Michael Jordan has brought his Celebrity Golf Tournament to Las Vegas for the first time. Since the Michael Jordan Celebrity Invitational was founded in 2001 it has raised over $5 million dollars for charity. Jordan spoke Tuesday with reporters, including our own Seat Williams, about the upcoming invitational and his passion for the various sports he has played.
Jordan’s years in the spotlight have led to an incredibly smooth demeanor on the microphone and has developed a playful nature with the media. His playful nature was on full display when a question was asked about if there would be any gambling taking place on the course. Jordan has been linked to many gambling stories throughout his career in the spotlight and handled this question in perfect stride.
As the days until the Final Four draw near, experts find themselves torn between predicting what teams will advance to the National Championship. The same could be said for our experts at Plant World. On Monday, we traveled back to Plant World to visit our prophetic friends, Mr. Nelson and Ziggy, to find out who will advance to the National Championship game. This time we pit the two head to head and found that they had differing opinions.
Mr. Nelson, who went 2-0 in the opening round, chose Butler to make a return trip to the National Championship to face the UCONN Huskies. Nelson went on the predict that UCONN would take the 2011 National Championship and send Butler home just short of their dream for the second year in a row.
Ziggy predicted that Kentucky will advance to the National Championship and meet the team that took the hardest and longest road to the National Championship, VCU. In a Hollywood style finish, Ziggy predicts that VCU’s journey will culminate with a National Championship win over the Kentucky Wildcats.
The criminal charges are preventing Bimbo Slice from being able to solidify her fight with Cyborg and Strikeforce has frozen her contract, but fight fans everywhere can hop that this legal matter gets cleared up quickly so these two X-chromosomed titans can give us the female MMA championship bout that is really the only fight left to make.
Nelson, 17, was undefeated choosing San Diego State and the surprise-upset victory for George Mason. Next up was Ziggy the tortoise who went one and oh, but we are confident that if we had more time in the day he would have also went two and oh. Ziggy called the Richmond upset over Vanderbilt. Ruby the bird was stunned by Tennessee’s surprise loss to Michigan and also Clemson’s loss. Not a good day for Ruby. Delilah stuck with Mountain West teams and hit on BYU, but let her hometown ties blur her vision for the UNLV Rebels.
Ziggy and Mr. Nelson will move on and attempt to guess the winners for the Final Four this Tuesday at Plant World.
Last night at Green Valley Ranch in the Grand Ballroom the Las Vegas Locos received their championship rings. It was a blast to get back and talk to the team. TE Adam Bergen says his knee is feeling fine and will be ready for the upcoming season. RB Hakim Hill has continued to work out and is ready to come back and help lead the Locos to there 3rd consecutive UFL title.
RB Hakim Hill and Dug
Commisioner Michael Huyghue is hoping next year's schedule will be announced sometime in late April, so until then Chugga Chugga CHOO CHOO!
(from left) Don Logan, Christina Hixson, and Tasha Schwikert
On Tuesday, the Galleria Mall held the announcements for the 2011 Southern Nevada Hall of Fame. This year’s class welcomed five new inductees, which included the 1944 Las Vegas High Football team, Christina Hixson, Don Logan, Tasha Schwikert, and Steven Jackson.
The 1944 Las Vegas High Football team is a legendary team that coaches still reference today. That team allowed no points to be scored against them throughout the entire season as well as allowing no consecutive first downs all season wither. Their season culminated with a state championship and all this was done without throwing one forward pass.
Christina Hixson was inducted for her generous contributions to UNLV Baseball programs as well as being the sole trustee of the Lied Foundation.
Don Logan has been the driving force behind the Las Vegas 51s for mare than 25 years and is now a member of the Southern Nevada Sports Hall of Fame. Logan, a man who has every right to show some hubris, gave most of the credit to everyone else around him. He was gracious and acknowledged how blesses he has been in life.
Tasha Schwikert was a gymnast and a member of the 2000 Olympic squad. Schwikert began her career in Las Vegas before having a stellar colligate career at UCLA. Schwikert still lives in Los Angeles today and is planning on attending Law School next fall. Steven Jackson is an Eldorado Alumni and a Pro Bowler in the NFL. Jackson was unable to attend the ceremony, but will not doubt be in attendance when this class is officially inducted on June 10.
Do you remember Paul The Octopus who kept picking the winners in the last World Cup? Well I do and I am always looking for an edge when filling out my bracket. So I went down to Plant World today to see if Ziggy the Tortoise, Mr. Nelson the 17 year old cat, Delilah and Ruby the birds could help me out. Who knows maybe one of these animals can become the next Paul The Octopus (my money is on Mr. Nelson!)
