The $10 million plus spent on the Harry Reid versus Sharron Angle campaign locally provided such a glut of 30 second commercials that the candidates for other state, county and city offices were hard pressed to get any air time at all.
In Sunday’s edition of this paper you will no doubt get varying takes on the results of the election from my fellow columnists of both persuasions. One of the facts that they are likely to agree on was that nationally the vote was a repudiation of the current national administration’s policies. Even President Barack Obama said it was a “shellacking.” However that did not cause him to abandon, or even postpone, his trip overseas which, this writer believes there is no plausible reason for the trip or the entourage has been offered.
Of all the races reported on by the networks on election night, none received more air time than the Reid-Angle contest. Chief reason was that Angle, a neophyte on the national scene, was taking on the most powerful Democratic senator in Washington, D.C. – Reid – who is the leader of the Senate. In his victory statement Reid noted that the “message” he received from the overall results was that “the American people want us to work together.” Most political pundits on both sides said that is very unlikely to occur and that both the Republicans and the Democrats will now devote most of the next two years focused on the 2012 presidential election. So, TV viewers could only be in for a brief respite from political ads on the tube.
G.O.D. club in transit
With the closing of the Siena Hotel Casino last month, one of the area’s most peripatetic organizations, the Good Old Days (G.O.D.) club, is again looking for a new home. Since its inception about 20 years ago the G.O.D. club has called a total of eight locations home. With the recent closure of the Elks Club dining facilities because of a massive remodel that is now underway, the G.O.D. club had a brief stay at the Siena. For its Nov. 19 meeting, it will be at the Ramada on Sixth Street in Reno and for its Dec. 17 meeting, it will move south to the Tamarack establishment. Traditionally it meets on the third Friday of each month at noon and the meetings are open to the public and feature speakers that actually lived the history of the area’s “Golden Era.”
Pack needs to regroup
Today, Wolf Pack football fans will have the opportunity to see if the Nevada football team can regain the skill and confidence that abandoned them in the second half of last week’s game against Utah State. In that contest, the Silver and Blue pig skinners gave up an astounding 42 second-half points, mostly because of a breakdown in its pass defense. Today that defense will be sorely tested as the team goes up against one of the most highly rated quarterbacks in the Western Athletic Conference, who also is highly rated in the next NFL draft. The Wolf Pack plays Idaho at 2 p.m. today.
Looking at Lucky runs today
One of the top contests on the oval track will occur when Looking at Lucky, owned by Nevada casino operator Mike Pegram, takes on the undefeated filly named Zenyatta in the Breeders Cup classic.
Bighorns go ‘local’
Reno’s NBA D League team, The Bighorns, will have a strictly local flavor this season as they selected former Wolf Pack roundball star, Nick Fazekas, as their first choice in the 2010 draft. Fazekas will once again team with ex-Nevada player Mo Charlo on the hardwood.
The Bighorns, which drew well here last season, expect to see a spike in attendance with the addition of Fazekas, who was a four year fan favorite when he played for the University of Nevada, Reno.
There is little question that the Bighorns might have cut into attendance at Nevada last season as the two competed for basketball followers. Nevada had some bragging rights in the fact that two of its starting five, Luke Babbitt and Armon Johnson, were local products but now that duo has moved on to the NBA, playing for the Portland Trailblazers. Nonetheless, Nevada coach David Carter is sure that his almost all new squad this year will be exciting to watch and competitive in the WAC.
Either way, it looks like a great season on the hardwood for locals.
Harry Spencer is a freelance writer in Reno. His column about the past and present of northern Nevada appears weekly in the Tribune.
Editor’s note: Opinions expressed in Harry Spencer’s column are his own and do not necessarily reflect those of the Tribune.