J.T. The Brick

The Las Vegas-based sports-talk radio host, whose local and national shows can be heard weekly on KBAD 920-AM, offers his takes on the best of the local sports scene.

Best Hope for UNLV’s Football Team in 2013

The Rebels secondary. It’s vastly improved, which is key, because they’ll need to turn the ball over to shorten the field and give the offense more red-zone opportunities.

Best Reason to Believe the Rebels Will End Their NCAA Tournament Drought

With the loss of Anthony Bennett, it’ll be tough for UNLV to make a Sweet 16 run, but Dave Rice’s guards should be able to penetrate more and score easier buckets. The Rebels can’t live by the 3-point shot and expect to win tournament games.

Best Vegas Sports Personality

Dana White. He generates millions of dollars in Las Vegas with every UFC event. And he’s second to none when it comes to interacting with fans.

Best Radio Interview

Pete Rose, the all-time hit king. I could go on for days talking about the impact he’s had on my career.

Best Vegas Athlete to Buy Stock In

Floyd Mayweather. As long as he stays undefeated and continues to fight in Las Vegas, his stock will always be on the rise.

Best Vegas-Based Sporting Tradition

The opening weekend of March Madness. Every sportsbook is packed and filled with the excitement of fans from all over the country who converge on Vegas to gamble on their favorite school and put money into our economy.

Best Bet for the 2013 Football Season

It’s Super Bowl or bust for the Denver Broncos, but I look for them to go “under” their win total of 11. I also believe the Patriots’ season will be negatively affected by their players’ recent problems with the law, and I’m expecting the 49ers to make it back to the Super Bowl representing the NFC.

Best Local Sports Venue

The eyes of the world always focus on the MGM Grand Garden Arena, which hosts the biggest sports events in town, from boxing to UFC to the recently added Pac-12 basketball tournament.