COLUMN: Move to Vegas will benefit Raiders

first_imgMomentum is an awfully powerful thing. It has the ability to take you from a stagnant halt one second to a state of instant acceleration the next. Just 15 months ago, there were no NFL teams in Los Angeles or Las Vegas. It’s now March 2017, and the Los Angeles Rams just completed their first season back in the City of Angels, while the Los Angeles Chargers are preparing to play their first season at the snug StubHub Center in Carson. And on Monday afternoon, the Oakland Raiders have announced they will be relocating the franchise to Las Vegas by the 2020 season. NFL franchises have experienced a violent rush of momentum in relocating over the past year and a half. Thirty-two league owners gathered on Monday to vote on the Raiders’ proposal for a relocation to Las Vegas. Needing 24 votes to authorize the relocation, the Raiders received a 31-1 vote in favor of the team moving to the Sin City.This will be the second time the Raiders have departed from the city of Oakland (they left in 1982 for Los Angeles before returning in 1995). While the relocation has been approved, the Raiders will play two more seasons in the Bay Area before making the transition to Las Vegas. Issues with acquiring a new stadium in Oakland were one of the main factors which may have led to the Raiders’ relocation. When Oakland wasn’t able to deliver on a new stadium, owner Mark Davis began intensifying relocation efforts. When franchise relocation strikes, agony and heartbreak from the fanbase do, too. Raiders quarterback Derek Carr took to Twitter to tend to the many Raider faithful in Oakland who had just received the news that they would be losing their beloved franchise.“I am overwhelmed with emotion,” Carr said. “I don’t know how we should feel. I feel the pain of our fans in Oakland. I also see the joy on the faces of our new fans in Las Vegas. While I am from California and would have loved playing in Oakland my whole career, I understand the business side of the NFL.” The Vegas Strip hosted professional football from the short-lived AFL and XFL in the early 2000s, but the teams faded away into nonexistence. When the Raiders make the trek to Vegas in the coming years, they will add a new dynamic which the city has never possessed — an NFL franchise. If you want to talk about momentum, Las Vegas is its epitome in the sports world. One year ago, Las Vegas was home to zero professional sports franchises (no, I’m not counting the Las Vegas 51s, a minor league baseball team). Now Vegas is home to the Golden Knights, an expansion NHL franchise slated to begin competing this next season — and the Raiders, a historically significant NFL franchise, are on the way. From my perspective, the Raiders’ move to Las Vegas is a smart one across the board.One of the long-lasting arguments against installing professional sports in Las Vegas was the hyperactive gambling market in the city. We should find it ironic that the two sports commissioners most adamantly opposed to gambling (NFL commisioner Roger Goodell and NHL commissioner Gary Bettman) were the first two commissioners to settle teams in Las Vegas. While intensified gambling could draw some issues for the teams, I believe Vegas will profit exponentially from the presence of a professional football team. Just think about those spiffy bundle deals that you know the casinos and hotels on the Vegas Strip are already conjuring up. The hotels, bars, clubs and lounges will be booming on any weekend during which the Raiders are in town playing on their home turf. For tourists traveling to Vegas to watch their team take on the Raiders, a game weekend will be at least a multiple-day affair which will likely time spent at all the resorts and venues Vegas has to offer. I’d project that the Sin City is set to become the “win city” economically with the relocation of the Raiders. Many have also noted that the Raiders will be making a move from Oakland, the No. 6 television market nationally, to Las Vegas, which is the No. 40 TV market. With the boom of social media and big television deals, it could be argued that television markets are not as crucial as they once were. Consider that Oklahoma City (the home of an NBA franchise) has the No. 43 TV market and Green Bay (home of the Packers) owns the No. 68 market. Once the Raiders transition to Las Vegas, it will almost instantly become one of the most extravagant sporting cities in the world. Vegas already holds the title of “Fight Capital of the World.” The city already has a blooming NHL franchise in the Golden Knights. The newly built T-Mobile Arena, planted on the Strip, is versatile in the way it can host anything from a UFC event to the Pac-12 Men’s Basketball Tournament. And now we know the city will be adding a Raider team, which, led by a rising star in Carr, could be ready to compete for titles in Vegas. They’ll be playing in a new stadium, expected to be ready in Las Vegas by the start of the 2020 NFL season. The Raiders have proposed a 65,000-seat domed stadium that would be shared with UNLV. In the meantime, the Raiders are surely still the “Oakland Raiders” at the moment. The Raiders are expected to occupy the Bay Area for at least two more seasons — two more shots to bring a Super Bowl to Oakland for the first time since 1980.However, in this tough situation, even the most extreme of optimists would admit that a Lombardi Trophy may still not be potent enough to pacify the bad taste being left in the mouths of many after the Raiders’ relocation. Angel Viscarra is a sophomore studying broadcast and digital journalism. His column, “Viscarra’s Vice,” runs on Tuesdays.last_img read more

