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Murray's Mailbag: Will the Nevada football team's offense live up to the hype this season?

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Nevada running back Devonte Lee pushes for yards against Kansas State in a game earlier this month. (Getty Images)

No time for a witty comment to start this week's Monday Mailbag, so let's jump straight to your questions. Thanks, as always, for the inquiries.

Not yet, but the Wolf Pack also hasn't faced Mountain West competition yet. I've noted this previously, but Nevada's offense has not been good against good competition that last three seasons. Here is the Wolf Pack's scoring totals against teams .500 or better since 2018 plus this year's Power 5 opponents.

2019: Oregon (6); Hawaii (3); Utah State (10); Wyoming (3); SDSU (17); Ohio (21). 2020: San Diego State (26), Hawaii (21), San Jose State (20), Tulane (38). 2021: Cal (22), Kansas State (17)

Here is the Wolf Pack's scoring totals against below-.500 teams since 2018 plus this year's Idaho State game.

2019: Purdue (34); Weber State (19); UTEP (37); San Jose State (41); New Mexico (21); Fresno State (35), UNLV (30). 2020: Wyoming (37), UNLV (37), Utah State (34), New Mexico (27), Fresno State (37). 2021: Idaho State (49)

Versus that first sampling of teams, which we will call "Good Teams," the Wolf Pack averaged 17 points per game, the one high-scoring outing coming against Tulane last season, and the Greenwave was without several key players. Versus that second sampling of teams, which we will call "Bad Teams," the Wolf Pack averaged 33.7 points per game. Of course it makes sense for Nevada to score more points against Bad Teams than Good Teams, but those stats are stark. You're talking about double the amount of points (basically 34) against Bad Teams as Good Teams (17). This group of players still must prove they can put up big production against Good Teams. They haven't done that so far this season, but the year is young.

The personnel is not an issue. Nevada has excellent skill-position personnel. I'd argue it's the best collection of skill-position players in program history. The offensive line isn't great, but it's also a veteran group that should be above average. Since 2018, Nevada has 10 games of 30-plus points against Bad Teams. It has scored more than 26 points just once in 12 games against Good Teams, that coming against a Tulane defense hit hard by COVID issues/injuries. If Nevada is going to live up to the hype this season, the Wolf Pack has to regularly hit that 30-point mark, especially considering Nevada's players said the following during training camp.

RB Devonte Lee: “Offensively, I feel like we should go crazy. I feel like if we don't score 50 points a game, something’s wrong.”

OL Aaron Frost: “I remember in high school I scored 99. I want to beat that. I want 100. Put triple-digits on the scoreboard. I want to put people out in the first half and let people know they can’t hang with us.”

QB Carson Strong: “I really think we can score every single time we touch the ball. I truly believe that.”

This offense has not hit that level yet, but it's only one-quarter into the season, and the Wolf Pack is about to face some defenses that will be more vulnerable than Cal and Kansas State, although it's worth noting the Bears have allowed 30-plus points in its three other games this year (against TCU, FCS school Sac State and Washington, which was held to seven points by Montana and 10 by Michigan). The Wolf Pack coaches must get more out of this group of offensive players. The potential is there for 35 points per game. But Wolf Pack fans haven't seen that kind of greatness out of this offensive unit against top-level competition yet.

All that passing came late in the game as Nevada tried to play catchup. In the first half of the Kansas State game, the Wolf Pack had 17 passes against 14 rushes. I didn't like the formula. It was obvious early on Nevada wasn't running the ball against Kansas State. You can't completely ditch the run game if you're going to sufficiently pass protect your quarterback, but Nevada should not have a 17-14 ratio in passes to rushes. It should be more lopsided in pass attempts. In thefirst half, Nevada did throw the ball on first down six times to four first-down runs. I do like throwing the ball on first down to set up the run, and Nevada did attempt to do that against the Wildcats. But on Nevada's three scoring drives against Kansas State, it dropped back to throw the ball 19 times (Carson Strong was flushed out of the pocket on one attempt and scrambled for five yards) and ran the ball six times (and two of those were on third- and fourth-and-goal from the 1-yard line). This team's offensive formula for success is throwing the ball while mixing in enough run to keep teams honest. But I'd be fine throwing the ball 70 percent of the time with Nevada's offensive personnel. The Wolf Pack wants to run it more than that. Coach Jay Norvell has made that clear during his time at Nevada. He wants balance and will continue to push for that.

