Archive for October, 2009

The Las Vegas Degenerate Gamblers?

October 30, 2009

Mayor Oscar Goodman wants an NBA team in Vegas really bad. This has been an on going idea/plan for years now and it took a step in the right direction this week. In his weekly press conference, a hopefully sober Mayor Goodman announced plans to have the Las Vegas City Council look at an exclusive contract with the Baltimore based real estate developers The Cordish Companies. The contract would have give the Cordish Companies exclusive rights to study the feasibility of this 18-acre project. The Cordish Companies past work includes The Walk in Atlantic City, Ballpark Village in St. Louis and the Power and Light District in Kansas City, Mo.

This is all fine and dandy, but lets be honest here, this is nothing more than Vegas giving someone exclusive rights to STUDY a possible sports venue. Goodman said he really wants a basketball team because that’s the sport he loves. Time out. When did his best interest become the cities best interest? For me, I would love to have any professional sports team to root for here in Sin City albeit an MLS team or an NHL team. I could get on board with that easily since all we have right now are the minor league teams The Las Vegas Wranglers (hockey) and the Las Vegas 51’s (Triple A for the Blue Jays). Don’t paint me a hater on those teams though, they have phenomenal $1 beer nights, but there is something about having a professional hometown team that just sparks the interest. The mentality that Oscar Goodman has taken on is “if we build it, they will come”. During his press conference, Goodman said he has been working hard to get NBA officials and owners interested in the idea saying:

“I believe as soon as we have an arena — this is my belief, I have nothing that
is signed in blood, there’s no contract — but I believe we’ll have a team”

Yikes. What happens when/if we build this arena and no one is interested? What happens if funding falls out like so many of the partially completed hotel/casinos we have to look at on a daily basis? Do the city you represent a favor and get the TEAM before you build the Arena. If we can lock down a team, they can play in the 19,000 seat Thomas & Mack Center while their arena is constructed. In these economic times it seems a little irresponsible to spend money to build something in hopes of attracting a tenant. On a final note, if you are contracting someone to do a study on the arena, can you also contract someone to do a study on the traffic created? Maybe have the roads and lanes created before the arena is done so we aren’t sitting in traffic even more than we are now. Thanks Oscar, have another one on Thunder Treats. Scotch, right?

source: Las Vegas Sun

NFL Week 8 Pick Em

October 30, 2009

Good Friday Morning to everyone. What better than waking up to Thunder Treats week 8 NFL pickem! We have a heated battle going on between Sahli and JEB, as well as all the ESPN analysts who are trying to get on our level.

ESPN Week 8 Picks

Questionable Parenting.

October 29, 2009

Yes,it’s amusing. No, it’s probably not safe. Idiots.

Deputy Shaq Diesel?

October 29, 2009

It seems as though Shaquille O’Neal plans on protecting more than just LeBron James during his tenure in Cleveland. As you are reading this,the Ohio Peace Officers Training Academy is reviewing Shaq’s application to determine whether or not he is eligible to carry a handgun and a Deputies badge. While Shaq has done this is Florida, Arizona and Virginia he would still, upon approval of his application, need to complete 36 hours of training, pass a test on the shooting range and take the Ohio Police Exam. If he completes all of the necessary requirements, the Big Aristotle will not only be able to carry a gun, but also make arrests. Shaq’s interest is in Ohio Internet Crimes Against Children where he would hunt online child predators. This would be a touch more scary for the predator than, say, Chris Hansen from NBC Dateline’s “To Catch a Predator” catching you. I say congrats to Shaq and good luck on being deputized. On the other hand, I say “look out” to certain guitar case wielding guard that shall go unnamed on Thunder Treats…

