This weekend was shaping up as a great weekend for Las Vegas. The big Bradley-Pacquiao fight and the Electric Daisy Festival brought in at least a couple of hundred thousand people into the Valley just for these two events.
But then, two horrible judges completely screwed over bettors and viewers of the Pacquiao-Bradley fight. In all the articles I have read, not one supported the judges. Now, the nation and world have to wonder if Las Vegas and Nevada are capable of holding a boxing match with such horrible judgement and with the possibility that they were crooked or were paid off. I am sure that after the results were read, that soured a lot of people's attitudes for the evening.
Then the Electric Daisy Carnival, with 115,000 people attending Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights were forced to leave early on Saturday, before the party even began. Why, because of wind. My guess is that either Metro or CCFD closed down the stages because of the wind. They used the excuse that a wind storm hit the Indiana State Fair last year, collapsing a stage and killing a person. While tragic, that was not the case yesterday. The case in Indiana and some other collapses have occurred during severe thunderstorms where they not only had strong straight line winds, more than they had yesterday they also had microbursts with strong updrafts.
Winds are nothing new in Las Vegas and we prepare for them in outdoor events. If we go without 30-40 mph winds in a two week time, that would be unusual. We also have numerous outdoor events that go on weekly and they don't shut down an entire event. One hopes the Daisy Electric Festival are not too pissed off and will still come back.
So, Las Vegas had chance to show once again we are a first class town that can handle anything. Unfortunately, the actions of two clowns acting as boxing judges and some worry warts at the EDF gave us a black eye.
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