V.22 No.36 | 9/5/2013
Lobo Football Cannot Hold Lead in Season Opener
Are we in for another bumpy season?
By Michael Sanchez [ Tue Sep 3 2013 11:51 AM ]
When the University of New Mexico Lobos took the field for the first regular-season game on Saturday afternoon, things felt fine. The weather was good, the pre-season had gone well and second-year coach Bob Davie was looking to continue down the trail of improvement that he'd begun last year. For the first quarter—and most of the first half—things seemed like they'd stay pleasant. By the end of the game, though, the Lobos offense showed that it could not advance beyond an early spurt, and the defense proved porous the entire game long. The Lobos fell to the University of Texas at San Antonio Roadrunners, 21-13.
The game started on a positive note, as SaQwan Edwards returned a fumble for a touchdown. Coach Davie, showing confidence in his team, went for two, but missed the conversion. A disappointment for the Cherry and Silver home crowd, certainly, but never a bad move at home, in the first game, after such an early touchdown. The first quarter ended with UNM up 6-0 and the second quarter proved more of the same; the Lobos scored quickly again on a perfect pass from second-year quarterback Cole Gautsche to a wide-open Marquis Bundy. UNM took the easy kick this time, and sat pretty on a 13-0 lead.
However, the Roadrunners began their comeback at the end of the second quarter, and the Lobos never scored again. The Lobos lost the game on every conceivable benchmark, possessing the ball for just under five minutes less than the Roadrunners, while throwing and running for fewer yards as well. As impressive as the game began, the Edwards touchdown came off the only turnover in the game. With the Roadrunners playing a protective game, UNM wasn't aggressive enough to cause any other opportunities. While Gautsche provided an impressive running game, tallying 118 yards, he only completed four of 12 passes, for 65 yards. In stark contrast UTSA's quarterback, Eric Soza, threw for 237 yards, completing 21 of 34 attempts. The Roadrunners ran for another 157, dominating a Lobos defense that seemed lost at times.
The Lobos have come a long way from going win-less through entire seasons, or winning a mere one game per. But the home opener proves that they still have a long way to go. Their next two games are at UTEP on September 7 and then at Pittsburgh on September 14, before getting a bye week and finally coming home. When the Lobos return to University Stadium, it will face a UNLV team that lost their first game as well (against the Minnesota Golden Gophers) and will have had three games in between. The game will be played on Saturday, September 28 at 6 MST.
V.22 No.26 |
The Daily Word in Zimmerman case, NBA draft, banned baby names
By E.J. Maliskas [ Fri Jun 28 2013 9:01 AM ]
Witness testimonies begin to pour in on Zimmerman case.
I spy a new James Bond plot: Senior Vatican accountant accused of plotting to sneak $26 million in bags of cash into Italy by stashing them away on a private jet, with the help of a former Italian spy.
UK takes step towards controversial 'three-parent baby' fertilization process.
Don't drink the San Juan water.
This list of banned baby names across the globe is surprisingly interesting.
A curious bear broke into a Tennessee zoo.
Woman scares off would-be home intruder with a fake gun.
V.22 No.13 |
All Hail Coach Noodles
Former assistant coach to Alford steps up to run the Lobo pack
By Emily Aragon [ Wed Apr 3 2013 10:59 AM ]
It's official. Previously-titled UNM men's basketball assistant coach Craig "Noodles" Neal will take the reigns as the program's head coach heading into the 2013-2014 season. Neal quickly became a favorite for the position following Steve Alford's sudden departure from the position as he accepted the title of head coach for the UCLA Bruins.
Here's hoping Noodles' noodle is up for the challenge!
V.22 No.14 | 4/4/2013
The Daily Word in Steve Alford’s departure, Kevin Ware’s injury and April fools day pranks
By B.L. Brennan [ Mon Apr 1 2013 10:20 AM ]
Lobo fans are caught off guard by Steve Alford’s departure.
California highway patrol officer pulled over the Easter Bunny for not wearing a helmet while riding his motorcycle.
Prosecuters will seek death penalty against James Holmes.
Cory Monteith checks himself into rehab.
4th Street has reopened after suspicious package scare.
CBS shows restraint in their coverage of Kevin ware’s gruesome injury.
V.22 No.12 | 3/21/2013
The Daily Word in Lobos get the three seed, Operation Valkyrie survivor and thumbs up
By B.L. Brennan [ Mon Mar 18 2013 10:37 AM ]
The number 3 seed Lobos will face Harvard in Salt Lake City.
The release date of Jobs has been pushed back indefinitely.
