Gambling that is. All forms. With talks to legalize table games in PA casinos underway, it's time to stop this anti-gambling insanity and just legalize all forms of gambling across the nation. It's a win-win for everyone: states get a little financial relief from the money casinos rake in, and degenerate gamblers get their fix without having to travel to New Jersey or Vegas.
Of course, I'm a little biased because I absolutely love gambling, especially playing cards. Sit me down a poker table and I'm a happy man. Blackjack, roulette, the tits. I love to gamble. And realistically, how is this not a better option than what's out there now? Legalize all forms of gambling and tax it, thus helping states. Currently, the only people who get a cut are outlaw bookies and the players in Vegas and AC. Time to wake up and let this thing benefit everyone.
The opposition to legalizing gambling is weak. Take, for instance, a section from the article linked to above:
Shaheen said falling gambling revenue across the country further calls into question the $200 million in annual revenue from table games legislators plan to rake in. Slot machines have brought in only $300 million in the last five years, instead of the $5 billion in property tax relief Harrisburg promised, he said.
OK, there's a huge difference between $300 million and $5 billion, of course. But still $300 million is $300 million no matter how you slice it. That's $300 million more than would have come in had the slots not been legalized. And I'm pretty sure that tanking economy probably didn't help the way-off $5 billion estimate. Either way, every little bit helps, and its been proven that gambling brings in money for states who legalese it. Some money is better than no money, yes?
Grow up, America. Time to legalize it already.
To the links …
-Yes, I do believe Mr. Manuel does belong here:
“You won’t see me panicking. I’ve been in the game a long time. I love everything about the game. Getting slapped, getting knocked down and losing, and everything like that. That’s all part of getting up, and that’s all part of doing it, and that’s all part of getting a good life in it.
You’ve got to be tough; you’ve got to be mentally tough. That’s one thing we’ve got in common in Philadelphia. They always say that I’m mentally tough. And how tough they are.
Well then I belong here then.”
-Today in 2007, the Phillies clinched the NL East.
It was the start of something beautiful.
-Excellent article by Sam Carchidi on Ray Emery:
"I hate to lose . . . maybe more than I like to win," he conceded.
Emery has been extremely sharp in the preseason. He finished with a 1.78 goals-against average and .943 save percentage in six exhibition games.
-I don't care about the Knicks at all right now. They're terrible, and besides Nate Robinson and David Lee, I don't even remotely enjoy watching any of their other players. But in Shoals' preview of New York, there is a line so awesome that it had to be reprinted:
Oh, and if you're closely watching what shakes out with Eddy Curry, you're a terrible person.
True story, when I was in high school, I used to work at a gas station in the most awesome job in the history of awesome jobs for a lazy high school teenager. After school, I'd head over to the gas station, sit there and watch cable television, eat candy and drink tons of Rosenberger's iced tea until my shift was over. It was great. And at 3 or 3:30 every weekday — I can't remember the exact time — a show called Preps was on Comcast, and I watched that shit every day. Eddy Curry was the star of the show, and the biggest episode was when he announced his decision to forgo college and head straight to the NBA. The kid was a straight beast in high school. And for shits and giggles, check out this video of Eddy Curry and Tyson Chandler going at in high school, with Chandler throwing down a sick dunk:
-The awesome editor of Puck Daddy likes the Flyers to win the Eastern Conference:
The Flyers pick is simple: That a team loaded up front that has at least two shutdown defensive pairings can overcome average goaltending. (See Red Wings, Detroit).
Well, Greg, just imagine if Emery plays like he has this preseason. Then that pick is even simpler.
-One isn't just the Phillies' magic number:
The number of hands I have broken punching a wall after watching Brad Lidge pitch.
-How did Shoals know Joltin' Joe Blanton and I rap battle like it's our jobs?
-Andre Iguodala makes Dime's 30 Best Go-To Players list, coming it at 19. Not sure if I agree, but the guy did make some big shots last year.
-LaVar does not care for Dan Snyder.
-Read Jeff Pearlman's story about former Phillie fan favorite Sal Fasano and his son. Sad tale. Here's hoping it all works out for Sal, Santo and the entire Fasano family.
-Some Big 5 news and notes.
And tonight, the Phillies can wrap this thing up once and for all, with Pedro Martinez on the hill. Just end this already, old goat and company.