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Notebook: Douglas and Dayton score big wins

Jeremy Littau

It was a big weekend for Carson Country football. Douglas High School defeated rival Carson 13-9 to make the Northern 4A playoffs, and Dayton beats Yerington for the first time ever…

Of course, Douglas “wins” the right to go on the road and face McQueen, which finished 8-1 in the regular season and was undefeated at home…

Meanwhile, Dayton’s 3A playoff hopes are still alive. All the Dust Devils have to do to make it is defeat Bishop Manogue next Saturday, a tall order indeed considering the Miners are one of the top 3A teams in the state. But they don’t play the games for nothing…

Although their season just ended, Galena’s Grizzlies could be a team to watch in the next couple years. Their defense played well against some good teams this season, and several young players got good experience in the frying pan on offense this season, including sophomore quarterback Garrett Estep. Damian Rivadeneyra certainly should be one of the top backs in the North come next season…

One team that doesn’t seem to need a good running back nowadays is the St. Louis Rams. Arena League castoff Kurt Warner doesn’t need a running game, because he’s shredding every defense thrown at him…

The Rams are the only undefeated team left in the NFL – must be that Y2K bug…

Speaking of Arena Football quarterbacks, San Francisco GM Bill Walsh is probably making a big note to self in preparation for Steve Young’s retirement…

Young wants to play again – apparently he doesn’t mind having soup for brains – but if he does, it won’t be in a San Francisco uniform…

While I’m tossing out predictions, Jerry Rice is in his last year as a 49er too…

Let’s see, two weeks ago the Raiders should have beaten Denver at home, and then they lost. Last week they went to Buffalo to play a superior Bills team and won. This week they go against Rick Mirer and the Jets – smells like a loss to me…

Speaking of losses, what were the Cleveland Indians thinking when they fired manager Mike Hargrove? Sure the offense was loaded, but when you put together a pitching staff of veritable Steve McCattys, a World Series championship becomes a pipe dream…

Or as Jay Leno said the other night, “Six billion people in the world, and the Cleveland Indians still can’t find one that can pitch…”

And I might as well weigh in – of course Pedro Martinez deserves the MVP award over Manny Ramirez…

Also, Braves over the Yankees in seven…

Most of us wish we could be as brash as Atlanta Braves pitcher John Rocker…

Rocker calls New York Mets fans “subhuman” during the NLCS, then goes into Shea Stadium and pitches well. Most people don’t speak out for fear of not being able to back up their words – Rocker seems to thrive on it…

Without the tatoos, dyed hair, nose rings and drag attire, Rocker is essentially a poor man’s Dennis Rodman…

Speaking of Rodman, he keeps talking about a reunion with Phil Jackson on the Lakers as if it were a done deal…

Pundits everywhere hail Jackson as The Man Who Can Tame Rodman, but like everything else in the Zen Master’s coaching career, it really only boils down to two words: Michael Jordan…

Some say Rodman’s a cancer on whatever team he plays, but we really shouldn’t be so insulting. To cancer, that is…

The Sacramento Kings could win the Eastern Conference this season. It’s just too bad they have to play in the West, where they are no better than the fourth-best team there…

My dark horse to Win the West? The Phoenix Suns.

Jeremy Littau is the Nevada Appeal sports editor.