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September 4, 2014

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try out of the question when they're on offense. ∑ Oakland Raiders Las Vegas is a town of underdogs. With the toughest projected schedule in the league, the Raiders are very rarely going to be favorites. ∑ Pittsburgh Steelers The constant clash- ing between quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and offensive coordinator Todd Haley cre- ates a soap opera on the sidelines as enter- taining as the action the fi eld. ∑ St. Louis Rams Linebacker James Laurinaitis has a championship pedi- gree. His father, Joe, was known as The Animal in famous WWE tag team The Road Warriors. ∑ San Diego Chargers Before too long, quarterback Philip Rivers could fi ll out his own youth foot- ball team at home. Rivers' wife gave birth to the couple's sev- enth child in the middle of last season. Big families know who to cheer for. ∑ San Francisco 49ers They've suffered close losses coming down to the fi nal play in either the Super Bowl or NFC Championship Game every year since 2011. ∑ Seattle Seahawks CenturyLink Field is in the Guinness Book of World Records as the loudest sta- dium, measured at 137.6 decibels last year. ∑ Tampa Bay Buccaneers The Bucs updated their logo this offseason—the trademark pewter- and-black skull and crossbones now look a little meaner. ∑ Tennessee Titans In college at Alabama, offensive lineman Chance Warmack attempted an eating challenge that included a 2.5- pound burger, fries, onion rings and a fried pickle in 12 minutes. He fi nished two servings. ∑ Washington Redskins The wait list for Redskins' season tickets is rumored to contain more than 200,000 names, the most in the NFL. 18 LASVEGASWEEKLY.COM SEPTEMBER 410, 2014 > A PUZZLEMENT How does RGIII feel about his team's controversial name? So far, he hasn't said. LAURINAITIS BY DAVID RICHARD/AP; SHERMAN BY MARCIO JOSE SANCHEZ; RIVERS BY DENIS POROY/AP; RGIII BY BRIAN BLANCO/AP WHERE TO WATCH A few of our sta 's fave football hangouts For a cool new scene ... The SLS Las Vegas version of California staple Umami Burger boasts a William Hill sports book and outdoor beer garden. That means you can watch on comfy couches at the center of the buzz- ing burgerie or on outdoor picnic tables right along the Strip, where sun shades printed with the Bavarian countryside and antler chandeliers add a dose of rustic charm. SLS, 702- 7617614. –Sarah Feldberg To lay down a bet while you watch … With personal-betting sta- tions built into the monitors at every seat, CG Technology sports books are the places to be for wagering during games. The lagship location is at the Venetian, where the marble-loored sports book spans 10,000 square feet with a high-quality, 100-foot-long screen stretching across the front of the space. Venetian, 7024141000. –Case Keefer For the gourmet experience … If you're the type of fan who needs top-notch food and brews to augment your football watching experience, consider becoming a Sunday regular at chef Michael Mina's Pub 1842. There are barrel-aged cocktails for those who aren't interested in working through a killer tap list, lobster corn dogs for those who desire elevated snackage, and the Strip's best barbecue for those who need satisfaction after their team goes down hard. MGM Grand, 702891- 3922. –Brock Radke For a di erent crowd … Don't count the gays out. Over at the Garage near UNLV, the games not only air on all of the mounted TVs, but overlap with the bar's all-inclusive two-for-one happy hour (11 a.m.-7 p.m.)—yup, imports and top shelf included. Bonus: There's free grub, too—pizza on Saturdays, hot ap- petizers on Sundays. 1487 E. Flamingo Road, 7024406333. –Mike Prevatt To go beer exploring … Football and beer, the perfect pairing. But the gladiators of the gridiron deserve to be honored with more than a typical macrobrew, so head to Aces & Ales on Tenaya, where there's no crap on tap. From Golden Road Wolf Among Weeds to Smog City Saber Toothed Squirrel to Golden Road Get Up O a That Brown, there's bound to be one—or many more—you like. 2801 N. Tenaya Way, 7026382337. –Jim Begley > ONES TO WATCH From top to bottom, the Rams' James Laurinaitis, the Seahawks' Richard Sherman and the Chargers' Philip Rivers > FOOD AND FOOTBALL Pub 1842 o ers a killer beer list with a menu to match. Raiders are very rarely going to be favorites. The constant clash- ing between quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and offensive coordinator Todd Haley cre- ates a soap opera on the sidelines as enter- Linebacker James Laurinaitis has a championship pedi- gree. His father, Joe, was known as The Animal in famous WWE tag Before too long, quarterback Philip Rivers could fi ll out his own youth foot- ∑ Seattle Seahawks Guinness Book of World Records as the loudest sta- dium, measured at 137.6 decibels last year. ∑ Tampa Bay Buccaneers their logo this offseason—the trademark pewter- and-black skull and crossbones now look a little meaner. ∑ Alabama, offensive lineman Chance wait list for Redskins' season tickets is rumored to contain more than 200,000 names, the most in the NFL. > A PUZZLEMENT his team's controversial name? So far, he hasn't said. From Page 17

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