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FODDER: Fajardo critical to UNR success

Joe Santoro
For the Nevada Appeal

Sports fodder for a Friday morning . . . Cody Fajardo is without question the most important player to the fortunes of the Nevada Wolf Pack football team this season. With Fajardo at quarterback the Pack should have no problem winning eight or nine games. Without Fajardo, well, how does 2-10 sound? The first year in the Mountain West this season will look awfully similar to that disastrous debut in the Western Athletic Conference in 2000 if Fajardo isn’t able to play. Fajardo is clearly the MVP — Most Valuable Pack — and it’s not even close. Fajardo missed a couple practices this week because of a sore shoulder. The nightmare has already started. The Pack needs to wrap him up in pillows and feathers until the opener Sept. 1 at California. Feed him breakfast in bed each morning, give him a limo ride to practice everyday, where he just lounges in a Lazy Boy recliner sipping refreshing sports drinks. The theme of the 2012 Pack is Keep Cody Comfortable. The season depends on it.

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Is Boise State’s bubble finally going to burst this year? Is the fun over for the Broncos’ football program? Are their days of being the Cinderella story that captures the nation’s heart finally over? Well, probably, but the rest of the nation might not notice for another year or two. Boise State has lost a ton of talent over the last few years. They are nowhere near as deep and talented as they’ve been the last few years. We’ll find out a lot about the 2012 Broncos next week when they play at Michigan State. Forget Dec. 1 at Mackay Stadium. The Broncos’ national title dreams might be over by Sept. 1.

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It’s time we all accept the fact that baseball players will forever continue to use performance enhancing drugs. Deal with it or go watch soccer. The important thing is that the record book is no longer being turned into a book of fairytales. Nobody is hitting 50 homers a year these days, let alone 60 or 70. And the players no longer resemble bloated professional wrestlers. The Bartolo Colons of the world will always cheat because they have nothing to lose. The Melky Cabreras and Guillermo Motas of the world will also cheat because, well, you don’t have to become a Jeopardy champion to play baseball.

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