NBA All-Star Weekend, or, Why There Are No Major Sports in Vegas

WFAN has been talking about the NBA AllStar weekend for the last hour... and...Wow.. this is a disaster. Even an ESPN writer is in on it. The best part about it, the NBA players were not involved in any of it- so the suits who say the NBA is full of thugs, are totally off-base. It's the people who leech or try to get close to fame that cause problems. Oh yeah, and an NFL player. Surprised he wasn't a Cincinatti Bengal.

Jason Whitlock wrote:
Vegas police were simply overwhelmed along The Strip. They were there solely for decoration and to discourage major crimes. Beyond that, they minded their own business.

I was there. Walking The Strip this weekend must be what it feels like to walk the yard at a maximum security prison. You couldn't relax. You avoided eye contact. The heavy police presence only reminded you of the danger.

Without a full-scale military occupation, New Orleans will not survive All-Star Weekend 2008.

David Stern seriously needs to consider moving the event out of the country for the next couple of years in hopes that young, hip-hop hoodlums would find another event to terrorize. Taking the game to Canada won't do it. The game needs to be moved overseas, someplace where the Bloods and Crips and hookers and hoes can't get to it without a passport and plane ticket."

- Police arrested 362 people during the All-Star Game weekend as scattered fights broke out along the main casino strip early Monday even though police had braced themselves for the post-celebratory mayhem.

- Police also had extra officers to control rowdy crowds at the Las Vegas airport where thousands of weary NBA fans missed their flights Monday. Scattered fighting broke out among Southwest Airlines passengers who missed their flights on Monday when the airline couldn't cope with long queues that stretched for close to 1.6 km (one mile). Tempers were short as passengers reported flight delays of up to five hours and holiday makers scrambled to re-book flights and hotels.

- Four people were shot in two separate shootings and a manhunt was on for one of the gunmen who shot three people outside the Minxx nightclub. The police might want to talk to NFL player Pacman Jones about a nasty shooting spree at a Vegas strip club. Jones and the rapper Nelly were allegedly at Minxx Gentlemen's Club Monday morning shortly before (or during) the shooting.

- "It was filled with an element of violence," Teresa Frey, general manager for Coco's restaurant, told "They don't want to pay their bills. They don't want to respect us or each other." Things got so bad that she closed the 24-hour restaurant from 2 a.m. to 4 a.m.

"There are criminal elements that try to take advantage of big crowds and they have targets," police spokesman Jose Montoya said.

It may have not been a Bengal, but Pacman Jones is the closest the NFL has to Yosemite Sam right now.

I do not know what the hell is wrong with Basketball or the fans...but The Superbowl and The Baseball All Star game, as well as the World Series, becomes hosted in my Home Town of Detroit, and a crap load of big Basketball and Hockey games in recent years. Without any incidents. Nothing more than isolated drunken idiots, but there was plenty of good natured revelry and fun to be had with all the festivities. They were all places and events you would take your kid to for the memories, and I am not joking. It was family friendly celebration when the Wings won the Cup in 97,98 02. the Pistons in 04, and the recent Tigers Pennant win. There was hardcore partying, but there were no riots, no shootings.