BL:… Sports Betting – Beer – & Tweeting

    Sports Betting
    BobLee
    May15/ 2018

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    Sports Betting… Beer… & Tweeting

    This should be fun. Today’s I’m going to talk about just a few of the long list of stuff I know essentially nothing about. If I get really proficient talking about “stuff I essentially know nothing about” I might triple if not quadruple my number of Twitter followers… don’t you think?

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    Sports Betting…

    Apparently something happened in the last few days that opens the door to wholesale legalized betting on college sports. Oh goody!

    Anything that “opens the door” to anything that was previously not permitted is always a stimulus to the speed at which The American Handbasket descends into the fiery depths of Hell.  Can you say “Roe vs Wade” boys and girls?

    The more demons that are released into society the more corrupt the easily corruptible are corrupted. Do we need a more corrupted society? Says who…

    What I don’t know about “betting” could fill the lobby of that huge hotel in Las Vegas that looks like a pyramid – The Whatever.

    I have never understood “point spreads”…  Everything about Las Vegas intimidates me…  I don’t even know how to buy a lottery ticket.

    One of the nicest hotel rooms I have ever stayed in was at The Palms just off The Strip and I could not figure out how to turn the freakin’ shower on.

    I realize people already “bet” on sports at all levels.

    I realize that more and more female teachers are having sex with under-age boys… and X number of elementary school principals are into kiddie porn. … I am not naïve…

    Supposedly legalizing sports betting will make lots of $$$ for college sports… pro sports… and for crooked politicians. What about any of that is “good news”?

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    Selling Beer at College Sports Events… 

    A reoccurring “popular” proposed to “save college sports” is to sell beer at all college sports events. … and, if that doesn’t work,  sell crack cocaine in the concession stands and allow one meth lab for every 10,000 fans at every football game.

    Why do cheerleader have to wear skimpy little uniforms? Lets do away with any cheerleader uniforms at all…. OK, maybe tiny thongs for those who prefer a hint of mystery with their game porn.

    Hey, I’m no teetotaler. I drink as much as 3-4 beers per year. That’s on top of maybe a dozen glasses of wine/year and 4-5 margaritas depending on whether we go Italian or Mexican the most times in a given year. I like to loosen my inhibitions as much as anyone… yeah, right.

    Will for-real people actually make go-no go decision to go to a college football game because “i can buy beer there”?

    Has Maxine Waters actually been elected to Congress twelve times from South Central LA?  Imagine the ignominy of being one of the candidates she defeated.

    Life is full of such mysteries…

    I have no clue what a “craft beer” is.  Kid and Danny know but I’ve never cared enough to ask.

    I realize beer has been sold at pro sports events since Forever.

    I realize that “beer” will not corrupt college sports.  That would be like “getting a butterfly tattoo will corrupt Stormy Daniels”.

    What is more fun than spending 2-300 $$$ for game tickets and sitting within annoying distance of a drunk jackass? THAT is certainly a thrill you can’t get watching the game at home on TV!

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    When Sports Betting and promoting Alcohol at college sports events are considered YIPPPEEE – HOORAY FINALLY … I am reminded that I am no longer anyone’s target demographic.

    Me and my smug “I told you so” are OK with that fact.

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    My name is BobLee … “Hi BobLee” …

                                     …I enjoy Tweeting … “Really? How come?” 

    Because tweeting plays to one of my most well-developed skill sets – smart aleck improv.  As I have come to understand “tweeting” I realized how tall people must have felt when they discovered Dr Naismith had hung a peach basket 10’ off the floor of that Springfield YMCA.  Tall people would forever have a natural advantage over not-as-tall people even after some short guy created the 3-point shot. …  Natural born smart alecks have a distinct advantage on Twitter.

    I was skeptical when Mr. Twitter expanded from 140 characters to 280 characters but I soon realized that was a good thing.

    But I hope Mr. Twitter doesn’t expand any further. I think 280 characters is just right.Twitter

    Of course, I also thought the iPhone 2 was as sophisticated as a cellphone needed to be.

    Speaking of cellphones, did I tell you son-in-law Pastor Danny has upgraded his flip phone to the latest version of flip phones? Who knew? This new one comes in both black and… really dark gray.

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    Twins Update: Both Ruthie & Scout, at four months, can now “turn over”. Scout has also developed the uncanny ability to know if a cellphone camera is within 30’ and pointed in her direction. Her pediatrician calls it the most advanced example of Infant Heliotropism she has ever seen. VERY COOL!

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    If you “do Twitter” or have ever considered “doing Twitter” you really should consider “following” me at:  

    @BobLeeSays

    Currently 686 people follow me. That might seem like a lot… to people who think Delaware is a large state. Delaware is NOT a large state unless you are Rhode Island.