I cannot make that make sense for you because I don't agree with it. In fact, I was texting with somebody close to the program about that last week. If you have a talent like Carson Strong, you don't take him off the field for third-and-short situations. In fact, that seems like a perfect situation to try some deep balls. It's obvious teams are defending Nevada differently since the first half of last year when Romeo Doubs repeatedly burned opponents deep. Now, teams are playing deep safeties and limiting one-on-one exposure on the outside. When Nevada gets a team in third-and-long, I'd like to see some deep balls because you can always go for it on fourth down with your "wildcat" formation. Those short-yardage situations are one of the few times in a game you can guarantee there isn't going to be two deep safeties.

I say all that while admitting the Wolf Pack's "wildcat" formation has typically worked (probably a 75 percent conversation rate in Jay Norvell's tenure, including a few long runs). The origin of that is interesting. When he was at Oklahoma and Texas, Norvell used to run the "Belldozer" formation when it put in a big quarterback (Blake Bell) in a pseudo-wildcat. When Norvell got to Nevada, he recruited 6-foot-5, 250-pound JuCo quarterback Griffin Dahn to specifically run that package. He did that in his first game at Nevada, at Northwestern, and Nevada got stuffed on fourth-and-1 from its 48-yard line down four points with 3 minutes, 29 seconds remaining. That essentially ended the game. Nevada never ran that package again, shifting to the wildcat when Norvell saw Toa Taua showing old plays to his teammates of running the wildcat in his youth. Devonte Lee eventually replaced Taua as the "quarterback" in that package, and while it's largely worked, I'd keep Strong on the field and mix in some deep shots.

It's not the scheme. Nevada's top two backs last year, Toa Taua and Devonte Lee, rushed for 1,102 yards on 196 carries, which tallies out to 5.62 yards per carry. That's a healthy number. And the Wolf Pack returned its head coach (who calls the offensive plays), offensive coordinator, running backs coach and offensive line coach, so those guys are running a similar scheme that worked in 2020. For me, it comes down to (a) the offensive line and (b) the schedule. Nevada has faced two Power 5 teams run by former defensive coordinators (Cal's Justin Wilcox and Kansas State's Chris Klieman), so those are going to be good defensive fronts. The Wolf Pack only faced Mountain West teams last year, in addition to its bowl game with Tulane, which was without its two best defensive linemen. So last year's numbers were a little inflated by the level of competition. Taua and Lee are solid backs. It's the offensive line that needs to improve. As I've noted in the past, the line simply hasn't played to the standard of the Chris Ault-coached Unions. And this is a veteran group with four starters back, so that unit must improve for Nevada's run game to be a nice complement to the passing game.

And you probably hate peanut butter because it sticks to your mouth and is hard to get down. Or perhaps you have a peanut allergy. A lot of people have that these days. You might want to check on that.

The offensive line might be the most difficult position to recruit in college football at the Group of 5 level. A lot of the offensive line success is developmental, and Coach Ault had two great offensive line coaches during his third and final head-coaching tenure at Nevada, those being Chris Klenakis and Cameron Norcross, who both advanced to the Power 5 level. After Norcross left Nevada, the Wolf Pack offensive line coach position became a turnstile. The team had eight offensive line coaches in a 12-year period, and it's hard to build cohesion and develop players when the system and coaching is constantly changing. So it's a combination of talent evaluation, development and scheme, all of which Ault's teams excelled at on the offensive line. He also had run-first teams, and that should draw more recruits because the players can show NFL teams they can run block. It's harder for Air Raid offensive linemen to sell to NFL teams that they can play at that level, although Nevada's offensive line splits are not as big as your typical Air Raid offense.

As of 2017, Boise State had people from all 50 states and from 37 countries sign the guest book inside the Broncos' Hall of Fame room that ushers people onto the field. That's why. It was a huge marketing ploy gone right by then-Boise State AD Gene Bleimeyer. Non-power conference teams need an identity, and the blue turf gave that to Boise State (Nevada's identity was the Pistol offense, at least for a period of time). People from outside the country literally visit Boise, Idaho to walk on a blue football field.

