51’s managed to get robbed again

Writing this, the 51’s only have 4 games remaining. Playoffs, or not, it’s been an exciting season for the Las Vegas PCL team. If they didn’t play in the same division with the always hot Sacramento River Cats, the 51’s would have made the postseason.

Many future stars made there way through the valley. Guys like Anthony Gose, Adam Lind, David Cooper, Moises Sierra and Travis Snider, to name a few, all donned the 51’s uniform at one time or another this season.

I would have mentioned Travis d’Arnaud, but he could be back next year, if the Jays keep their Triple A team in Las Vegas, which right now is up in the air. Well, that’s what I read.

Anyhow, my problems aren’t with the players that I just mentioned, it’s the lack of respect for the 51’s manager Marty Brown.

Brown lost out on PCL manager of the year to the guy from the Albuquerque Isotopes. Really!!! Come one now. Taking nothing away from Mr. Bundy, but Brown is the PCL M-O-Y. Not only did he manage in a ball park that is a death nail for pitchers, but he did it with two different teams. All those guys I mentioned in the 2nd paragraph were either recalled, or traded, throughout the season. They were replaced by guys from Double A and beyond.

Through out it all, the 51’s kept winning. As of August 31st, the 51’s record is 77-62, 2nd place behind the Cats. The Isotopes record is 77-63, 1st place in their division. How Brown does not win is beyond me. I know the voting is conducted by the 16 field managers in the league and media representatives from each PCL city, but some had to be voting twice or abstaining.

Just my opinion, but it’s time for Brown to get a major league chance, at least as a coach.

One more thing, shortstop Adeiny Hechaverria, another guy who left for the Jays, was named to all-PCL team. The Isotopes, (once again) without as good as record as the 51’s, had 4 players.

Finally, Cosmo is still the best mascot minor league mascot. Cosmo lost out to eventual winner, Orbit, from..bum, bum, bum, the Isotopes.

Conspiracy anyone?

Nothing routine about the Olympic Gymnasts coming to Las Vegas

The Olympics are now past, but it’s hard to miss the Gold Medal winning USA ladies gymnastic team. I have seen them as a team, or individually, on every late night show on TV. And on every television appearance, the ladies come off poised and prepared–just like they were on the uneven bars, balance beam or the mat.

The publicity showered on these girls is to be expected and warranted. Bringing home their share of Gold, Silver and Bronze Medals, these gymnasts captured the imagination of the people they entertained.

Now you will have the opportunity to see these stars and others when the Kellogg’s Tour of Gymnastics Champions comes to the valley on September 20th. Here are the athletes you will be able to cheer on in a mere 3 weeks:

Gabby Douglas, 2012 Olympic All Around Gold Medalist, 2012 Olympic Team Gold Medalist
Aly Raisman, 2012 Olympic Team Gold Medalist, 2012 individual Gold Medalist on the floor and a bronze medal on the balance beam.
Jordyn Wieber, 2012 Olympic Team Gold Medalist
Kyla Ross, 2012 Olympic Team Gold Medalist
McKayla Maroney, 2012 Olympic Team Gold Medalist, 2012 Olympic Vault Silver Medalist
Nastia Liukin, 2008 Olympic All Around Gold Medalist, 2008 Olympic Team Silver Medalist
John Orozco, 2012 Olympian
Jonathan Horton, 2012 Olympian, 2008 Olympic Silver Medalist on Horizontal Bar, 2008 Olympic Bronze Medalist Team

Here is the official commercial promoting this once in a lifetime event:

If you haven’t reserved your tickets, you should do it right now. Go to http://usagym.org/pages/events/tour/ and get them ASAP.

Update: A Zombie run is coming to Las Vegas

A few months ago, I wrote a story about a zombie run taking place in Temecula in October. Since it’s only 4 hours away, it seemed reasonable to assume that some would want to drive there and take part in the fun event.

But I know that others were concerned about that drive, and the price which was close to $80.00.

If you are in that second group, then I have some great news for you. In October, there will be a zombie run right here in Las Vegas. This 5K zombie run/walk will held on Sunday, October 28th on the Sunset Park walking path.

This just in!!! If a 5K isn’t your thing, you can now sign up for the recently added 1-mile fun run/walk. Now that there are options, it makes registering a thing you need to do….NOW!.

