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Murray's Mailbag: Have we seen the Nevada basketball team's ceiling yet?

Nisre Zouzoua
Nisre Zouzoua and the Wolf Pack are coming off their second two-game losing streak of the season. (Nevada Sports Net)

Hello, Friends. The Astros cheated the Dodgers out of a World Series in 2017, and while the punishments handed down today are fairly harsh, no players were suspended and no title was stripped, so I'm sure Houston is fine with the outcome. With that said, most of your questions this week had nothing to do with the Astros and Dodgers. It's mostly Wolf Pack talk. Thanks, as always, for the questions. Let's get to them.

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I will keep my Houston Astros takes to only this question, but it is pretty crappy the Astros cheated the Dodgers (and to a lesser degree the Yankees) out of postseason success the last couple of seasons. Nobody has any idea just how much the Astros' cheating impacted the 2017 season, but the World Series that season went seven games and two of Houston's wins came in extra innings, so any little advantage could have swung the outcome. That World Series changed legacies for guys like Clayton Kershaw, Yu Darvish, Corey Seager and Dave Roberts, among others. It sucks that cheating could have been a deciding factor behind who won that series and how those legacies changed.

For example, Clayton Kershaw pitched at home in game one of the World Series and tossed seven innings, allowing just one run and three hits while striking out 11 in a win. In game five, which ended up being the biggest game of the series, Kershaw pitched three scoreless innings, facing the minimum number of batters, at Houston and was leading 4-0 when all of a sudden the Astros figure out how to hit him. Did they use technology to pick up the signs? Houston ended up winning that game, 13-12, in extra innings, burning the Dodgers bullpen arms in the process in a game that swung the series. Let's say the Astros did cheat. If they hadn't illegally stolen signs, maybe Kershaw does what he did in game one. He goes seven innings, giving up one run. The Dodgers win that game and win the series, and Kershaw is the World Series MVP. His legacy is altered forever.

And while the suspensions for Houston were fairly strong (the manager and general manager have been fired); plus a maximum $5 million fine; plus the loss of four high-round draft picks, none of the players involved in the cheating, which was "player-lead," according to MLB's report, were punished. That's weak. You don't have to strip the title, but the players did the cheating and got zero punishment.

A Dodgers World Series title, which I would have if not for the Astros, those cheating sons of bitches. Oops, I said I wouldn't mention the Astros anymore! My bad!

I assume this is about the Nevada basketball team. Losing to San Jose State is the floor for sure. The Spartans aren't good despite their improvement this season. This is a program that is 6-12 overall and 2-4 in the Mountain West. This is a program that has won four conference games (against 38 losses) in the last three seasons. Nevada's loss at San Jose State is hard to explain. But the loss at Utah State was very predictable and isn't alarming to me. The Aggies are better than the Wolf Pack this season. Nevada had a bad week. Nevada isn't very good on the road (1-4 in true road games with those four losses coming by an average of 16.3 points per game). But Nevada still has a solid team, and it has an important four-game stretch coming up with home games against Wyoming, UNLV and New Mexico and a road game at San Diego State. If the Wolf Pack wins those home games, it will still be in a very good spot for the second half of the MW season.

My biggest question is not about the team's floor. It is about the team's ceiling. Can Nevada beat a good team? A top-100-caliber team? It hasn't so far this season, losing to BYU, Utah State, Davidson, Saint Mary's, USC, Utah and basically every "good" team it has played. The Mountain West isn't loaded with top-100 teams. Only San Diego State, Utah State, New Mexico and Nevada qualify there. But if Nevada is going to win the MW Tournament and get an automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament, its only path to the Big Dance at this stage, it will have to beat at least one "good team" and most likely two in the conference tournament. Can Nevada play at a high enough level to win such a game? We haven't seen it so far this season. Doesn't mean it can't happen. But it'd be nice to see a win over a top-100 team before the MW Tournament arrives.

Has it been a roller-coaster? I don't see it as a roller-coaster. Nevada has played 17 games. The team favored to win via the betting line is 15-2 in those games. The only real upset (good or bad) was Nevada's loss to San Jose State. The rest of the games have gone according to expectation. Nevada is a solid team with some real strengths (3-point shooting, 3-point defense, defensive rebounding, guard play) and some real deficiencies (offensive rebounding, getting to the free throw line, inability to create turnovers, the frontcourt). Nevada is 0-6 against KenPom top-110 teams and 10-1 against KenPom teams at 110+. It loses to good teams and beats average and bad teams. That's not a horrible result given what Coach Alford inherited, although it is a little frustrating for fans because of how good Nevada was the previous three seasons. If you want a roller-coaster season, look at Nevada football's 2019. The betting-line underdog won five of the Wolf Pack's 13 games this season, including double-digit favorites losing three times. Nevada football was unpredictable this season. Nevada basketball, not so much.

