The much-hyped NBA All-Star Weekend in Las Vegas has come and gone, and what else can I say that hasn’t already been said. One of the biggest issues was the possibility of Vegas becoming the home to a NBA franchise. Most people agreed the lack of a suitable arena was one thing that was holding the city back. The mayor has been pushing for one and all of the gripes about the Thomas & Mack Center by fans, players, the media, and even David Stern may greatly help his cause.
Would Vegas be a good home for a NBA team? Besides the prolific gambling concern, would the fan base support a team? Vegas is the ultimate tourist destination, so between tourists and residents you would think the fan base would be solid. (Vegas is the 31st biggest metropolis at 1.7 million people; this doesn’t count tourists) But there is so much to do in Vegas that unless the team had a bona fide Top-10 Superstar on it’s roster, I don’t think it could consistently pack the joint after year two.
Bill Simmons is huge now. He was listed as one of the top twenty most influential online people. You could see it coming all along, every time there was an update made to ESPN.com his section got bigger and bigger. Now every time he writes a column, he gets the marquis space on the site. On top of that, rumor has it his ESPN contract is up this year. It will be interesting to see what happens.
In other columnist news, Steve Rushin is out at Sports Illustrated. Will he jump ship to Page 2. He is like a poor man’s Simmons; with fewer pop culture references and a cunning usage of the language. Will Simmons stay with the Worldwide Leader or perhaps will he once again fly solo. Sometimes the fans follow (Max Kellerman, Day One), sometimes they don’t (Max Kellerman, Day Two)
This past weekend, while vacationing in Springfield, Tara and I went ice skating with SSB and the Canuck. We meandered over to Forest Park where the ice rink was. During the Zamboni break I began to goof off with this kid who was on the other side of the hockey glass. Now don’t you call Chris Hansen. Anyway once skating resumed I figured it was over and done with. Wrong. Out of nowhere the kid tries to tackle me on the ice. He is not a very good skater so I am easily able to get away. The next twenty minutes is filled with high hilarity being that he is disregarding all flows of traffic and just trying to get me. As I stand on one end of the ice, I watch as he skates towards me and takes out three people, at which point I move to the other end of the ice and this scenario repeats. For the rest of the session he progressively became more dastardly and it culminated with him spitting me when I told him I was leaving. Then I saw him a few minutes later with his parents and he had the audacity to wave at me like I was his best friend. This is a perfect example of why parents always say “my son/daughter wouldn’t do that. He/she is such a good kid.” Anyway this whole story has been building up to this terrible conversation between myself and two other guys who witnessed the entire travishamockery:
Me: Wow little kids sure can be the devil.
Marty: Well now we know what happened to Jon Benet
(Beware of terrible comment……..now)
J.R: Yea, she spit
It’s a shame what the mail chain has become. There is nothing but insults. For example I’ll write that Mar never goes to work because he makes a living milking J’s T’s since his face never leaves them. To which he will leave a comment on this blog saying something that outlandish about me.
Stanton: What are you doing here, dickhead?
Hansen: I see you have been sending letters back and forth with her
In Conclusion Tara and Nick are Awesome.