Murray's Mailbag: What the hell happened in Nevada and UNLV's post-game brawl?

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Nevada running back Devonte Lee dives into the end zone for a touchdown against UNLV on Saturday. (Tom R. Smedes/AP)

As you might expect given what happened during the Nevada and UNLV game, there were lots of questions this week, so let's get to them. Thanks, as always, for the inquiries.

(Note: If you're not seeing the tweets, it's probably because you're not using Google Chrome. Use Google Chrome).

For starters, here's a full breakdown of the Nevada-UNLV brawl with three different video angles and all of my verbal takes on the post-game brawl. Check that out first. But here we go:

So this is what I'm supposed to say: Players fighting on the field is completely unacceptable and the penalties should be harsh. Nevada's Austin Arnold, who sparked the fight with the initial blindsiding of UNLV quarterback Kenyon Oblad, should be suspended. So should UNLV's Giovanni Fauolo Sr. for swinging his helmet at Nevada fans. It is unbecoming of both schools to have their student-athletes acting in such a manner. It's a poor representation of the universities and their communities. What am I supposed to tell my kids about what happened after the game? Couldn't the players keep their poise despite the emotional game? These guys are role models and set a horrible example. And what about the Nevada fan who ripped a helmet of the head of a UNLV player; and the fans who threw snowballs, beer bottles and soda cans at UNLV's players; and the fan who jumped onto the field to join the action; and the fans screaming obscenities and flipping off UNLV's coaches? They should be ashamed of themselves and some should be banned from Mackay Stadium for future games. They're all losers. Both UNLV and Nevada should be fully remorseful for their actions as both acted in ways unbecoming of our great state. Their post-game actions overshadowed what was an excellent game between two passionate teams. It is a black mark on the rivalry forever.

And this is what I'm not supposed to say but kind of feel: It was kind of cool, right? It's been a long time since Nevada and UNLV fought (the 1995 game), and that's the game everybody remembers from this rivalry. Everybody is going to remember this game forever because it went into overtime and then turned into chaos afterwards. Like, I know I'm not supposed to condone fighting, but it was kind of fun to see and nobody got hurt, so no harm, no foul, right? Yes, you have to suspend some people to send a message, but how great is next year's game going to be when the returning players face off again? It's going to be lit. I mean, I'm supposed to be OK with these teenagers blasting their bodies all game long without pay but get upset when they want to shove and throw a few punches like that's more dangerous than actually playing the game? And you ask, "What am I going to tell my kids?" Well, I'll just point to this game and tell them not to be an idiot on the field. I'll talk to them about the importance of poise and sportsmanship and ask whether they want to go viral online and across the national media for throwing a punch? "Do you want that to be your legacy? No, you don't. So don't act that way no matter how emotional you are." It will be a good lesson. And then I'll point to the fans' behavior and say, "If you ever act like that, I'm going to make you change your last name from 'Murray' because you're a moron." Wolf Pack fans made Reno as a city look like a joke. That's what I'll tell my kids. But, while I know we're not supposed to like fighting, one brawl every 25 years between these teams? Yeah, I'm good with that.

There will be suspensions. If there aren't suspensions for people throwing punches on the field, the Mountain West isn't doing its job. Public reprimands aren't going to cut it this time. The MW handed out suspensions for a UNLV-Utah State women's basketball fight in 2017. Same with a New Mexico-Boise State men's basketball fight in 2018 that was just pushing. Same with an Air Force-Colorado State men's basketball fight in 2015. The precedent is there.

Well, UNLV was involved in this brawl and also the aforementioned on-court fight in women's basketball in 2017 (video here). So both of these schools have had issues in this area.

I don't have all the video, but anybody who threw a punch is suspended at least one game. Multiple games for Nevada's Arnold, whose initial shove/punch from behind sparked the fracas. Multiple games for UNLV's Fauolo for swinging his helmet at fans. I would not take anybody's scholarship. That's too much. And I would ban the fan who took the helmet off the UNLV player's head and the fan who jumped onto the field for life.

I'll put my money on "No," but you can't completely rule it out.

Fun with Photoshop! That kid is actually from the 1995 brawl between Nevada and UNLV. I wonder if that kid is full-grown now (he'd be in his upper-30s) and whether he was in the Zonies section throwing beer bottles. That'd be wild.