If you’ve been to the Sunset Park path, then you know it’s not the most challenging of courses. With that in mind, the organizers have made getting past the zombies a tad tougher. The zombies will be contained to certain areas that you have to run through.

Each living participant will wear a flag football-style belt. Get through the course with at least one flag left, you will be considered alive. If not, you are part of the undead, and allowed to chomp on the many reasons why you didn’t make it through this fun course.

Excited? I know I am. Now it’s time for you to get signed up. The price is a more than reasonable $40.00, plus a $3.95 handling fee. Plus, proceeds will benefit local charity Generation Vegas.

FYI: Race day registration fee will be $45.00

http://www.active.com/5k-race/las-vegas-nv/las-vegas-zombie-run-2012

I get it, if running or walking isn’t you bag, but you still want to be involved. If that’s the case, you can also try out to be a zombie, or a event volunteer. If this interests you than email info@lasvegaszombierun.com and someone will be able to help answer all of your questions.

Way to go Las Vegas for stepping up. Oh yeah, check them out on Facebook and Twitter–the links are below.

https://www.facebook.com/LasVegasZombieRun
http://twitter.com/ZombieRunLV

51’s home schedule is winding down–don’t miss out on the action

Hard to believe but, Friday starts the 51’s last extended home stand of the season. And it’s a good one! Four games against the Iowa Cubs, followed by 4 against the Omaha Storm Chasers. These two clubs rarely make trips to Vegas, so get out and check out some good, fun baseball.

Here some of the happenings at Cashman Field.

On the 11th, the 51’s will be handing out replica jerseys to the first 2,500 fans. Let me not forget to tell you that Saturday is also Sam’s Club Family 4-Pack Night The 4-Pack consists of: 4 tickets to the game; 4 hot dogs & 4 sodas; 4 Las Vegas 51s Hats. The ticket packages are priced at $48 (Reserved); $56 (Plaza) and $64 (Field). The Family 4-Packs are available by calling the 51s office at (702) 798-7825.

The finale of the four-game series against the Cubs will feature Value Menu Monday on August 13. The 51s and Aramark, for the fourth season, have teamed together for discounted food items on Hot Dogs, Popcorn, Peanuts, Cracker Jacks and Pretzels for just $1.00 per item! Having attended many of these Value Menu Monday’s, it’s a must go. Everything is delicious, and a dollar.

The 51s will then open the four-game series against Omaha beginning on Tuesday, August 14. Bring out some buds for Budweiser Dollar Beer Night which takes placegame three of the four-game series on Thursday, August 16. No sneaky business as proper identification and wristbands are required for dollar beer night.

The finale of the eight-game homestand against the Storm Chasers on Friday, August 17 will feature the final post-game “Fireworks Show” of the season, presented by Lantis Fireworks. In addition, Firework nights also feature “Flat Screens!Five flat screen televisions will be given away to selected fans throughout the game.

After these 8 games, the 51’s take to road for 9 games, then return to play their final 4 home games against Tacoma.

It’s been a great season so far, but it’s not over, you still have time to catch a game before next season.

Gets your tickets today.

Vegas reached their goal while the crowd just loved the goals

The game between Santos Laguna and Real Madrid was everything I expected, and more. The crowd was wild, but behaved. Sam Boyd Stadium was buzzing over 2 hours before them match even started. The weather? Even the event co-ordinators wouldn’t, or couldn’t, pin down the temperature.

For those of you wondering, it was close to 100 degrees when the game started.

Coming in, I thought the crowd would be pro Santos Laguna, considering they employed former Vegas high’s Herculez Gomez. I was wrong. The crowd did give a loud cheer for the Las Vegas local, but no one was cheered louder than Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid.

Seeing so many Ronaldo jerseys in the stadium, It was obvious that having this superstar in Vegas was who the majority came to see. The crowd rose to their feet every time the ball even came near the Real Madrid superstar.

I made my way through the crowd to get a feel for the enthusiasm. In my journey toward the front row, I was nearly blinded a few times by a guy with a Real Madrid flag. All he kept yelling was, “Ole, Ole, Ole.” He wasn’t happy that Santos Laguna was playing such tight defense on Ronaldo.

It looked to me that Real Madrid was a bigger team than the Mexican Champions, playing most of the time near the Santos Laguna net. Santos Laguna appeared to be content with going for the home run ball, eventually scoring their lone goal after a defensive breakdown by Real Madrid. This came minutes after Xabi Alonso scored on a bending beauty.

