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Going for Broke

UNLV over SDSU is a slam dunk, much to the chagrin of this Aztec alum

Five Super Bowl-related signs that the apocalypse might indeed be on the horizon: 1) Eli Manning now owns two Super Bowl rings. That’s one more than his big brother and two more than Hall of Famers Dan Marino, Dan Fouts, Warren Moon, Jim Kelly and Fran Tarkenton. 2) Tom Brady, who won his first 10 playoff games (including three Super Bowls), is 6-6 in his last 12 postseason contests, including 0-2 against Manning in the Super Read More

The Deal

Making the most of the Big Game

This Sunday will be one of the biggest days of the year in Las Vegas, as hundreds of thousands of visitors descend on the city for Super Bowl weekend. Officially labeled “the Big Game” by the casinos to avoid problems with NFL trademarks, this year’s marquee matchup between the New England Patriots and New York Giants is expected to generate more interest than any Super Bowl in recent years, and possibly the most ever, with the betting handle expected to approach the 2006 record of $94.5 Read More

Going for Broke

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After a brutal start to the NFL playoffs, it’s time to call in the experts

Three weeks ago in the NFL’s wild-card round, my top play was the Steelers as an 8-point road favorite at Denver. Result: Tim Tebow did his best Steve Young impersonation and shredded the Steelers defense—which through 16 regular-season games was the best in the league in terms of points and passing yards allowed—and the Broncos won 29-23 in overtime. Even though I went 3-1 with my remaining NFL playoff selections, I ended up in the Read More

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Tackling a Larger Audience

The Lingerie Football League is putting on the moves this year in an attempt to gain greater exposure in Las Vegas and around the world. Since debuting in 2004, the league’s primary showcase, the Lingerie Bowl, has been a pay-per-view Super Bowl halftime alternative featuring women playing tackle football in skimpy uniforms on a 50-yard field. Lingerie Bowl IX, however, will kick off at the Orleans Arena at 1 p.m. Read More

Gossip

Jersey Shore even has pull in the NFL

In the pantheon of unlikely buddies, there are giants who walk among us. Chris Tucker and Jackie Chan. Sylvester Stallone and his mom, who will shoot lest you knock off whatever it is you’re doing. Turner and Hooch. Add one more to the roster: Aaron Rodgers and DJ Pauly D. The Super Bowl MVP, and the “P” in the more tanning-centric Read More

Going for Broke

Vandy a dandy play following Super victory

The confetti was still falling from the rafters of Cowboys Stadium on Super Bowl Sunday when the wife hit me with the following: “So, now that you actually won money on a Super Bowl, does that mean I’m going to get a decent Valentine’s Day gift this year?” “Well,” I replied, “ordinarily, yes. But I’m thinking of donating the winnings to charity—half to Christina Aguilera so she can purchase a copy of the lyrics to the national anthem, and the other half to the Black Eyed Peas so they can purchase some singing Read More

Super Bowl

Steeler Nation, West

There are only a handful of venues in the entire country officially designated by the city of Pittsburgh as Pittsburgh Steeler bars, and we happen to have one of them right here. This becomes important, obviously, on Feb. 6 when the Steelers meet the Green Bay Packers in Super Bowl Read More

Bowled Under

In January 1982, a recession gripped the country and sliced into bottom lines everywhere. In Las Vegas, Bob Vannucci, then an executive at the Sands, was desperate. Times were tough even for casinos, and he needed another way to entertain the property’s high rollers on Super Bowl weekend. Chartering aircraft to fly those major players to the game didn’t fit the budget. So he figured out a way to keep them on premises: He arranged a game-day party in the legendary Copa Read More