    686 is not a lot of Twitter followers; but, I have never done anything to add followers… like “buy 1,000s of followers” from some hacker in China which apparently many people do.  No clue how those 686 pilgrims found me ???

    I also don’t pose in skimpy lingerie or call Sarah Huckabee Saunders obscene names which are also popular twitter follower ploys.

    For a long time I was stuck on 666 followers which scared Blondie a lot. I thought it was appropriate and pretty cool in a macabre Revelation / Apocalypse sort of way.

    Sometimes my tweets are soooo incredibly clever that I, and only I, actually “get them”.  Blondie says thats not necessarily a good thing ???

    I do get an abnormally high number of “retweets” and “likes”. At least people who know lots more about Twitter than I do say I do. I would explain “retweets” and “likes”… but I can’t.

    People with bazillions of followers are forever “retweeting” my insanely clever tweets. Their bazillions of followers marvel at how insanely clever some guy named @BobLeeSays is. …You already knew that.

    Did You Know… the combined populations of Delaware and Rhode Island are only 3% of the number of different explanations for Net Neutrality available on Twitter?

    Yes… alas… many of my insanely clever tweets do fall into the gigantic category of “political” IF making fun of liberals is indeed “political”.

    I don’t think suggesting “Ray/Roy Cooper has the leadership vibe of an Asst Mgr of a Dollar Store” and/or stalking The News & Observer is “political” but…. trying to find any subset of American culture that has not been thoroughly “politicized” is looking for a needle in a very large haystack… in the dark… blindfolded.

    BEWARE OF… any lying SOB that says whatever they said – are saying – will say is “not political”. They will lie about other stuff too.

    I am desperate for a word to replace “political” when discussing The Ongoing Fragmentation of America.

    I don’t “do Facebook” except to post my columns. I don’t “do Instagram” AT ALL. Kid “does” but we are about three techno- generations apart.

    AgentPierce “tweets” too at @TheAgentPierce … he has a niche following as you might imagine.

    If you don’t currently “do twitter” I hesitate to suggest you do. I would be like that minor league teammate of Josh Hamilton that suggested Josh “try crystal meth” just this once.

    As in all things… “moderation” is the razor-thin difference between a hobby and an addiction.

    OK… time to go tweet something insanely clever.

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    • CNR Reply
      4 months ago

      Ben and BR along with other commenters have once again hit the bullseye with comments regarding sports betting, beer at college games, politics in sports, and jackasses who make money, often by nefarious methods, who believe their wealth gives them the absolute right to lecture wthout fear of retribution.
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      The jackass battalion also includes some cultural celebrities, coaches, politicians, educationists, and media personalities.
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      The fellow who bought the Panthers may soon follow the tacking maneuver of fellow owner Jerry Jones who realized the mistake he made in following the disastrous lead of the ignorant, illiterate, semi-illiterate hate the home country crowd regarding the pregame activities of the NFL. He backed them then tacked when Cowboy nation revolted.
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      Ben excellently described the Boston fans as being obnoxious. Some of you may recall the toast given at a Holy Cross College alumni dinner by John Collins Bossidy, a Boston ophthalmologist and Irish Catholic (Holy Cross is S.J and not C.S.C as the name would imply).
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      “And this is good old Boston,
      The home of the bean and the cod.
      Where the Lowells talk only to Cabots,
      And the Cabots talk only to God.”
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      Too often to spend time with a Greater Boston person on any subject is to be overwhelmed by obnoxiousness. When exacerbated by alcohol consumption, the result is complete madness resulting in Fenway becoming a madhouse of profanity, commotion, and worse often leading to a John L. Sullivan moment, especially when the hated Yankees are in town.
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      My best buddy from college was a Chi guy who moved to the Boston area. He had season tickets to Sox and Patriot games for his family. The day finally came when he could no longer take his family to the games for the reason Ben has stated.
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      He still enjoys games in St. Louis, Cincinnati, Anaheim, Houston, and Milwaukee when he visits his family members. I agree.
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      Thre day beer blasts at LSU have turned Tiger Stadium night games for many years into a Bourbon Street beer for all. Not a good place for visiting fans or teams.
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      Never forget my first visit to the Garden in the 30’s when I was but a wee one. I was staying with relatives in Brooklyn and we met our family members at the 8th Avenue entrance in the City. It was the occasion for one of Ned Irish’s college double headers. At the time there was neither an NIT or NCAA tournament. The center of the basketball world was in MSG.
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      My memories since I knew nothing of basketball is of discomfort from the cigar and cigarette smoke, cigar lighting through haze from across court when gamblers were puffing on same, getting knocked around as “fans” reached out for money on bets which covered everything from who will make or miss the next shot, rebound, assist, steal, call time-out etc.
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      Before long the smoke was making my eyes burn and water. The flasks were often lifted to anticipating lips. Profanity to rival that of dockworkers filled the air. Hold it, am I describing the scene at Fenway and Wrigley in recent years as well. Yep!
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      Have received latest regarding Jack Molinas. How well I remember the times of which you so eloquently describe as they were a big part of my life. Must comment.

