The Las Vegas Wranglers have hosted their share of unique promotions, including “Dick Cheney Hunting Vest Night” and “(Former) Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich Prison Uniform Night.”
So it wouldn’t be surprising if the ECHL team added “Zamboni Tiki Bar Night” to the mix.
But the Wranglers, who host the Idaho Steelheads today and Saturday at the Orleans Arena, might have missed their chance to purchase the aforementioned one-of-a-kind Zamboni.
As strange as it sounds, a Zamboni-turned-tiki bar was auctioned off on eBay Wednesday for $7,905, the highest of 13 bids.
The description of the customized Zamboni — an ice resurfacer originally developed by Frank J. Zamboni in 1949 — was priceless: “This is not your granny’s Zamboni. This thrill-show veteran has had some cosmetic surgery. After twenty-five years of cruising hockey rinks it now specializes in burn-outs and beach parties. Looks like a regular Zamboni until you pull the party starter. Then the lid raises up over the chip bin exposing a full tiki bar, grass skirts, bamboo mats, tiki dolls, exotic cocktails, disco lamps and a huge 454 c.i. Big Block Chevy to move it along.
“… Starts easy, runs strong, ready to go. Tiki bar ladies not included.”
• BURRITOS ON LEBRON? — An Ohio high school basketball player is so adept at making long-distance shots that his coach and teammates are challenging LeBron James to a contest.
Dayton Christian High School’s Casey Weber drained a 90-footer during a game last week. A few days later, a TV station taped him swishing an 80-footer in practice.
The shots were broadcast on ESPN’s “SportsCenter,” which sent a crew to Dayton for a feature story to air Sunday.
Weber’s team issued a challenge to James on camera, telling the Cleveland Cavaliers star in unison: “Hey, LeBron: Anytime, anyplace!”
The players say if Weber makes the first full-court shot, James would have to buy the team a burrito restaurant.
A few years ago, James taped a commercial showing him making several full-court shots in a row, but unlike Weber’s, LeBron’s shots were staged.
• PHELPS FOOD BANK — Kellogg’s loss appears to be the San Francisco Food Bank’s gain.
When the Kellogg Company declined to renew Olympic champion Michael Phelps‘ contract after he was photographed inhaling from a pot pipe, it was left with thousands of boxes of cereal with Phelps’ face on the front.
Rather than try to sell the cereal or trash it, Kellogg apparently opted to donate it to the food bank.
Food bank executive director Paul Ash told the San Francisco Chronicle he didn’t know specifically why the cereal was donated but that he was thrilled to receive it because cereal can be hard to come by. “It’s a huge convenience food,” he said.
Kellogg officials responded to questions Wednesday with an e-mail saying the company routinely donates food that is nearing the end of its shelf life but still is good.
COMPILED BY TODD DEWEY LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL