Breaking the ice in Las Vegas
People thought Rich Rose was crazy when he decided to stage a hockey game in a parking lot in Las Vegas.
"The toughest part was getting people to believe that we were serious and wanted to do it," said Rose, director of sports for Caesars Palace. "A lot of people said, 'Hey, come on, you can't do that.' "
But Rose persisted, and his idea will become a reality when the Los Angeles Kings play the New York Rangers on Sept. 27.
Building an outdoor ice rink in 90-degree temperatures is a challenge.
Some 300 tons of refrigeration equipment, three times the amount needed for an indoor rink, will be used, along with 25,000 gallons of water.
9- Good thing there is no drought in Nevada.
How's his foul shooting?
West Virginia cheered when Jeff Hostetler was named the starting quarterback of the Super Bowl champion New York Giants.
The former West Virginia Mountaineers star even received a telegram from Gov. Gaston Caperton.
"I think he's our Jerry West of football," Caperton said, referring to the former West Virginia player who went on to a Hall of Fame career with the Los Angeles Lakers.
"He's a person who's very well-liked and respected in West Virginia. He was an academic All-America, a great leader of the West Virginia University football team."
Long time since when
The Monterrey Sultans ended a 29-year drought by winning the Mexican League baseball championship with a 16-3 victory over the Mexico City Red Devils in the seventh game of their series last week.
The Sultans became league champs for the first time since 1962.
They are in the Milwaukee Brewers organization. The Red Devils are affiliated with the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Going down in style
Demoted to the minors recently, former New York Yankees pitcher Pascual Perez showed up at the park in a limousine at 5:15 p.m. for a 6 p.m. start and wasn't on the field until 6, causing a 20-minute delay in play.
At least he made it to the stadium. When Perez was with the Atlanta Braves, he once missed a start when he got lost on the freeway.
Bubba Paris, who weighed 370 pounds in mini-camp, after being cut by the San Francisco 49ers: "I have already been contacted by teams, so I expect to be playing somewhere. I'm down to 322 pounds and I feel good about myself. I almost think I look sexy."