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Wolf Pack Looked ‘Awesome’
by Harry Spencer
Nov 12, 2010 | 1156 views | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Tribune/John Byrne — Nevada Wolf Pack quarterback Colin Kaepernick runs the ball during the team's game against Idaho on Nov. 6. The Wolf Pack won and will play Fresno State tonight.
Tribune/John Byrne — Nevada Wolf Pack quarterback Colin Kaepernick runs the ball during the team's game against Idaho on Nov. 6. The Wolf Pack won and will play Fresno State tonight.
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The performance by the University of Nevada, Reno football team on Nov. 6 as it crushed Idaho was undoubtedly its best outing of the year. The Pack’s offense was clicking on all cylinders as quarterback Colin Kaepernick had one of the finest passing games of his career and his talented running ability was ably abetted by several other backs. In addition, the Pack’s defense played a solid 60 minutes against one of the most highly rated quarterbacks in the nation.

Even coach Chris Ault was moved to use the word “awesome” when referring to the Silver and Blue’s overall statistics. Now, it is up to the Nevada pigskinners to deliver another good showing tonight when they face what is supposed to be their most formidable foe — Fresno State. After Fresno, the Pack will face Boise State, which is the final game of the regular season.

The Pack is now bowl eligible and has climbed a little higher in the top 25 standings. Boise State currently is ranked at No. 4 in the country and after the way it demolished Hawaii, the only Western Athletic Conference team to defeat Nevada so far, it looks like that season ender for the Wolf Pack will be one of the most highly rated games of the year.

Right now the Pack must take care of business at 2:30 p.m. today in Fresno.

G.O.D Club lands

The area’s Good Old Days (G.O.D.) Club has found a meeting place for its November and December luncheon meetings. On Nov. 19, it will be at the Ramada on Sixth Street in Reno in the sky room of that building. Iconic radio and TV personality Jack Joseph will headline the program. In his presentations, Joseph is able to capture the mood of Reno’s yesteryear when he was the late night host at The Waldorf in downtown Reno. He filled the airwaves with his record requests and he interviewed the top showbiz celebrities that were appearing in the area.

In December, the third Friday meeting of the G.O.D Club will be held at the Tamarack Junction Casino & Restaurant on South Virginia Street and club officials are planning a Christmastime bash for the occasion.

Lucky still ‘lookin’ ’

While he finished fourth in the Breeder’s Cup last week, racehorse Lookin’ at Lucky, who is owned by Nevada casino mogul Mike Pegram, is still garnering lots of coverage both locally and nationally. Spotlight on the Breeder’s Cup this year was strictly focused on the mare Zenyatta, who was scheduled to finish her career with 20 consecutive wins. Unfortunately, the large and speedy Zenyatta was out of the gate last to start the race and lingered there for just a few beats too long before picking her way through the crowded field, almost overtaking the eventual winner, Blame, and losing her first race for the first time by the proverbial “nose.”

In some respects watching the Breeder’s Cup on Nov. 6 was akin to viewing the new movie “Secretariat” in which that fabled Big Red horse always seemed to come from last place to win, except for the memorable 30 length triumph in the picture and in real life.

Early ski season in the Sierra

This week’s storm was the icing on the cake for local and nearby ski resorts as most prepare for a pre-Thanksgiving opening. Traditionally, the ski areas pray for enough snow to take care of the Christmas holidays, which are the icing on the cake for their annual seasonal bottom lines. If they can open prior to Turkey day weekend then that is the proverbial cherry on top for them.

One of the more interesting ski venues nearby is the new Spring Creek Lodge facility on the Slide Side of Mt. Rose Ski Tahoe. While the building itself is ultramodern in design, with floor to ceiling windows, one of the most striking features is the unparalleled view to the east and south of scenic Washoe Valley. Windows on the west side provide patrons with a view of the slopes, where it looks like the skiers and snowboarders who are descending might easily end up inside the bar and restaurant area. Worth the trip up the Mt. Rose highway, even if you are not a skier or boarder.

Veterans Day

Veterans Day is still well remembered with the annual downtown Reno parade. Originally started by Chris and Connie McMullen, local publishers of the Senior Spectrum magazine, and the parade now presented by the city of Reno. The parade is a stirring and emotional one to watch. With an ever decreasing number of World War II veterans still on hand the parade itself has the ability to stir patriotic feelings in even the youngest of viewers. Several years back, while hobnobbing with announcer Bob Carroll, one of the vets that strolled by was garbed in the same uniform that I used to wear in Korea. He had kept the whole ensemble in such pristine condition that it looked like he had just stepped out of the Supply Sergeant’s quarters. He even had his feet clad in what, in those days was a G.I.’s most prized possession, a pair of shiny paratrooper’s boots. Even to this day I have never worn a more comfortable or better looking set of footwear than standard issue paratroop boots.

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.
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