A body and a bags of bombs were found in a dorm room at the University of Central Florida.
An APD officer was shot yesterday during and investigation near San Mateo and Gibson.
A violin that was played as the Titanic sank has resurfaced.
New Mexico baby receives life saving organ donation days before his first birthday.
Ewald-Heinrich von Kleist, the last survivor of the plot to assassinate Hitler has died at age 90.
Record breaking thumbs up!
V.22 No.11 | 3/14/2013
The (Late) Daily Word in a new pope, another bad cruise, MWC tournament
By E.J. Maliskas [ Thu Mar 14 2013 1:56 PM ]
Pope Francis’ first day on the job.
Also, apparently the election of Pope Francis has resurfaced a decades-old controversy surrounding the kidnappings of two Jesuit priests.
Gov. Martinez has signed into law two bills to better protect police dogs.
Another Carnival cruise ship with another problem.
Another alternative paper bites the dust.
The president of Albuquerque’s city council thinks it’s time for police chief Ray Schultz to go.
It’s Mountain West tourney time, kids.
This map shows where all of your favorite TV shows take place.
V.22 No.9 | 2/28/2013
Lobos Continue to Rise in National Rankings
Alford’s pups aim for Mountain West Conference perfection
By Michael Sanchez [ Tue Mar 5 2013 1:27 PM ]
The University of New Mexico Lobos basketball team has continued to climb in the national rankings, rising to number 12 this week in the AP top 25. With only two games left in their regular season, now is the right time for the Lobos to be making that climb. On Wednesday, UNM plays at Nevada. While no team should ever be overlooked, nor any game looked past, the Wolf Pack currently sit in the basement of the Mountain West Conference rankings and have only won 12 games all season. If the Lobos can get past Nevada, the Air Force Falcons wait in Colorado Springs on Saturday night for the conference finale. If both of those games fall in the W category, things will look pretty good come Monday, when the next rankings are released, and it would be reasonable to expect a little bump before the MWC Tournament begins in Las Vegas on March 12.
The focus in the team's locker room, of course, will remain solidly committed to the sports cliché of “one game at a time” and never looking past any opponent. But that's not something that we have to pretend to indulge in, so let’s let the speculation run rampant! If UNM does what they should and wins out in Nevada and Colorado Springs, they'll have a clear path to a 1 seed in the MWC Tournament—not to mention the early rumblings of their deserving a 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament. If they can manage to run the gamut of the MWC, they'll earn the automatic berth into the Big Dance, and Selection Sunday will be an interesting day to say the least.
Of course, nothing is automatic. Nothing is promised or guaranteed. But, if the standings stay as they are, UNM will play either Nevada or Fresno State on March 13, followed by either San Diego State or Boise State on March 14. The path to the MWC Championship Game and the automatic berth looks possible. More appealing than the auto-entry to the tournament, though, is the prospect of reeling off all those wins in a row and entering March Madness with all that momentum on the side of the Cherry and Silver. While there will always be anonymous commentators who dismiss any non-major conference team's placement in the national rankings (don't even think about reading the comments on Gonzaga's recent ascent to number one if you want to retain faith in your fellow humans), the numbers are pretty solid on the side of the Lobos in this case. With an RPI of 2 right now, and a strength of schedule of 3, the data-driven amongst the selection committee have to be looking very hard at UNM.
College basketball is a game of runs and momentum. UNM taking care of business in its non-conference schedule was the first step. The Lobos are now close to finished with taking care of business during the in-conference schedule. Next up, the MWC conference tournament. After that, who knows how far these boys could go? With the right momentum, match-ups and seeding, it could be an unprecedented time.
V.22 No.10 | 3/7/2013
The Daily Word in The Harlem Shake, The Lobos and the chicken church.
By B.L. Brennan [ Mon Mar 4 2013 10:43 AM ]
Elections in Kenya have already left 15 people dead.
The names of the Angel Fire plane crash victims have been released.
Evidence that it is time to stop making Harlem Shake videos.
An Albuquerque Subway was hit with a red sticker after a routine inspection.
Police are searching the driver in a hit-and-run that resulted in the death of expectant parents and their baby.
The house where a man was swallowed by a sinkhole is being demolished.
V.22 No.6 | 2/7/2013
The Daily Word in a supportive Rihanna, Lobos on top, hard-core toe biting
By E.J. Maliskas [ Thu Feb 7 2013 11:02 AM ]
Ex-LAPD officer a triple-murder suspect.
Rihanna accompanied Chris Brown to court to support him during his probation hearing as a result of his 2009 assault case for beating her.