      • BobLee Reply
        4 months ago

        I am just finishing my thoughts on The New Panthers Owner … “guys like him” are manna from Heaven for “smart alecks with websites”.
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        I will be reposting that column on Casino in a few days. Save your comments until then.
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        Give “Putter” a hug.

    • Bosco O Reply
      4 months ago

      Gave up my Panther PSL because of “drunk annoying jackasses”. Now I’ve given up even watching. Best wishes Mr. Tepper.

      • BobLee Reply
        4 months ago

        Re: Mr Tepper… I’ve never been a Billionaire Hedge Fund guy… BUT if I just spent $2.2B for a very High Profile Community Asset, I don’t think my introduction to that community would be to REALLY Piss-Off at least 50% of my potential market ??? Maybe he thinks Charlotte’s notorious LGBQT community will fill those 70,000 seats ??

    • Former96Heel Reply
      4 months ago

      3 disjointed thoughts:
      -Infant heliotropism can morph over the years into a very bad form of camera disgustedness. Our children have had a phone camera in front of them for all 4&5 years of their lives, and it would be easier to get O’l Roy to endorse DJT than to get both of ours to look at a camera in sync. They both stare in a different direction as if they can see some paranormal being. Beware the youth and their distaste at the constant picture. thankfully digital pictures are a no-harm, no-foul propsition.
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      -I am a proud follower, and nothing makes me smile every day more than your constant reminders to N&O how silly they are. All 17 of them remaining. Keep it up. 80,000, maybe more should be on their tombstone, not yours. If I were you, I would ask for a secondary attribution though. I just wished you were on the Observer’s tail as well.
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      -Whoever thinks that a $12 beer is going to get me to come watch UNC play tight against a Southern Conference team in a sweltering September midday is a complete fool. Whoever goes to a football game for their tailgating and beverage enjoyment, already does. Having an over-priced in stadium option offers zero extra to the experience. Can anything in America stay above board? How about outsourcing the NCAA to Chick-fil-a. They, and maybe they alone, could figure out how to make the experience worth visiting again. A free refill on a half and half brought to my seat? Now you’re talking.

      • BobLee Reply
        4 months ago

        “The Twins” seem to be constantly morphing into various personalities… all of which are, thus far, quite charming. We shall see what the coming months and years will bring.
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        The N&O #1 reason for existence now is for my personal pleasure. I don’t need to purchase a punching bag. I have The N&O.
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        The whole “Yee Haa we can buy beer now!” thing is well beyond my understanding or appreciation.

    • Ben in MO Reply
      4 months ago

      I spent a number of years in the Boston area and attended a few Red Sox games. Typical Red Sox fan is obnoxious enough before the beer starts flowing. Then it really gets nasty. Don’t take your kids. I had relatives in the Toronto area and attended some games there when visiting. Blue Jays fans were always courteous and laid back – I’m not sure all of them really understood the game, but that’s ok, too. Had the bad luck to end up seated next to some visiting Boston fans once. They are just as bad on the road as they are at home.
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      The point spread is a device that allows you to win a bet even when the team you bet on loses, and it is displayed in some arcane way on the various apps that provide sports schedules and results.. Kind of like a short sell on the stock market, I guess. I don’t much care about either of those, except that the stock market is probably less risky nowadays than banks. I had an employee once who spent $100 every payday on lottery tickets. I told him that I would give him 94 cents for every dollar he gave me, and we would both be better off.
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      I can’t really tell that there is a difference between betting on pro sports and betting on college sports (please notice, I did not say “amateur”). A lot of these kids have been getting paid in one form or another since little league.
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      Don’t do Twitter, although I can see how it might offer some advantages for communicating readily to a select group…Betsy’s having the baby, Grandma took a turn for the worse, the reading of the will is on Tuesday, etc. Other than that, it’s just not my style.

      • BobLee Reply
        4 months ago

        Facebook is much more for “See our vacation pictures” and “Look at the new drapes for the beach cottage”. Actually I’m told Instagram is now where that takes place. …. Twitter is more “Road Rage” and “riding down Franklin Street with Rush’s bumper music blaring on a jacked-up sound system. Twitter has evolved into “no rubber tips on the arrows”.
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        I cannot forsee me EVER attending a live sports event pro or college again that is not “in suite” with a parking pass. MAYBE a Cardinals game with my bros-in-law all of whom are quite respectable fellows.

