Category Archives: Las Vegas

Viva Guns

gunman kills dozens at concert is that really a surprise

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Mayweather Meets McGregor

After more than a half century of watching legendary champions fight each other, and reading about the fistic exploits of ancient titleholders, I, the average wimpy fan, am disturbed that Conor McGregor, a guy with no professional boxing experience, nary a fight, is going to potentially earn a hundred million to debut against one of […]

Also posted in Boxing, Conor McGregor, Donald Trump, Floyd Mayweather, George Foreman, Ireland, Joe Frazier, Muhammad Ali, Ray Leonard, Ray Robinson

Mayweather Writes to McGregor

Dear Conor, I’m quite comfortable writing you this letter because I know it’ll intimidate you and at the same time offer a generous warning about what’s going to happen when we enter the boxing ring in three weeks and all our insipid promotional talk won’t matter. You aren’t going to make this boy dance and […]

Also posted in Boxing, Conor McGregor, Floyd Mayweather, Mixed Martial Arts, Nate Diaz

In Sonny’s House

Late on the second to last night of nineteen seventy, unsatisfactorily loaded on wine and wanting something stronger, I drive for the first time to the fine Las Vegas house of my dealer and knock. We usually hook up at the casinos on the strip or tough bars on the west side of town. I […]

Also posted in Boxing, Cocaine, Heroin, Sonny Liston

Don King v. Bob Arum

Last night, deserted by my wife and unwilling to be seen alone in a top Las Vegas nightclub, I shuffled into some dive a block or so off the Strip, sat at a small table in a dark corner, and ordered two dry martinis, one for each hand. An old man who should’ve been in […]

Also posted in Bob Arum, Boxing, Don King, Emancipation Proclamation

Almost Missed Manny and Money

I realize most sports fans and other seekers of excitement planned to watch the Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao fight at cool places like the MGM Grand Arena or packed sports bars or at least at big private parties enlivened by booze. My intention was far more mundane: I’d view the eternally-hyped showdown with my Philippine wife […]

Also posted in Al Bernstein, Bakersfield, Boxing, Bright House, Floyd Mayweather, George Thomas Clark, Jim Lampley, Jimmy Lennon, Joe Frazier, Kern River, Manny Pacquiao, Michael Buffer, Muhammad Ali, Philippines, Roy Jones

Mayweather v. Pacquiao Prediction

There is hope, among the angry majority of fans who want Manny Pacquiao to win, that he’ll somehow be quicker and stronger and more precise than ever and force heretofore unflappable Floyd Mayweather into a brawl and punish the bejeweled king they’ve long wanted to see dethroned. Don’t wager heavily on that sequence. Floyd is […]

Also posted in Boxing, Floyd Mayweather, Manny Pacquiao

Mayweather Invests in Himself

You might’ve been discouraged by eight to one odds favoring me to again beat Marcos Maidana but don’t worry, I’m going to teach you about prudent investing. Look at it this way. If you bet a thousand bucks on me you’ll earn about a hundred twenty. That’s twelve percent and damn good for a very-short-term […]

Also posted in Billionaires, Boxing, Dementia Pugilistica, Floyd Mayweather, Gambling, Marcos Maidana, Muhammad Ali, Ray Robinson, Warren Buffett

Cruisin’ with Money

“Hi, this is Merle Edwards, here in Vegas for my interview with Floyd. What time should I come out to the house?” “Mr. Mayweather does not permit strange writers into any of his castles,” said a baritone-blessed woman. “He invited Robin Leach.” “Mr. Leach is synonymous with ‘champagne wishes and caviar dreams.’ You, sir, are […]

Also posted in Boxing, Floyd Mayweather, Hair, Jewelry, Manny Pacquiao, Marcos Maidana

Floyd Mayweather in Hot Tub

“Ladies, it’s a whole lot better being in this fancy hot tub in my Las Vegas mansion than in a sweaty arena, isn’t it?” “Yeees,” gushed all but one. “You should be there,” said a lovely young woman. “You need to prepare to fight the winner, who’s going to be Manny Pacquiao.” “Who’re you?” “I’m […]

Also posted in Bob Arum, Boxing, Floyd Mayweather, Manny Pacquiao, Philippines

Courtside in Las Vegas

He’s the master of smooth jump shooting. He’s a shrewd passer and disruptive long-armed defender. He’s the player who hits shots when it matters. He’s Mr. Clutch, Jerry West, man in the NBA logo. He’s also the legend whose 1960s Los Angeles Lakers lose several times in the finals to the Boston Celtics of supernatural […]

Also posted in Basketball, Bazooka Limon, Boston Celtics, Jerry West, Kareem Abdul Jabbar, Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers, Magic Johnson, Michael Jordan, Pat Riley, Shaquille O'Neal

Las Vegas Hell Motel

Fritz and Ida go to bed early, arise refreshed, eat good breakfast, and then grit teeth before driving east to enter Mojave Desert where dry death and hot existence always depress, but they can’t afford flight to Las Vegas for NBA summer league. Thankfully, they’ve reserved good motel, for three nights at fifty bucks per, […]

Also posted in Alfred Hitchcock, Basketball, Mojave Desert, Motels, Movies, Psycho

Clippers Carve Kings during Thanksgiving Feast

On Thanksgiving night I made my first visit to Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles since New Year’s Day when the defending-champion Lakers hosted an aroused and hot-shooting group of young Sacramento Kings who would’ve prevailed if Kobe Bryant, with customary flair, hadn’t swished a three-point jumper a millisecond before the final horn. The capacity […]

Also posted in Basketball, Blake Griffin, Demarcus Cousins, Eric Gordon, Gavin Maloof, Joe Maloof, Lebron James, Los Angeles, Los Angeles Clippers, Los Angeles Lakers, Michael Jordan, Oscar Robertson, Sacramento, Sacramento Kings, Tyreke Evans