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Last Week in Las Vegas Sports (Sep 6 – 12)

Derek Carr ranked as an upper-tier Quarterback, Jon Gruden kissing butt to keep his job, and the least-liked sports team of all time. All on last week in Las Vegas sports.

#5 Kyle Busch fined $50,000 for garage incident.

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Las Vegas native Kyle Busch has made some questionable decisions throughout his Cup series carer. That trend continued last week at Darlington Motor Speedway. During the race’s early stages, Busch accidentally hit the wall at high speed, leaving his Toyota Camry in pretty bad shape. Busch wasn’t happy about the incident and yelled at his team that this happens when you run in the back of the pack.

Things didn’t stop there, though, as Busch bolted for pit road after the incident and wasted little time before deciding to bring the car to the garage. Unfortunately for the former Cup Series Champion, he was going too fast and ran over several cones on his way to the garage. He almost collided with several NASCAR officials, forcing the sanctioning body to hit him with a $50,000 fine for his actions later in the week. The official ruling claims that Busch did put others in danger, which the sport doesn’t play with.

As for Busch’s playoff chances, he finished the race at Darlington in 35th and currently sits 14th in the points. This puts him two places below the round cut line and means he will need to finish well in the last two races to make it to the round of 12.

#4 Former NFL wide reciever calls Derek Carr an elite quarterback

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Where does Las Vegas Raiders QB Derek Carr rank among the greatest quarterbacks of the 21st century?

While this question will probably be asked endless throughout Carr’s career,  former football outsiders reporter Scott Kacsmar ranked his top 100 1uarterbacks of the 21st century and listed Carr as #42. Of course, some might see that as too lenient on the 6th year Quarterback, especially given his obvious shortcomings, but others feel he deserved better. This is why Carr is one of the most polarizing entities in the entire NFL and will forever be discussed long after his career comes to an end.

According to Kacsmar, “Carr is a bruised ego quarterback with an obvious peak season (2016) that garnered unjustified MVP love and ended prematurely because of injury… I could make an argument that Carr had his best season in 2020. It did not result in the win-loss record Raiders fans would have hoped for, but the defense was terrible, and Carr actually came close to sweeping the Chiefs.” 

#3 Dana White to be grand marshal for upcoming race at Las Vegas Speedway

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The South Point 400 at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway will host the opening race of the second round of the NASCAR playoffs and it looks like the event will be a star-studded affair. In fact, between 12 drivers starting their journey toward the round of 8 and Dana White being announced as Grand Marshall, it could be a very interesting show. As the grand marshall for the race, UFC President Dana White will give the opening command on pit road and bring the stock cars to life. The action will take place on September 26th and should be a great race!

#2 Las Vegas Raiders named most hated team in America

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How hated are the Las Vegas Raiders?

While some might believe The Dallas Cowboys are the least-liked team in the NFL, a new study found that it’s actually the Las Vegas Raiders. 

“The Raiders are the least-liked pro sports team in the U.S., according to the @ActionNetworkHQ, wrote Mick Akers of the Review-Journal. Using Linkfluence AN reviewed social listening data to analyze the negative sentiment of teams from the NFL, NBA, NHL, MLB and MLS leagues between July 2020 July 2021.

#1 Jon Gruden claims he works well with Raiders General Manager, Mike Mayock

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It’s no secret that Jon Gruden is on the hot seat after several seasons with the Las Vegas Raiders. General manager Mike Mayock even claimed in an earlier interview that he expected the team to make the postseason this year, giving Gruden little room for error.  

 Despite this pressure, Gruden claimed to still feel chummy with Mayock, but maybe he’s just doing some butt-kissing to keep his job as head coach. He wouldn’t get a head coaching job anywhere else if he lost his spot with the Raiders, so keeping Mayock happy is his only chance to stay in the NFL.

I think we work well together, Gruden told Bonsignore during an interview with The Las Vegas Review-Journal. I m not going to speak for him, and we re not going to agree on everything all the time. But we do, professionally, agree on what decision is made. I appreciate his work ethic. I m excited about coming in here every day and seeing him. We have a lot of fun. A lot of laughs.

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