The lack of class is the bigger disappointment. Fans shouldn't have any issue with Nevada's in-game effort, although I understand being disappointed with the final result. But the only thing any national media is talking about after this game was the brawl. Is that how Reno wants to be depicted? I don't think so, so I'd be more disappointed with that. (But it was kind of cool, right? Wink-wink.)

Are garden shows real things? What do they do at them? And can I attend? I might be interesting in a garden show. For real.

Well, Nevada was a touchdown favorite this season and a two-touchdown favorite last season. But if you read my Nevada-UNLV position preview and prediction, I gave Nevada four position edges and UNLV four position edges. So it was a pretty close battle. And I noted I would give UNLV the checkmark at receiver if Romeo Doubs didn't play. He didn't, so it really would have been Nevada getting three edges and UNLV five edges in terms of personnel. Nevada and UNLV were basically the same quality of team. ESPN's FPI has UNLV one spot ahead of Nevada; the Sagarin ratings have Nevada 17 spots ahead of UNLV; Football Outsiders has Nevada two spots ahead of UNLV; and Nevada was minus-129 in scoring margin while UNLV was minus-106. UNLV had the slightly harder schedule (one more bowl opponent). The talent levels weren't all that different on these teams. I have three Nevada players on my all-MW team and four UNLV players on that team.

UNLV scored four touchdowns and they were basically all blown assignments.

* On the 80-yard touchdown run, Charles Williams ran right up the middle and was literally untouched. The interior of the defense got out of their gaps, and I believe linebacker Lawson Hall vacated his spot.

* On the 32-yard touchdown pass to Mekhi Stevenson, it appears Tyson Williams missed his assignment.

* On the 75-yard pass to Steve Jenkins, it was man coverage and Daniel Brown was beat (not a missed assignment, I guess; he was simply beat)

* On the game-winning 19-yard pass to Jenkins, it was a blown coverage (looks to me Hall failed to drop deep enough to cut off that route or there was a miscommunication between Hall and Gabriel Sewell).

Outside of those four plays, Nevada held UNLV to 3.4 yards per play, so it was staunch outside of those four breaks. But they were the difference in the game.

I'm not sure I would say "luck," but I would say Nevada's record has been better than the true quality of the team, especially this season. It depends how much stock you put in advanced metrics (I think they're more telling than a win-loss record), but Nevada has produced the following national rankings under Norvell compared to his predecessor, Brian Polian.

ESPN FPI: Norvell (103, 82, 112; average of 99). Polian (86, 75, 96, 106; average of 91)

Sagarin ratings: Norvell (115, 88, 109; average of 104). Polian (98, 90, 100, 120; average of 102)

Football Outsiders: Norvell (110, 71, 116; average of 99). Polian (88, 64, 97, 122; average of 93)

Win-loss record: Norvell (18-19, 12-12 MW). Polian (23-27, 14-18 MW)

It's basically the exact same program through the first three years of both tenures, although Norvell's teams have had a couple better wins along with a couple of worse losses. A little less consistency, but a little higher ceiling so far. It was a rebuild in Year One, a peak in Year Two, fall back a little in Year Three and then Polian's worst season came in Year Four, which led to his firing. Nevada seems poised to be able to sustain a seven- to eight-win level in Year Four better under Norvell given the 2020 schedule (it's easy) and the fact the offense returns 10 starters, including the quarterback, and the defense returns seven starters.

So I wouldn't say Nevada has been "lucky," but the underlying numbers beyond the win-loss total are not as strong as the win-loss total, which is basically a .500 team overall and in conference. I will say Nevada is lucky to be in the West Division because the Mountain Division is way harder, and the Wolf Pack is 3-6 against the Mountain under Norvell and 6-15 against the Mountain since moving to the MW in 2012.

And Coach Norvell's contract (a MW-low $500,000 per season) and Nevada's overall football budget (bottom quarter in the MW) makes being a .500 team (overall and in the MW) a pretty good result, whether fans like it or not. Nevada is being funded at a four- or five-win level, so it's a little unfair to make the standard of acceptability more than that (although mandating wins over UNLV is fair; UNLV is usually bad).

No. Beating UNLV, while important, is not at the top of the must-do list for a Nevada football coach to keep his job. Chris Ault isn't the athletic director anymore. Here's my guess on the list of accomplishments a Nevada football coach must check off to retain his job.

1) Create revenue. This is even more important than winning and losing games, really. If you're a .500 coach but you're making a few million dollars a year because your community is bought in, you will survive. If your program is losing money, you're in trouble.

