Friday, December 15, 2017

What Tahoe residents can expect as Oracle billionaire Larry Ellison tries his hand at the Cal Neva

Frank Sinatra owned Crystal Bay’s Cal Neva from 1960 to 1963. That time, while brief, has defined more than any other the image and the lore of the border-straddling hotel-casino towering over the waters of North Lake Tahoe's dramatic granite shelf. Now, it's software scion Larry Ellison's turn. By Andrew J. Pridgen Larry Ellison, founder of Oracle Corp.—the purveyor of dated,...

31 potentially incredible things about Vegas being the NHL’s 31st franchise

It’s unofficially official—the NHL is coming to (and possibly in every orifice once there) Las Vegas. By Andrew J. Pridgen To celebrate the NHL’s newest sun belt entry, below are 31 reasons the NHL in Vegas is going to replace Rainforest Cafe as the place you drop your family off while you go “check a work call real quick” for three...

Proposed names for the new NHL team in Las Vegas

The unveiling of the Las Vegas Black Knights of the National Hockey League is set to take place as early as early June. While we've got no problems with Black Knights as they relate to the Wu-Tang Clan, it's a little tougher prospect to coin a hockey team after something that doesn't really exist in that region—like snow and...

Are professional sports players getting so good that it’s boring?

Homogeneousness the result of specialization, analytics and refinement at an early age means it’s difficult today to tell one superstar athlete from another. The question is, are we still entertained? By Andrew J. Pridgen Major League Baseball quietly entered a new era over the last half decade. It is the era of the long ball, the strikeout, the disposable starter, the...

What NFL transgression will finally force me to stop watching for good?

The first last straw came early last season when tape surfaced of Ray Rice knocking his fiancé out like Debo in an elevator. On Sept. 9, 2014, I gave up the NFL and its sponsors for good. Well, kind of for good. Knowing full well that I could only avoid the NFL like a Smurf does Gargamel for so...

How Hockey is Your Potential NHL Expansion City?

Who's it gonna be? Vegas, Quebec City, Seattle or Toronto—the NHL's potential suitors rated. By Kyle Magin By August 10, we’ll know who’s submitting bids to become the NHL’s 31st and 32nd teams now that the hockey league has opened up its formal expansion process. Let’s look at the probable culprits to submit a bid packet and a $1 million application fee...

Saying Goodbye to Golfer Guy

Not only are Golfer Guy’s actions and attitude horrible for the environment but the asshole culture that has evolved as his numbers continue to dwindle is vexing. By Andrew Pridgen For a time, my father was a Golfer Guy but never really knew it. Most Golfer Guys don’t. The tidewaters turned up a number of things in the immediate recession that was...

Pints and Picks The Podcast: A bro primer to Baseball and March Madness 2016

Like what you heard? P&P Podcast Episode 1 P&P Podcast Episode 2 P&P Podcast Episode 3 P&P Podcast Episode 4  

March Madness 2016: Ranking Conference Tournament Sites

March Madness kicks off from coast to coast this week with league men’s basketball tournaments. These might be the better option for travel and viewing than heading to the big show later this month--more teams, better chances for your team to win, cheaper/more intimate venues. We’ve ranked every conference tournament location by desirability. Written by Kyle Magin 1) Home sites--America East,...

Objectives for the Las Vegas NHL Team

Las Vegas’ probable hockey team should take the ice beginning in 2017. There’s a ton of work for the franchise to do between now and then. By Kyle Magin The NHL is coming to Las Vegas. For the first time ever, major professional team sports will have a franchise in Sin City. Led by owner Bill Foley, who will pay $500 million...