23 February 2011

UNLV vs. UNM

Wow! What a game that was.

I'm texting some folks with the game on, not really following, because we are up by 15, on the road, and I'm thinking this game is in the bag. 15 minutes to go in the 2nd half and the sounds from the television begin to sneak into my awareness.

"New Mexico making a little run? Ah, no biggie. It won't last, Rebels will keep it stretched out by 8 points." Back to the BlackBerry.

Then it continues.

"Uh oh. Wait, what the hell is going on here? No! You're letting it slip Rebels...or the Lobos are ripping that shit from your grip!" Better start watching every second.

Before I can remember we are tied. Time is running out and then the real nail-biting began. Are we actually going to lose this game! Thankfully we survived the surge and forced it into OT.

I can't say enough about Quintrell Thomas. He's just looking better and better each and every game. The offensive production inside is just fantastic. And the rebounds! My God, he was snatching those things out of the sky like nobody's business.

Tre'Von was strokin' it! Can't remember the last time he was keeping my attention like that. Must have been back to last season at least.

The team as a unit was looking good too. Finally it felt right. They looked comfortable, anticipatory, with it. I think we are coming out of the longest mid-season slump ever. What a perfect time to heat up. That was such a big road win. And stacked on top of the CSU road win, I think we've got a real solid foundation for some serious confidence going into the last two games and the MWC tourney.

Keep it up fellas! REBELS!

22 February 2011

Absence

It's been a while since I've posted. I'm sure any of you that check in on this have missed me and have been wondering where I've been. I've been around.

Battling the end-stage of a cold right now. I fell ill last Monday and had to take Wednesday off. Pushed through to Friday taking only ibuprofen when somebody reminded me that Nyquil is a good thing to take when trying to kick a cold. Thank God for that stuff. I think I'm hooked. And it's definitely helped with the cold as well. I haven't been sick in at least a couple of years and I forgot how terrible it is. Hopefully I'll stay healthy for another long cycle, because this has sucked.

Anyway, the cold doesn't account for the > 1 month absence from the blogosphere (not that I've had a continuous or large presence here prior).

It's been a busy month. College basketball season is heating up and I've been busy following the Runnin' Rebels. They're looking okay. Likely to receive an at-large bid to the NCCA tournament, barring any miraculously shocking loss through this last part of the schedule. Now I don't like to knock my Rebels, but I'm not living in denial either. I've seen it happen before so I don't count it out. Let's hope they don't disappoint. We've been in a slump most of the season and now would be a great time to heat up. We just saw evidence of this in the 2nd half performance against Colorado State last Saturday. If this team can shoot just 40% consistently we will have a shot at getting into the tourney and making it to the second round. We've got 20 wins and we've been in a slump! Imagine if we had been able to knock shots down in those really big games like Louisville and BYU and SDSU. It's a quality team that we've had this year, but the performance hasn't always been there.

On a side note, the HBO documentary of the Tarkanian era of the UNLV men's basketball program premiered at the Palms a few days ago. It will be showing in the theater beginning March 12 and I'm looking forward to seeing it. Here's a blog post by Katz in the Las Vegas Sun about it.

In other news, baseball season is just around the corner. My mom won a pair of season tickets to the Las Vegas 51's so I'm anticipating spending quite a bit of time at Cashman Field this spring/summer. Dollar beer night anybody? I think so. Haven't been following any news on the Dodgers, but Manny is gone (yay!) and so is Russell Martin (boo!). There were some other roster changes as well, but nothing that I followed too closely. Just hoping for a good season. They Boys in Blue will be here in March to play the Cubs for Big League Weekend at Cashman and Chuch and I are planning on attending.

In non-sports news, not much else is new. Work is, well....work. The world seems to be coming to an end. Revolutions in the mid-east, pirates capturing ships, commodity price inflation, global economic crisis, etc.

That's it for now. I'll likely be posting about the Rebels again very soon. Until then.