2) Overall win-loss record. You do have to win, too, of course.

3) A culture of good academic success and NCAA compliance.

4) Beating UNLV. And you kind of have to do that to help items No. 1 and 2 on this list.

5) Get along with the important donors.

Coach Polian did Nos. 3 and 4 but was still fired because of items 1 and 5. Beating UNLV is important, but Jeff Tisdel went 4-0 against UNLV and was fired. It's not a cure-all. Success of lack thereof against UNLV doesn't directly lead to decisions on coaches, although it does impact creating revenue through fan support. Also, Coach Norvell is nowhere near a hotseat right now, nor should he be.

I would not be shocked if Nevada gave Coach Norvell an extension if he won a bowl game this season, so, yes, he's going to get many more future years. Firing Jeff Casteel, the Wolf Pack defensive coordinator, would be insanely dumb, so that's not happening. Same thing with Angus McClure, the Wolf Pack's offensive line coach/assistant head coach. He'd be hired by a Power 5 school immediately. I could see Nevada making a change at offensive coordinator, but that'd be more predicated on shifting to a power run game/play-action offense more than anything else. It'd be philosophical, which we've discussed in recent Mailbags.

The coaches should take some culpability. These are their programs, after all. If Nevada had recruits at the game (and I imagine they did), what do you think the parents of those players thought seeing an on-field brawl? It couldn't have been too positive. So while I don't blame the coaches directly for the fight (the players must be held responsible for their actions), it doesn't reflect well on Nevada and obviously needs to be addressed by the coaches so it doesn't happen again. That's a discipline thing.

I don't think it is a mentality issue. Nevada wanted to win the game and Coach Norvell has completely bought into Wolf Pack tradition and the importance of the Fremont Cannon. It is more a commentary on the quality of team Nevada has this season (which, to me, has been so-so). Last year is harder to explain. Nevada was a two-touchdown favorite, was up 23-0 and was a better team than this year's version. They probably let off the pedal in that game, whereas Ault's team would have continued to destroy the Rebels.

Yes, the Cannon will be blue again. Probably next year, in fact, as UNLV will undergo a rebuild of sorts under a first-year coach. My overall take on Coach Norvell has not changed from last week when I wrote it wasn't time to hand out an extension yet. He runs a solid program. Is it a championship-level program? No. But it's not being funded like a championship-level program. Next season is a big year. Will Nevada stay at the seven- to eight-win level. If it does, you give Norvell an extension. If it falls to a non-bowl program then you maybe have to make a decision given the attendance issues. I think the Wolf Pack will have another solid season and Norvell will get a three-year extension as a reward. It is interesting the community has not supported this tenure at all in terms of attendance. That's a major concern and has to be a part of any decision moving forward.

I'll have more on this later this week, but Nevada and UNLV do need to change the date of this game. Attendance is plummeting for this contest, and while the date might not be the reason why, the schools should move it and at least find out of it is. Nevada can't be drawing 16,000 to 17,000 fans for the UNLV contest, which it has for the last two home games with the Rebels. This game has to be a sellout or near that.

Probably, but I don't have the time to look that up. I quickly went back to 2003. Every game since then has had at least one turnover, although the 2016 game was turnover free until the last play of the game (an interception by Asauni Rufus).

I wrote a full story on that before Coach Norvell's first game at Nevada if you want more info on this, but he said this when I asked him back then: “I started chewing them when I was at Texas and I was calling plays on the sideline. They’re very spicy. If you’ve never had one, you’re kind of a virgin and will pay for it. It’s an acquired taste. You need to build up a little callous. Now, all of my coaches come in my office and take my redhots.” Basically he likes the candy.

No. There are 79 bowl-eligible teams for 78 spots this year, so one team will be left out, but I would be shocked if a seven-win team like Nevada was left out before a six-win team despite the MW being over its number of bowl tie-ins.

I'll put Nevada in the New Mexico Bowl, and if the Wolf Pack had beaten UNLV, I would have put Nevada in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl.

I wouldn't rule out any non-MW bowls with an open spot. Nevada could definitely get shipped out based on it being a seven-win team instead of an eight-win team and lacking a fan base that travels to bowl games.

It should be a Western-based bowl. The worst-case bowl is probably the Quick Lane Bowl in Detroit the day after Christmas.

