Super Bowl Watch Party

Excited about the Super Bowl? Not so much about the game, but the parties going on here in Las Vegas. One you might want to check out will be going on at the Kingpin Bowling Fantasy Hotel Suite at Palms Casino Resort on February 3rd.

Prosper Presents the 3rd Annual Big Game Watch Party. This has all the sights and sound you’ve come to love, like lovely ladies, huge big screen TV’s, lovely ladies, and yeah, there will be guys there too, but I like the lovely ladies. Hey, at least I’m honest.

There will also be celebrities on hand, such as all the girls from the Lingerie Football League, cover model Helen Mei, and fitness model Ashley McTucker.

Since most of you will be putting some coin down on the game, I’ll tell you there won’t be a better place to catch all the action. The Kingpin Bowling Fantasy Hotel Suite is 4,240 of fun. There is a regulation sized bowling alley, a pool table, full bar, a theater size projection television with a lounge and multiple LCD and Plasma TVs.

There will also be eats and drinks available too–and the best thing is that they are complimentary. Check out these food options:Teriyaki Chicken, Pineapple Skewers and Pulled Pork Sliders. Wash some of that down with a few frosty drinks is a touchdown on any day, but especially on Super Bowl Sunday.

The Big Game Watch Party takes place Sunday, February 3, 2013 from 3:00 PM to 9:00 PM (PST).

Go to the Palms website for more details.

Las Vegas takes center court at the 2012 Continental Tire Basketball Tournament

It took me a bit, but I finally found my cord that allows me to get my pictures into my computer..

Here are a few shots of the CSU Bakersfield’s Adam Young and Bradley’s Milos Knezevic, two guys who played their high-school ball here in Las Vegas.

Skies the limit for Milos Knezevic and the Bradley Braves

6016 miles. That’s the distance between Croatia and Las Vegas, and that’s how far former Liberty High star Milos Knezevic traveled to secure his American dream 16 years ago. Knezevic now plays forward for the Bradley Braves, who will be in town this weekend taking part in the 2012 Continental Tire Basketball Tournament at the Orleans Arena.

Knezevic loves basketball, and he’s excited to play back here in Vegas. His plans when not on the court include just about everything: visiting his family, re-aquainting himself with old pals and even having a chat with his old high-school coach. He made it clear that coming home has been on his mind for quite some time. I reminded him that lately it’s been a brisk 40 degrees in the Valley. He laughed and said it is much colder than that and there is snow on the ground in Peoria, Illinois. I am sure he’ll be wearing shorts when he arrives home.

I asked him to describe the difference between Vegas and Peoria. Dumb question, I know, but he ran with it, explaining that it is so much more fast-paced here in Vegas. He made it clear that growing up in this culture prepared him for life away. The temptations that young guys normally succumb to in their first few years in college, he has seen for most of his life. On that note alone, there are more advantages to growing up here that meet the eye.

For those of you who may not follow Bradley basketball, but follow the NBA, you might remember players such as Hersey Hawkins, Jim Les and Danny Granger, who currently plays for the Indiana Pacers. The past few years have not been kind to Braves fans, but Knezevic is pumped about this year’s squad. They have won eight of their first 10 games, and look like a solid contender in the Missouri Valley Conference. Talking about the NCAA tournament, Knezevic’ voice got excited thinking about what a great way it would be to end his career by being part of March Madness.

And don’t count out teams like Bradley making some noise especially when they have players like Knezevic. He may not dominate the stat sheet as far as points are concerned, but his overall hustle on both ends of the court have helped Bradley get off to such a great start.

As our conversation wore down, it was only natural that I would ask Knezevic about his plans after college. His enthusiasm still at a premium level, he said that his goal, like every basketball player, is to play in the pros. If the NBA doesn’t come calling, he’ll play professional ball anywhere–even overseas.

Wouldn’t that be something? From Croatia to Las Vegas and possibly one day back to Croatia. That makes a nice bookend to me.

Make sure to get out and cheer Milos Knezevic and the Bradley Braves when they tip off against Virginia Tech 5 pm Saturday at the Orleans Arena.

Adam Young is happy to be playing basketball again in Las Vegas

The 2012 Continental Tire Basketball Tournament tips off this weekend at the Orleans Arena. Eight teams from around the country will be looking to win this coveted event. I am excited about this tourney. Not just because of the top notch basketball, but because it’ll give Las Vegans a chance to cheer one of their hometown guys.

