On Saturday, I filed a blog about the NCAA Tournament — the NCAA men’s tournament — that began thusly:
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Kyle Busch won another race at Auto Club Speedway in California Sunday. He suggested that Harry Hogg from “Days of Thunder” should get an assist.
“So where do you keep it?”
If you’re the guy who called the boss and left a long message using a French accent saying we had it wrong in the newspaper when we referred to the first round of March Madness as the second round, do not call and leave another message. Call NCAA headquarters.
I have colleagues that cannot write about Steve Alford, now the coach at UCLA, formerly the coach at New Mexico, without mentioning that he likes to wear a basketball net as a fashion accessory. But he wasn’t the first.
The state of Indiana had 10 chances to qualify for the NCAA Tournament. It went 0-for-10. This is only the second time since 1973 the Hoosier State has not placed a team in the bracket.
Most sports writers won’t admit to cheering for certain teams at the NCAA Tournament. There shall be no cheering from the press box. But if you are watching the Madness unfold in a sports book, it’s OK to pull for certain teams.
UNLV’s next baseball game is tonight, against North Dakota. The last time the North Dakota team played a home game was May 18, 2013, because it’s too cold to play baseball in Grand Forks at this time of year.
Sometimes it’s not about runs, hits and errors at the ballpark. Sometimes it’s about the people you meet there. Or the ones who still buy you peanuts and Cracker Jack.
UCLA vs. Arizona; New Mexico vs. San Diego State: SportsCenter anchor Scott Van Pelt says Las Vegas was the place to be for the prelude to March Madness.
Off-road racing veteran Andy McMillin (and co-driver Steve Sourapas) were the overall winners in Saturday’s General Tire Mint 400 off-road race held south of Las Vegas near Jean. They averaged 59.9 mph over four 100-mile loops with an elapsed time of 6:14.29.
The name on his birth document says Rufus Parnell Jones. The name in all those auto racing Halls of Fame just says “Parnelli.” Well, it probably says “Jones,” too. But it wouldn’t have to.
Amanda Marcum was a Maxim magazine cover girl before she met basketball coach Andy Enfield. Along with Florida Gulf Coast, she was one of the stars of last year’s NCAA Tournament. She won’t be going back after Colorado knocked Southern Cal out of the Pac-12 tournament.
The WAC moved into The Orleans on Wednesday morning, but nobody not on the conference payroll can guess the nine basketball teams. The answer is: Utah Valley, Texas-Pan American, Missouri-Kansas City, Idaho, Chicago State, Grand Canyon, Cal State Bakersfield, New Mexico State, Seattle U.
Jonathan Goldsmith, the debonair actor from the TV beer commercials, was the guest of Richard Petty’s NASCAR team at the Kobalt 400. He said he drives his father’s 1994 AMC Jeep, and that he would would be driving the No. 6 car in the race.
NASCAR almost fell over while taking a deep bow over Brad Keselowski’s exciting victory at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Sunday. But at least one commentator suggested the rule changes weren’t responsible for Dale Earnhardt Jr. running out of fuel on the last lap.
Former Bonanza High and University of San Diego slugger, who specializes in long home runs, will be in uniform for the Chicago Cubs against the New York Mets in annual preseason games.
It was about halfway through the Kobalt 400 on Sunday afternoon when the Performance Racing Network announcer’s voice crackled over the speakers in the media center. He reported that he was back at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, that the race was being dominated by Kevin Harvick, that only 16 cars were on the lead lap.
The idea behind talking to Brian Vickers was to point out that not long ago he was one of NASCAR’s brightest young stars, and then he nearly died — twice — from blood clots in his lungs and legs.
Derrike Cope’s life might have changed forever when he inherited that victory at Daytona in 1990. But now he’s driving in the Nationwide Series, and he has only a three-race deal, and his sponsor is Charlie’s Soap of Mayodan, N.C.
There are four Las Vegans currently running in NASCAR’s top two touring series, which not only is remarkable but only one fewer than from North Carolina.
Joey Saldana, aka the Brownsburg Bullet, collects World of Outlaws sprint car victories — he has 94 — and helmets of other racing drivers. He has about 125 of those. Until recently, though, he didn’t have a Steve Kinser helmet.
These NASCAR rules changes about ride heights and whatnot might drive the drivers and their teams crazy, but race fans love ‘em. The changes meant extra practice sessions on Thursday at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, and race fans got in free.
When NASCAR announced it was changing the rules again, to create a winner-take-all, one-race showdown for the Sprint Cup championship, there was an uproar. A very loud uproar. It sounded like the flyover before the Kobalt 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway before the government shutdown, when there still were flyovers.
Former Army Sgt. Brendan Marrocco went on the Letterman show to discuss having both arms and legs blown off by a roadside bomb in Iraq — and how NASCAR driver Kurt Busch of Las Vegas lifted his spirits at the Daytona 500.