Monday, August 14, 2006

Hail Caesars!

If you've ever had the pleasure of spending a college football Saturday in the sportsbook at Caesars Palace, you know what we're talking about. Is there anyplace better in Las Vegas than Caesars? Case in point: In a city that continues to tear down old casinos to build new ones, Caesars has stood the test of time. Consider that it has been 40 years since Caesars opened the doors and embarked on building a reputation as the "Home of Champions." Evel Knievel's Fountain Jump in 1968 started it all. Since then, Caesars has been home to some of Vegas' most memorable sporting events. Ron Kantowski of the Las Vegas Sun chronicles Caesars' sporting history, and our favorite moment on his list has to be the Nov. 6, 1993 fight between Riddick Bowe and Evander Holyfield. It is known as the "Fan Man Fight." During the seventh round, James Miller, who was strapped to a parachute and huge parasail fan, crashed into the outdoor ring. Fans dragged Miller to the ground and beat him, with one security officer striking him 20 times. Miller was eventually knocked out (He later joked, "It was a heavyweight fight and I was the only guy who got knocked out.") and the fight was suspended for 21 minutes. After he was released from a hospital, Miller was taken to the Clark County Detention Center where he was charged with dangerous flying and released on $200 bail. Tragically, Miller was found dead in the Alaska wilderness in 2003 and his death was ruled a suicide.

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