This has been a fascinating week of sports and a co-worker today who I didn't even knew read my blogs asked me how I come up with the ideas. First of all everything I write about is actual news I mean it really happened it's not like I'm writing fiction. That being said, I go to the Aria sportsbook and I watch and observe the various sporting events, the human interaction, the couple celebrating a win, and of course the people betting the mortgages looking like they're on death row after the game...did I mention I don't bet?
Last week I wrote a blog about Charles Oakley's troubles with the Aria Resort and don't think that I haven't been trying to find out more info from the employees who I know, but it's no surprise they're kept in the dark, some of them didn't even know it happened...allegedly. It's easy to talk NBA with the Dallas Mavericks starters Larry Bird and Bill Russell errrrr I mean, Dirk is playing out of his mind isn't he? And when Miami decides to play defense they're unstoppable especially since the return of Udonis Haslem. Looks like a repeat of the 2006 NBA Finals.
Or I could go NHL with a Canadian team actually playing for the Stanley Cup which always turns heads because of the chance to bring the cup back to Canada. I have many Canadian friends because I went to college right at the border, shout out to Niagara University, yeah apparently this is important to them. Vancouver is awaiting the Tampa Bay vs Boston winner, of course I want Tampa to win just for the 3300 mile trips these guys will have to log to play each other, gotta be some kind of distance record.
Then of course there's Nascar drive Kyle Busch going Fast and Furious in a residential area. According to deputies in North Carolina, Busch was clocked going 128 miles per hour in a 45mph zone. "I was test driving a new sports car and I got carried away. I went beyond the speed I should have been going on a public road. I apologize to the public, my fans, sponsors, and race teams for my lack of judgement. I take responsibility for my actions, and I can assure you that something like this will never happen again", Busch said.
Dude was going 128! In a 45mph zone no less, I mean this is incredible. Tyreke Evans thinks he was going too fast. Good thing he didn't go through any school zones, can you imagine? There is a chance he could lose his drivers license. I want to hear his excuse to the judge, that's what I'm waiting for. I can hear the judge's first question...are you insane? One thing about Nascar fans, they will defend their guy, as soon as I post any blog about Nascar on CBSsports.com I start to receive hate mail errrr I mean comments and I say bring it because you can't defend this.
Before I get your "at least he's owning it" comments to that I say no he isn't. He's taking responsibility because he got caught but owning it and being responsible would be to drive like you and I drive everyday, legally. I love when he says I was test driving and I got carried away. What were you test driving at those speeds a Gulfstream private jet? I don't know what's more ridiculous, the fact that a Nascar driver can potentially lose his license or the fact that to drive in Nascar no drivers license is necessary. Oh and I saw Chris Rock, you know how weird that is to see a celebrity just walk by? He looked lost lol I don't see celebrities everyday so when I do see one I'm going to name drop, CR's the best.
Charles Oakley is a former NBA power forward. He has played for Chicago, New York, Toronto, Washington, and Houston. Dude is 6 foot 9, 245 pounds, so I was a little surprised to hear he was involved in a "gang style beat down" with some security guards. According to reports, Oakley was an invited guest at Aria's VIP pool area on May 28, 2010. The problem started when he left the area and tried to re-enter the pool area and was stopped by security guards and other staff.
Oakley was trying to return to his room after a verbal altercation with officers when he claims that he was assaulted by them in a secluded area of the resort according to a lawsuit filed Thursday in Clark County District Court. Oakley alleges that officers wrestled him to the ground and punched and handcuffed him and that he was taken to the hospital with neck, back, head, and wrist injuries, all or some of which may be permanent and disabling.
The former NBA star and current assistant coach of the Charlotte Bobcats alleges negligence, assault, assault with excessive force, battery, false imprisonment, and defamation. The damages he's seeking were unspecified.
Now as a resident of Las Vegas and as someone who literally hangs out at the Aria with friends, you may say oh he's being biased but I assure I will be fair. Look, Aria is a huge place, the whole complex is enormous and any resort or building as big as the Aria is going to have secluded areas. Now we've all heard about the "dark rooms" you know, the special places where there are no cameras rolling and it's just your word against the other guy's.
I have never seen such a room so I don't know if it's true but the rumors are out there so who knows. What I do know is that the things Oakley alleges sound like the movie "Casino" where Robert DeNiro ran the place with an iron fist. They may not have offered Oakley the "hammer and the money or walk away empty handed but healthy" but sounds like they did everything else to him, allegedly.
Look, I don't go by the pool area and all that, I'm just interested in the sports betting area and the free drinks errrrr uhhh I mean reduced drinks lol Shout out to Teagan, hey she invites us we're not paying lol Oak is bringing some serious charges against Aria, negligence, battery, assault, false imprisonment? I'm trying to reserve judgement but security guards do take their jobs a little too seriously. It's like my boy Floyd Mayweather catching grief on his own street because some dork errrrr I mean guard didn't like the way he parked his cars...on his property by the way! Another day in paradise Floyd.
So I'll follow this one closely to see if Oak has a good case, I think he does I mean look at the charges, Tony Soprano thinks the guards were excessive. And remember he was an invited guest! Come on Aria, you can't go beating down your guest allegedly. MGM Resorts International, the company that owns and operates Aria isn't talking so I don't know their side yet, I just hope Teag's doesn't read this lol My blog, my opinions still I go to Aria to relax not to get beat down allegedly...I just hope they comment soon because it doesn't look good.
With the advent of the 2011-12 college football season and all of the ongoing scandals, I thought it would be nice to do a report on something positive that has happened. There are so many negative things happening in sports that writing blogs about them has become too easy and for me that's never good because if you don't put any effort into a report it usually sucks. That being said, I have written about the Ohio State players accepting offers and their head coach lying to investigators...not alleged by the way, these things really happened.
I have written about the Fiesta Bowl turning into Enron errrrr I mean basically getting caught with their hands in the cookie jar, apparently it's illegal to use the bowl's money as your own personal piggy bank...allegedly. Yeah they're in hot water and might even get their bowl status ripped. Guess the BCS doesn't like being lied to.
The Southeastern Conference of college football has donated $500,000 to the University of Alabama. A record breaking 312 tornadoes were recorded in one day from a severe storm system that passed over the area. The tornadoes that hit Alabama caused more than $2 billion in damage resulting in the state being declared a category one natural disaster by federal authorities.
Dr. Bernie Machen, President of the University of Florida and the Southeastern Conference said, "Our hearts go out to all the victims of these recent tornadoes but especially to our academic colleagues and their students. While we compete fiercely in athletics we also support each other fiercely in times of need. The efforts of the conference and our institutions will help alleviate the effects of this devastating catastrophe." According to reports 328 people died with 236 in the state of Alabama.
I agree 100% with Dr. Machen, as a huge sports fan I admit I don't watch the news at all, my life is sports and even with the hundreds of channels I receive through my dish, half of them are news by the way, I still overlook the news because I don't care enough to watch. Unless downtown Vegas is on fire or something is effecting my immediate neighborhood I don't watch. However, I agree with the doctor when it comes to supporting each other in times of need.
If you ask me the best game last year in college football was Cam Newton leading Auburn into Alabama, into hostile territory and walking out with a win and eventually Auburn won the National Title. But Alabama fans were so upset that one of them actually went to the campus of Auburn and killed some of the trees. Sure it's just a game but for many of us the game is an escape which is why fans are so passionate about their teams. That's why its so cool that these guys are helping each other. Any time you can put differences aside for the greater good I respect it...man's game!