Tuesday, August 15, 2017

The Start Of The Rebels Long Road To Division 1

When Tony Knap came from Boise State to Las Vegas to coach the Rebels in 1976, it signified the end of the Ron Meyer era. This would also be the start of the Rebels’ road to Division I football.

Tony Knap guided the Rebels to a successful 9-3 record and the 7th spot in the country rankings. This earned the team a berth in the Division II playoffs in which they lost to Akron in the quarterfinals.

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In 1978, after a decade in Division II, the UNLV Rebels football program made the leap into Division I. They were still independent of any conference. Their first game was against Washington State on September 9, 1978. The Rebels were beaten 34-7. Their first win away would come with against Colorado State in Fort Collins with the score 33-6. When the season ended, the UNLV Rebels traveled across the Pacific to Japan. It was there in Yokohoma where they met the mighty Brigham Young team and lost 28-24. Their first year in Division I was still impressive, and still surpassed many experts’ predictions and expectations. They ended the year with a 7-4 record.

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Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Where To Find Vintage Stamps

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Vintage stamps are an awesome thing to collect, whether one seeks to add them on milestone stationery, send them to family and friends, or collect them for the sake of collecting. They can also represent one’s style and preferences in themes and color palettes. But where does one begin to build a cool collection? Here are some recommended places to start.

eBay

This online resource offers sheets upon sheets of vintage stamps, from old to recently issued ones. Identify the Scott number of a particular stamp you are looking for since many sellers on eBay will use only this information in their listing.

Stamp dealers, club members, and stamp shows

Local sources like these can easily be tracked down and asked if they are willing to part with certain vintage postage for face value. From the huge piles of old stamps they typically acquire, there’s a good likelihood that there are some they can let go and you would appreciate having. Google your city or locality with the words “stamp club” and start with what will come up. See, too, if they have upcoming shows you can visit!
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Online stores

There is an abundance of online shops that curate a collection of stamps for you based on your chosen theme or color palette – a rather overwhelming process that they do on your behalf. There are also shops that don’t provide stamp curation but showcase tons of stamps that are worth exploring. Still, be well aware of pricing and make the proper comparisons.

Apparao Mukkamala is a senior taking up theatre at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He also likes watching sports, going to casinos to play, and collecting vintage postage stamps. Learn more on this page.






Monday, June 5, 2017

What’s In Store For Las Vegas Sports Teams

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It’s a mystery really why a city such as Las Vegas, one with all the funding and resources would not have a major sports team. It’s definitely not for the lack of trying. Let’s check out if Sin City has a future in the majors.

Hockey

Raleigh is the only city in the U.S. with a NHL franchise. The rest of the markets are in Canada, all of these markets are a lot smaller than Las Vegas when you consider metro population. This bodes well for the city’s new hockey team.

Soccer

Soccer has been growing in the U.S. MLS doesn’t have much conflict with the NHL schedule-wise. In fact, David Beckham has even expressed interest in giving Las Vegas an expansion team.

Football

Only Nashville and Buffalo have both an NHL and NFL franchise, and these two cities aren’t even half the size of Las Vegas. Mark Davis, owner of the Raiders and Sheldon Adelson of Las Vegas Sands have proposed a domed stadium worth $1.4 billion.

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Basketball

Although the T-Mobile Arena is a world-class basketball venue, the NBA has expressed its disinterest in giving the city a franchise for several reasons.

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Tuesday, May 16, 2017

The Most Subtle Tells In Gambling

Gambling is supposed to be played objectively. In poker, for instance, where the players are expected to battle each other out with the cards that are dealt them, everyone comes in expecting nothing less than to make the best out of their hands. Of course, they won’t get it equally, and they accept this reality. The only real advantage is the ability to tell based on an opponent’s body language. Here are a few of them.

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A scratch is often a tell that indicates a lack of confidence in one’s hand. Psychologists have even gone as far as claiming that people who lie have exhibited this behavior. In gambling, there is no moral code, but sometimes, the gambling table becomes an uncontrolled environment wherein players may show discomfort.

