Such reality wasn’t so secure in the spring, when the Zags more than investigated the idea of jumping to the Mountain West.
It hasn’t been the best of starts to a second season for Vegas, now 3-4 after beating Buffalo on Tuesday and yet missing key names all over the ice.
It might not be the last word a veteran NFL player wants to hear, but it’s close, and the Raiders are absolutely defined by it right now, their latest loss a 27-3 thrashing by Seattle on Sunday in London.
While there is unquestionably a growing appetite for the NFL in parts of the United Kingdom, the idea of placing one’s hard earned pounds on the outcome of a Sunday game still seems more rubbish than anything to many making bets.
Philadelphia wasn’t suffering from any sort of Vegas Flu but made the Golden Knights look ill, rolling to a 5-2 win Thursday night before a crowd of 18,555 at T-Mobile Arena.
Max Pacioretty has 30 or more goals in six of his last eight professional seasons, here now after the Golden Knights traded Tomas Tatar, prospect Nick Suzuki and a second-round pick to Montreal for him.
Losing starting quarterback Armani Rogers indefinitely this week to a toe injury is hardly a desired reality, but this is the sort of moment coach Tony Sanchez has prepared for through recruiting.
The hooting and hollering and yelps of celebration reverberated behind locker room doors late Sunday afternoon, the Raiders having finally earned victory in 2018, a 45-42 final against Cleveland at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum.
Nick Robone doesn’t question attending the Route 91 Harvest Festival last Oct. 1, doesn’t believe he should have left his recreation hockey league game and simply went home, doesn’t regret agreeing to meet his younger brother and friends to watch country star Jason Aldean perform.
What the Knights see behind them is an improbable run of historic proportions, but this is a new year and new team, one that will try and make its own history.