In Nevada, the shortest line is at the cashier’s window, a reflection on the difficulty in getting paid.
The image, in Reno this past weekend, is a metaphor to the Warriors’ current predicament. This is supposed to be the Warriors’ payoff year. They entered the season with a senior-heavy offensive line, a returning starting quarterback, stars at key positions, and a manageable 12-game schedule with two byes. Instead, the Warriors closed the first half of the regular season at 2-4 overall and 0-3 in the Mountain West.
The Warriors have rallied from more difficult situations. In 2001, they opened 1-2 — one of the loses was in a rescheduled Nevada game — before surging to win eight of the next nine. That finish led to the creation of the Hawaii Bowl. In 2004, the Warriors fell to 4-5 after 70-14 smackdown by Fresno State. The Warriors then won four in a row, a streak that featured back-to-back (controversial) victories over Big Ten teams (Northwestern and Michigan State).
There is historical evidence the Warriors can rebound … or not. Cleaning up self-inflicted mistakes could pay off.