It’s Super Bowl week! The town is filling up to capacity and excitement is building. The sportsbooks have tweaked their betting propositions, put the final numbers on their parlay cards and made preparations for the onslaught of bettors. Locals not planning on attending one of the many Big Game parties at the casinos and sports bars around town are busy making preparations for watching the game at home or the house of friends.
However, this year there is a bit of drama on the local scene. It seems the CBS affiliate KLAS-TV, Channel 8 – yes, the same CBS that has broadcast rights to this year’s Super Bowl – has not been able to come to terms with Cox Cable on the renewal of their contract, and as of 12:01 a.m. Saturday morning Channel 8 is no longer available to Cox subscribers, which according to news reports serves about 48 percent of Las Vegas households.
Cox blames Channel 8 for demanding too much money and Channel 8 is advising folks to look into alternatives to Cox such as DirectTV, Dish or one of those HD antennas. Apparently both sides feel they can be a super tough negotiator with SB50 on the line as the other side will surely cave in. So far that strategy doesn’t seem to be working, and as of deadline Monday no progress was reported.
They have until game time on Sunday to resolve their differences, and common sense says that should happen. But just in case, Las Vegans should think about cancelling the home viewing party and heading to their nearest casino where they know for sure they can watch the game.
JAW DROPPING: If you are looking for something different to do in Las Vegas, think about visiting the Shark Reef at Mandalay Bay. Co-worker Jodie Kallio was lucky enough to be chosen as a chaperone for her son Donovan’s second grade field trip to the exhibit and tells us it is one of the best she has ever seen.
“It was wonderful,” Jodie told us. “The kids loved every minute of it and the staff was very helpful in explaining things to them. I thought it was just amazing.”
The aquarium immerses visitors into its underwater word, offering 14 different exhibits with some of the world’s most dangerous predators. There are sharks (15 different species), a Komodo dragon, pufferfish, parrotfish, Burmese pythons, a golden crocodile, stingrays, sawfish, lionfish, piranhas, sea turtles and more.
The shark exhibit gives you the feeling of actually being under water as you walk through an acrylic tunnel almost completely surrounded by water and fish, getting a very up-close experience. But it is not the sharks the divers who clean the tanks are most concerned about.
“We learned they worry most about the giant sea turtles, which can weigh up to 300 pounds, deciding to sit on them,” Jodie explains. “That’s why they always work in pairs so one can watch while the other cleans the tank.”
Another popular spot is the Touch Pool, a 2,500-gallon saltwater pool with stingrays and horseshoe crabs that visitors are allowed to interact with.
“Everyone had a lot of fun at the Touch Pool” Jodie continued, “and they all thought the sharks were really cool. But what they got the most excited about was the octopus. Usually he just sits on a rock and blends in, but the day we were there he was very active and the kids were fascinated watching him swim around.”
The Shark Reef is open Sunday to Thursday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. – check it out.
See you around town.
Eileen DiRocco is the owner and publisher of GamingToday, the bible for gaming news “you can bet on.” Contact Eileen at [email protected].