Our Rodeo Soul, Vegas Seven cover story

This week, I’ve been honored with another cover story in Vegas Seven magazine. Here, I step a little bit away from the gambling beat and investigate the past and potential future of National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas:

The Wrangler National Finals Rodeo, which comes to the Thomas & Mack Center Dec. 6-15, is like a pair of cowboy boots that have been sitting in the closet for too many months. At first, they pinch a little, but after a while, they seem to flex to fit your feet, and you notice that you kind of like the swagger they lend you.

via Our Rodeo Soul | Vegas Seven.

Very fun piece to write, not the least because I didn’t have to crunch one set of gaming numbers for it. Which is fun in its own way for me, but it’s always nice to have a change of scenery. Great photos from UNLV Special Collections and the Las Vegas News Bureau add quite a bit to the narrative.

Our Annual Cowboy Makeover in Vegas Seven

I had such a busy day yesterday I couldn’t share this, but I’ve got what I think is a fun Green Felt Journal in this week’s Vegas Seven. It’s all about cowboys:

There’s still a perceptible drop in demand, which is why many casinos save major public-area renovations for the November-to-Christmas lacuna—witness the projects on the casino floors of both Wynn Las Vegas and the Venetian.

But there is one event that thaws the December chill, National Finals Rodeo, which continues through Dec. 10 at the Thomas & Mack Center. Since 1985, the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association’s big championship has been a major draw, with more than 170,000 spectators over the event’s 10-day span.

via Our Annual Cowboy Makeover | Vegas Seven.

This was fun to write–I’m fascinated by the way Las Vegas remakes itself to suit whoever’s in town. If I wanted to be pretentious (or at least have pretensions towards being articulate), I’d say we’ve got a protean metropolis here.