Lobos sail past Air Force 81-58 to remain high atop the Mountain West standings.
Statewide texting and driving ban has not yet cleared the senate judiciary committee.
CBS thinks maybe it’s time for ladies on the red carpet to cover up a bit more.
Patrick Leach, son of Barney creator Sheryl Leach, charged with attempted murder.
Santa Fe man accused of biting his girlfriend’s toe down to the bone.
This cat is dressed up as Walter White.
V.22 No.3 |
The Daily Word in Charlie Brown arrest, tipsy parenting, what's the bird?
By E.J. Maliskas [ Wed Jan 23 2013 10:29 AM ]
Griego family offers a statement on 15-year-old Nehemiah, say he was a " bright, curious, and incredibly talented young man."
Man charged in shooting at a community college in Houston that left 4 injured.
Manti Te'o chats with Katie Couric.
Lobos host the CSU Rams at the Pit tonight.
Is it a turkey, is a crane? Mystery bird spotted at Bosque del Apache Wildlife Rescue.
Charlie Brown voice actor arrested with charges of stalking.
Tipsy mother of three got stuck in her son's high chair following a girls' night and had to be rescued by local fire department.
Who's excited for Iron Man 3? Could just be me.
V.21 No.51 | 12/20/2012
UNM climbs the polls early
By Mark Garza [ Fri Dec 14 2012 4:24 PM ]
With the Lobos' victory over the Valparaiso Cruisaders last weekend, they improved to 10-0, their best start since going 12-0 back in 2009. Fans are extremely happy because there is a high chance that they can at least match that opening record this season.
This Lobo team is just as deep as last year's and possibly even deeper. Alex Kirk sat last season out due to an injury, but has started this season off with some exciting play that has helped earn the Lobos the number 17 spot in the Associated Press top 25.
"They are being mentally challenged right now," head coach Steve Alford said in the post-USC victory radio interview in reference to the final exams that the players were focusing on. But he admitted that they would also be physically challenged in attempt to keep their undefeated record alive. Challenging the players during finals week paid off with another victory, and we'll just have to wait and see how it affected them academically.
The next three games that the Lobos play are games against unranked opponents that should add more victories to their impressive resume. In fact, the next game that should pose any challenge will be when they face the 11th ranked Cincinnati Bearcats on the road. Starting with this game on the Dec 27th, the Lobo's schedule will increase in difficulty as they move into conference play soon afterwards.
This year, the Mountain West Conference is arguably the most competitive it has ever been. While the Lobos are definitely one of the best teams in the conference, there are several teams that would like to take the conference championship away from them this year.
San Diego State is currently ranked just below the Lobos in the AP top 25. This makes sense considering last year the Lobos were able to win two out of three matches against the Aztecs. There are also the UNLV Runnin' Rebels and the Wyoming Cowboys who are going to give the Lobos tough matches. While Wyoming is not currently ranked, there is a good chance that they will be because they are receiving votes in both the AP top 25 and the USA Today Coaches polls and have also started out with a perfect 10-0.
With high expectations this year, the Lobos are going to have to practice hard and show some true resilience as they face the stiff competition of conference play.
V.21 No.49 |
The Daily Word in twin mistresses, crazy lunch lady, Ikea monkey
By E.J. Maliskas [ Mon Dec 10 2012 9:12 AM ]
Winter is here, New Mexico.
A U.S. drone strike has reportedly killed a senior Al Qaeda leader near the Afghan border.
An undercover APD officer says he nabbed a father soliciting a prostitute who had left his 3 small children alone in a cold car in a motel parking lot.
Chinese police chief fired after being accused of keeping twin sisters as mistresses.
Lobos achieve a 10-0 record after beating Valparaiso. The final score was 65-52 and Alford's pack forced 23 turnovers.
Woman accused of attempting to rob a Wells Fargo on Montgomery is now in federal custody.
Australian DJs "gutted, shattered and heartbroken" over aftermath of their prank call to Kate's hospital.
Mexican singer Jenni Rivera died along with 6 others after the crash of a small plane.
Apple Maps isn't just annoying, it's downright dangerous.
Gun found in a package of frozen meat at a grocery store in Roswell.
Canadian lunch lady accused of assaulting a group of students.
The internet sensation that is the Ikea Monkey.
V.21 No.47 |
The Daily Word in Obamacare challenge, LiLo's new movie, Gangnam Christmas
Happy Cyber Monday!
By E.J. Maliskas [ Mon Nov 26 2012 9:52 AM ]
The supreme court has revived a Christian college's challenge to Obamacare.