1. A good frontcourt player. Coach Alford obviously knew he needed that. He tried to retain Jordan Brown, telling him "this is his team" during the re-recruiting process. But Brown left for Arizona. Coach Alford tried to keep Shamiel Stevenson. But he transferred to Nebraska. Coach Alford brought big man recruits like Josaphat Bilau, Jaume Sorolla and Kuany Kuany to campus and had another visit set up with Mahamadou Diawara (he's averaging 13.2 points and seven rebounds per game as a freshman at Stetson). Nevada also landed Zane Meeks in the recruiting process, and he's been good. So Nevada tried to get more bigs. It just didn't work out with a lot of them.

2. For Desmond Cambridge to be immediately eligible (or for Eric Parrish to have made it to the start of the season). Both are talented wing players, which is a need for this roster. Cambridge is sitting out after a transfer from Brown and Parrish was dismissed from the team a week before the season began. At minimum, keeping Jalen Townsell on campus would have been helpful. Instead, he's in junior college, averaging 14.2 points and 4.9 rebounds per game while shooting 34.1 percent from three at Arizona Western.

3. An understanding fan base. This year's Nevada team is not great like the last two. But it is still pretty good for the Wolf Pack's standard (eighth best in school history, per College Reference's Simple Rating System). For the first season of Coach Alford's tenure, and considering everybody on the roster graduating or being in the transfer portal when he got the job, that's not too bad.

NITology, baby! Nevada is currently slotted as an eighth seed in the NIT, and the NIT only goes up to eight seeds, so the Wolf Pack is a bubble NIT team. If Nevada gets to 20 wins, it gives itself a solid shot at getting into the NIT, although Fresno State didn't get into the NIT last season despite going 23-9 and finishing 71st in KenPom. San Diego State also won 21 games last season without getting an NIT berth. Nevada is currently 94th in KenPom. To get to 20 wins, Nevada needs to go 9-4 in its final 13 regular-season games and then win a game in the MW Tournament. That won't be very easy, but it is possible as the Wolf Pack is favored to win all but two of its final 13 games (its two games with San Diego State and its game at New Mexico). Most of the advanced metric sites have Nevada going 18-12 in the regular season, so it will have to overachieve those projections a little or go on a run in the MW Tournament to get to 20 wins.

The fancy computers have Nevada going 18-12, so add a win for the MW Tournament and you'd be looking at a 19-win season, which is kind of what everybody expected going into the season, right?

It definitely hurts New Mexico as Carlton Bragg was the Lobos' second-leading scorer (12.6 ppg) and first in rebounds (10.3) and blocks (1.5). At 6-foot-10, he was a skilled big man, and the Mountain West doesn't have a ton of those. New Mexico was fourth in my latest conference rankings and would have moved up to third with Nevada losing two games last week, including at San Jose State. The Bragg departure probably keeps New Mexico at fourth, but I'll sort through those and release my weekly rankings Tuesday. New Mexico is clearly in the third tier of the MW. First tier is San Diego State; second tier is Utah State; third tier is Nevada and New Mexico; and fourth tier is UNLV, Boise State, Colorado State and Air Force.

Bragg has now parted with his third college after stints at Kansas and Arizona State. His arrest Sunday for suspicion of driving while intoxicated and possession marijuana came nine days after he was reinstated following a three-game suspension while university officials investigated rape allegations made against him by a student. New Mexico gave Bragg a lot of rope, and Bragg certainly didn't take advantage of his second and third chances.

Coach Alford did do that late in the Utah State game, and it's a lineup I wouldn't mind seeing more (Lindsey Drew, Jazz Johnson, Jalen Harris, Nisré Zouzoua, Zane Meeks). The issue is Nevada isn't all that big in the backcourt, so it's harder to play "position-less" basketball when you have a 5-10, 6-2 and 6-4 player on the court. That's what made the Martin twins and Jordan Caroline special. They were all 6-7 and could play most positions. The opponent also matters. Utah State is literally the biggest team in the nation per average player height. So it's hard to go small against the Aggies and survive. Nevada plays Wyoming on Tuesday and the Cowboys are a smaller team, so let's see if Coach Alford does experiment with the smaller lineup, giving up some defense to get more offense on the court.