WHS volleyball team gets split in Clearwater; WHS tennis places second; and WMS football teams are a combined 3-1

first_imgWHS and Conway Springs Tennis:The Wellington High School varsity squad traveled to the Conway Springs quad Tuesday afternoon and came back with a second place finish.The results are as follows:Conway Springs 28Wellington       14Goddard Eisenhower  13South Barber  5Individual statistics were:No. 1 singles Maggie Fink, 2-1, 2nd place.No. 1 doubles Jaden Dejarnett & Cajen Shore, 2-1, 2nd Place.No. 2 singles Dietra Sober, 3rd Place.For Conway Springs the results are as follows: #1 Singles Heather Koester 3-0 1st place, #2 Singles Cece Robinson 2-1, 2nd, #1 doubles Brittany Pauly and JulieAnn Winter, 1st, 3-0#2 Doubles: Kiana Finstad/Kalie Jones, 3-0, 1st Place. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (9) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. -2 Vote up Vote down Frustrated parent · 360 weeks ago JV played last night as well. It sure would be nice if there scores were in your story as well. Report Reply 3 replies · active 360 weeks ago +3 Vote up Vote down CueballSumnernewscow 94p · 360 weeks ago… Report Reply -1 Vote up Vote down Frustrated parent · 360 weeks ago JV volleyball not football. There is no mention of their game or scores in your article. Report Reply 0 Vote up Vote down Wellington citizen · 360 weeks ago JV VOLLEYBALL! Report Reply 0 Vote up Vote down Sick of whiners! · 360 weeks ago Is anyone else tired of people complaining about their little Johnny or Suzy not being reported about? Any wonder our kids are growing up with this massive sense of entitlement? Last I checked, our kids get way more coverage than just about any other town. “My third grade J.V. Dancer didn’t get mentioned in the paper or news cow. How dare them not cover every single thing!” People, while your child is obviously the center of your little world, they are not the center of everyone else’s. Quit complaining! Report Reply 4 replies · active 359 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down Wellington citizen · 360 weeks ago Excuse me, but its not about this name or that name in the article. Its about recognizing the team. That is not giving them a “sense of entitlement” (because that, my friend, comes down to parenting), it is simply giving them some recognition just like the rest of the students. Why is anyone else more important than the next kid? That’s right, they aren’t. Sumner Newscow has recognized every team (including JV football) and there has been no mention of JV volleyball. JV volleyball plays at the same time as varsity volleyball. If you are going to recognize any of the teams then recognize them all. And the reason why our town gets more recognition is because Mr. McCue resides in Wellington, umm hello! Like I said recognize one, recognize them all. If you don’t like it then why bother reading the comments? Report Reply +1 Vote up Vote down CueballSumnernewscow 94p · 360 weeks ago Wellington citizen, I understand your disappointment. But I’ve got to have some help. If you can talk to your coach or Cherity Elder to submit a JV score to me, I will gladly get it on my website. If not have a designated parent provide me with the score. My position has been consistent from the first game I ever covered in Wellington more than 20 years ago: varsity teams come first. They have earned the right to get media coverage, they are the town team and the teams with the most public interest. JV, Wellington Middle School and elementary school teams will get coverage through their coaches or parents willing to submit me a report. Report Reply 0 Vote up Vote down Wellington citizen · 360 weeks ago I understand you are stretched thin. I just know varsity and JV volleyball usually play at the same time in the same place and scores would be easy to obtain. Report Reply +1 Vote up Vote down Sick of whiners! · 359 weeks ago Let’s see: “Why is anyone else more important than the next kid?” = entitlement. “If you are going to recognize any of the teams then recognize them all.” = entitlement “Recognize one, recognize them all.” = entitlement Every kid gets a ribbon = entitlement I am not sure what disturbs me more, the fact you don’t think it is entitlement, or that you don’t even realize you are doing it! Tracy, thank you for your many efforts to cover our community’s activities and athletics. Please know some of us understand the amount of work you do and the sacrifices you make for the kids. Not every person or kid is equal. Some earn A’s, some earn B’s, some earn F’s. some are tall, some are short. Some are fast, some are slow. Some are good at certain things, some aren’t. There is a saying, “If everyone is special, then no one is special”! We need to teach our children, and obviously some adults, that this is how the world works. 