TOP TEN reasons why Raiders quarterback JaMarcus Russell would skip Monday's final team meeting to go on a Vegas vacation:
But first, this disclaimer: Why Vegas, you ask? Because a reader, who commented on my Tuesday column to ditch Russell, claimed Russell was in Vegas at The Palms hotel. This came within 24 hours of the team meeting that coach Tom Cable excused him from for "personal" issues. I called The Palms and they confirmed a "JaMarcus Russell" had checked in as a guest. Is it really him? The Vegas gossip scribes will fill us in soon. My Twitter followers are abuzz with this news.)
No. 10: To find out if he can throw money around as easily as interceptions.
No. 9: To test the airport's new security measures with his big diamond earrings. (I got a tweet claiming airport security indeed made Russell take off his giant studs.)
No. 8: To launch his new diet: Nothing but Vegas buffets, baby!
No. 7: To film a sequel to, "The Hangover." Maybe he's stealing Mike Tyson's tiger as a training method to prepare for blitzing defenders next season.
No. 6: To go on blind dates with nightclub hostesses that Tiger Woods recommended.
No. 5: To place a bet on which day Cable would get fired by Al Davis.
No. 4: To use the Elvis Wedding Chappel (which, come to think of it, indeed might make for an "excused" absence from the Raiders).
No. 3: To serve as Javon Walker's bodyguard this time.
No. 2: To see how fast he fumbles his chips when he gets crowded at the craps table (pocket pressure, Vegas style).
No. 1: C'mon, nothing is more "personal" than a trip to Vegas.
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