When the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association voted 6-3 to fly south to Florida, it started the gears turning on one of the biggest sports stories of the year. Columnist Ron Kantowski looks at half of the year’s biggest sports stories.
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It’s a ghost of sports Christmas past now. But in the days before the NBA extravaganza and “A Christmas Story” marathons, nothing said Christmas like the Blue-Gray Football Classic from Montgomery, Ala.
Sprint — whose new boss is a soccer guy — is latest sponsor to defect from NASCAR. The turmoil continues as many tracks are downsizing the great speedways, so TV viewers don’t see empty seats.
Every five years when UNLV fires its football coach there is a great whoop-de-doo and la-di-da about football. It usually lasts until the UNLV basketball team plays a quality nonconference opponent. Is there a program out there UNLV ought to be imitating?
The UNLV basketball team got a heavy dose of perspective Thursday morning at Sunrise Children’s Hospital. Just 12 hours after holding off stubborn Portland of the West Coast Conference at the Thomas & Mack Center, the Rebels dropped in on pediatric and intensive care wards and put smiles on young faces.
Sometimes late at night Bobby Florence will stop by the main gaming floor at the Gold Coast where people are wagering money on a new baccarat game called Rabbit’s Play. He’ll get a little twinkle in his eye, as he did when he scored 35 points in one half against Saint Mary’s 40 years ago.
They divvied up the last of the $6.3 million purse at the record-setting National Finals Rodeo following Saturday night’s final performance. Load up the livestock and alfalfa bales, pardners. Y’all come back again, ya’ hear?
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.
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.