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  1. National Anthem at Sporting events?

    I think it started during WW 1 era. it's kind of a dumb thing-- the game is usually taking place for profit and is not a patriotic thing in and of itself.
  2. World War 1. 100 years ago right now

    the New York Times, Sept. 1917. Wonder if anyone yelled "Allah Akbar"?
  3. The fire Jay Norvell thread

    Chis Murray rips Norvell this morning How long does the honeymoon period last for a first-year college football coach? For Jay Norvell, the answer is three games. The Wolf Pack coach’s honeymoon is over – and it should be. Nevada’s 30-28 loss to Idaho State before 16,394 fans Saturday night at Mackay Stadium was many things, but, most of all, it was embarrassing and unacceptable. The Wolf Pack was unprepared, uninspired and outclassed by a program that was 26-98 over the previous 11 seasons, each at the FCS level. Nevada wasn’t just playing a team from college football’s second tier. It was a bad team from that tier, a team that lost last week to Utah State, the Wolf Pack’s Mountain West competition, by 38 points. Yet, this same Idaho State team was beating Nevada by 23 points midway through the third quarter before the Wolf Pack rallied within a 2-point conversion of tying it with 58 seconds left. Credit Idaho State, but Nevada deserves a ton of blame, too. After his team’s loss last week to Toledo, Norvell said he was disappointed but not discouraged. Fair enough. But, fans should feel discouraged after this loss. Their team entered the game as a 33.5-point favorite and didn’t lead for a single second in its first loss to an FCS team since 1994. It was just two weeks ago Wolf Pack fans could joke about rival UNLV losing to Howard, another FCS team. Now, the joke’s on Nevada. “I’m extremely disappointed,” a solemn Norvell said. “One of our goals was to win every home game and play really well at home and we didn’t do that tonight. It’s my job to get to the bottom of it and find out what’s going on with our guys and how we responded the way we did tonight.” Norvell’s tenure will not be defined by this game. He will get at least four seasons to put together a winning program. This will likely be a footnote in the story he writes with the Wolf Pack. But, in each of his team's first two home outings, Nevada has been sloppy – to put it kindly. In the loss to Idaho State, the Wolf Pack fumbled seven times; had a player ejected for contacting a ref; had an unprepared defense at the start (Idaho State scored on six of its first nine possessions); and continued to struggle on offense. I haven’t been around as long as Mackay has been – the stadium has me by 16 years – but Saturday’s loss could be the Wolf Pack's worst in the stadium's history. Idaho State hadn’t beaten an FBS team since 2000 and hadn’t beaten Nevada since 1981, a streak of 11 straight losses. But, the Bengals were dancing on the Mackay Stadium sideline between the third and fourth quarters as if it had already won the game. The Wolf Pack players should burn that image in their heads – FCS players dancing in their home while dominating them – for the rest of the season. It should not leave their memory until after the season ends. No reasonable person thought Nevada was going to compete for a MW championship this season, but Wolf Pack fans deserve better than this. A loss at Northwestern? OK. A loss to Toledo? Fine. A loss to Idaho State? Nope. That should not happen. That cannot happen. So, how did that happen? A decisive turnover advantage (3-0), a more physical attitude and a spate of young Wolf Pack players on the field. Kaymen Cureton became the Wolf Pack’s first true freshman to start at quarterback since 1998 and played reasonably. He was too eager to pull the ball and scramble and fumbled four times (none lost), but he also completed 19-of-33 passes for 205 yards, three touchdowns and an interception. I’m not going to pin the blame on a kid fresh out of high school doing the best he can in his debut, but it is fair to question whether he was the right player to put under center Saturday night. With a freshman at quarterback, it was a senior, offensive tackle Austin Corbett, who appeared emotionally shaken after the game. You could feel the pain in the Reed High grad as he spoke about Nevada losing a game it should have won, about his teammates not going as hard as possible every play and about trying to get everybody bought in with the new staff, which is always a difficult task in year one. “I failed as a leader and I didn’t get this team ready and I’m not going to let it drag on,” Corbett said. “It stings a lot that we didn’t do our jobs across the board, and we have to figure some things out.” One thing Nevada must figure out first and foremost is what it wants to accomplish this season. Does it want to keep playing true freshmen with an eye on the future? (Nevada has played more true freshman in its first three games, eight, than Chris Ault did in the nine-year duration of his final tenure with the Wolf Pack). Or does it want to try and win as many games as possible this season? That question is especially pertinent at quarterback. As Nevada football tries to rebuild its fan base following a steady decline since its historic 2010 season, this loss is hard to swallow. The loyal fans who want a reason to believe and a reason to support the program now must search for a reason to attend home games for the rest of the season. This should have been a joyous night, with Norvell getting doused by a Gatorade bucket after his first victory as a head coach. Instead, it was a night that raised questions about where this program is headed for the remainder of the season. Columnist Chris Murray provides insight on Northern Nevada sports. Contact him at [email protected] or follow him on Twitter @MurrayRGJ.
  4. World War 1. 100 years ago right now

    September 1917. the German army marches into Riga. It was part of Russia then. Russia is about to be bounced from the war-- some dude named Lenin.
  5. The fire Jay Norvell thread

    That is it. and it was HOF day and a number of local companies had outings to this game. real bad time to pinch out a big brown one at the 50!
  6. "Weak" 3 in Gifs

    Wolf Pack coach Norvell oblivious to the fact that his raw QB staying in the game all game long is going to cost him an embarrassing loss. Coach Mumme and his 'air faid"....
  7. World War 1. 100 years ago right now

    German plane the "Taube" was phased out quickly as it couldn't turn fast. Then the Germans used it as a trainer. Airplane technology changed super fast during the war.
  8. The fire Jay Norvell thread

    the young and green QB wasn't ready and it was very obvious. then Norvell dug his heels in and let the kid play the entire game. The team was off from the first play. Not sure why he just didn't put in Gangi at halftime. Anyone? Beuller? I guess.. " Maybe Norvell figured this was a lost season anyway and the sooner Cureton realizes he ain't a QB, the better. "
  9. Idaho State at Nevada

  10. Idaho State at Nevada

    I figured after the true freshman's' rough first half Norvell would have put Gangi in. nope.
  11. Oregon at Wyoming

    I'm going to hit the sports book and watch this sucker.
  12. BYU has very little talent.....

    the Wisconsin game..........
  13. NIU taking down Nebraska

    Memphis just took down UCLA.