Bad beats, Pete Rose union show sad side of gambling
True or false? Or too preposterous to even consider?
Pete Rose is now promoting a Las Vegas sports tout service.
Crazier yet is that Rose will be working for Wayne Allyn Root, who bills himself “The King of Vegas Sports Handicapping” despite the know-better experiences of countless dupes.
Root is better described as a scamdicapper, whose dubious advertising has included claims that, “I know the winners of horse races before they’re run” and his past as a “New York Daily News sports columnist” when he weekly — and briefly — provided a two-paragraph football pick box in which he couldn’t hide the fact that he was equal parts loser and blowhard.
Yet cable news shows, including Fox’s and NBC’s, blindly featured Root as both an investment and political expert when two minutes of research would have exposed him as a self-promoting hustler.
And now, in a legalized sports gambling climate that has given inspiration to every creep in every town who wants their cut of a growing sucker business, Root and Rose are joined in unholy matrimony, till debt do them part.
But last week didn’t need Rose’s or Root’s help in telling us where mainstreamed sports gambling has taken us.
Ravens 47, Browns 42 on Monday night, was among the best games of the season. But before Tuesday’s sun rose, the game didn’t matter. What mattered was the last-play safety that turned Browns bettors, getting either 3 or 3.5 points — a push or a win — into losers, known as “a bad beat.”
And in this case, whether you were on the winning or losing wagering side, the game meant nothing compared to that garbage-time safety. That was the big that-night, next-day, next-night, next-day story.
And if the NFL couldn’t see that — and many, many more to come — it was only because it didn’t want to. Who cares if gambling destroys the perceptions, realities and trust of the sport? The NFL and its confederates want only to count their cuts from league-certified gambling operations.
We’re now reflexively drawn to WFAN as witnesses to its quick degeneration from an all-sports station to a sports gambling emporium on behalf of station ownership’s advertisers and multi-million dollar investments in sports betting enterprises.
Friday, appealing to the “light hitters,” WFAN ran ads for a casino poker tournament with a $3,500 buy-in.
Those hired as WFAN sports talk hosts were involuntarily and suddenly shanghaied, shipped as touts and shills. Maggie Gray, Evan Roberts, JJ Jastremski and recently retired Joe Benigno attached their names and reputations to up-front-money enterprises they knew little to nothing about.
(Roberts has been an extra good soldier in that he has also been assigned to be Craig Carton’s assistant pig, co-hosting naughty boy adolescent chats on masturbation, defecation and all a matters pertaining to the pubescent crotch.)
Coming soon …
“Dear Maggie, JJ, Evan — My son, 21, is a big fan of yours. He hangs on every word you say on WFAN.
“Recently, my husband and I found our bank accounts depleted. My son now admits to taking that money to support a serious sports gambling addiction he never before had. He claims his addiction was in large part caused by your NFL picks on WFAN that were sponsored by gambling businesses, plus their advertised promises to quickly make customers lots of money at ‘no risk.’
“Do you accept, or at least feel any responsibility for my family’s plight?”
Wonder if Roger Goodell stayed up to see the end of Monday’s Ravens-Browns game. Bad beat, Roger, you should’ve seen it!
Rojas shocked a known cheater would cheat again
Ever grow tired of being treated like an idiot? I do.
Mets manager Luis Rojas on twice-busted and suspended Robinson Cano:
“I was shocked when it happened, obviously disappointed at the time, as well, knowing the suspension. Robinson has always been a great presence in the clubhouse with the rest of the guys and the coaching staff, including myself.
“I called him to support him in a tough times. I’m sure it will be tough for him next year, not being able to participate in games.”
Stop! Yes, poor Robbie, a victim of someone other than himself! Rojas would have been better off with “No comment” rather than trying to portray Cano as a team-first nobleman. That’s insulting. Great presence in the clubhouse? We heard that his last bust. But to what tangible end? Team-first guys run to first base, Luis, no? Poor Robbie, again betraying his team and all clean players.
By the way, when did “mentoring” of young players become the responsibility of other players? Teams have coaches and a manger. They don’t mentor? They rely on a Robinson Cano?
If the NFL lowered its standards it would enter the suburbs of hell.
So, last season Browns DE Myles Garrett, already fined for dirty play, ripped off the helmet of Steelers QB Mason Rudolph then clubbed him with it.
Garrett then claimed that Rudolph had called him a racial slur — a claim no one else on either team plus an NFL investigation confirmed. Garrett was fined and suspended.
This season Garrett is the Browns’ nominee for the Walter Payton Award for superior character, on and off the field. Wonder who finished second.
Lots of $ not to coach
The second-highest paid Alabama state employee is unemployed. Gus Malzahn, recently fired Auburn football coach, was bought out for $21.5 million. Student-athletics remain both sick and untreated.
Current Cardinals and ex-Giants offensive lineman Justin Pugh last week took a swipe at Giants GM Dave Gettleman for letting him go: “I guess he didn’t want left guards that play 16 games a year.” Reader John Vogel notes that in his five years with the Giants, Pugh missed 17 of 80 games.
Reader Bill Young, Brownsville, Texas, asks how it’s possible that the Rangers will pay outfielder David Dahl $2.7 million this year, after he batted .183, this past season. How? His launch angle!
ESPN remains shamelessly dishonest. TMZ broke the story on the allegations that Jerry West and the Clippers agreed to pay a rep of Kawhi Leonard $2.5 million to land him. ESPN gave itself first billing in its report, later adding that TMZ broke the story — meaning ESPN had nothing to do with it.
One more shot to swing good folks who don’t find Redskins and Indians offensive team names:
We’re both Native Americans, got it? Do we prefer to be alerted by, “Hey, Indian!” “Hey, Redskin!” or by ,“Hey, mister!”?
And if surveys tell us that those terms offend only, say, 25 percent of North American Indians, why would I needlessly choose to offend even 2 percent?
Finally, no existing or expansion big league team today would be renamed or named Indians or Redskins. Why? Because it would be wrong.
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