In this week's Wolf Pack All Access, Coach Alford emphasized the need for defense and rebounding in the post, naming Johncarlos Reyes and Robby Robinson as his best defenders, so I'm not sure a move will be made since he values the defense of those two. Here are the defensive, block and rebounding numbers of Nevada's four big men, as compiled by

Defensive rating

1. K.J. Hymes, 93 (points allowed per 100 possessions)

2. Robby Robinson, 94

3. Johncarlos Reyes, 96

4. Zane Meeks, 99

Rebounding rate

1. Robby Robinson, 13.7 percent

2. Zane Meeks, 12 percent

3. K.J. Hymes, 11.5 percent

4. Johncarlos Reyes, 11.1 percent

Block rate

1. K.J. Hymes, 9.6 percent

2. Johncarlos Reyes, 5.3 percent

3. Robby Robinson, 2.8 percent

4. Zane Meeks, 0.8 percent

So you'd lose some shot blocking and defense by inserting Meeks in the starting lineup, but he holds up fine with his rebounding rate, so I'd be fine with starting Zane Meeks. I'd also reiterate minutes played is way more important than who starts and lots of coaches like an offensive pop off the bench.

The frontcourt is certainly an issue. Nevada's frontcourt has more fouls (41) than points (37) in its last three games. That can't continue. Nevada's backcourt is good enough to win the Mountain West, although that group wasn't good in the two-game road swing at San Jose State and Utah State, either. Zane Meeks is making 64 percent of his shots at the rim (third on the team) and 58.1 percent from two (second on the team), so his offense has been fine beyond his excellent 3-point shooting. Nevada just isn't get much else out of the frontcourt in terms of offense, and its guards (outside of Jalen Harris) aren't getting to the free throw line, which limits the offense. I wouldn't put all of the struggles on the frontcourt, but it's clearly the biggest weakness on the team. Losing Jordan Brown completely changed this team, and Shamiel Stevenson also departing was an under-the-radar loss not many fans realized at the time. As for Meeks being the soul of the team in 2021 (I'm assuming that is 2021-22 you're referencing), Desmond Cambridge will probably be the leading scorer on that team and Warren Washington might be the team's most important player.

Coach Alford was not pleased with his team's ball movement or shot selection in the game, so it was an abnormal outing for the offense. Coach Alford, and his son, Kory, the team's player development coach, are into the analytics. Coach Alford mentions those pretty regularly. He's not an old-school coach refusing to adapt to modern basketball. In the Utah State game, Nevada took 59 shots. Of those, 23 were 3-pointers and 24 were dunks/shots at the rim. That's 47 out of 59 shots (79.7 percent). That's a decent percentage of 3-pointers/shots at the rim, which is what the analytics emphasize. Utah State had 54 shots with 50 being 3-pointers/at the rim. That's 92.6 percent. That's elite shot quality. On the season, 711 of Nevada's 1,016 shots have been 3-pointers/at the rim (70 percent), so they did a better job against Utah State in this area than they have on average this season. Utah State is at 70.4 percent in 3-pointers/at the rim this season, basically the same as Nevada. One area Nevada has struggled is getting to the free throw line, which the analytics push for.

I'll have a full story later this week on what Nevada is looking to do with its final five scholarships in the 2020 class, but I get the feeling after talking with Coach Norvell that the Wolf Pack will be targeting players in the transfer portal to fill out the class. He wants instant-impact players, and it's tough to get those kinds of players in the late signing period. There's some flexibility, but Nevada would like an interior offensive lineman, a running back, a cornerback, a linebacker and a pass rusher. I'm curious to see if Nevada adds a quarterback considering the team only has three scholarship players coming back at that position and one was a safety to start last year (Kaymen Cureton) while the other was a walk-on (Kaiden Bennett). There isn't a lot of depth behind Carson Strong. In a perfect world, you want five scholarship quarterbacks (one in each class).

