Tag:Las Vegas
Posted on: December 5, 2010 1:59 pm
Edited on: December 5, 2010 4:01 pm

Looks like Boise to play Utah in Las Vegas

J. Darin Darst

Looks like Boise State is headed to Las Vegas.

With Nevada taking a slot in the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl, Boise was looking for the best possible matchup. There was talk about Boise playing Miami in the Sun Bowl, but the Sun Bowl is pretty much set on a Miami vs. Notre Dame game.

So where does that leave Boise? Well the Maaco Bowl in Las Vegas needs to fill a slot because there won't be enough bowl-eligible teams out of the Pac-10, so Boise will fill that spot.

Several sites are reporting this, including the Boise student newspaper .

Category: NCAAF
Posted on: October 5, 2010 2:57 pm

Is John Brantley hurt? Vegas seems to think so

Posted by Tom Fornelli

On Tuesday rumors started to surface that Florida quarterback John Brantley was hurt and could possibly miss this Saturday's game against LSU in The Swamp.  The rumors were shot down by offensive coordinator Steve Addazio who said there's no truth to any of the rumors and that Brantley is fine.  Brantley himself said "I'm a bit sore.  It's nothing major."

Still, the assurances from Addazio and Brantley didn't seem to have much of an affect on those who stand to make or lose a lot of money on this week's game: Las Vegas.  Several casinos in this country's capital of vice and decadence have completely removed the Florida/LSU line from their sportsbooks, as they're not so sure these are just rumors.

"We're hearing that (Brantley) is questionable," said Jay Kornegay, Sportsbook Director at the Las Vegas Hilton. "Whenever we get confirmation, either way, what his status is, if he's playing or not, that'll make it a betting game again."

Now, obviously, just because Vegas has pulled the game doesn't mean for certain that Brantley isn't going to play this week.  Judging by what Brantley himself said, I'd be surprised if he wasn't trying to flag down errant snaps from Mike Pouncey this Saturday.  Still, there are a couple reasons to be wary of what Brantley's real status is.
  1. Football coaches aren't in the business of giving free information about their team or players to the opposition.
  2. Casinos aren't in the business of losing money.
For those two reasons alone it's not wise to make an assumption either way.  Let's not forget that Brantley did have to leave the Alabama game for a spell after getting hurt during the fourth quarter.  He did return, but it's possible that whatever was nagging him then hasn't subsided just yet.
Posted on: September 22, 2010 5:34 pm
Edited on: September 22, 2010 5:36 pm

Pac-10 considering Las Vegas for title game

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Now that the Pac-10 knows they'll have both Utah and Colorado joining the conference for next season the conference is able to turn its attention to other pressing matters.  Things like figuring out divisions, scheduling and of course, the championship game.  Some of the locations being considered for the title game are Glendale, Seattle and Los Angeles, but there's one other option being considered that might come as a bit of a surprise.

Vegas, baby.  Vegas.
Glendale, Ariz., Los Angeles, Seattle and Las Vegas are among sites being discussed as Pac-10 title game locations, sources said Wednesday.

Other sites that could be suggested are San Francisco, Oakland and San Diego. They game could also be played at the campus of the highest-seeded team, but this is a concern given the geograpy of the conference.
While I don't have a vote, I'm going to submit one anyway: CHOOSE LAS VEGAS.

It makes sense for a lot of reasons, first being that it's a central enough location that no matter which teams end up in the game, it won't be that big of a hassle for fans to make the trip.  Second, it's Las Vegas.  Fans will want to make that trip whether their team is in the game or not.  The only problem is that their isn't really a stadium in Las Vegas big enough to support the game, which could be a dealbreaker.

Still, while Vegas may not have the giant stadiums that the other possible locales have, there is something it does have that the others don't.  Gaudy casinos and legalized prostitution.  Those two factors alone should alleviate any other possible concerns.

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