Vegas tips, FSU vs. Miami, shaved or scruffy and more
Posted: Wednesday August 2, 2006 10:16AM; Updated: Wednesday August 2, 2006 12:41PM
The casino at the Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas is a must-see.
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I'm going to Vegas in a few weeks. Can you recommend any good bars/clubs/restaurants? Also, do you like to gamble? And if so, what games do you like to play? -- Chris Hurney, Chicago, Ill.
What a coincidence. I just got back from Vegas. It's an amazing city, but if I can recommend anything, it's to drink lots of caffeine, because you will need it. As far as restaurants go, you can't go wrong with a good steakhouse, such as T-Bones Chophouse & Lounge at the Red Rock hotel. It's off the strip, but still worth the trip. If you're a sushi lover, check out Nobu at the Hard Rock.
When it comes to nightlife, I am pretty sure I've hit up almost every major club on the strip. Some of my favorites included Body English, Tao, Tryst and Jet. You'll have a good time at all those places. Between the music and the atmosphere, I have never seen nightclubs like these. They are sensory overload at its finest.
As far as gambling goes, I am not that great at it, so I tend to stick to slots or craps. I am getting better at poker, but don't expect to see me on the tour anytime soon.
Who will have a better season -- Miami's Kyle Wright or FSU's Drew Weatherford? And do you really think the 'Noles have a chance in the Orange Bowl this Labor Day? -- Chris, Grand Forks, N.D.
Wright was touted one of the top quarterback picks in his class, and rightfully so. He was No. 2 last season in the ACC in passing efficiency, but he also got sacked 36 times, nine of which were at the hands of Florida State during their Week 1 engagement last year. While Wright is a great pocket passer with a quick arm, he's going to need his offensive line to step up in order for him to get things done. With his veteran offensive line being replaced by the next generation, he had better hope they give him more protection than last year, especially in Game 1.
The jury is still out on Weatherford. He did throw for more than 3,200 yards and 18 touchdowns against the defenses he faced last season. However, he also tossed 18 interceptions. But Weatherford had the arduous task of driving Jeff Bowden's sometimes-conservative offense, not to mention he had no real running game to help his cause. If Florida State's offensive line can nurse its wounds from last season and bring in some new blood, I think Seminoles fans should feel secure with the man driving their bus.
Unfortunately, until they move the FSU/Miami game to later in the season, I am afraid all you are going to see is a battle of defenses and special teams. Let's hope that we recruited some kicking and brushed up on our skills. No one wants to see a repeat of wide right ... or wide right part deux ... or ... oh, forget it.