Hump Day Hottie: Amanda Beard

October 28, 2009

This week’s mid week mistress is the uber-talented, newly anointed mom, Amanda Beard. Amanda is a 7-time Olympic Swimming Champion and model. That’s right; she has a medal for everyday of the week. Amanda is a proud alumna of the University of Arizona. Thunder Treats would also like to extend congratulations to her and her husband, photographer Sacha Brown, who gave birth to their son, Blaise, on September 15th of this year. We would also like to remind her that Thunder Treats Onesies are available for purchase. Amanda has also graced us with awesome spreads in FHM, Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue and, probably most notably, Playboy Magazine. I got my first glimpse of Amanda Beard when she was playing in the Celebrity Pro-Am of the Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open in Las Vegas last year. I was walking down the cart path not paying attention and I almost mowed her down. That’s my bad Amanda. So join me in giving Amanda a cyber high 5 for being awarded this week’s Hump Day Hottie…If ya want Amanda, maybe we can fashion you a medal for the HDH Award…One more for the trophy case? Make it an even 8… More pics of Amanda after the jump..

This Pic is from the Celebrity Pro Am where I almost ran her over…again, sorry.

Week 7 NFL Pick Em Results

October 28, 2009

Week 7 is in the books and quite oddly no Thunder Treat’s author had the same results for this week. We finished as follows:

JEB 11-2
Sahli 10-3
Dubz 9-4
Sahli 8-5
Dilo 7-6

At this point of the season we now have 2 Thunder Treats authors, Sahli and JEB, at the top with an overall score of 74-29. This ties top ESPN analyst Adam Schefter coming in at the same mark. So Cal has a 69-34 mark, with Dilo and Dubz coming one game behind at 68-35. Again, we must point out ESPN bum analyst Eric Allen is at 64-39. Good work Eric, you still suck ass.

ESPN Expert Week 7 Results

Justice in Cleveland.

October 27, 2009

Cleveland, OH (AP) – A seven-year old boy was at the center of a Cuyahoga County courtroom drama yesterday when he challenged a court ruling over who should have custody of him. The boy has a history of being beaten by his parents and the judge initially awarded custody to his aunt, in keeping with child custody law and regulation requiring that family unity be maintained to the highest degree possible.

The boy surprised the court when he proclaimed that his aunt beat him more than his parents and he adamantly refused to live with her. When the judge then suggested that he live with his grandparents, the boy cried and said that they also beat him.

After considering the remainder of the immediate family and learning that domestic violence was apparently a way of life among them, the judge took the unprecedented step of allowing the boy to propose who should have custody of him.

After two recesses to check legal references and confer with the child welfare officials, the judge granted temporary custody to the Cleveland Browns, whom the boy firmly believes are not capable of beating anyone.

Thank God it’s basketball season!

Must Have Tailgate Accessory

October 26, 2009

Here at Thunder Treats we try and keep our readers up to date on anything that may affect their lives in a positive manner. Case in point…..Hump Day Hotties, employment opportunities, etc. Keeping with the theme, I thought it would be good to bring to your attention the Flabongo. One of America’s favorite pastimes is taking worthless pieces of crap and turning them into a vessel of inebriation (see also the Lou Holtz Drinking Game). The Flabongo is an ordinary lawn ornament modified slightly to bring fun and excitement to any event. I recently had the chance to test drive this marvel of engineering and can say it does not disappoint. The Flabongo has been Thunder Tested, Thunder Approved and I welcome you to give it a run yourself (provided you are of legal age). More pics after the jump..

A big Thunder Clap goes to the folks at Keep up the good work.

Photos courtesy of and

NFL Week 7 Pick Em

October 24, 2009

Here are the Thunder Treats week 7 picks. 13 games on the slate this weekend and Sahli looks to keep his narrow lead.

NFL Week 6 Pick Em Results

October 24, 2009

I apologize for the delay in the results but it has been a very busy week. Sahli wins this week with a 10-4 record posted. Funny thing is, Sahli beat every single so called expert from ESPN. Kind of funny that a kid born and raised in beautiful Struthers, Ohio can embarrass all these experts. My vote is that until Eric Allen learns something about football (55-35 vs Sahli who is 64-26) that Sahli permanently replaces his as an ESPN expert and also gets paid his 6 figure salary to know jack shit about football. Hell, Sahli is tied for first place overall with Chris Mortensen with a 64-26 record. Eric Allen out, Thunder Treats own Sahli in!