Romeo Doubs, easily. Doubs is a difference-maker and with Nevada unable to run the ball, the Wolf Pack needed all of the play-makers on offense it could get. Doubs missed the game with a shoulder injury suffered the week prior at Fresno State, but he was on a roll. In his last six games, Doubs had caught 34 passes for 566 yards and four touchdowns. Nevada had to lean heavily on Eliijah Cooks without Doubs. He was targeted on 19 passes. Cooks had the best game of his career (12 catches for 151 yards) as did Dominic Christian (11 catches for 98 yards), but Nevada wins with Doubs on the field. UNLV was down a number of quality receivers, too, so both teams can play that "What Could Have Been?" game.

It was fine. It was physical, but within the rules. They let them play, which I like. Nevada has a much bigger beef on whether Cooks' near touchdown and his deep route on a third down later in the game should have been called catches as the ball was only jarred loose after contact with the ground. Both were 50-50 calls. Both went against the Wolf Pack.

Nevada said the snow led to the closure of Gate 4 (northwest), Gate 6 (northeast) and Gate 9 (southeast), so most of the gates were open, but it certainly did back up traffic. I was down by the south gates and while the lines were not several hundred deep there, they were deep (a good 15-minute wait to get in). Given how small the attendance was (16,683, the lowest for this game since 1989) and how badly Nevada needs to give fans a positive game-day experience so they attend more games, I was surprised how long the lines were to get in.

Surely Chris Petersen stepped down from Washington today so he could take the UNLV job, right?

But for real, UNLV can't afford Chad Morris. They probably can't afford most Power 5 coordinators. Does UNLV go for an FCS head coach (Weber State's Jay Hill)? Does it go for a former NFL/Power 5 head coach (Jim Mora Jr.?) Does it go for an up-and-coming Power 5 assistant (Oregon's Andy Avalos)? UNLV has already tried all those paths with John Robinson (former NFL/Power 5 head coach), Bobby Hauck (FCS head coach) and Mike Sanford (up-and-coming Power 5 assistant). They also went for a high school coach (Tony Sanchez). All failed. The Rebels' job is more attractive than it has ever been given the facility growth, but nobody has really won there.

I'll take the over. Way over. UNLV's lowest-attended Fremont Cannon game since 1984 is 19,921 last season. And with a first-year head coach, a new NFL-level facility and the bitterness that will come after this year's brawl, I imagine the number will be the highest for this game in Las Vegas since 2010 when it drew 28,958 fans.

He is still around. I had an update on him about 10 days ago when writing about Austin Kirksey's departure from the program. Coach Norvell said of Malik Henry: "We'll get a final decision on Malik when we get more information on his grades. He hasn't improved enough to get back out here. A lot of that is in his court. If he can get himself squared away and really handle his responsibility he'll be able to come back out." The semester is over in about two weeks, so we should know before the bowl game is played whether he made the academic cut to remain on the team for next season.

Because Carson Strong suffered a severe injury during the Purdue game that was exacerbated during the Oregon game. He gutted his way through the Weber State game before being rested for injury reasons during the UTEP game. He returned for the Hawaii game, but was still feeling the effects of the injury, which opened the door for Malik Henry to start two games. Since Strong returned as starter, he's been really good. So, he was healthy for this final five-game stretch and the season opener. In those six games, he completed 156-of-242 passes (64.5 percent) for 1,499 yards (249.8 per game) with 10 touchdowns and two interceptions. Pretty good for a freshman. Nevada hasn't put the exact nature of Strong's injury on the record, so I haven't been able to report it, but it would help explain the musical chairs at quarterback and the lag in Strong's play in the middle of the season.

I think Carson Strong is going to be Nevada's quarterback next season, barring injury.

Let me text him and ask.

I don't know the definitive answer, but I would guess Coach Norvell wanted to get senior Spencer Pettit a kick on his senior day, so Pettit attempted the first extra point (and he made it).

UNLV was the worst loss because it was UNLV. If it was some other random 4-8 team, I'd go with Hawaii because Nevada simply did not show up for that game. There's no reason to lose at home to a Mountain West opponent by 51 points. But you can't lose to UNLV when you're at home, a touchdown favorite, riding a three-game win streak and facing a team that fired its coach five days earlier. Add in the fan behavior following the UNLV loss and the fact a Nevada player sparked the brawl, and not only was the UNLV loss the worst it also was the most embarrassing.