    • goose Reply
      4 months ago

      This Supreme Court ruling did not legalize gambling, only allows the states to make their own decisions and laws regarding this. NC will probably get this passed in 3015, or whenever Harrah’s/MGM pays Tim or Phil the most.
      Sports betting has and will always be around, regardless if the state is involved. BUT the state does not want competition for the stupid tax known as the NC Education Lottery.
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      Also expect many small bars, barber shops, etc to close down, since their source of income (parlay cards, illegal betting, etc) will shrink if ever passed in NC.

      • BobLee Reply
        4 months ago

        Tim can certainly be bought. Just ask the Solar Gang among others. If The Lottery has done so much good for NC Education, how come the Teacher Mob is coming to Jones St tomorrow? I hear N&O and WRAL are supplying free doughnuts and rocks for throwing.

    • Karen.85 Reply
      4 months ago

      What advice can you give a neophyte tweeter?

      • BobLee Reply
        4 months ago

        (1) DO NOT use your real name or include any factual info in your profile. I suggest calling yourself Carol Folt and listing Ray/Roy Cooper’s home phone #.
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        (2) Everybody on Twitter considers his/herself to be THE World’s Cleverest Tweeter. I am content to be #2 behind 87,000,000 others all tied at #1. Feel free to join me… or all of them. Or take 3rd place all by yourself.
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        (3) Will anything you say on Twitter actually “matter”? I guess its possible but I’ve never heard of it happening.
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        (4) If having a positive feeling about your fellow humans is important to you… give any decision to “tweet” a LOT of thought.

    • Doug Reply
      4 months ago

      I know more about grandpawing than sports betting. I’m also hugely popular with both of my Twitter followers.
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      Our new grand baby just celebrated her 1/2 birthday. Here’s my take on the first 6 months of grandpawdom. At this point I still feel more like a parent than a grandparent. I love watching our son and J being parents and learning to become parents, making responsible parent like decisions and adjusting on the fly when something go as they planned. I love watching our granddaughter watching her parents and learning from them and in turn, them learning from her. IMO, it’s also a bit trickier being a GP with ones D-I-L than with a daughter. I love watching MamaMel holding our GB and seeing how happy and how in love she is.

      • BobLee Reply
        4 months ago

        Ruthie & Scout had their first (uneventful) Airplane Ride on Sunday. The Hindman Four are at a week-long conference in Panama City. Thus far R&S’s opinions on sun, sand, saltwater are less than positive. Might change over time… might not.
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        Scout and I are in early stages of plotting our plan for World Domination. Don’t tell Scout’s mother!

    • Cheri.Charlotte Reply
      4 months ago

      What does it say about me that I actually “got” …. “… case of Infant Heliotropism” ?

      • BobLee Reply
        4 months ago

        That (1) you either had a Botany course at some point… or (2) do fairly difficult crossword puzzles… or (3) BOTH! 🙂

    • Elrod Reply
      4 months ago

      Believe it or not, I was a follower long before 666, so it wasn’t me that pushed you off the number. And you haven’t blocked me yet, so I guess I haven’t said something to drive you to your crying closet. Making fun of liberals is not political; it’s easier than shooting fish in a barrel. Politics requires having at least a dysfunctional brain; they can’t even claim that. How can anyone with purple hair and dressed in a vagina outfit be remotely taken seriously.
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      As for beer in football stadiums, I don’t think it will make any difference. The mini-bottle brigade will make itself evident, regardless of the availability of “legal” alcohol sales. Maybe the schools will get a little more concession sales. Who in the world thought that legalizing college sports betting was going to change a thing? You’re never going to change the axiom about a fool and his money. Ramble off.

      • BobLee Reply
        4 months ago

        I have only blocked ONE guy. He asked me to in order to enhance his street cred with his “peeps”. Who knew!
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        Political tweeting is not for the thin-skinned or for anyone without a concealed carry permit. The incoming obscenities get pretty vicious.

    • BR Reply
      4 months ago

      How does nick saban get 65 football players to the white house, and roy can’t “schedule” fifteen basketball players? roy didn’t have a problem taking the ’09 team to meet obama.
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      Krzyzewski can’t make the final four any more, but he would take his team to meet trump if they should win again. roy is a little too damn big for his britches sometimes, and I bet bubba heard about it when he didn’t take the team to meet trump. He got a nasty one from me!

      • BobLee Reply
        4 months ago

        Not sure how that fits this topic but it is ALWAYS Open Season on Roy around here. 10 cents a shot or three for a quarter… Step Right Up!

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