I had an update here last Friday, but Coach Norvell envisions a hire being made soon. He did a lot of interviews for the defensive coordinator position last week and is at the national coaches convention in Nashville the first part of this week, so a coordinator hire should be made in the next day or two (by the end of the week at the latest). From there, two defensive assistants will be added. And now Nevada needs an offensive line coach and a special teams coach. After losing two coaches in each of his first two offseasons, Coach Norvell has five spots to fill this offseason. That's a lot of holes to plug.

Well, I wouldn't have fired Jeff Casteel, so don't ask me. But Coach Norvell told me Friday he's looking for an experienced coach, so I don't think it will be a first-time coordinator. Coach Norvell said he contacted the top-20 teams in the nation in terms of defensive statistics to kick-start his search, so maybe looked at some candidates with those programs.

I've seen some fans stumping for Chris Klenakis to return to Nevada as offensive line coach, but I'm not sure that makes sense considering Klenakis was desirous of being Nevada's head coach during the last two cycles. That could lead to some awkwardness in the football offices. He is an excellent line coach, though. Maybe Jeff Nady as the line coach. He's a Nevada alum who spent some time as a graduate assistant on Coach Norvell's staff and is now at Fort Lewis College as offensive coordinator and offensive line coach. Not a lot of FBS experience there, but he's somebody Norvell is first-hand familiar with.

Nevada's offensive line has struggled for the last several seasons, and I think part of that is changing coaches. Here is a list of Nevada's offensive line coaches in recent years.

* Chris Klenakis (2004-09)

* Cameron Norcross (2010-11)

* Darren Hiller (2012)

* Ron Hudson (2013-15)

* Jonathan Himebauch (2016)

* Mason Miller (2017)

* Angus McClure (2018-19)

* TBD (2020)

So that will be eight offensive line coaches in the last 12 seasons. That's a lot of turnover, and it's hard to create consistency in recruiting, coaching and messaging when you have that many changes. Coach McClure was a good recruiter, and it sucks for the players who signed with Nevada largely because of him to see their coach leave before the had even one practice with him. But that's how things go in college football, I guess.

In terms of your "up-and-comers" or "retreads" question, Coach Norvell has indicated how important experience is with his upcoming additions, so I think you'll mostly see veterans being hired.

No. Nevada lost two coaches in the first offseason under Norvell (Chip Viney to Oklahoma and Mason Miller to Washington State) and two coaches in the second offseason under Norvell (Jason Kaufusi to UCLA and David White to a high school job in Mississippi). It has lost two coaches to other jobs in the third offseason, too (Angus McClure to Cal and Tommy Perry to UTSA). The firing of three coaches after the regular season is the big difference and the reason Coach Norvell only has half a staff right now. You usually see two coaches an offseason leave for other jobs. That's normal attrition. I wouldn't read anything into it, good or bad.

Attendance would decrease if Nevada dropped to the FCS. It's almost unheard of for an FBS program to drop down a level. Idaho did so, and the Vandals' attendance went from an average of 10,862 fans per home game in its last two seasons in the FBS to 9,083 fans per home game in its first two seasons in the FCS, including 6,885 fans per game in 2019. Yes, if you had a championship-level FCS team you might get a small bump over what you had at the FBS level, but you'd be giving up a huge amount of revenue for such a move (namely the roughly $4 million annual television contract the Mountain West just signed).

It's up to the schools to do that. If they start marketing the game by calling it the "Battle Born Bowl" then fans and media would start calling it that. I think the "Battle for the Fremont Cannon" is pretty cool because it has the name of the rivalry trophy in there, but Battle Born Bowl is cool, too. I don't think you'll see a change after a 45-game history of this being the Battle for the Fremont Cannon.

UNLV leads 9-3 right now (wins in football, volleyball and women's soccer to Nevada's win in women's cross country), so the Rebels have a nice advantage plus the tiebreaker since it owns the Fremont Cannon. Nevada typically needs to be really strong in the fall because UNLV tends to dominate the spring with golf, tennis and track and field. It's too early to give UNLV the Silver State Series trophy just yet, but that will likely be the final outcome. The Wolf Pack will need to win baseball, softball, men's basketball, women's basketball and swimming and diving just to have a chance.