“I was on an airplane and just thinking about the fact that we were going to spend $750,000 and pull up an old green carpet and put down a new green carpet, and nobody was going to notice or care that we had upgraded and spent the money to put in a new field,” Bleymaier told Kelly Lyell of the Fort Collins Coloradoan in 2017. “So that kind of bothered me. I was just thinking everybody knows that it’s artificial turf; there’s nobody that thinks it’s grass. They know it’s not grass, so there’s really no reason it needs to be green. Why not do it in our school colors?”

So in 1986, Bleymaier made it blue. The school even trademarked the field, meaning any school in the country seeking to install a non-green artificial turf field has to get Boise State’s permission (the Broncos have allowed Eastern Washington, Coastal Carolina and Central Arkansas to have non-green fields, but none of those are blue). Is the blue field the reason Boise State built a powerhouse football program? No, but it certainly didn't hurt.

I don't know if I understand this question, but if you're asking me who I'd add to Nevada's roster from another team if given the chance, it'd be Oregon defensive end Kayvon Thibodeaux, Georgia defensive tackle Jordan Davis or Oregon linebacker Noah Sewell. They're all game-changing defensive players, and Nevada could use that on its front six. Davis is probably the best fit on Nevada's defense, as a run-stopping monster.

I would rank Eric Musselman's 2017-18 (Sweet 16), 2018-19 (No. 5 in the nation) and 2016-17 (double MW champion, NCAA Tournament berth) teams above Steve Alford's 2021-22 team. But the closest match would be that 2016-17 team, which featured strong guard play (Marcus Marshall, Lindsey Drew, D.J. Fenner) and was offense before defense (that team finished 36th in KenPom offensive efficiency and 101st in defense). This year's Nevada team has a strong backcourt and should have similar KenPom numbers, although this year's squad has more defensive potential despite lacking a shot-blocker like Cam Oliver, who, for me, makes the 2016-17 team better. This year's Wolf Pack doesn't have a Oliver (or a Jordan Caroline, for that matter).

It's a weird comparison, though. Musselman built position-less teams that played fast and launched threes. Alford has a more traditional setup with two bigs. Oliver was Nevada's center for much of the 2016-17 season, and he's 6-8. This year's Wolf Pack will play Warren Washington (7 feet), Will Baker (6-11) and K.J. Hymes (6-10) together. But in terms of overall quality, I think the 2016-17 and 2021-22 teams will be similar. That 2016-17 team ranked 54th overall on KenPom, which is where I'd ballpark this year's Wolf Pack. The talent levels are similar. The rosters and scheme are just different.

I wrote a column about that in September of 2019 before Nick Rolovich brought his Hawaii team to Reno and walloped the Wolf Pack, 54-3, in one of the most embarrassing home losses in program history. Rolovich obviously had more success than Brian Polian in their first head-coaching opportunities, with Rolovich going 28-27 overall/15-17 MW at Hawaii compared to Polian going 23-27 overall/14-18 MW. While those are similar records, Rolovich inherited a much worse situation at Hawaii than Polian did at Nevada and got his team to a MW title game with a 10-5 record by year four. Polian went 5-7 against the easiest schedule in the nation in year four. The year four success greased Rolovich's path to the Power 5 level prior to last season when Washington State hired him, although that has gone about as poorly as possible given some off-the-field issues, including Rolovich's refusal to get the COVID-19 vaccination.

Honestly, Nevada should be happy with where it's on-field product is now, thanks to Doug Knuth's hiring of Jay Norvell, which has turned out to be a winner. But the biggest issue with the Polian hiring was the cloud it cast on the Wolf Pack's attendance. Wolf Pack fans were eagerly awaiting the post-Chris Ault era as evidenced by the school selling a program-best 12,783 season tickets before Polian's first year. That base was down to 9,174 fans in Norvell's first season and currently sits at 6,589, basically half of what it was eight years ago. That can be directly tied to Nevada's financial issues the last few fiscal years.

Does hiring Rolovich in 2013 change that trend? It probably improves those figures, but I'm not sure he would have been the "home run" hire required to capitalize on the eagerness Wolf Pack fans showed entering the 2013 season. That was a huge hire. And AD Cary Groth and UNR president Marc Johnson, with the help of Todd Turner, from Collegiate Sports Associate, who ran the coaching search, missed the mark. The big mistake was hiring a football coach (Polian) four months before hiring an AD (Knuth) when Groth had announced in August 2012 she was retiring (the coaching hire wasn't made until January 2013). The AD change should have been made earlier, which would have allowed Knuth to hire his own football coach, and Knuth has displayed a strong ability in hiring good revenue-sport coaches.

