percent of his body when the car he was in exploded, and a gigantic helping of human spirit. The indomitable kind of human spirit.
Mental blunder takes touchdown off the board, gives Oregon one instead.
Mike Kennedy is a collector of baseball things: cards, bats, anything once belonging to Mike Trout of the Angels, because Kennedy is a longtime Halos fan and Trout is his favorite player.
Because it’s still college football season — and because UNLV has regressed to its losing ways faster than anybody could have possibly imagined — the subject changes often whenever sports fans gather ’round here this time of year.
The Rebels beat No. 7 Colorado State, the first time UNLV has beaten a Top 10 team. The victory moves them into second place in the Mountain West and puts them on the bubble for the NCAA Tournament.
Son of former Formula One champion to drive in Rallycross season finale at The LINQ.
Not to disparage the PBA Tournament of Champions and Akron, Ohio, its home base during the halcyon years of bowling on television, but imagine knocking down tenpins on a way bigger stage.
I was surrounded by darts players, and by big women, and by an affable long-haired guy who trains elephants for a living. One supposes training elephants is not something one would do in his spare time, so it would have to be for a living.
John Burkett was an excellent major league pitcher, but his true love was bowling. Now he’s a part-time pro bowler on the PBA Tour and just missed the cut at the GEICO World of Series of Bowling at South Point.
The football coach was run out of UNLV after posting back-to-back 5-7 seasons and then out of Louisville. But he’s doing fine at Indiana State, which is 5-3 with three wins over ranked teams.
They played their first game in the new and improved MASL, which stands for Major Arena Soccer League, which is supposed to be a step up the pro soccer ladder for the Las Vegas Legends, an indoor team embarking on its third season.
Young Christ Trickle won Oct. 4 at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway Bullring in just his third start in a Super Late Model stock car. The 14-year-old driver has a heavy right foot and a famous name.
Breakaway leagues usually end up as broken dreams. But the Pro Bull Riders started 21 years ago in an Arizona motel room with $12,000 in a cowboy hat, and this week the riders compete for $2.2 million in the World Finals at the Thomas & Mack Center.
The Washington Nationals tied for the best record in baseball this year, and they’re out of the playoffs, too — but at least they were knocked out by another playoff team.