I would attribute it to an exceptionally low standard. San Jose State has gone from God awful to simply awful (or in the case of the football team, simply bad). Spartans men's basketball is 6-12 overall and 2-4 in the MW. It is on pace for a 9-21, 5-13 season. It is ranked 284th out of 353 Division I teams in KenPom. Spartans football went 5-7 overall and 2-6 in the MW. It ranked 103rd (out of 130 teams) in ESPN's FPI. So you're talking about teams ranking in the bottom 21st percentile at the Division I level. Spartans women's basketball has been better. They are 11-6 overall and 5-1 in MW play and ranked 173rd in the RPI (with the No. 295 strength of schedule). They're on pace to become the first SJSU football, baseball, men's basketball or women's basketball team to post an above-.500 season since the school moved to the MW in 2013. It shouldn't take seven seasons to post a winning record in one of the marquee sports. So while it looks like improvement, Nevada fired a football coach for going 5-7 (Brian Polian) whereas SJSU just extended their football coach (Brent Brennan) for going 5-7 (and 8-29 overall and 4-20 in the MW). Nevada fired David Carter for going 9-22, but SJSU basketball is currently on pace for a 9-21 season and that's being viewed as progress. Just different standards.

1. Kansas City Chiefs

2. San Francisco 49ers

3. Green Bay Packers

4. Tennessee Titans

The Packers and Titans are basically the same team, but I peed with Aaron Rodgers at the celebrity golf tournament in Tahoe last summer, so edge to Green Bay. The Packers have no chance of beating the 49ers, though. That offensive line isn't stopping the 49ers' front four, and Rodgers has nobody to throw to outside of Davante Adams. The only teams to give the 49ers trouble this season are those with mobile quarterbacks (Lamar Jackson, Russell Wilson, Kyler Murray), and while Rogers can move, he's not in the same class as those three with his running ability. He's going to get devoured by the 49ers' defense. I moved Kansas City ahead of San Francisco: (a) because I don't like the 49ers; and (b) because Patrick Mahomes is way better than Jimmy Garoppolo, so I'll take the team with the better quarterback over the team with the better overall roster.

The 49ers have certainly had a run of good luck. If the refs didn't completely blow the pass interference call in the waning seconds of the regular-season finale at Seattle, the 49ers would have been the No. 5 seed in the NFC and would have had to win at Philadelphia and then at Green Bay and then likely at New Orleans to get to the Super Bowl. Instead, it got home games against Minnesota and Green Bay (both should be relatively easy wins) and don't have to face Seattle or Baltimore, two teams it lost to this season. Everything is breaking perfectly for the 49ers, thanks in large part to a blown call by the refs, which is par for the course for the NFL. (Still bitter about the Bills' "blindside block" call).

It would be fun to see the Titans win the Super Bowl with their quarterback, Ryan Tannehill, never surpassing 100 passing yards in a game. So far, he's thrown for 72 yards in a win over the Patriots and 88 yards in a win over the Ravens. Tennessee is playing 1970s-style football.

Chiefs over 49ers, 28-27. Please Chiefs over 49ers. The Astros need to teach the Chiefs how to cheat so the 49ers don't win the Super Bowl.

The 49ers are the overall favorite, but if you simulate the outcomes, San Francisco only has a 36.7 percent chance of winning the Super Bowl, so the odds are in your favor.

* Fresno State: WR Davante Adams (Packers)

* San Jose State: RB Tyler Ervin (Packers), CB Jermaine Kelly (49ers, PS), OL David Quessenberry (Titans, PS)

* Utah State: LB Kyler Fackrell (Packers), RB Darwin Thompson (Chiefs)

* San Diego State: OL Daniel Brunskill (49ers), DL Alex Barrett (49ers, PS), TE David Wells (Chiefs, IR)

* Air Force: OL Ben Garland (49ers)

* Wyoming: LB Mark Nzeocha (49ers)

* Colorado State: OL Weston Richburg (49ers, IR), RB Dalyn Dawkins (Titans, PS)

* Boise State: LB Kamalei Correa (Titans)

* Hawaii: WR Marcus Kemp (Chiefs, IR)

PS = Practice squad/IR = Injured reserve

So nine MW teams have a player on one of the NFL's Final Four teams. The only programs who don't have a player on an active NFL team are Nevada, UNLV and New Mexico.

Fun Fact: Nevada is the most mountainous state in the union with more than 150 named mountain ranges, including more than 30 peaks that exceed 11,000 feet. So plenty to chose from. I'll take.

