Dec. 22, 2008
What Happens in Vegas...Day Two
By Jared Verner, Athletic Media Relations Graduate Assistant
I don't mind traveling, but it sure is nice to sleep in.
Since we didn't have to catch a plane before dawn, we got a chance to take it easy during the day leading up to practice. I woke up, followed the second half of the men's game (since I'm still not used to being two hours behind Central Time, and I need my full eight hours) before heading to one of the many restaurants downstairs for a stack of buttermilk pancakes.
It was a short timeframe between brunch and practice, so I only managed to move a few dollars closer to breaking even before we headed to Cox Pavilion for practice.
The home of the Nevada-Las Vegas Runnin' Rebels, Cox Pavilion is right next to the Thomas & Mack Center, home of national rodeo competitions. UNLV was fortunate enough to allow us to use their practice facility in the Pavilion for free, which is right next to the basketball and volleyball locker rooms and a few locked doors away from the main arena.
After practice, I joined Addae Houston, Matt Pohren and Matt Withers again to make my first-ever trip to a Buffalo Wild Wings just south of the Las Vegas Strip. Addae and I cleaned up on Buzztime Trivia while watching the first half of the Giants/Panthers game over a dozen wings.
A drive back up the Strip took us by the iconic "Welcome to Las Vegas" sign and past all the lighted marquee hotels. It reminded my of Times Square in New York City, only spread out over a couple of miles rather than clustered within a small area. But at least I can say "I've been there!" when I watch Ocean's 11 or CSI.
We made it back to Circus Circus, watched the end of the game, and I walked back down the Strip to view the stop by the Mirage and Bellagio again.
The Mirage tried to imitate the Bellagio fountains with their own show, using a volcano/waterfall as the set for a water and fireball show. It worked, but I thought it would have been better suited for Treasure Island's show.
But it was back to the Bellagio for a second night where I wanted to get a few pictures for a new background for my laptop (which features the Canton, Kan., water towers from a trip with the volleyball team). A show to the tune of "Viva Las Vegas!" closed out an early night for me.
It will be all business until 8 p.m. tomorrow night when we make the two-hour ride to St. George, Utah to play Dixie State. If we didn't know our time zones, I'm sure the team does now. We're staying in the Pacific Time Zone, St. George is in the Mountain, while most of our families and fans are in the Central Time Zone.
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