The High Roller, The Linq Las Vegas

Here’s your first look at what it’s like at the top of the High Roller The Linq, Las Vegas. It is 550 feet above the ground located behind The Flamingo on the Las Vegas Strip.

It takes about half an hour to complete. The ride typically does not stop. You hop on while it is going very slowly and you get a spectacular view of Las Vegas.

There is an entire entertainment complex near the High Roller that Caesars Entertainment has built. Shops, restaurants, a bowling alley—and much more. You are put in a large, round “pod” with other riders and even if you are fearful of heights, this should not frighten you.

The High Roller is now open to the public. Tickets cost between $29.99 and $59.99. “>Click here for tickets.

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Maloof’s Looking to Bring NHL to Las Vegas

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A report out of Canada says that the Maloof family, former owners of the Palms Resort and the Sacramento Kings, are looking to land a National Hockey League team and base it out of Las Vegas.

There are a handful of new arenas being planned for Las Vegas where a new franchise could possibly play, most noteworthy would be one on the New York, New York property behind the Monte Carlo.

The story in The Globe and Mail also mentions the second group involved.

“There are also two groups competing to land an NHL expansion franchise for Las Vegas, and both are well-heeled: The Maloof family (former owners of the NBA’s Sacramento Kings), and a group led by television/movie producer Jerry Bruckheimer, former MGM chairman Harry Sloan and David Bonderman, co-founder of TPG Capital LLP.

Bruckheimer’s group poked around an NHL team for Las Vegas several years ago, but backed off when the TV producer thought the league was asking for too much money and no new arena was in sight.”

The NHL is not looking to expand in the near future, but they are looking at Las Vegas, Seattle and Quebec City as possible sites for a new franchise. Cost of a new franchise is now set at $270 million.

 

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Best American Ski Duo-The Mahres

Watching the Winter Olympics reminds me of a time long ago in a faraway place—well, actually not that far away. Yakima, Washington

Phil and Steve Mahre we on top of the ski world in 1983 when I covered sports for the NBC affiliate in central Washington. They had just completed a successful run on the World Cup Circuit and were home for the holidays when I did this interview with them. They were preparing for the 1984 Olympics where Phil won gold and Steve won silver in the slalom.

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Why Seattle Won — (Legally) Stealing Signs!

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It looked like the Seahawks knew which plays were coming before the Broncos tried to execute. Apparently they did.

Richard Sherman, Seattle defensive back says that he and his teammates were able to “crack the code” of Denver quarterback Peyton Manning’s calls at the line of scrimmage, and thus were able to know what was coming. Read here.

It’s important to note—this is not against NFL rules. Baseball has a rule against “stealing signs” between the pitcher and catcher, but the NFL has no rule against players on defense figuring out what their opponent is doing when the quarterback is flashing signs and barking signals. It’s part of the game—and shows craftiness and intellect on the part of the Seattle defense.

The Seahawks were also faster, stronger, hit harder and dominated the Broncos in every aspect of the game from the coin toss to the final ticks on the clock…but “cracking the code” enters a new realm rarely (if ever) seen in the game. New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick was fined $500,000 for using video cameras to steal opponents defensive signals, but this is not that.

Sherman, who went to Stanford said “we were playing chess, not checkers” on the field. It looked like it. The Seahawks won 43-8.

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NFR to Stay in Vegas

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The Cowboys are staying in Vegas!

Everybody (except the folks in Orlando) are happy about todays news that the National Finals Rodeo will be staying in Las Vegas through at least 2024. A new agreement was reached this afternoon where Las Vegas Events will pay $16.5 million per year to keep the event on in Vegas.

“Perhaps the best aspect of this agreement,” said PRCA Chairman of the Board Keith Martin, “is that it benefits every PRCA member – contestants, stock contractors, committees and contract personnel. There is an investment here to advance the PRCA’s circuit system and help the sport continue to grow.”

“For nearly 30 years, Las Vegas has built a strong partnership with the PRCA and its contestants,” said Bill McBeath, chairman of the Las Vegas Events Board of Trustees. “This new agreement clearly demonstrates the commitment that Las Vegas has to the PRCA, to the overall growth of the sport of rodeo and to the contestants. We feel that the new agreement is beneficial to all parties, and we’re very pleased to continue to host this iconic event for an additional ten years.”