Nevada certainly has the right guy in the head football coaching position now in Norvell, but how much did the Wolf Pack cost itself by not getting the right guy after Ault resigned after the 2012 season? Quite a bit in terms of fan support.

I can give the backstory on that whole issue.

Every year since 2010 when I took over the Nevada football beat at the RGJ, I've asked the Wolf Pack for its season-ticket base in football and men's basketball the week leading up to the home opener. I think it's a fun story and interesting way to track how engaged the fan base is with the Wolf Pack's revenue sports. I used to directly ask the Wolf Pack ticket office. Several years ago, it was requested that I ask Nevada's communication staff, and they would get the number for me. So I've been getting those numbers for more than a decade. On Sept. 9, I asked the Wolf Pack communication staff for the football team's season-ticket base for the 2021 season. I usually get that number within 24 hours. The communication staff was severely cut during the pandemic, and the group does yeoman's work in helping us coordinate interviews, etc. They're great. In this case, because of some staffing and personal issues in other parts of the department, I didn't get the number until Sept. 24 at 3:50 p.m., 13 days after I put in the request and late on a Friday afternoon (when bad news is usually dumped). The number was 6,589, down from 7,877 in 2019. That's a steep decrease, down more than 16 percent. So I wrote a story on it, as I always do, whether the numbers are up, down or indifferent. Here is that story.

On the email that gave me the season-ticket number, I was told, "While the number is down from 2019, there are some COVID-related causes (less staff comps, for example) that affected the 2021 number. In terms of general public sales, we remained relatively flat." In my original story, I wrote the season-ticket decrease was in part due to COVID-related causes that led to fewer comped tickets among staff members and that general sales were relatively flat. So I got that context in the article. To be fair, the email also said if I had any questions regarding the breakdown in the numbers, I could reach out and have those answered. In each of the last several years, the Wolf Pack has always told me the decrease in the season-ticket base has been a result of fewer comped tickets being given out. That's always been the stock rationale for the season-ticket dips. Also, Nevada has always declined to give me the number of comped tickets, so I stopped ask for that a couple of years ago.

Since I got the 2021 season-ticket number late Friday afternoon (3:50 p.m.), had three more stories to write before going home and had always been declined the specific number of comps in the season-ticket base, I did not inquire for further details on the apparent loss of 1,288 season-ticket holders, although I did call the Wolf Pack's director of ticket sales in the middle of last week asking for details on the season-ticket base, which would have helped explain any required context. That call was never returned. After I posted my story Friday night, Nevada athletic director Doug Knuth sent out this tweet Saturday.

What Knuth is basically explaining here is paid season tickets were only down 94 people from 2019 to 2021, so rest of the season-ticket base loss (1,194 tickets) were comps that are no longer being given out. Of course, if that information was offered to me in the first place, I would have put that in the story. I did not mean to make it sound like the paid season-ticket base was down 1,288. I have only been given the overall season-ticket number for the last 12 seasons, rather than a breakdown of the overall base and the paid season-ticket base. As mentioned, I also called the Wolf Pack sales director, an attempt to get the kind of context missed in the numbers, and never heard back. My story also noted Nevada's 2021 home opener was the largest crowd in the Jay Norvell era and included the line, "The home opener against Idaho State drew one of Nevada's most electric crowds in recent years." I also spoke glowingly about the home-opening crowd multiple time on NSN Daily.

I wasn't trying to rip the Wolf Pack's season-ticket numbers. I wasn't trying to make the Wolf Pack look bad or omit facts. I was just reporting the season-ticket numbers provided to me by the Wolf Pack, which I've done every year for more than a decade. Once I saw Knuth's tweet, I updated my story stating Nevada lost only 94 paying customers in the season-ticket base. So, it was a miscommunication that hopefully doesn't happen again as I will from this point forward ask for the total season-ticket base, which is an important figure, as well as the year-over-year improvement/decrease in paid season-ticket holders, if Nevada will offer me that number moving forward. But the bottom line here is Nevada has seen a decrease in its season-ticket base for seven straight seasons and has gone from 12,783 season-tickets holders in 2013 to 6,589 this year while pouring $15 million into stadium renovations during that period. I don't know how many of those 6,194 lost season-ticket holders from 2012 to 2021 were comps compared to paid season-ticket holders, but that's not a positive trend.

