November 16, 2007

Wrestling with a slot machine

NIGA Steps In The RingIn what is surely the strangest coupling in the history of Indian Country, the National Indian Gaming Association announced a partnership with wrestling star Hulk Hogan yesterday.

Hogan is lending his likeness to a "Hulkamania" slot machine. A percentage of the revenues will be donated to Dreamseekers, a new NIGA organization that will help Indian youth.

"This going to be the best slot machine in Indian Country," NIGA Chairman Ernie Stevens Jr., a member of the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin, said to a large crowd of tribal members and Hulkamaniacs.

Stevens, a former boxer, didn't say much about the project other than to challenge Hogan to a match. The wrestler declined--noting Stevens' relative youth and "good looks." Both plan to talk more about the venture during the final keynote of G2E today.
Comment:  I'm back home now, but as you'll see in my photos, I was there when Stevens met Hogan.

But..."the strangest coupling in the history of Indian Country"? I doubt it. Readers of Newspaper Rock have seen many strange couplings in the last year or two.

If you want a strange coupling, how about the infamous NFL SUPERPRO #6 comic book, in which a football superhero battles criminal "kachinas" to save a Hopi ice skater? Now that's strange.

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