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Scarlet Looks So Good with Brass

After three years in drab blue, the Fremont Cannon positively pops in a fresh coat of crimson.

Athletics  |  Nov 27, 2018  |  By Jason Scavone


The drummers beat a Rebel tattoo. The cheerleaders waved their pompoms. The throngs pressed ever-closer to celebrate an unprecedented rally.

It was the biggest comeback UNLV had ever executed, and it came at a moment so sweet you could put it in your coffee. Down 23-0 to UNR Saturday night at Sam Boyd Stadium, the Rebels came charging back with a 21-point second quarter en route to a 34-29 win over the rival Wolf Pack. And to the victor go the pigment-filled spoils.

To celebrate reclaiming the Fremont Cannon for the first time since 2015, a healthy crowd of athletes, students, staff, and faculty crowded around the cannon at Pida Plaza Monday afternoon. After the football team took turns applying the ceremonial first coat of scarlet, more and more dug in to put their mark on the cannon, cheer from the Student Union balcony, and pose for paintbrush selfies. Here's a look at the what went into getting the cannon back in its proper clothing.