Coach Alford's contract has eight more seasons on it. Coach Norvell's contact has four more seasons on it. Knuth's contract has one more season on it, as far as we know. His last extension wasn't announced until I put in a public records request for it several months after the fact. Same with Coach Norvell's most recent contract and coach Amanda Levens' most recent contract. Nevada has a history of not announcing contract extensions publicly until I get my hands on them via a public records request. Given the remaining years left on the contracts for Norvell, Alford and Knuth, Knuth would be next up. Norvell's buyout is pretty stiff (almost $2 million even after this year), so Nevada could let that go an additional year before re-upping him given the cut-rate deal it has (just $650,000 per year). Alford's deal extends until 2029. I don't even know if Earth will exist by then. He doesn't need an extension.

In 2018, Idaho became the first program to drop from the FBS to the FCS, and it did so after many years of battling to stay as the FBS level. So, no, I don't see many FBS teams dropping down to the FCS. We've seen some schools shuttered football, but dropping down? Maybe UConn does that because that program is a mess, and it's clearly a basketball school. But I don't see that becoming a trend. There's a lot of prestige in staying at the FBS level, even if you're not good.

In football? Honestly, I have no idea, and nobody else does, either. They used to blame it on the stadium being off campus, but I always thought that was bogus. San Diego State's stadium was off campus, and the Aztecs been great the last decade. UNLV has tried everything. The Rebels have hired hot shot Power 5 coordinators (Jim Strong, Marcus Arroyo), a Hall of Fame legend (John Robinson), a junior-college coach (Harvey Hyde), the head coach of their rival (Jeff Horton), a head coach with great FCS success (Bobby Hauck), a head coach with Mountain West experience (Mike Sanford Sr.) and even a high school coach (Tony Sanchez). None of it has worked. I assume they'll hit a coach eventually, but nothing UNLV has tried has been successful, which makes no sense given the fertile recruiting terrain, the big market, the proximity to California, the marketing opportunities and now the good facilities. To date, Arroyo has been paid almost $3 million for an 0-10 record. It didn't make much sense to give a first-time head coach a five-year, $7.7 million deal. If you're spending on that, you could get somebody with positive head-coaching experience.

Since Nevada moved to the FBS in 1992, the Wolf Pack has lost to four non-FBS schools (Weber State in 1992 and 1993, Boise State in 1994 and Idaho State in 2017) while UNLV has six such losses in that time frame (Cal State Northridge in 1993, Idaho in 1994, Southern Utah in 2011, Northern Arizona in 2012, Howard in 2017 and Eastern Washington in 2021). So UNLV edges Nevada there. You can get the full list of FCS wins over FBS teams here. Dating back to 1978, UNLV has 12 losses to FCS school, including three to Nevada before the Wolf Pack made the jump up. A quick search of that list linked above tells me UNLV might hold that "record." That's an incredible stat.

My favorite thing was Nevada football signing, "When the Pack Comes Marching In" after every win, something Chris Ault started shortly after beginning his third tenure with Nevada in 2005. That post-game song carried over to the Brian Polian era and now the Jay Norvell era, but that's not really some secret ritual anymore since it's been put on social media in recent years. For Nevada men's basketball under Steve Alford, I have no idea, but Eric Musselman would come up with some creative themed pre-game speeches to get his team fired up. I know his players appreciated those. It was a unique way to make every game important.

I'll always bet on an NFL team to win at least one game. Even if you are tanking, which the Jets are not doing considering they just drafted their quarterback of the future, you're going to run into a win at some point, especially with a 17-game schedule. But you're right that they're awful. Through three games, the Jets have been out-scored 70-20, and I'm not sure they've even played a playoff team yet. Zach Wilson has two touchdowns against seven interceptions, although he's getting no help. The offensive line is horrible, and the skill-position players around him aren't good, either. Rookies like Wilson, Trevor Lawrence, Justin Fields and Mac Jones have all struggled mightily, which shows you the situation you land in is more important than how high you're drafted. Something to keep in mind when Carson Strong enters the draft. While it's great going high in the draft where there's more money, landing with a good organization and a capable offensive cast is far more important. Strong landing with the Steelers to replace Ben Roethlisberger, who is cooked, would be better than landing with the Detroit Lions, for example, even if the Lions have a top-five pick. That Steelers offensive line is brutal, but that's a good organization. I would not call Detroit a good organization. They ruined Barry Sanders, Calvin Johnson and Matthew Stafford.

