It wasn't a clean sweep, but Sunday's 7-0 shutout over the Phoenix Knights gave the El Paso Rhinos a lift as they charge into their series with the New Mexico Renegades to finish the regular season this weekend. We'll have the action on 600 ESPN El Paso.
A high school basketball tournament in Westchester, NY, ended with a crazy buzzer-beater yesterday. The score was Mt. Vernon 60, New Rochelle 58 with 2.9 seconds left. A Mt. Vernon player stole the inbound pass and just tossed the ball up in the air to burn the rest of the clock. Not a bad idea. He just didn't throw it high enough. New Rochelle's Khalid Edney caught it, shot it...and swished it from 55 feet away to win the game!
Anyone who knows hockey knows the post-series handshake is a time-honored tradition. So you can understand the hockey world's reaction to this douche, Canadian youth coach Martin Tremblay, who leg-swept two teenage players on the other team ready to shake his hand, breaking one 13-year-old's wrist!
UTEP big man John Bohannon had a career high in both points (24) and rebounds (17) -- including this rim-rattling dunk -- as the Miners beat the Houston Cougars, 63-53.
Miners head coach Tim Floyd had interesting -- and funny -- things to say about junior center John Bohannon's best game as a Miner, then had some fun at Associate AD Jeff Darby's expense after the Miners media relations director miscalculated the number off games UTEP would have to win to earn a bye in the first round of the Conference USA tournament
Manti Te'o is not impressing at the NFL Combine, leading some experts to predict he might fall out of the first round in April's NFL Draft. He ran a 4.82 40-yard that caused John Harbaugh to shake his head. Add all the stress from having to answer questions from the media horde and it sure sounds like he could use a friendly ear...
The story broke this morning -- school presidents in the the Mountain West Conference are circulating a memo questioning the leadership of the NCAA and asking each other if they should reshape the leadership or do something else entirely. So we'll ask you, too, in our poll below.
The El Paso Rhinos and the Boulder Bison saved the best for last. After Friday's 3-0 Rhinos' win and Saturday's 4-1 Bison victory, Sunday's rubber match promised to be the best of the three-game series. It lived up to the billing, going to the ninth frame of a shootout before Taylor Barger scored on a top-shelf wrister to win it for El Paso.
The first thing that ran through my mind was, "You want me to do play-by-play for what?!"
Call it a blind date that turned into a 16-year relationship spanning Acts II and III of hockey in the high desert. I wasn't around for Act I in the 1970's (Paul Zimmerman's excellent attached video on El Paso's hockey history shows a little of that). Like most of us here, I didn't know hockey from jalapeños; but I wouldn't trade my experiences calling the fastest game on earth for anything.
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