For those of you who believe that bad things happen in threes, here is corroborating “evidence”. A week ago, Titus Young found himself under arrest in California twice on the same day on two different charges. On Friday, Titus Young was in the hoosegow for the third time in a week. Here is the summary of the charges:
First arrest: DUI
Second arrest: Burglary for trying to steal the car he was driving at the time of the DUI from the impound lot where it had been taken.
Third arrest: Burglary for breaking into a house in San Clemente CA and then adding resisting arrest and assault of a police officer to his tab when he fought with deputies in the process of his arrest.
That does not sound like an NFL WR who is a free agent and looking for a new job. That sounds more like a guy who wanted to catch the attention of Jerry Tarkanian for a slot on one of Tark’s squads not overly burdened with scholar-athletes.
According to a report in the Las Vegas Review Journal by Matt Youmanns, there are now lines for every NFL game for the 2013 regular season courtesy of Cantor Gaming in Las Vegas. If you just cannot wait to get down on an NFL game, you now have 256 options available to you. If you just cannot wait to get down on an NFL game, you also have the option of getting yourself to a rehab clinic near you… Here are three interesting observations in Youmanns’ report:
1. The Pats are never an underdog; they are favored 12 times and are “pick ‘em” the other four games.
2. The Broncos, Niners and Seahawks are favored in 13 of their games but each of them is an underdog one time.
3. The Jaguars have 2 “pick ‘em” games and are underdogs in the other 14.
Sticking with the topic of sports wagering in Nevada, a bill passed in the Nevada State Senate recently that would allow sports books to take bets from “private equity groups”. At the moment, a sportsbook in Nevada may only accept wagers from individuals. Proponents say that this bill will attract some of the money wagered illegally in states other than Nevada to the sportsbooks in Nevada.
I presume that means that under the proposed new law, I and my friends who journey to Las Vegas every Fall could form a “private equity group” and engage a resident of Las Vegas to join our group as the person who would go to the sportsbooks and make wagers on behalf of our “Putative Private Equity Sports Wagering Cooperative Ltd”. If my interpretation is correct – and I am more than willing to be corrected here – it seems that there are a couple of logical conclusions:
1. A new cottage industry could spring up in Nevada in terms of “private equity group representation”. Pretty soon, you might expect these Nevada legislators to claim that the bill is a “jobs creator”.
2. The handle in the Nevada sportsbooks should grow. One report I read said the sportsbook handle could triple in five years if the bill became law. I do not know if the growth potential is that great, but surely, the sportsbooks’ handle will grow – and Nevada will collect more state tax revenue on that growth.
3. If this bill became law, the potential for using this mechanism to launder money is not insignificant. Regulators and law enforcement folks will need to pay attention.
Receiving much less attention than this bill, the Nevada Senate also passed a measure that would permit sportsbooks to take wagers on Presidential and Congressional elections. While that might be a significant sociological change for the country, I just do not see that measure attracting a large handle for the books…
Here is an item tangentially related to gambling… Jerry Jones recently signed QB, Tony Romo, to a 6-year contract extension worth $108M and with more than $50M of that money guaranteed to Romo. When I first read about the deal, my reaction went along the lines that Jerry Jones like to do things in a big way and he has always been a believer in Romo’s talents, so in his mind, this deal probably makes sense. Later, I read this quote from Jerry Jones in the Dallas Morning News:
“If Tony, for instance, would be here Monday through Saturday … from seven in the morning to six o’clock at night all over this place then that’s better than the way it’s been. We’ll have more success, and Jason [Garrett] believes that [also].
Excuse me… Tony Romo has been with the Dallas Cowboys since 2003; he has been the starting QB for the Cowboys – interrupted only by injuries – since the middle of the 2006 season. Tony Romo should not be a “mystery” to anyone who had been associated with the Cowboys for any length of time – such as Jerry Jones. If you have noticed that Tony Romo has not done enough time-on-the-job to achieve as much success as you believe he has in him, then why would you agree to give him such a lucrative contract?
If you find yourself in Minneapolis/St. Paul and have the time to go and see the Twins play, you might find this culinary option at Target Field interesting:
One of the wraps offered at some concession stands consists of a stuffing of spaghetti and meatballs.
Everyone who is on the Atkins Diet just shuddered after reading that sentence…
Finally, here is a comment from Greg Cote in the Miami Herald that harkens back to some of the gambling related items above:
“Parting thought: The Redskins’ nickname is under fire again. Am trying to think of a suitable replacement that would reflect the great heritage and legacy of the American Indian, but Washington Casino Operators seems a bit unwieldy.”
But don’t get me wrong, I love sports………