With the Raiders taking this week off it seemed a good time to check out my local The Raider Image store in the Galleria Mall.
They had all kinds of silver and black merchandise. They were out of silver and black alarm clocks that play Big Ben chimes followed by the sound of Derek Carr grunting after having his arm wrenched at Wembley Stadium when you hit the snooze button.
Out front was a rack of camouflage jerseys with Carr’s No. 4 on it, which the Raiders’ harried quarterback might want to consider putting on before the next game against the Colts, although the Colts are pretty awful, too.
I must confess the real purpose for the mall trip was to satisfy a craving for a soft pretzel. While there, a short detour was made to one of three official Raiders team shops in the valley (Fashion Show Mall, Town Square) to inquire if a 1-5 start and crazy trades were hurting business.
It seemed half the inventory was marked down at least 30 percent, because about half the inventory was Khalil Mack jerseys and gear, and nobody wants those anymore after the team’s best player was traded to the Bears for an old chin strap.
Nobody at the store would talk.
If only the Raiders’ defense was as steadfast as the staff at The Raider Image.
But they said I could browse as long as I wanted. Which I did in virtual solitude until walking across the hall to Wetzel’s Pretzels, where the line was much longer.
The Raiders will open two Raider Image official merchandise stores at the Galleria at Sunset mall and Town Square in Las Vegas this fall. pic.twitter.com/8SeqBgkJYM
— Arash Markazi (@ArashMarkazi) August 30, 2017
Coaching for dollars
With a salary of $600,000, UNLV’s Tony Sanchez ranks 106th of the 123 NCAA football coaches whose pay stubs were posted by USA Today.
Of the 11 Mountain West Coaches listed — Air Force’s Troy Calhoun is paid by Uncle Sam, and Uncle Sam doesn’t disclose what it pays coaches to USA Today — Sanchez is compensated more than only three: San Jose State’s Brent Brennan ($590,424), UNR’s Jay Norvell ($500,000) and Hawaii’s Nick Rolovich ($425,004).
Colorado State’s Mike Bobo tops MW headset chuckers with $1,800,000 per annum. Next are Boise State’s Bryan Harsin ($1,650,010), Fresno State’s Jeff Tedford ($1,550,000), Wyoming’s Craig Bohl ($1,412,000), Utah State’s Matt Wells ($900,000), San Diego State’s Rocky Long ($872,576) and Bob Davie ($822,690), whose New Mexico side defeated the Rebels 50-14 on Oct. 6.
USA Today released every FBS College Football head coach's salary today. Nick Saban tops the list.
Take a look at the full list: https://t.co/N3RkwdwGqk
Do you agree?
— WFNZ-AM/FM (@wfnz) October 3, 2018
Living Las Vegas
New Las Vegas Lights FC manager Eric Wynalda explained how he wound up living in Las Vegas for several years and sometimes joining IndyCar auto racing champion Jimmy Vasser for skins games on Canyon Gate golf course.
It was during the early 1990s, when the U.S. Men’s National Team star became the first American to play in the top level of the German Bundesliga.
“When you’re making $1,800 a year playing in the (American Professional Soccer League) and then you go to Germany and you’re making $18,000 a week, you need help,” Wynalda said of hiring an accountant and managing his money.
Which led to purchasing a house on Canyon Gate.
Which became more than a tax shelter.
“I built a house on spec and the intention was to sell it,” Wynalda said. “My neighbor wound up being one my best friends. I kept the house. I was a very proud resident (of Las Vegas) for a long time.”
— Las Vegas Lights FC (@lvlightsfc) October 17, 2018
Eric the green
Did Lights FC lay off several employees (including media director Ryan Greene) in order to pay Wynalda’s salary? The layoffs happened Tuesday, the day before Wynalda’s hiring. Lights owner Brett Lashbrook said the pink slips had nothing to do with compensating the new manager.
“It’s not a money issue,” Lashbrook added. “I feel bad about it. I call it a business efficiency issue. We have really big aspirations. Year one we set a foundation, year two we’re going to become bigger and better. As a result of that, we have to evaluate all aspects of the business and continue to grow.”
We would like to welcome @EricWynalda the new head coach of @lvlightsfc. We expect big things next season. You’ll definitely be hearing us in the stands as we bring 90 minutes of non stop singing in support of our city. pic.twitter.com/N3UG1MDW6U
— Luz y Fuerza LV (@LuzYFuerzaLV) October 18, 2018
In hockey when a referee’s decision is upheld following a coach’s challenge, the coach’s team is assessed a penalty for delaying the game and the other side goes on a power play.
If baseball had this rule and put a man on second base whenever a replay challenge went unfounded, it would make the games a little shorter. And then umpire Joe West wouldn’t have to make cryptic hand signals that suggest hailing a taxi after home run balls are struck in the first inning of playoff games.
This Bigfoot-quality video of Joe West calling fan interference is mesmerizing. pic.twitter.com/51pJM6h9NI
— Zack Pierce (@zackpierce821) October 18, 2018
Coaching for dollars
Salaries of 2018 Mountain West football coaches:
— Mike Bobo, Colorado State, $1,800,000
— Bryan Harsin, Boise State, $1,650,010
— Jeff Tedford, Fresno State, $1,550,000
— Craig Bohl, Wyoming, $1,412,000
— Matt Wells, Utah State, $900,000
— Rocky Long, San Diego State, $872,576
— Bob Davie, New Mexico, $822,690
— Tony Sanchez, UNLV, $600,000
— Brent Brennan, San Jose State, $590,424
— Jay Norvell, UNR, $500,000
— Nick Rolovich, Hawaii, $425,004
Note: Air Force’s Troy Calhoun is paid by the federal government, which does not disclose coaching salaries.
Source: USA Today