Lobos hold it together for a 69-54 win over Portland to take record to 6-0.
Just how bad was Lindsay Lohan's new movie?
Real ID Act has some New Mexicans scrambling to get their passports.
Woman arrested after reportedly riding a manatee for thrills.
A clown collapsed and died while blowing up balloons at the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.
A Black Friday shopper died after being tackled by Wal-Mart eployees.
Man parked on a median off of Academy charged with his fourth DWI.
A NASA astronaut and Russian cosmonaut will spend a full year aboard the ISS to study how the human body reacts and adapts to the space environment.
SpaceX founder wants to help colonize Mars.
Christmas lights Gangnam style.
60-square-mile Sandy Island shown on Google maps does not appear to actually exist.
Five members of the LANL security force fired for "improper use of a live fire shooting range."
What our friends would be like if they were cats and dogs.
V.21 No.40 | 10/4/2012
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Lobo Football Wins Again
UNM overhauls Texas State 35-14
By Michael Sanchez [ Mon Oct 8 2012 4:19 PM ]
Last weekend, Lobo football defeated Texas State for their third victory of the year, matching the total wins of their last three seasons combined. When Bob Davie took over the cherry and silver head coaching duties, not even the most jaded Lobo fan could have imagined such a convincing change of course.
Infamous former head coach Mike Locksley evoked some ridicule with an early statement that the Lobos were going to need “... a third digit for the scoreboard ...” because they were going to be piling on the points under his leadership. So far this season, the Lobos are still nowhere near that level of ambitious boasting, but they are averaging more than 28 points a game, which far surpasses previous records. Consider that in 2011, the Lobos scored a meager 17 touchdowns over the entire season (and only 21 in each of the two before that).
Unlike the Lobos' first victory this season, their last two have come over respectable, even if not powerhouse, Division I schools. The win two weeks ago against instra-state rivalry NMSU was extremely important to most sports-loving New Mexicans. But the near-win last week against burly Boise State seemed to say even more. With these games adding to the Lobos' self-esteem and win total, things seem to be primed for a turnaround.
As exciting as the early season has been, don't declare the future a bed of roses just yet. Despite a Lobo triumph, the game against the Bobcats wasn't pretty. New Mexico managed only one completed pass in the entire game. Though rushing yards were ample, making up for the lack of a passing game, that won't be enough to assure wins in the future. The Lobos have now rushed for more than 400 yards in four separate games, but they'll need to balance out their attack in order to see victories over more quality opponents.
And the more quality opponents are on their way. All of the games from this point on are conference matches, and the Lobos currently sit at 7th in the Mountain West. Staring up at our opponents is not necessarily the way we want to start conference play but, fortunately, next week the Lobos face Hawaii (one of the three teams that hasn't won a game in our conference thus far).
If the winning ways can keep up, even just for next week, the Lobos can lay claim to something they haven't had in more than four years: a winning record halfway through the season.
Lobo Soccer Continues to Win
UNM looks impressive despite weather delay
By Michael Sanchez [ Mon Oct 1 2012 1:59 PM ]
The No. 4 University of New Mexico Lobos looked a bit sloppy against the Houston Baptist University Huskies on Sunday, allowing a goal in the 16th minute. However, they managed to put two in the back of the net to come out on top in Houston.
The Lobos continue their march forward in the wake of last year's undefeated season—a remarkable season that, due to the odd rules of soccer, concluded in the third round of the NCAA Tournament with a match that sent the Lobos home, but did not count as a loss.
The Huskies have lost five games this season, but the Lobos have taken only a single loss. Their tenacity after a 13-hour weather delay and a site change for the game shows how focused this team is on improving last year's considerable accomplishments.
This game was the conference opener for the The Lobos and who now face nine consecutive matches with members of the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation all vying for the NCAA Tournament automatic bid. UNM's last conference game will be another against Houston Baptist on Saturday, November 3. In between, of course, there will be plenty of tough matches, though none against the old giants of the MPSF, Sacramento State and Colorado. The Lobos should still brace themselves October 21 for a home battle against CSU Bakersfield, another Mountain Pacific team that qualified for the NCAA Tournament last year.
In a year full of individual accolades that continue to pile up for the Lobos, the most promising praise is the national ranking and the knowledge that, after such repeated success, this team deserves to be considered among the national title contenders.
This weekend, the Lobos will continue their assault on two in-conference visitors: Air Force on Friday and Denver on Sunday. Both matches should showcase the Lobos' talents and serve as excellent opportunities for fans to jump on the wagon and get behind a local team that could make waves come championship time.
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