I cannot. You have that massive high in the season opener by beating Purdue following a 17-point comeback with a walk-on kicker booting a 56-yarder and getting put on scholarship immediately after the game. Then beatdowns by Oregon (expected) and Hawaii (not expected). Reality TV star Malik Henry gets his chance and looks good in game one and not-so-good in game two. He is then taking off the field. Everybody gives up on the team after blowout losses at Utah State and Wyoming (two average MW teams). But Nevada responds with its first win over a Top 25 team on the road at San Diego State before winning back-to-back games as a 14-plus-point road underdog only to lose as a home favorite to the rival Rebels, with the game devolving into a brawl afterwards. Oh, and the punter got engaged at midfield prior to kickoff. Whatever you say about Nevada football, this has not been a boring season. I wonder what will happen in the bowl.

Nevada wearing blue for the game and UNLV wearing red was more a basketball thing, if memory serves. The last time Nevada wore a navy shirt against UNLV wearing a red shirt was the 2014 game. If I got to pick, I would dress Nevada in all navy and UNLV in all red. But I don't get to pick. And, really, I don't care much about uniforms. But I would have broken out the all black for a different game, not the UNLV one. And it does appear as if Nevada does not have a great record when it brings out special uniforms (0-2 in the Chrome helmets; 0-1 in the all-black; 1-1 in the original black helmets), although the Wolf Pack did beat San Diego State in its Silver State uniforms last season. I wouldn't call new uniforms a distraction, though. You win or lose based on how you play, and I don't think any team's play is dictated by their clothes.

I would advise wearing traditional colors in the rivalry game and spicing up other games with new uniforms. That way the players get something new each year to be excited about and the fans get what they want against UNLV.

Most Nevada fans are fine. Just like every fan base, there are some fans (perhaps 2 or 3 percent) who are losers who take sports way too seriously. It was a game between two middle-tier Mountain West schools. Get a grip.

Nevada keeps it at the end of the hallway on the second floor of Cashell FieldHouse, its football offices. I don't know where UNLV keeps it. When Nevada is in possession, it will sometimes do events in which fans can see the cannon (at the student union or a basketball game), but for the most part it sits about 15 steps down the hall from the head coach's office.

Coach Norvell did say on Wolf Pack All Access: "I feel bad for our seniors that we couldn't win this last game for them. I've got to coach better. I took responsibility with the kids and we just have to look at it and see where we can be better." Full interview here. In his post-game press conference, he said: “They all hurt. We’re not happy. We don’t like losing this game or any game, but it hurts. But we’ll come back. I talked to the kids and that’s the reason you play the game. The reason you play the game is nobody knows what could happen. Something good could happen. Something bad could happen.” I'm guessing your question is a reference to this. Yes, he didn't draw much of a delineation between the UNLV game and the rest of Nevada's games in that presser, but he also started the Wolf Pack's first team meeting back in July by saying he still had his game pass from last year's UNLV loss and that the team had to get back the Cannon. It has been a focus all season. I don't think the loss stemmed from a lack of desire to win the game. The post-game fight showed Nevada was plenty passionate about beating UNLV.

Junior start Lawson Hall is back, but Nevada does lose Gabriel Sewell, Lucas Weber, Maliek Broady and Kyle Adams, so there's going to be a lot of turnover. The defensive line should be fine and the safeties are all back, so, yes, the linebackers are the weakest spot returning in terms of proven producers. James Fotofili, Giovanni Miranda, Trevor Price and Lamin Touray are the guys to watch out for. They have to step up, and I think they're talented enough to do so, but there will be some in-season growing pains.

UNLV's tight ends had three catches for 12 yards against Nevada. They didn't do much. But Nevada's linebackers did have a couple of busts in the game. The Wolf Pack needs more speed and athleticism at linebacker for sure.

Nevada's offensive line is plenty smart and plenty hard-working. It's just a below-average group, although that's not because of a lack of desire. You have a lot of inexperience on the line and the Union has improved in pass protection, although the inability to run the ball (outside of the Fresno State game) has been a major issue all season.

Probably not. That's an elite tournament and there are only eight teams in the field. The only current Mountain West teams to play in that event are San Diego State, doing so three times, and UNLV, which will make its third appearance in 2020. Nevada is upgrading from the Paradise Jam (zero Power 5 teams) this season to the Cayman Classic (four Power 5 teams) next year, so that's an upgrade. I do think Steve Alford's ties with Adidas will help the Wolf Pack get better tournaments, but I wouldn't bank on the Maui Invitational.

