A few quick points about Sports Porn:Thanks to a conference for work, I finally had the chance to cross something off my bucket list. I spent an entire football Sunday at one of Las Vegas’ most famous sportsbooks gambling, eating fried food, and loudly talking trash. For a sports fanatic, this is basically Sports Porn. You can see nine screens here; there was another large one on either side of the theatre. This was every guy’s fantasy Man Cave on steroids, HGH, and Red Bull.
– It isn’t nearly as sad as one would think. I was a little nervous that the scene would look like the off-track betting place for horse racing. Now that is where dreams go to die. This was mostly fun and upbeat. Definitely a packed house.
– As fun as Sports Porn is, it can be ridiculously hard to follow 11 screens at once. The picture below shows nine of them. You end up focusing on one game, then breaking your neck trying to catch a big play when another group starts cheering. This works about 75% of the time.
– I am a gambling god. A co-worker and I put a couple hundred dollars up for a few bets. We went 7-0-1 on our picks for the afternoon games. #swag. I will be sure to lose all this money on the craps table, though.
– I retired my jersey collection years ago, and thought the world had moved on. While this is one of the few situations where jerseys are allowed, there is no excuse for owning a lineman’s jersey or one with your own name/number. You know who you are.
Overall, I had a lot of fun, and definitely recommend the experience to any sports fan; especially since this was a random Sunday in the middle of the NFL season. I can only imagine what March Madness is like there.
Since I had the chance to watch literally every second of every game this week, I had my mind changed about a few teams:
Chicago Bears – This team is so good on defense. The team can get to the Super Bowl if the offense merely stays out of the way. Thankfully for Bears fans, you get the feeling that things are headed in the right direction offensively. I watched last week’s Bears/Dallas Cowboys game and thought the Cowboys were terrible (could still be true). Now, you have to wonder if we aren’t watching this year’s version of the 2000 Baltimore Ravens.
Buffalo Bills – Wow. The Bills are horrible. There was no point in their game against San Francisco where they looked competent. The Bills had a lot of excitement coming into the season, but the blowout they suffered in Week 1 to the Jets (lol) looks like the way to define this season for Buffalo.
San Francisco 49ers – It’s hard to get a real read on the Niners after watching them destroy Buffalo at home. Alex Smith looked like a Young Joe Montana, but as discussed above, Buffalo has taken the rest of the season off. Is he good, or are they bad? As always, the answer includes a little of both, but the Niners grade is “incomplete” until further notice.