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"The Runnin' Rebels of UNLV"

Unread postby Squints » Sat Mar 12, 2011 8:12 pm

HBO's latest sports doc premiers tonight about the late 80's- early '90s rebels. Should be very interesting.

Scandals, arrogance, towel biting coach. Beat a not ready for prime time OSU team, almost lost to a MAC school and then crashed LMU's post-Gathers run on their way to the title. But the lasting impression is LJ passing on a wide open 3 against Duke the year later.
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Re: "The Runnin' Rebels of UNLV"

Unread postby waborat » Sun Mar 13, 2011 12:14 am

Love em or hate em, what a fun program to watch...

Shark was THE man...

The '86 squad w/ Freddie Banks & Armon Gilliam was the first great Rebels team I remember watching...

Also remember Ball St takin LJ, Augmon, Anthony, Hunt & the boys to the wire in one of the rounds in the '90 tourney...

The '91 Duke game was epic!!!

Thx to undergraduates comin out early, they don't make em like that anymore
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Re: "The Runnin' Rebels of UNLV"

Unread postby hermanfontenot » Sun Mar 13, 2011 12:29 am

That 1991 Duke-UNLV Final Four game might be the greatest CBB game I've ever seen. Of course I was working the night of Duke-Kentucky in '92.
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Re: "The Runnin' Rebels of UNLV"

Unread postby Fire Marshall Bill » Sun Mar 13, 2011 2:11 pm

I moved there in 80

The advertising agency my wife worked for had a bunch of seats and I got to see 4-5 games a yr there

It was the hardest ticket in town to get and the place was insane

When the visiting team came out the place went dark and a lighted shark circled the inside of Thomas & Mack, the du-da of Jaws playing and 15,000 or whatever clapping their arms like that Gator thingy

Then when the Rebels came out they had indoor firworks

If not for Gerald Paddio going 2-19 they'da won 2 straight

And this is the God's honest truth...

My son took Stacey Augman to 9th grade Show & Tell...he was BMOC for awhile : )
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Re: "The Runnin' Rebels of UNLV"

Unread postby Fire Marshall Bill » Sun Mar 13, 2011 2:19 pm

hermanfontenot wrote:That 1991 Duke-UNLV Final Four game might be the greatest CBB game I've ever seen. Of course I was working the night of Duke-Kentucky in '92.


I'll never forget the look on Grant Hill's face... you woulda thought someone died instead of hitting the game winner

And Laettner made it look simple
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Re: "The Runnin' Rebels of UNLV"

Unread postby hermanfontenot » Sun Mar 13, 2011 2:40 pm

Fire Marshall Bill wrote:I'll never forget the look on Grant Hill's face... you woulda thought someone died instead of hitting the game winner

And Laettner made it look simple


Christian Laettner in four regional final games from 1989-92: 31-of-34 from the field, 34-of-37 from the line, 24 PPG, 6.5 RPG, two game-winning shots at the buzzer with Duke trailing by one each time. Ridiculous. Best clutch player I ever saw at the college level.
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Re: "The Runnin' Rebels of UNLV"

Unread postby waborat » Sun Mar 13, 2011 3:01 pm

hermanfontenot wrote: Best clutch player I ever saw at the college level.


Not only the best clutch, but one the top 3 college players in the past 30 years period...

The only players I might put ahead of him are Ewing & Sampson...

And I'm splittin hairs
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Re: "The Runnin' Rebels of UNLV"

Unread postby Larvell Blanks » Mon Mar 14, 2011 7:14 am

waborat wrote:
hermanfontenot wrote: Best clutch player I ever saw at the college level.


Not only the best clutch, but one the top 3 college players in the past 30 years period...

The only players I might put ahead of him are Ewing & Sampson...

And I'm splittin hairs


This guy thinks your top 3 is complete BS ;-) ;) :wink:

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Re: "The Runnin' Rebels of UNLV"

Unread postby noles1 » Tue Mar 15, 2011 10:27 am

As for the documentary, I thought it fell a bit short.

Content was great but it just seemed to lack a little in the delivery compared to other's HBO has done along with some of the better 30 for 30's.

Thought the Fab 5 doc was better and still felt they left some on the table there (C-Web omission too).

Just my opinion but it doesn't hold a candle to the OSU-Michigan, UCLA and other docs that HBO has done over the past few years.
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