In poker, the eyes have the tendency to give away a myriad of clues. One must first learn to have a good measure of when another person’s eye behavior is normal. There is a certain consistency that comes into play. Watch out for the break in this consistency. This could come in the form of irregular blinking patterns or eye movements that go off the norm.

Breathing is yet another indication of whether or not an opponent is confident about his cards. Slow and deliberate breathing always indicates that a player is calculating his options quite closely. Relaxed breathing usually indicates that he is quite confident.

These clues are what make up the conditions by which the next player will play to. In gambling, it’s not always the best hand that wins. It can also be a case of who is able to spot a tell better.

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Monday, April 10, 2017

College Basketball: A Distinct Sporting Event

NCAA basketball is different from that of the NBA. Free throws are closer, the time to cross the half line is longer, games are just two halves instead of four quarters, players get a maximum of five personal fouls instead of six, etc.

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One of the biggest draws to college basketball is its setting. Players will, for most, be identified with their schools until the day they pass on unlike in the NBA where a player can be with a team one season and an entirely different one the next -- only to return as a hero to the original team. (That you, Lebron?) There's a certain passion in the NCAA that just doesn't exist in the NBA because students feel very strongly about their schools. When students do their school cheers and chants, they do it as one. There's this feeling of being part of something much bigger plus knowing who you really are since you even speak the same cheers.

Add the fact that there's more urgency to each game. There are just 34 games in the NCAA while the NBA has 82 (!). Not to belittle NBA squads but they just get more chances to win than the NCAA teams do.

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What about the fact that an NCAA play has a maximum of 35 seconds? Teams can set up a proper defense. With only 24 seconds in the NBA, players tend to go one-on-one more, and the one-man show is more apparent rather than team defense-offense.

Apparao Mukkamala feels strongly about the University of Nevada Rebels, his school's basketball team. He's a college student who likes talking about sports and his other interests on this blog.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

The Early History Of Poker

There is considerable debate about the origin of poker. Some historians believe that the game of poker that was first played in the United States had its roots in the Persian game of As-Nas. This was evidenced by the five cards dealt to each player from a pack of twenty cards.

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More modern schools of thought began to disagree with the theory of poker coming from As-Nas. Historical records show that there was once a French game called poque, which was quite similar to poker – and was being played in and around the region where poker is said to have come from.

As far as the name went, there are several theories. The Irish had a word Poca, meaning pocket. The French word of poque, came from the German word pochen, meaning to brag or bluff.

Another popular theory to the origin of poker is the Renaissance game called primero, and the English game, brag, which came from the French game bretan. All these games had bluffing as a means to win, so it’s unclear where poker really came from. Many historians who no longer want to debate agree that poker is a hybrid of all these games.

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More modern gaming experts don’t subscribe to these historical claims at all. They believe that poker was born and bred in the United States, specifically the Mississippi River in the 1800s. They also contest that what sets poker apart is the betting system that none of the older games had.

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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

The Rebels: A Brief Look At Their Early History

The Rebels are a collegiate football team with a sizable and loyal following. Although relatively young compared to other collegiate football programs in the country, the Rebels have seen their share of glory. Let’s take a closer look at the early years of this well-loved football team.

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Bill Ireland was tapped to be the first coach of Nevada Southern University’s football program back in September of 1968. The very first game the Rebels played was against St Mary’s Gaels at Cashman Field, in Las Vegas. The Rebels won that game 27-20. The turnout for their very first game was 8,000 which suggested that it was an anticipated debut. They continued on to have an outstanding rookie season in the league, going undefeated until their final game, where they lost 17-13 to Cal Lutheran.

In the season that followed, they fought tooth and nail in their first game against their rivals, the Nevada Wolf Pack, and lost 30-28. They would avenge that loss however, the next year with a 42-30 trouncing of the Wolf Pack.

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In 1971, the Rebels played against Utah State of the Pacific Coast Athletic Association (PCAA). This was to be their first game opposite a Division I school. The Rebels would fall 27-7, but gained a fair amount of experience from the loss. A month later, they would welcome Weber State in Las Vegas Stadium, the Rebels’ new home. They lost again. Bill Ireland resigned as head coach after a disappointing 1972 campaign that saw the Rebels win only one game out of ten.

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