We felt Macho in 1997
August 18, 2015 3:00 AM
by Mark Mayer
This week we go back to this date 18 years ago when Arne K. Lang reported that Oscar De La Hoya would fight Hector “Macho” Camacho at the Thomas & Mack on Sept. 13, which was Mexican Independence Day.
De La Hoya’s WBC welterweight title was at stake. At Caesars Palace, Oscar was a 10-1 favorite. Lang predicted a
De La Hoya lopsided decision and he was right as Oscar improved to 26-0.
Jim Feist was promoting his Proline TV show, hosted by former LA Rams All-Pro wide receiver Jack Snow and featuring a panel of handicapping specialists that included Wayne Root, Kelso Sturgeon and Bob Gregorka.
Feist, whose column is featured this week on p.24, went 20-6 on his Best Bets during the 1996 season for a winning percentage of 77 percent.
Bob Usherson in his Spotlight On Entertainment column reported the Rolling Stones were coming in the fall to the MGM Grand. Mick Jagger and the boys are still going strong today.
Station Casinos took out a full page ad promoting their Great Giveway Football Contest, which featured over $1.3 million in cash and prizes. The entry fee was just $25 with players able to buy two and get a third free.
And T.C. Martin advised bettors not to underrate the New England Patriots who were projected to win nine games. “Bill Parcells may be gone, but the cupboard isn’t,” Martin wrote. “Pete Carroll has taken over as head coach and is very underrated. Carroll has spent time under the San Francisco regime and is a quality coach.”
A lot has happened to Carroll since 1997, namely a national championship run at Southern Cal and two consecutive Super Bowl appearances, including the title in 2014.
Oh, by the way, Drew Bledsoe was the quarterback for the Patriots. Bledsoe later was succeeded by Tom Brady.
No “deflategate” back then.
Mark Mayer has over 35 years covering sports events and is the sports editor at GT. Email: MarkMayer@GamingToday.com