One of those guys is Adam Young, a forward for CSU Bakersfield. Young was born and raised here in the Valley, prepping at Centennial High. Young has travelled a windy road since his days as a Bulldog, playing prep basketball in New Jersey, junior college in Kansas, and college in Alabama before finally settling in Bakersfield. Those experiences have molded Young on and off the court. The Roadrunners forward has a maturity about him that belies his 22 years of age. While most basketball players have one eye on scoring a big payday in the pros, Young focuses on his education. Yes, he would love to play against the world’s best players, but he understands if that doesn’t pan out, he better have alternate plans.

One of those plans is helping others realize their goals. Growing up here in Vegas, Young understands that with basketball, he has the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of boys and girls. Young feels that with all the kids he meets, if he can leave an impression on one of them he has done a good thing. Where did Young learn to be so altruistic? It’s from former UNLV Rebel Jevon Banks, who help mold his life when he was young guy. Good thing about Vegas guys is that they stick together.

Young will be making quite the impression Saturday afternoon when the Roadrunners take on the Ospreys of North Florida. It’ll be the first time since his high-school days that he’ll be able to show his stuff in front of Vegas family and friends. He understands there’ll be a lot of pressure on him to perform. But that aside, he is excited to show everyone he has grown in the four years since he was at Centennial.

Expect big things from the 6’8″, 235 lb. bruiser. This year he is averaging just over 8 points and 6 rebounds a game, which is a stark contrast from last year when he averaged 4.7 and 2. Young’s game is improving by leaps and bounds, and a lot of that credit goes to his Coach Rod Barnes. Barnes has quite the resume, leading Ole Miss to the Sweet 16 back in 2000-01, and being named the SEC coach of the year in 2001. Young credits Barnes with being a good teacher in all aspects of the game.

The CSU Bakersfield Roadrunners tip-off against North Florida around 2:30 this Saturday.

Vegas catches a break as d’Arnaud may once again play at Cashman Field

It’s a crazy world. For those of you who don’t know by now, the Toronto Blue Jays are no longer affiliated with the Las Vegas 51’s. They have moved their Triple A team to Buffalo.

The Las Vegas 51’s are now the Mets Triple A team.

The good news about that is that you might get to see fan favorite, and future Mets star Travis d’Arnaud smack a few more balls out of Cashman field.

How is that possible? The Jays recently made a deal with the Mets sending N.L. CY Young winner R.A. Dickey and 2 others for 4 players, including d’Arnaud.

d’Arnaud is coming off a severe knee injury, and might get some at bats right here in Vegas. However, before you get your hopes up, d’Arnaud was the key player in that deal for the Mets, and they might want him to start with the big club. As a rebuilding team, plus the fact d’Arnaud has nothing left to prove here in Vegas might preclude them from sending the catcher back to the Valley.

We can always hope.

News and notes from VSG

News and notes from me…

Sadly, it’s come to my attention that the Silver State Legacy won’t be fielding a team this season. Enjoyed watching the talented ladies play some exciting football last year. Hopefully they’ll be back in the future.

The Las Vegas Showgirlz are still playing, and they may have some big things cooking. I’m talking about some possible TV shows and what not. Showgirlz outdoor football is fun, and always action packed. Check out the Showgirlz page, and become part of the fun.

Lets see..

Oh yeah, the world series of beer pong is headed back to the valley. The 8th annual WSOBP will be at the Flamingo from January 1st through the 5th from 11am to 6pm.

Wranglers wheelin’ and dealin’

The Wranglers made a move, picking up Scott Pitt from the Greenville Road Warriors in exchange for defenseman Bretton Stamler and left wing Chris Collins.

From the release:

Pitt, 23, collected five goals and 15 points in 23 games with the Road Warriors this season, and has already appeared in one American Hockey League game with the Connecticut Whale. The 6-foot, 175-pound left wing was also part of the 2011-12 Florida Everblades squad that went on to win the 2012 Kelly Cup, with Pitt being named ECHL Rookie of the Month in March 2012 as his seven goals and 19 points helped the team to an 11-3-0 record for a final playoff push. Overall, Pitt recorded 22 goals and 58 points in 63 regular season Everblades games, and tacked on an additional three points (1 goal, 2 assists) in the playoffs. Before turning pro, the Ottawa, Ontario native spent four years at Mercyhurst College, putting up 132 points (47 goals, 85 assists) in 156 games.

Stamler, 25, picked up one goal and 35 penalty minutes in 15 games with the Wranglers this season. Collins, 28, notched a goal and an assist in eight games for Las Vegas before being loaned to the AHL’s Springfield Falcons last week