Vegas Seven

2011 Football Issue

  • Going for Broke

    After months of off-field mischief, it’s time for the games to begin!

    By Matt Jacob

    Let’s see, there was the Jerry Sandusky/Joe Paterno scandal at Penn State … the Bobby Petrino debacle at Arkansas … the academic fraud scandal at North Carolina … the Heisman Trophy finalist (Wisconsin’s Montee Ball) who got jumped by five guys near campus for no apparent reason … and another Heisman finalist (former LSU cornerback Tyrann Mathieu) who entered rehab for an “addiction” to pot (this is like a surfer entering rehab for an addiction to the ocean).

  • Going for Broke

    Rebels in for rough time at Wisconsin despite past success against spread

    By Matt Jacob

    I don’t have a clue what agent represents UNLV football coach Bobby Hauck, but this much I do know: After what he accomplished last week—brokering a two-year extension of Hauck’s contract—he should see a significant spike in his client base. I just secured a two-year contract extension for a football coach who went 2-11 in his debut season, losing his final three games by the combined score of 142-55. Imagine what I could do for you!

  • 2011 Football Issue

    We Like to Watch. Here’s Where We Do It.

    By Matt Jacob

    For some football fans, nothing beats waking up on a Saturday or Sunday morning, planting yourself on the recliner and spending 12 hours glued to the big screen. Of course, those fans don’t have wives nagging them to get their fat ass off the couch and help around the house. Or kids who rise before dawn, flip on the Disney Channel and hide the remote. Or a fridge that runs out of beer.

  • 2011 Football Issue

    Hoop Schools, Gridiron Dreams

    Arizona Hall of Fame Coach Lute Olson, who headed the Wildcats program from 1983 to 2008, established a basketball dynasty. The Wildcats made it to the NCAA Tournament a record 25 consecutive years, with four trips to the Final Four and a national championship in 1997. In the process, Tucson became a basketball city.

  • 2011 Football Issue

    Fan Seeks Team


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    Every September, I’m an Arizona Cardinals fan until their humiliating losses become unbearable and I start waking up on Sundays filled with shame and sinking beer after sad beer vowing never to watch the stupid game ever, ever again. My shame is Nevada’s fault.

  • 2011 Football Issue

    Jim Fassel’s Got No Doubt

    By Matt Jacob

    In more than 30 years of coaching, Jim Fassel has amassed quite a collection of memories. As an assistant at Stanford he helped recruit a kid by the name of John Elway in 1979. A couple of years later he watched in horror from the sidelines as Cal ran through the Stanford band and into the end zone to cap the most bizarre finish to a college football game ever. Later came NFL Coach of the Year honors in 1997, after his first season leading the New York Giants.

  • 2011 Football Issue

    7 Rebels to Watch

    By Sean DeFrank

    A year ago, the UNLV football team went 2-11 while suiting up 23 freshmen and playing one of the nation’s toughest schedules. Guess what? This year, the Rebels have 31 freshmen and one of the nation’s toughest schedules. So life won’t be much easier for coach Bobby Hauck in his second year at UNLV. The Rebels averaged 18 points per game and gave up 40 in 2010, but this year’s squad enters the season loaded with Hauck’s recruits and accustomed to his approach.

  • 2011 Football Issue

    Franchised!

    By Sean DeFrank

    As the two-time defending champions of the 2-year-old United Football League, the Locomotives are the most successful professional football franchise in Las Vegas has ever had, but they are far from the first. Most of the teams had a shelf life slightly longer than a carton of milk, with varying degrees of success on and off the field. Here’s a glimpse at the good, the bad and the ugly of Las Vegas’ gridiron past (including a team preparing to kick off its first season of play).

  • 2011 Football Issue

    3 Great Rebel Road Trips

    Madison, Wisconsin There are few college towns better than Wisconsin’s capital city. Even if the Rebels aren’t covering the 35-point spread for their Sept. 1 opener, the atmosphere inside Camp Randall Stadium could be worth sticking around for into the legendary Fifth Quarter—when Badger fans sing and dance as the UW band plays "On, Wisconsin." But for those UNLV faithful hoping to get a head start on their Thursday night away from Vegas, the famous State Street and its many bars and restaurants is close by.

  • Going for Broke

    Chiefs, Ravens set to take big step backward in AFC this season

    By Matt Jacob

    The Patriots put up 47 points … and Tom Brady didn’t even play. Rex Grossman and the Redskins manhandled the Steelers, 16-7. The Browns, Rams and Panthers all posted double-digit victories over the Packers, Colts and Giants, respectively. Even the Lions roared to a 31-point win.

  • Going for Broke

    Packers set for another big year, but Eagles won’t fly as high as expectations

    By Matt Jacob

    The biggest winners during the NFL’s four-month lockout? Local cardiologists, who undoubtedly saw a rise in new patients, namely oddsmakers in town who with each passing day were suffering cardiac distress over the possibility of a delayed, truncated or canceled 2011 season. Then the defibrillator arrived on July 25, when the players and owners finally agreed on a new 10-year collective bargaining deal, ending the labor dispute and saving the season (not to mention the sports books’ financial backside).

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