So if you look at the Nashville Predators’ schedule you will see that the Preds have won 4 straight games. This all started with a hard fought overtime win on St. Patrick’s Day over the Boston Bruins, but then efforts started to slide. In a 3-1 win over Detroit they leaned on the play of two rookies to get the scoring and the stellar play of Pekka Rinne to keep the points coming. Sunday’s game against Buffalo Anders Lindback allowed two soft goals while the Preds looked dead for 50 minutes, relying on Geoffrion, hat trick to him by the way, to get the scoring done again. In Buffalo there was no intensity to be seen from the Predators until everyone thought the game was over with Nashville down 3-1 with 4 minutes remaining. Last night against Edmonton started off well but lacked any sense of desperation for the final 45 minutes of the game. The Predators play Anaheim tommorow and if they bring the same effort relying on 15 minutes of good hockey then, I’ll tell you they are not getting to 5 in a row.
Ok, now for the introduction of the NBA team.
The newest tenants to the Ceasar’s Forum now have a name. The NBA’s Las Vegas Sting have unveiled their new logos and uniforms. “We wanted to have our own style while keeping the Hornet’s tradition,” said lead designer Lou Sanchez. The logo has a new modern looking hornet in the classic blue and gold of the Hornets. To celebrate this unveiling the Forum was in game day shape with the new floor down and the east side of the arena’s seats in the Sting’s colors and the west side in the Bandits’ colors. Individual game tickets started selling today to mark the new era of Vegas professional sports.
Trying to get more media sources than just the newspaper reports. We need opinions and what better way to get opinions than to use the ESPN show “Around the Horn” where four sports writers argue their opinions and earn points (which is the “ding”) to have 30 seconds of solo facetime. So here is the first attempt at Around the Horn in the Ceasar’s Forum universe.
Narrator: Buy or Sell?
Tony Reali: Ok, today the Las Vegas … we’ll call ’em the Hornets signed Spanish star Ricky Rubio from FC Barcelona. Buy or sell that he is the x-factor the Hornets need.
J.A. Adande: Tony, I’m gonna have to sell this. We all saw what happened in 2009 when he refused to play with Minnesota. (DING) I believe there is no way he has a positive influence on the locker room.
Tim Cowlishaw: I’m also gonna sell this. He has never played against a real NBA team. (DING) I think that the Spanish League sheltered him. (DING)
Reali: Woody Paige, buy or sell?
Woody Paige: What are you guys smoking? Cause I want some! I’m buying this. The kid is the next “Pistol” Pete Maravich. Look at the picture! If he grows a 70s stache he will be Maravich. Oh yeah, and Cowlishaw did you forget about those FIBA Championships and the Olympics? (DING)
Cowlishaw: As much as the players love the country a gold medal isn’t the same as a championship ring.
An idea we had was to bring in a free agent that the game did not already contain. We chose 2009 5th overall pick, Ricky Rubio who chose to play in Spain as opposed to the small market Timberwolves.
Guard Ricky Rubio has been signed by the Las Vegas Basketball Club after his contract with FC Barcelona of the Spanish ACB League had been purchased had been purchased by the club. Ricky, drafted 5th overall by Minnesota in 2009, said in a statement,”I am looking forward to a new challenge in my professional basketball career. I am looking forward to changing the stereotype that the NBA is a league where one player will make or destroy a team, and create an atmosphere where five plus a bench make one collective unit.” Ricky is the first major move since the team has moved the operations to Las Vegas.
Honestly, I wasn’t a huge fan of the name “Bandits”, but there are a limited amount of logos and names available on the game.
The Las Vegas Bandits unveiled their logos and uniforms at a practice at the Nevada IcePlex, the official skating rink of the Las Vegas Bandits. The team unveiled their new identity that took colors straight from the Las Vegas City flag. Here is the new home jersey modeled by defenseman Dustin Byfuglien, and the new away jersey modeled by goaltender Ondrej Pavelec.
And now for the confirmation of the new NBA team
Las Vegas Tribune
NBA Commisioner David Stern has approved the move of the New Orleans Hornets to Las Vegas. This new team will start practice in September when the new team name and logo will be revealed. Season tickets will be available starting this Saturday July 3, with individual tickets being available starting in September at the unveiling at Ceasars Forum. For more information regarding tickets go to lasvegas.nba.com or call 1-844-LVHOOPS(1-844-584-6677).
Good start to a few updates tonight!
I’ve been looking at OperationSports for a while and I’ve been looking at the dynasties posted there. Me and Sean decided we’d do two in one. He will play NBA 2k11 and I will play NHL 11. More info will be released lated later, but I think we will start with this.
Las Vegas Tribune
After years of planning the new Ceasar’s Forum sporting venue, the building is officially up. In celebration of this new 19,000 seat arena a schedule of events will be unveiled later today, but an insider who has been reporting on this project over the past few months has been cleared to announce a few things on that are on the schedule.
As earlier reported, Manny Pacquio will fight against a kangaroo with boxing gloves in May, but something not earlier reported is the addition of two new professional sports teams to enter the Sin City. The first of these two teams is the National Hockey League’s Atlanta Thrashers, who have been in financial
trouble since their inception in 2000 and have been looking for a new location to play for a couple of years. Secondly, the National Basketball Association’s New Orleans Hornets have cleared to move by commisioner David Stern, but there has been no official report that they will call Las Vegas their home. New Orleans’ owner George Shinn has been seen in Las Vegas for the past couple of weeks with Ceasar’s owners at the Ceasar’s
The Las Vegas Tribune is holding contests to name the two teams and to design the new logos. The grand prize will be a glass seat and possibly a courtside seat to see the new teams in their inaugural season openers. Send all entries to editor Nan E. McPhee at email@example.com