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Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments WHS Volleyball:The WHS girls split at Clearwater, taking down Augusta once again 25-22 and 25-23 in the first match. The Crusaders then lost to Clearwater 25-15, 25-19. “The girls played really well and it was nice to see them keep their composure and finish a pressure match,” said Cherity Elder, Wellington head girls volleyball coach. “I really like to see the amount of swings we’re getting on the ball.  We are really working on turning those into kills.”The girls had over 20 hitting attempts during the Augusta match.  Siarah Walker, Micah Rogers, and Kaity Ledbetter all had two kills in the first set.“It’s nice I have options so we can split up the other teams blockers,” Elder said.Against Clearwater, Elder said the girls played good volleyball but the passing killed the Crusaders.“Against teams like Clearwater it comes down to who makes the fewest amounts of errors,” Elder said. “We get the chance to see Clearwater again at the Chaparral tournament so hopefully we can get some better results.”Elders said Wellington is getting close to 30 attempts at the ball but are just are finishing the hits.“Once we start doing that we will be finishing teams off without a doubt,” Elder said.Wellington is 6-6 on the season.“I’m very proud of the girls, and I can’t wait to see what we can do the rest of season,” she said. WMS Football:The Wellington Middle School football teams have played two games. The seventh grade is now 2-0 with a 20-6 victory over Mulvane and 36-0 victory over Clearwater.The eighth grade is 1-1 after beating Mulvane 16-8 and losing to Clearwater 20-14 in overtime.Here is a synopsis of the season so far by Brandon Wilmoth, WMS head football coach: Seventh grade:“The seventh grade team has the season clicking in the right direction.  We have some players that know how to get the ball and get it up field.  As always it takes awhile to get everyone going in the same direction but this group of players is picking up the system quicker than years past.  We as coaches only have 13 practices to get everything in before we play our first game so it is challenging when some players have never played football. We spend a lot of day four (first day with pads) just helping kids learn how to put in their pads correctlyThe 7th grade coaches have been doing an outstanding job.  I’m very happy with the outcome so far and I think this team has what it takes to bring home a league title.”Eighth grade:“The key word for this year so far is “Rocky”.  The Mulvane game was a rough one.  We put the ball on the ground way too many times and did not come out to play early.  But lucky enough for us we made some half time adjustments and where able to come back and get the win.  It’s always tough to get that first win and the boys buckled down and play hard to get it.  Clearwater, unfortunately, we came up a little short in overtime.  We came out strong an got an early lead but as the game went on we got tired, had some key injuries and we let them back in the game.  I will take that lose on my shoulders and only my shoulders.  We had some player’s play their hearts out. We just could not get over the hump in overtime.  It’s one of those games as a coach you second guess yourself the whole ride home and the whole next week until your next game.     We have lost a couple of players now for the year and we will have to wait and see how some other players can step up a fill these roles.  Us as coaches are going to do a little tweaking to playbook and hopefully be able to get some more wins through out the season. On a high note we have over 70 players combined in the middle school program so the numbers are coming back.”The Knights will play host to Winfield on this Thursday. The seventh grade plays at 5 p.m. and the eighth grade follows at 6:30 p.m. by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Wellington High School volleyball team garnered a split in Clearwater Tuesday afternoon, the Wellington girls tennis team placed second in the Conway Springs Invitational, and an update from Thursday’s Wellington Middle School football game…last_img read more

Police: Infant Shot in Riviera Beach

first_imgA baby boy was shot late Thursday afternoon on West 5th Street in Riviera Beach, according to police.The incident happened around 5:15 p.m.Officers say they responded to a shots fired call. Upon arriving, they found the baby with gunshot wounds. The child was taken to a local hospital. His condition is unknown.It is unclear whether the boy’s guardian or parents were at the scene when police arrived.Detectives and Crime Scene investigators are investigating the incident, and police do not have a suspect or motive at this time.Anyone with information on the shooting is asked to call the Riviera Beach Police Department at (561) 845-4123 or Crime Stoppers at (800) 458-TIPS (8477).This is a developing story.last_img read more