My guess is Coach Alford uses his last 2020 scholarship on a transfer or pockets it for the 2021 class since he'd only have one scholarship for 2021 if he used that one this season. Nevada seems to bringing in 2021 recruits at this point rather than 2020 kids.

I know Ramon Sessions better than JaVale McGee (not super well, though), so I'd picked Ramon. He's a big golf fan, so maybe 36 holes followed by a trip to an expensive steakhouse (with him paying, of course) before catching an NBA game and a nightcap watching Home Alone. Sounds like a nice day.

Oh, snap, do @Rebelz4Lyfe, @FUNR69 and @TarkIsMyGod not like me? I'm heart-broken. Truly devastated.

Here are all of the attendance figures for the Fremont Cannon games, which I put together last year. These are the numbers from the schools. I don't have actual attendance for every game.

And UNLV's website literally says UNLV inscribed "University of Northern Rejects" on the Cannon, so I guess it wasn't just "Homer Chris Murray" making it up, after all.

It depends on what happens in the Pac-12 and Big 12 title games.

No matter what, LSU and Georgia would be in under your scenario. And then you're picking two of Utah, Oklahoma, Ohio State and Clemson. If Utah and Oklahoma both lose, it will be Ohio State and Clemson for the final spots. If Utah and Oklahoma both win, then it will get controversial as Utah, Oklahoma, Ohio State and Clemson would all be one-loss teams, but Utah and Oklahoma would have conference titles. I would guess Oklahoma and Ohio State probably get through under that scenario with Clemson and Utah having major beefs. Depends on how close those titles games are.

Are these the same 49ers who are 2-2 against playoff teams, with one of those wins coming over a team currently starting a quarterback named Duck? Yeah, those 49ers are not winning the Super Bowl. The Ravens' win gave me some nice redemption after I got barked at last week for listing Baltimore No. 2 in my NFL power rankings ahead of No. 4 San Francisco. I also won $5 of my 7-year-old nephew in that game. Yes, I pick on the piggy banks of youngsters.

But, in reality, the 49ers are as good a bet as anybody to make it to the Super Bowl out of the NFC, but that's contingent on San Francisco getting a first-round bye, which might not happen. With games still left at New Orleans and Seattle, there's a good chance the 49ers are the No. 5 seed come playoff time. They're not making the super bowl out of that spot.

Since the Bills played so well in a prime-time game with its Thanksgiving Day win over Dallas, the NFL clearly needed more Bills in prime-time and thus flexed the Buffalo-Pittsburgh game to Sunday night on week 15. I'll have to splurge and get me a big pizza plus a nacho bar.

Not that I know. I've heard rumors about potentially re-opening D'Andrea as a nine-hole course, but as a former resident of the area who lived on the golf course, I don't see that ever happening. I believe that dream died when the clubhouse burned down.

Nope. That's not how that works. The AP poll and NCAA are different entities. The AP allows voters to vote on teams even if they are under sanctions.

No. We'll never seen another player-manager in the big four sports unless you count LeBron James, who has been his team's coach for the last several seasons.

Basically, Sinclair owns three stations in Reno (the local NBC, Fox and My21 stations). My21 basically ran re-runs all day. A few years ago, Bryan Samudio and Alex Margulies pitched the creation of an all-sports network in place of My21 that would air local sports (some Wolf Pack, Reno Aces and 1868 FC) while adding a daily television show and a website. The base content would be Stadium's coverage, which also is owned by Sinclair. I was recruited to join the enterprise and the station/website was created in September 2018. It's exceptionally rare. It's basically unprecedented for a city of this size, although we are the guinea pigs and doing well enough Sinclair could change other My21 channels to sports networks. The initial response from advertisers, partners and readers/viewers has been strong. It is a lot of work, but we have a solid eight-person staff. Hopefully people continue to support NSN because there are basically zero mid-sized markets giving this kind of coverage to local sports to its community.

The one thing I noticed when my brother and I did a month in Europe about 13 years old (damn, 13 years ago!) is how prominent Fanta is over there. And Fanta is great. It's nice to see there's a continent that truly appreciates Fanta as much as I do. Long live Fanta!

Hell, yes. And my wish for Christmas is for Santa to start writing these Mailbags since they take five or six hours to do. Please, Santa. Please! See y'all next week.

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