* Sierra Nevada Mountains (duh)

* Ruby Mountains (tip of the cap to Elko)

* Spring Mountains (give one to Southern Nevada)

* Carson Range (I have to include my hometown range that includes Jobs Peak even though it is a spur of the Sierra Nevada)

1. Truckee

2. Incline Village

3. Kirkwood

4. Emerald Bay

5. Stateline

6. Fallen Leaf Lake

And I have no specific rationale for this other than I've been working on this article for five hours and just want to finish it.

San Diego State is the biggest surprise. Utah State was the unanimous pick to win the Mountain West in the preseason poll, so nobody expected the Aztecs to be this good. Nobody. Other surprises are New Mexico being 15-3 despite lots of off-the-court issues; Boise State being more average than good (Stadium's Jeff Goodman said the Broncos were his surprise pick to the MW if Utah State didn't); and Fresno State being this bad (5-11 overall and 1-4 in the MW). I'm reserving judgment on UNLV despite the Rebels being 4-1 in league play. That feels like fool's gold given the rest of UNLV's résumé.

This year's San Diego State team is slightly better than Nevada's last two teams. That being said, it all comes down to what you do in the NCAA Tournament. If you go one-and-done in the Big Dance, nobody will care what you did in the regular season. The best team in Mountain West history is the 2010-11 San Diego State team led by Kawhi Leonard, so that's the standard. This team isn't as good as that one, but if it gets to an Elite 8, it will be considered the best team in conference history. Six MW teams have reached the Sweet 16, including the 2018 Nevada team and 2011 SDSU team, but none have gotten past that round. That should be the goal.

Depends on whether you consider Courtney Gardner "making it to the pros." Yes, he signed deals with the Chargers and Dolphins, but he never played in a preseason game (or even made it to training camp to my knowledge). Gardner is one of the top-10 athletes to ever come out of Northern Nevada. He might be the best ever in terms of pure athleticism. But he didn't make grades to join Nevada out of high school and signed with Oklahoma and LSU out of Sierra College but never made it to either school (the only time Coach Norvell had been to Reno before he interviewed for the Nevada job was to recruit Gardner to Oklahoma). Between academics and off-the-field issues, Gardner never reached his potential, but he could have been a DK Metcalf-type player in the NFL. Dude was ridiculous on the field. If I can't include him because he signed a pro deal, I'll go with Isaac Porter, who also was a Hug High graduate.

I like Chicago. Best summer city in America.

It's going fine. Outside of signing Gerrit Cole or Stephen Strasburg, the Dodgers' roster is hard to upgrade. They're projected at two-plus WAR at every position and three-plus WAR at every position but right field. There isn't much you can do to improve that roster outside of adding high-level star talent like Cole and Strasburg, but I'm fine not spending that kind of money on a power arm. You don't need to spend money just to spend money. The Dodgers won 106 games last season and will easily win the NL West again this year. The playoffs are still largely a crapshoot. Meanwhile, the Giants have lost the fourth-most projected WAR of any team this offseason, and that's coming from a squad that went 77-85 last season. The Dodgers are fine.

Same odds as the Giants winning the 2020 World Series. Zero.

I have LSU. When I saw the line opened at LSU minus-three, I wanted to put all of my money on LSU, but I didn't do anything because I'm lazy. When the line went up to LSU minus-six, I wanted to bet Clemson moneyline because I thought that was good value, but I didn't do anything because I'm lazy. LSU's offense will be too much for Clemson, which, if not for a number of favorable calls, should have lost to Ohio State in the semifinals.

Potentially one of the shows in Oakland in April. My lovely wife got us excellent seats for a Dodgers-Giants game in April and we are planning a family vacation in Mexico this summer, so I have to see what is left in the coffer for 2020, but it'd be cool to make a show. I'm excited to see what a new album sounds like after a seven-year hiatus. I hope it doesn't suck. They are getting old, after all.

There are two shows in Oakland, two in Los Angeles, one in San Diego (Viejas Arena!), one in Denver and one in Phoenix, so plenty of options on the West Coast. Nothing listed for Seattle, which seems impossible, although I'm sure they'll add some fall dates.

I've seen Pearl Jam five times, and while the Bridge School Shows are the most memorable, the best show was in San Diego in 2003. It's the first time they played Arc live. I got two speeding tickets within 20 minutes driving down there. That was bad.

PGA Show in Orlando. The coaches convention in Nashville is just a bunch of dudes looking for jobs.

Both are gross, although I'd prefer vinegar based because mayonnaise is the most disgusting thing people regularly eat.

I hope you have a good week, too! See y'all next week!

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