Fans of the NFR will also be pleased that Las Vegas won out over Central Florida, 270 consecutive events have sold out. The Rodeo has been in Las Vegas since 1985. A group from Central Florida appeared to have a winning bid last month when it was announced that the Pro Rodeo Cowboys Association had tentatively agreed on terms for a new arena near Orlando. Tentative being the key word here. Following this initial announcement in December there was outcry from contestants and fans wanting to keep the event in Las Vegas—-so there it will stay.

“We are relieved that we were able to assemble an agreement that both ensures that the Wrangler NFR will remain in Las Vegas for the long term and that all parties will prosper,” said Pat Christenson, president of Las Vegas Events. “We look forward to working with all of our partners in growing the NFR Experience for rodeo fans in Las Vegas.”

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Hollywood Director “Flames Out”

Hollywood Producer/Director Michael Bay, best known for Transformers, Armageddon, and Pearl Harbor was thrown off when his teleprompter failed at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) Monday in Las Vegas. So—confused, he walks off stage.

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A Cowboy Christmas, 1990

A few years back I got together with the UNLV Basketball Alumni Association and we put together a rather interesting mix for an hour long TV show. We combined UNLV Basketball, Wayne Newton, cowboys, the US troops headed to the First Gulf War and Christmas—this is what we came up with — in 4 parts here.

Okay, TV production isn’t what it is today, but we did this program for charity, with the proceeds going to the Alumni Association. Have fun—by the way, I kept the commercials in so you could see those as well.

(Note—in Part 4 YouTube removed the audio because music there may have violated their copyright restrictions—I’m trying to find a version I can use.)

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Anchorman 2, The Legend Continues

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Bring on more Burgundy!

Sequels usually disappoint, but this one, 9 years in the making, should get ratings that would make even the great Ron Burgundy (Will Farrell) proud.

The news team that made Sahn Dieago famous in Anchorman, returns in Anchorman 2, The Legend Continues. If you liked the first one, you’ll love the second, perhaps even more.

The anchors are all fired from their jobs in local news, and are having to adjust to life after news. Burgundy has taken a job emceeing dolphin shows at Sea World, which he does poorly while wearing a dirty. bad, blue blazer with the mic in one hand and a scotch in the other. Fortunately a new 24 hour channel (Global News Network) is being started in New York and they are brought back together to build the ratings of GNN. There are plenty of side splitting moments and a few jokes that brought tears to my eyes (when’s the last time you’ve laughed so hard, you’ve cried, in a movie theater?) There were at least a dozen times when the entire theater laughed out loud, which would put this movie in rare territory.

Initially, the experiment with 24 hour news doesn’t work out so well for the team — Burgundy offends his African American (“African and American”) female boss and the crew is tossed out. Reporter Brian Fantana (Paul Rudd) talks about how he may need to return to Southern California and hang out with his friends, OJ. Simpson, Robert Blake and Phil Specter (“we call ourselves the lady killers”.) But alas, the ratings are returned from their first newscast and the team is saved.  ”We’re a news team and that’s a bond for life.” may be one of the funniest lines in the movie. Perhaps since I’ve been a part of dozens of news teams over the years, I may be the only person who found that funny,  but it is.

Sure, the movie takes more than one swipe at Fox News’ rating success when they make the move towards doing “feel good, patriotic” news and Burgundy signs off with, “Don’t just have a good night, have an American night!” But in the real world, Fox News is so far ahead of its competition that it can take the heat and enjoy it. “Let’s don’t tell them what they need to hear, but what they want to hear,” says Burgundy.

The push for ratings works. They add a few live car chases where Burgundy does wild speculation on who’s driving and all is well once again in the GNN world and ratings are through the roof.

Burgundy fires up a relationship with his boss and when she takes him home to meet her family and have dinner, the jokes at the table might make 86 year old Sidney Poitier roll with laughter. It’s a scene rife with racial jokes that could rank with the classic Sheriff Bart (Cleavon Little) threatening to shoot himself in front of the towns-people in Blazing Saddles.

As in all movies with a weatherman, he is the crazy guy (See: Groundhog Day, The Weatherman, Snow Day, Anchorman.) Brick Tamlin (Steve Carell) is insane and his bizarre lines don’t seem to get old. He finds an equally crazy love interest and also learns on St. Patrick’s Day that wearing green is not a good idea while standing in front of the ChromaKey board.

As in the first movie, the fight scene at the end is a classic. Loaded with plenty of cameo’s from Hollywood’s finest. Brick carries a trident (briefly) and at one point Burgundy declares, “We’ve gotta get outta here, there’s too much news.”

There are plenty of great movie choices during the holidays, but put this one high on your list. Two mic-flags up is where I rank Anchorman 2.

 

 

 

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