There's a bronzed statue on the UNLV campus that depicts Jerry Tarkanian chomping on a bronzed towel. It's a wonderful tribute, but only a tiny part of his legacy.
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In 1864, the story goes, Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman wired a military order to Gen. John M. Corse back at Union Army headquarters in Altoona, Pennsylvania. The directive was supposed to say "hold on, relief is coming." It came out "hold the fort," and then after that, it became "hold down the fort."
It's this time of year when Mike Cofer is reminded of having twice kicked a football on the game's biggest stage, and also that people can be (expletives) sometimes.
Usually when a birth certificate is doctored for the sake of sports, it's so a kid can play in Little League for one more season.
With so many West Coast events to attend — Tournament of Roses Parade; NCAA national championship football game in Glendale, Ariz.; Super Bowl 50 in Santa Clara, Calif. — the world famous Clydesdales have become among Michael Gaughan's most pampered guests.
Archery people from around the world and around the United States — but mostly from places such as South Dakota — were making their way to the Equestrian Center. They wielded high-tech bows affixed with pulleys and wheels. Quivers of arrows were strapped across shoulders. This was Las Vegas Shoot 2016.
To say things have been on an uptick for Napoleon McCallum is putting it more mildly than a Palm Springs winter.
For the sake of this discussion, let's assume shovels will be placed in the ground at the $1 billion domed arena site on the edge of UNLV's campus. And that the NFL rescinds its leather-helmet view of legal and highly monitored gambling on pro football.
Maybe we're getting a little bit ahead of ourselves with this speculation of the NFL coming to town. But in the NFL, getting ahead of oneself is a way of life.
When I told the UNLV people I wanted to write about the new courtside seating area at Lady Rebels games sometimes referred to as Tiffany Row (there is no official connection with the women's jewelry and specialty retailer), they pointed to three women's basketball fans seated in the cushy seats near the baseline.
When it was announced Tim Chambers was stepping down as UNLV baseball coach, the first things that came to mind was his health and family, because those things are more important than a season-opening, three-game series at Texas.
It was Aug. 22, the penultimate homestand of the 2015 Las Vegas 51s' season, when the (raw sewage) hit the fan at Cashman Field. The toilets near the dugouts backed up and exploded into a noxious quagmire. Don Logan, the 51s president, said (raw sewage) got all over his shoes.
Tony Stewart has a cantankerous nature, which until 2014 mostly had served him well, in the manner that having a cantankerous nature served the great A.J. Foyt well.
Curling is a cool game — it often is called "chess on ice" — and it's on TV real late at night during the Olympics, and I have seen calendars featuring some of these women's curlers. Those are ... um ... pretty interesting, too.
At a little past 11 a.m. Wednesday, a red pickup truck pulled out from the shadow of the Richard Petty Terrace and made a left-hand turn through the infield tunnel at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
Whenever UNLV fires a basketball coach or a football coach, two things pop into mind when it comes to speculation about their replacements.
At the same time UNLV called a news conference to announce that Dave Rice had been fired — er, came to a "mutual agreement" with his athletic administration that he would step down as Rebels basketball coach — people were parking their cars and SUVs for "Disney on Ice" at the Thomas & Mack Center.
When it was announced the new MGM/Anschutz Entertainment Group arena being shoehorned in between New York-New York and the Monte Carlo would be called T-Mobile Arena, hardly anybody complained.
There was an Instant Classic on ESPN on Monday night, and then on Wednesday morning, there was this, in bold, black letters, on the University of Oklahoma athletic website: WEST VIRGINIA, KANSAS MBB GAMES SOLD OUT.
When some of us were kids, bobsled was a sport mostly shown on two-week tape delay in black-and-white. It usually was on "Wide World of Sports" when Jim McKay still sported a crew cut.
This is a Christmas story that has nothing to do with the one that will be shown on TBS on a continuous loop Friday. This one is about UNLV coaches with soft spots in their hearts, and a Rebels basketball player who is much better beyond the 3-point stripe than he is with a Mexican yo-yo, and sick kids in the hospital, and the local sports radio host who brings them all together each year.
The last time I saw Ken Johann, UNLV's uber soccer booster, was at Johann Field — named for his son, Peter — on Oct. 18. The Rebels were playing Incarnate Word from Texas. Fellow humongous soccer supporter Tim McGarry, a former Rebels player who in recent years has continued what Johann started as a benefactor, asked if I had wandered over to say hello.
It was Friday afternoon at the South Point, and the women's basketball team from Stonehill College was playing Tarleton State in the annual Division II holiday tournament. That was one way to look at it.
Bryce Harper, the National League's Most Valuable Player, and Kris Bryant, its Rookie of the Year received keys to the city during a ceremony on the the 3rd Street Stage at the Fremont Street Experience downtown Thursday night.
It's Brigham Young vs. Utah, which is all the reason you need to watch the Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl on TV — but only on TV, because the game is sold out, and it will cost a pretty penny to score a ticket on StubHub at this late hour.
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