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Jim Fassel’s last pass was one for the history books


He had coached the Giants in the Super Bowl, so Jim Fassel had been on top of the football mountain. But the last time we spoke, he was getting the Las Vegas Locomotives ready to take on the Florida Tuskers in the 2011 United Football League Championship game – the foothills of professional football.

I thought it might be okay to ask Fassel – who was 71 when he died in Las Vegas on Monday after suffering an apparent heart attack – about his World Football League experience, a foot from slightly higher football. Fassel was kind enough to please me.

This is an understatement.

I had read where he threw the last pass in the short but colorful history of the WFL, at least if you are by the uniforms.

Fassel had been a backup quarterback for the Hawaiians, who, like most WFL teams, ran out of money during the 1975 season.

Quarterbacks Rick Cassata and Sonny Sixkiller have left the team. Fassel had already retired after a knee injury. He was driving a truck in Utah when Hawaiian coach Mike Giddings called to ask if he wanted to play quarterback against Pat Haden and the Southern California Sun in what would be the last WFL game ever to be played.

“I told him I haven’t thrown a ball for a year, who else do you have?” Fassel called back. “He said they had a local kid (Milt Holt, who worked at Honolulu City Hall) and I said, ‘Why don’t you play it?’ I still hadn’t fixed my knee.

Fassel agreed to be Holt’s replacement. He received $ 500 and a return plane ticket to Honolulu. He had no memory of the game.

The Hawaiians lost 26-7. Statistics on a website dedicated to preserving the memory of the WFL show that Holt completed 5 of 16 passes for 91 yards. Fassel was 1 of 3 for 10 yards.

He said he had no idea where the story came from that he threw the league’s last pass. But indirect evidence suggests it’s probably true. The game was played in Hawaii, so it would have started later than the other WFL games scheduled that day, and Fassel presumably replaced Holt towards the end.

I remember he said the WFL was planning a meeting and he would probably attend.

When I read that he was dead, I wished I had ever asked him how it happened.

Around the horn

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Bradford, a former 35th round draft pick trying to get back into the major leagues with the Atlanta Braves’ top farm club, induced a ground ball to third baseman Johan Camargo, who scored a rushing shrimp for the third . Camargo threw at second baseman Jason Kipnis, who relayed first baseman Travis Snider, completing the winning trifecta.

â–  Stan Musial, having amassed 1,815 home hits and 1,815 on the road in 22 seasons has to be one of the most unique statistics in the history of the sport. But the stat line of former New Mexico star Tony Snell, who played for the Milwaukee Bucks against the Utah Jazz in a 2017 game – 28 minutes, 0 points, 0 rebounds, 0 assists, 0 blocks , 0 interceptions – deserves an honorable mention. .

There’s more: Playing this season for the Atlanta Hawks, Snell became the first player in NBA history to have a 50/50/100 percentage season. The ex-Lobo shot 50.9%, 56.9 from beyond the arc and 100% from the free throw line.

â–  A failed statistic: This season was the first time in the past 31 years that the UNLV golf team has not qualified for the NCAA Regional Championships, despite the Rebels’ Jack Trent leaving as an individual and having finished tied for 19th place. The UNLV’s 31 consecutive regional appearances are an NCAA record.


A year ago, in the midst of the pandemic, Raiders president Marc Badain said he was still optimistic about hosting major football events at Allegiant Stadium. CONCACAF (the football federation of North America, Central America and the Caribbean) announced on Friday that the 2021 Gold Cup final, scheduled for August 1 at Allegiant, has sold more than 60,000 tickets in just 90 minutes.

A full sale. In an hour and a half.

Now you know why the Raiders are bullish on football.

Contact Ron Kantowski at [email protected] or 702-383-0352. To follow @ronkantowski on Twitter.


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