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LETTERS

If UNLV’s Miller coached football, she’d be hailed

To the sports editor:

Regarding the recent story on coach Regina Miller and the UNLV women’s basketball team (“Athletic department sources: Coach Miller on thin ice with Lady Rebels,” Feb. 18), I can’t help but think that the school’s athletic director has the selective memory of my dog.

The pitch of athletic director Mike Hamrick to justify the potential firing of Miller is that his expectations are that “(UNLV teams) compete for Mountain West Conference championships.” I am eager in this year of political rhetoric to hear how Hamrick can explain his evidently mutual exclusive positions between women’s basketball and football.

Hamrick recently retained his football hire, Mike Sanford, after a third two-win season (6-29 in three years as coach). Conversely, Miller has had eight winning seasons in 11 years at UNLV and has run a clean program that graduates students.

Why isn’t that the model for Sanford to strive to achieve with football?

I would love to be a fly on the wall when Hamrick tries to explain his logic regarding football vs. women’s basketball to Board of Regents chairman Jim Rogers.

ROWENA HERBERT

Judge must have been watching different bout

To the sports editor:

Let’s hear it for the greatest fight judges in the world — our own Nevada boxing judges.

With the exception of Doug Tucker, that is.

In the Feb. 16 WBC super flyweight title fight at the MGM Grand Garden between champion Cristian Mijares and challenger Jose Navarro, judges Adalaide Byrd and Chris Wilson had Mijares winning 117-111 and 115-113.

Tucker? He had Navarro winning all 12 rounds, 120-108. That has to be impossible.

With that record, Tucker would be a great judge on “American Idol.”

JAY FRIEDMAN

Kudos to Dewey, R-J for coverage of Wranglers

To the sports editor:

I enjoy reporter Todd Dewey’s work covering the Wranglers hockey team. I also am glad that after all these years of the franchise fielding a top-rate team that the articles in the Review-Journal are less pigeonholed in the back.

I especially loved Dewey’s front-page story on the various jerseys the team has worn in its seasons here (“Fashionable flurry,” Feb. 15).

DAVE BUCK

Local chamber should lobby for Super Bowl LV

To the sports editor:

It’s time for the Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce to start lobbying the NFL to have Super Bowl 55 played in Las Vegas. It could be the biggest financial bonanza in the history of Las Vegas. Why? Because Super Bowl 55 forever will be known as Super Bowl LV.

Certainly, 12 years is enough time for Las Vegas officials to plan and build the 75,000-seat stadium that would be required for Super Bowl LV — and to come to an agreement with the NFL over the contentious issue of legal wagering on pro football.

Furthermore, once held, Super Bowl LV would be the first of many Super Bowls awarded to Las Vegas.

COL. GENE CIRILLO, USAF (RET.)

GOLD RIVER, CALIF.

The Review-Journal welcomes letters from its readers. Letters should be 100 words or less and must include the author’s name and phone number. Send letters to: Letters to the Sports Editor, Las Vegas Review-Journal, P.O. Box 70, Las Vegas, NV 89125-0070. Letters also can be e-mailed to: jhawk@reviewjournal.com.

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