On the games final goal, I felt bad for S-L goalie, who gave up the winner when the ball deflected off the face of Sami Khedira and into the net.

It really wasn’t the score of the game that was important, it was the near sell out crowd. Those who came out proved that Vegas can support matches like this, and deserve more.

From the first minute until the last, the majority of the crowd was on their feet. It was an amazing night, one I hope to experience again in the future.

Hey girls, why not bounce on over to the Sequoia Holmes basketball camp

Hey girls, do you love basketball but think you need some help with your game? Then check out the 5th annual Sequoia Holmes basketball camp.

First, it’s FREE! Yes, FREE! You can learn basketball skills from a former UNLV and WNBA star, and not a dime comes out of your pocket.

Holmes’ camp is scheduled for Friday August 3rd-Sunday August 5, 8:30 am-1 pm. The camp is at Mojave High School, and open to all middle school and high school girls.

When I talked to Holmes back in May, she said this camp is the best time she has all year. She loves passing on her basketball knowledge to young girls. She has been fortunate to have basketball stars mentor her when she was growing up, so paying it forward comes naturally.

Sequoia Holmes’ camp not only goes over the physical part of the game, but the mental part as well. Holmes will be holding clinics all weekend.

Take advantage of this once a year opportunity to learn the ins and out of basketball from a Las Vegas native.

For more information about this free camp, check out the link below or call 702-641-0011 or 702-300-7342 or 702-308-0266.

http://www.phase1sports.com/community/events/viewevent/32-sequoia-holmes-basketball-camp.html

Smash Fields has a stranglehold on the MMA and in life

Smash Fields calls himself the Sin City Bad Boy, and in the cage, he is ferocious. But after talking to him, I also found him to be articulate and polite. The MMA fighter is a Las Vegas native, having attended Liberty and Las Vegas High Schools. And Smash loves giving back to his community and helping others. He told me a couple times that being a champion is important, but being a positive role model is more important.

But let’s not forget that as cerebral and cordial as Fields is on the phone, he has a killer instinct in the cage. Check out his last fight against Edwin Echeverria.

Smash was in the cage for less than a minute. 47 seconds, to be exact.

Smash is an all-around athlete. He was offered a scholarship to play football for the USC Trojans, but turned it down. He looks back on that time fondly, but says he made the right decision. After his second fight, a young boy called him his hero and asked him for his autograph. Smash said right then, he knew he had the ability to make a difference in people’s lives. He also realized what MMA could do for him and his family. Smart move, Smash.

MMA is a growing sport, but boxing already has a stronghold in our culture. I asked Smash why he didn’t stick with the sweet science. His answer made me laugh: “Getting punched in the face 70 times wasn’t fun. With MMA, you can escape those jabs and take a guy to the mat.” No wonder he made the decision to drop his gloves when he was 12 years old.

Smash knows winning his upcoming Welterweight title fight at the South Point Casino could raise his status in the MMA. He understands a win over a strong fighter like Kawika Lagaska will legitimize him as a rising star. But it’s not gonna be easy, as his opponent is a tough guy. I checked out Lagaska, and found this.

I asked Smash how he’s preparing for his 26 year old opponent. He says he wants to impose his will on him, but still fight his fight. He’s watched every possible video of Lagaska. But he knows he has to concentrate on himself, not on what the other guy will be trying to do. Smash realizes that he’ll be challenged physically, but he knows the psychological game is just as important.

I asked Smash about the message he sent Lagaska on Facebook. He said it wasn’t bad, he just told his foe that he respects him and can’t wait for their fight. Lagaska responded in kind. Smash made it clear that he wasn’t trying to get in his head. He told me, “Lagaska is a great guy, but I can’t wait to punch him in the face.”

On that note, you can be Smash’s friend, too. Check out his FB page @ https://www.facebook.com/The.Sin.City.Bad.Boy. You can also hit him up on Twitter @smashtimemma.

Las Vegas’ Smash Fields will step in the cage against Kawika Lagasca on September 2 at the South Point Hotel Casino & Spa. This is gonna be a battle royale between two highly skilled opponents, so get online and get your tickets now at http://www.VegasTickets.com

Who knows? Maybe with a win over Lagaska, Smash Fields will someday be hawking Smashburgers. Bring it home Smash!