The most touching moment of the night, though, was not the applause but the silence. Fifty-eight seconds, one for each casualty of last week’s tragedy. The video board counted up from 0 to 58, as a chilling silent emptiness filled the arena. A projector shined the phrase Vegas Strong and those 58 names of the shooting victims. Nobody made a peep.
Eventually a hockey game took place. Here’s as good a time as any to note that the team started the inaugural season by winning two road games before the first home date.
From McHugh: “After what we saw in the Boston and New York series, it feels like it just keeps getting bigger and bigger and bigger. I don’t even know what to expect anymore. You think you’ve seen everything in baseball, until you haven’t.”
Chargers coach Anthony Lynn will be very interested in Louisville’s Lamar Jackson as the team’s next franchise QB. Getting a second first-rounder in 2018 would easily allow them to draft him. The Jaguars are one of the few teams that can handle taking on Rivers’ contract, and he could give them several more good seasons.
Coughlin and the Giants didn’t keep Rivers as the No. 1 pick in 2004. It’s too bad Coughlin won’t get this ideal opportunity to see what Rivers can do for the Jaguars.
Four miles away—and only a 20-minute walk from the team’s home rink at T-Mobile Arena—a lone gunman had opened fire on concertgoers at the Route 91 Harvest festival, spraying bullets from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay, killing almost five dozen and wounding hundreds more.
As cell phone footage of the horror looped on the news, the nine-year NHL veteran watched with a familiar pit in his stomach. On Sept. 11, 2001, Engelland, 35, was running on the treadmill at the New Jersey Devils’ practice facility when, across the Hudson River, two hijacked planes struck the Twin Towers.