Now is the time all you Telephone Tough guys can prove your merit. Our free March Madness Pickum' Contest is up, our Final Four pickers all get prizes. Prize rundown is:
First place prize is a Two Night Stay in Big Bear, Ca AND Merit Megatouch Elite Edge ION Countertop game from Mountain Coin.
Second place prize is an IPad with $30 iTunes card courtesy of Land Rover Las Vegas and $500 Gift Card to Uniform Sports!
Third place prize is a LG Optimus M phone with 3 months of service from Metro PCS and a 6 Month Membership for four to the YMCA
Fourth place prize is a pair of tickets to see Rush on June 24th at the MGM Grand Garden Arena
UNLV wrapped up their last day of Spring Ball without pads on Tuesday. On Wednesday the pads go on and the real work will begin. On Tuesday the Rebels worked on a few individual drills and there were a few standouts. I really wanted to get a look at the new recruits that were able to participate in Spring Ball and here is what I saw. Trent Allmang-Wilder is a huge Junior College transfer and he showed some power and quick feet. Wilder displayed his strength while throwing the sled around like it was a toy. Wilder also displayed quick feet and loose hips in his agility drills. Wilder can potentially help a defensive line that was poor against the run up the middle last year.
Eric Johnson is one of the four transfers from College of the Sequoias and he looked quick. Johnson displayed quick feet and soft hands, which makes him a great candidate for the screen pass. UNLV needs to have more production from their backs catching the ball out of the backfield and Johnson seems to have those qualities. The real test will be when pads go on and we see how tough of a runner he can be.
Sean Reilly is a 6’4’’ quarterback from Saddleback College and he looked extremely accurate. Reilly has good size and looks like an ideal QB. Now I think Reilly should start, but Caleb Herring has been in Bobby Hauck’s system already and has an extra dimension with his mobility. Reilly will be a great back up or starter, but if the offensive line struggles then it would be best to have a mobile QB.
Last, but certainly not least, is Phillip Payne. I had a chance to see the receivers up close during drills and it was clear that Payne was the most seasoned and the most talented. Payne was mentoring some young receivers during the drills and for the most part they all showed soft hands. Now all Payne has to do is stay off Twitter and things should be smooth. I did notice that UNLV has more than a few “small” receivers that stand only 5’8”. I like a small receiver in the slot to take advantage of Payne drawing double coverage.
All in all, I like where Coach Hauck is going with the program and I am optimistic about this years recruiting class. The Rebels will have their Spring Showcase on Saturday, April 2, at Sam Boyd Stadium so go out and support the Rebels.
Meet Morgan Shepherd. He's a 69-year-old former Nascar driver and part time crime prevention specialist.
Shepherd observed three men fleeing from a Wal-Mart near the Las Vegas Motor Speedway as he was getting out of his car and took off after them.
Shepherd described the incident,
"I just got out and took off after them. I caught one of them just as they were getting ready to hop a little wall at the end of the parking lot. I yanked him down and got on top of him."
According to Shepherd, it was only a few moments later that a Las Vegas police officer tossed him a pair of handcuffs and asked him to restrain the would be thief to allow him to pursue the other two shoplifters.
The Nascar veteran had no problems obliging them.
"I told them he wasn't going anywhere."
Shepherd used his time with the shoplifter to inform him that he should make better choices, but chose not to humiliate the much younger man by telling him he just got outrun by a man three times his age.
The part time crime fighter also would like for others to learn from this incident and offer a helping hand when you see something wrong.
"So many people these days would just sit and watch those guys run away. People need to get up and help stop this type of stuff."
Shepherd and his wife concluded the incident by finshing up their shopping.
The Sacramento Kings are getting set to enter into a bitter custody battle between two California cities after the NBA granted them an extension to file an application for relocation next season.
NBA Commisioner, David Stern, confirmed that the Kings have had talks with officials in Anaheim about making the move.
Sacramento Mayor and former Phoenix Suns' point guard, Kevin Johnson, seems to think that the city of Sacramento does not have any control over the situation.
He responded to the NBA's granting of the extension at a City Hall news conference,
"I think it's clear they are looking to try to strike or create a deal in Anaheim. It leads me to believe that if they don't get a deal, they'll stay in Sacramento. It's not the ideal situation that they're choosing Sacramento."
Johnson also made it quite clear that he is not pulling for for Anaheim Mayor, Tom Tait, to get the Kings to play in the Honda Center,
"I'm wishing them ill will, let me be clear. We're wishing them ill will. I told that to the Anaheim mayor in a delicate way last week. I am rooting against him."
Tait has not commented on the matter.
The Kings will have until April 18 to decide if they will relocate for next season or not.