The forgettable journey that has become UNLV's basketball season, some of it the fault of injury, a lot of it the fault of poor execution and again inflated expectations, nearly took one final tumble off the cliff of Mountain West mediocrity Wednesday night before the Rebels rallied to save themselves from complete embarrassment.
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It happens this way often in sports, that great success by a team is created through unforgettable disaster, that amazing individual achievement is born from embarrassing failure.
It could be our inherent stubbornness, the part of us that continues to look through the eyes of the past and won't allow ourselves to see what the present offers. Generations pass. The gap widens. Change occurs.
Lamar Hunt was creative, clever, a visionary, as forward a thinker as the NFL has known. I wonder what the late owner of the Kansas City Chiefs would have thought about the league housing a team in Las Vegas.
Roger Goodell has always owned a pretty loose definition of integrity when it comes to an NFL team ever moving to Las Vegas, on one hand standing behind the idea that his league should exhibit a blunt refusal to be compromised by sports gaming and on the other gladly accepting the massive levels of money and sponsorship and popularity it produces.
In a town that produced the National League's Most Valuable Player (Bryce Harper) and Rookie of the Year (Kris Bryant) in Major League Baseball last season, Las Vegas also will feature a linebacker on the Denver Broncos and Carolina Panthers when Super Bowl 50 kicks off Sunday at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, California.
First things first: You know a Coldplay song. You probably know more than one. You just might not realize it. But when the British rock band that has sold more than 87 million albums worldwide takes the field at Levi's Stadium on Sunday to perform, you will recognize the sound and lyrics.
Josh Norman appears to be staking his claim to a seat at the table of the elite when it comes to climbing inside opposing heads, a lifetime from the days when trash talking was limited to claiming one's team was better and guaranteeing a Super Bowl victory.
The NFL talks a good game when it comes to its health and safety efforts, but statistics continue to favor the side that wonders how diligent the league has been in protecting those smashing into each other.
Nearly seven years after scoring the UFL’s first points and later making the field goal that would win Las Vegas its initial championship, Graham Gano will again try and earn a title. This one in Super Bowl 50.
Jerry Richardson was supposed to have fired Ron Rivera a few times over. That's what billionaires usually do when wins don't stockpile as quickly as they would prefer. That, and buy a new mansion to forget their troubles. But the hit was never carried out on Rivera
It seems Mark Davis has thought about moving the Oakland Raiders to Las Vegas for some time. Or at least covering some of the bases for it.
This was a different kind of Opening Night than the one Terrie Frankel wrote about on Broadway, but a music element still existed. Because how in the world are you supposed to ask Cam Newton about that stifling Broncos defense without first being treated to some pop tunes?
Jim Livengood is convinced it's time, that the NCAA will soon join the masses in supporting a concept of change, of evolving and improving and adapting and enhancing one's stance on a fairly significant point.
They began filing out of the Thomas & Mack Center with 4:21 remaining, apparently having seen enough of the clinic San Diego State's basketball team gave to UNLV on Saturday night.
This is no Iowa cornfield, and the only farming I have done lately is to roll a broken lawn mower out to the curb for a garage sale, but if you close your eyes and imagine what more than $1 billion might deliver Las Vegas in terms of a domed stadium, you just might see all that Ray Kinsella built and more.
It was at this time last year in a ballroom at the Phoenix Convention Center when Roger Goodell was posed a familiar question at his annual state of the league address at the Super Bowl: Did the commissioner think Las Vegas could sustain an NFL team?
The origin dates to Tom Izzo's first season as Michigan State basketball coach in 1995, when his Spartans weren't all that great at scoring and he needed to discover ways to get more shots.
Eric Musselman hugged one player and high-fived another and chest-bumped another. He ran over to the edge of one baseline inside the Lawlor Events Center on Saturday night, one side of his dress shirt untucked, and waved his arms up and down at a raucous student section.
There are charts and graphs and even a horizontal axis for those math wizards in the group to check. Lots and lots of data. Lots and lots of information. Lots and lots of statistical overload.
When people imagined how terrific things might be, when they closed their eyes and thought about how UNLV's basketball team could appear when the defense led to running, which led to easy baskets, which led to the sort of suffocating momentum that brings an opponent to its knees, they visualized these six minutes and 44 seconds.
When it comes to identifying UNLV's next head basketball coach, those investigating potential candidates should consider a theme based on a series of children's books.
The lead had climbed to 21 with about seven minutes remaining in the first half against Southern Utah, I mean South Dakota, I mean Air Force, I mean one of the worst Air Force sides in recent memory, and the energy in the Thomas & Mack Center on Saturday night continued to rise as it has few times this UNLV basketball season.
Robert Smith is the guy you hear on the radio during UNLV basketball games, the one his university should be ashamed of because it still hasn't retired and hung his jersey in the rafters of the Thomas & Mack Center, the best point guard in Rebels history.
Two days after their coach was fired midway through his fourth season, having lost six of their previous eight games and sitting at 0-3 to begin Mountain West play, UNLV basketball players were implored by their new leader to run.
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