What I'd like to see changed in the NFL

With the Super Bowl a week away, there are several things I would love to change about the NFL.

• The first is the two week-break between the conference championship and the Super Bowl. Two weeks. Really? It's way too long. The only people who would like it are the teams that have banged up players. They would obviously be all for the extra rest. It's especially annoying this year because we have to listen for two weeks about the Harbaugh brothers. Both are great coaches, but two weeks of hype about them is just too much.

• Dump the Pro Bowl. It's a vacation for millionaires who can afford to go there on their own dime. Adrian Foster was quoted as saying players wouldn't give 100 percent effort, and they probably won't. Some may, the bulk will not. The Pro Bowl is the worst of the four major all-star games. In fact, the NBA, NHL and NFL can't come close to the baseball all-star game. Players need to stop worry about getting hurt. That's the bottom line.

• Really change the overtime rule in the NFL. The college guys have it right. No matter the circumstances, each team should get their hands on the ball once in the extra period. It's only fair.


When I received the email on Thursday from WNC saying that the school would be playing in Carson City and not Las Vegas this weekend, I just laughed.

If the weather forecast called for rain in Vegas, wouldn't the weather be worse here?

Obviously not.

Except for some fog when the game started on Friday at 11 a.m., it turned out to be a decent day, and Saturday was picture perfect.

Western Nevada won all four games this weekend, its fastest start in the eight-year history of the program.

This is a different WNC team than in the past, especially on the mound.

"We're going to have to work more toward the bottom of the zone," coach D.J. Whittemore said.

So far so good. South Mountain managed just five runs all weekend, and South Mountain has a reputation for being one of the top teams in Arizona.


Tuesday is a big night for both Carson basketball teams. Spanish Springs comes to town, and the local boys and girls will be able to gauge where they stack up in terms of the postseason.

Carson's girls upset Spanish Springs to reach the semifinals last year and then got drilled by Reed in the semis. If Carson can get past Spanish Springs on Tuesday, it would do a world of good for Carson's confidence because the Senators would more than likely get Spanish Springs in the first round again.

Spanish Springs has some good size up front, and that will present some serious defensive problems for the Carson boys. Carson is going to finish third or fourth. The Senators and Damonte Ranch are battling for the third and fourth spots. No matter what happens Tuesday, the Carson boys will be on the road for an opening round playoff game.

And while we're on the subject of the upcoming playoffs, I'll voice my opinion.

With Reed's Gabby Williams out with a serious knee injury, I just don't see the Raiders running the table. I like Bishop Manogue, but I'm not sure whether the Miners can handle Reno's height underneath. I'll take the Huskies to win the Division I regional title.

On the boys side, I like Douglas. I think the Tigers' early season schedule helped them get ready for the playoff run. Could this be a Galena-Douglas final, or will one of the High Desert teams reach the final game?

One thing is certain, I expect Morse Burley Gym to be rocking when the regionals come to town next month.


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