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Rooting for underdog UNLV at the battle for the Fremont Cannon

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After eight years of losses UNLV finally took the Fremont Cannon from UNR last Saturday, with a win of 27 to 22.
Photo: Sam Morris

The Battle for the Fremont Cannon | Mackay Stadium | October 26, 2013

UNLV beat the school to the north on their home turf last Saturday and won the Fremont Cannon after eight years of losses.

UNLV beat the school to the north on their home turf last Saturday and won the Fremont Cannon after eight years of losses.

As a journalist, I don’t really care if the team I’m covering wins or loses, because there’s a story for me to tell either way. Additionally, I have no ties to Southern Nevada or UNLV, so I have no vested interest in the intrastate rivalry between UNLV and UNR. That said, I grew up as a Cubs fan, so my affinity for the underdog is pretty deeply ingrained. And after years and years of terrible-to-woeful play, UNLV football had become a poster child for the underdog. It had been eight years since the Rebels last won the game against the school to the north and painted the Fremont Cannon red. So when the final whistle sounded and sold-out Mackay Stadium in Reno had been largely silenced last Saturday, I allowed myself to smile a little bit and cheer inside for the players and coaches who finally came out on top.

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