Sunday, May 27, 2018

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

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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...

The disappearance of the wage-earning sports fan is the real reason ESPN is dying

Watching ESPN’s downfall has been a source of macabre fascination for folks like me, the people who helped bring the fledgling cable sports provider into some kind of must-see prominence in the ‘90s. Now we cheer its present-day downfall. By Andrew J. Pridgen I remember when I made the switch to ESPN from the nightly local sports broadcast, the guy in...

The craps table is full of assholes: This and other musings from 28 minutes at a casino on New Year’s Eve

These scenes are a reminder of how adept we’ve become at pretending the glue-gunned feathers holding together our economic and moral fabric are going to hold. By Andrew J. Pridgen I come from gambling stock. My great-grandfather on my mother’s side was a degenerate Scandinavian card player who died in a trailer outside Vegas back when Vegas was more holes in...

Let’s Name the Probable Vegas Hockey Team!

Las Vegas is one of two cities to submit a bid to host a new NHL team beginning next year. Let's find a name for it.  By Kyle Magin Sin City and some arctic outpost were the only two locales to submit bids for NHL expansion teams, we found out yesterday. Las Vegas and Quebec City (both refuting and affirming, respectively, our...

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,...

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 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,...

Marshawn Lynch as the Raiders’ Red Herring

The Raiders dumped Oakland last season but then they signed Marshawn Lynch for a pair to give fans temporary amnesia. The question is, is there enough magic left in the candy man’s legs to make them forget about how the Davis family did them so dirty? By Andrew J. Pridgen The Oakland/soon-to-be-Las-Vegas Raiders, true to their name, are thieves and...

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...