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Why casino gambling should be legal, in every state. “The Wire” acted out in LEGOs, brilliantly. And the end of Linsanity makes NY sad

So I was watching TV the other day and two news stories came on, one right after another, seemingly coincidentally.
The first story was about state budget deficits, and how thanks to the economic downturn more and more states are cutting services.
The second story was about New York State continuing to face opposition to Gov. Cuomo’s plan to legalize casino gambling in the state, even after states like New Jersey continue to make it easier for people to place bets.

Now, full disclosure: I like to gamble. Casinos to me are exciting, bright and sparkling houses of fun. I say this as an adult who has lost money at them, and as an adult who has won money at them. If I were wealthy, I might gamble a lot more.
Yes, I know gambling can be addicting, and I know it’s very, very easy already to place wagers on the Internet at sites like this.

But so many states are laying off teachers, cutting crucial government services, etc., that alternative revenue sources have to be found. Casino gambling is, and could be, a huge source of income for desperate states.
Frankly, I feel like the positives outweigh the negatives here.

**As I’ve said on here too many times to count, “The Wire” was the greatest show ever on TV. So anything “Wire” related that comes across my radar, I try to pass along.
This will only be hilarious to people who’ve seen the show (Jason Garber and Clay Pandorf, you in particular will like this), but it’s “The Wire” acted out in LEGOs. Brilliant…

**So it became official late Tuesday night: Jeremy Lin is no longer a New York Knick. It’s hard to remember an athlete coming from total obscurity, rising to an insane level of fame and popularity, then being gone from the place that gave him that fame and popularity as fast as Lin.

He was like a meteor soaring above Madison Square Garden in February, and now he’s gone, off to Houston because once again, Knicks owner James Dolan is too stupid and too cheap to know a good thing when he has it (What, suddenly a man who gave untold millions to Howard Eisley and Maurice Taylor is suddenly thrifty? I’m not even a Knicks fan and I think the guy is a disgrace).

So Lin goes off to the Rockets, where he’ll probably play great. Most of my Knicks fans friends are pissed, because after watching 15 years of bad basketball, they finally had something to be excited about last season.

Here’s a great column on Lin and the cluelessness of Dolan from the N.Y. Times’ Harvey Araton, and a humorous look at Lin “returning” to the Knicks in 2030 by Jason Gay of the Wall Street Journal.

On Super Tuesday, the Mittster and Santorum solve little. Jon Stewart eviscerates Limbaugh. And Lenny Cooke, a great wasted talent

Super Tuesday came and went Tuesday, and I had a blast sort-of studying for my exam next week and checking the blogs and vote totals as things rolled along.

Some quick-hitting thoughts after a night where not a whole hell of a lot got cleared up in the race to see who gets their butt kicked by Obama in November:

1. Mitt Romney, who will be the nominee because he’s got a big lead in delegates (and we learned in ’08 that delegates is where it’s at), is really, really disliked by broad groups of Republicans. Evangelicals hate him, the South hates him (Rick Santorum easily won Tennessee and Oklahoma, while Newt got Georgia), and non-rich people hate him.
2. In the great history of campaign songs, this immediately vaults up into the Top 5.  It’s Rick Santorum’s two biggest fans singing “Game On.” I beg you to watch this, since it’s, as one YouTuber commented, “the whitest shit I’ve ever seen.”

3. In all seriousness, it’s stunning to see Santorum doing this well. This is not a fluke; while lots of GOP voters see him as “not Romney,” he has tapped into a well of support. The guy got booted out of Pa. a few years ago, and now he’s probably got a reasonable shot of being on the GOP ticket. He’s strong everywhere Romney is weak, and plus, how entertaining would a Biden-Santorum debate be? In the words of Banyan from “Seinfeld,” “gold, Jerry, gold.”

4. There may be no one in the history of mankind who loves himself as much as Newt Gingrich. The more primaries he loses, the more indignant he gets. He will not leave the national stage until he’s tranquilized and dragged off.

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**I haven’t weighed in on the Rush Limbaugh kerfuffle, because really, what’s to say? Guy has always been a Grade A windbag racist and sexist, so getting outraged about him hardly seems worth the effort.
Jon Stewart felt the same way, but happily, he couldn’t resist taking a few jabs.

**Finally, a few words about wasted talent. With March Madness about to get in full swing (and for my college hoop readers, how great has this conf. tournament week been? So much fun), the New York Times decided to look back at one of the great “should’ve been, could’ve been” high school players of all time. Lenny Cooke was once the best high school player in the nation; he was considered by some better than a young LeBron James, and his rags to soon-to-be riches story (he moved in with a wealthy white family to go to school in New Jersey and escape Brooklyn) was told everywhere.

Except, as happens far too often, he listened to the wrong people. He tried to skip college, but then he was passed over by the NBA, got hurt a bunch of times, and now is wildly heavier and out of shape than ever before. His old friend A’mare Stoudemire of the Knicks didn’t even recognize Cooke last year.
It’s a great story by Harvey Araton, but also a pretty sad one.

There’s a special place in hell for agents and AAU coaches who fill a young, naive kid’s head with dreams of glory, then run away as soon as the pot of gold vanishes.