There's another connection among those players that you might be missing that's kind of important, too.

But I never even played high school football, and at the beginning of this article offered my thoughts about the Nevada offense, so who am I to criticize Chris Simms, Dan Orlovsky and/or Tim Hasselbeck for their broadcasting careers (Trent Dilfer, too). You don't have to be a great player to know how to break down quarterbacks and connect with an audience as a media member. You can know the game well and not be able to execute it at the highest level as an NFL starter. Simms and Orlovsky, in particular, seem to break down quarterback play especially well. I enjoy them even though they weren't good NFL players.

They'll carry a 22-game winning streak into the wild card round and lose to the Dodgers, 22-0, #BecauseBaseball.

In Major League Baseball history, 10 teams have won 100 games without winning their division, the most recent being the 2018 Yankees. So the Giants or Dodgers, who have both won 100 games, will join that list. The 1993 Giants might be the best team to not win its division. San Francisco, led by Barry Bonds, went 103-59, finishing one game behind Atlanta after losing its regular-season finale against the Dodgers. The 1962 Dodgers (102-63) also are worth consideration. They lost the division to the Giants by one game and had two Hall of Fame pitchers (Sandy Koufax and Don Drysdale) as well as NL MVP Maury Wills. But the correct answer is the 1954 New York Yankees, who went 103-51 and finished second behind Cleveland (111-43). That team won five straight World Series entering 1954 and had five future Hall of Famers (Yogi Berra, Mickey Mantle, Phil Rizzuto, Enos Slaughter and Whitey Ford). This year's Dodgers has at least four future Hall of Famers (Clayton Kershaw, Max Scherzer, Albert Pujols, Mookie Betts) and could squeeze out one more (Kenley Jansen? Trea Turner? Corey Seager? Walker Buehler?). If the Dodgers lose the NL West (they will) and win the World Series (they will), they will become "The Best MLB Team To Finish Second In A Division" or TBMLBTTFSIAD for short.

I have an annual $20 bet on that outcome every year with a former roommate. We also have an annual bet on Dodgers-Giants, which I just realized I'm going to lose, and Cowboys-Bills. I'll take the Lakers over the Warriors next year, although injuries will dictate that outcome.

I'm not a pinball aficionado, so I will instead go with a list of top-10 arcade games.

10. Indiana Jones pinball

9. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

8. Donkey Kong

7. Centipede

6. Street Fighter

5. The Simpsons

4. NBA Jam

3. Space Invaders

2. Ivan "Ironman" Stewart's Super Off Road

1. Pac-Man

This marks the fourth time I've been asked this question in a Mailbag since starting at NSN in September 2018. Here are the first three. So I'll copy and past my typical answer:

Per the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, "The woodchuck is an herbivore preferring tender plants to coarser bark and trees. They do not typically eat hard wood. While woodchucks do not 'chuck' wood, they do 'chuck' dirt as they build underground burrows." Do not believe everything you hear in a Geico commercial. So the hypothetical is null and void since woodchucks are ambivalent toward wood.

It always takes a month to figure out how good/bad teams are. Results typically make sense at the end of the season, but we're all just guessing the quality of a team in September. Also, we're talking about 18 to 22 year olds who are going to be a lot less consistent than NFL players, and even the NFL is tough to judge from one week to the next. I don't think the start to this season has been any more unpredictable than a typical year. Although I did bet on Fresno State to cover against UNLV last week (-30.5), and the Bulldogs only won by eight points, so what do I know?

Chocolate-covered grasshoppers, which I didn't remember earing until my family went on a 12-mile bike ride on the Southeast Connector on Sunday and I saw a bunch of grasshoppers jumping around and thought, "I've eaten those before!" But they were delicious because they were covered in chocolate, and if you cover anything in chocolate or in bacon, it ends up tasting good. OK, time for me to go cover some bacon in chocolate and call it dinner. See y'all next week!

Sports columnist Chris Murray provides insight on Northern Nevada sports. He writes a weekly Monday Mailbag despite it giving him a headache and it taking several hours to write. But people seem to like it, so he does it anyway. Contact him at or follow him on Twitter @ByChrisMurray.

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