The Star Spangled Banner deserves to be sung, not faked.
Lip syncing the National Anthem is grossly disrespectful. It’s fraudulent. It’s a mockery. Any performer who refuses to actually sing the anthem live should be debunked and the invitation should be withdrawn.
Unfortunately, lip syncing has become increasingly common at big events. Even more baffling, some people even find faking the anthem to be acceptable.
I strongly disagree.
Our National Anthem deserves better.
At the very least, The Star Spangled Banner deserves to be honored with authenticity.
I have two words to say to the National Football League.
Before expressing these two carefully-crafted words, first I’d like to take some time and explain a few things.
You consistently treat me like a delinquent. You insult me and many of my closest friends and colleagues. You ignore the immense contributions we make to the extraordinary popularity of your product. In short, you treat us like shit.
Don’t deny it. It’s true.
I’m talking about your attitude, your policies, your provocations, and your repeated attacks on us — and everything we do.
I’m talking about the National Football League and the nefarious things this immensely powerful institution does to insult and injure the millions of respectable sports gamblers and casual bettors who have made professional football into what it’s become — the most popular sport in America and the biggest money-making sports enterprise in the history of the world.
Yesterday, I posted the first half of my list — “The 21 Best Gambling Movies of All Time.”
READ: THE 21 BEST GAMBLING MOVIES OF ALL TIME (11-21)
Continuing with our countdown, let’s now proceed to the top ten. A drum roll please….
Recently, I posted my picks for the best poker movie scenes of all time.
READ HERE: THE BEST POKER MOVIE SCENES OF ALL TIME
Let’s now have a look at the best movies with gambling themes.
Over the years, far more films have been made about the much wider sphere of gambling — than poker. Accordingly, I’ve broadened my list of movie recommendations quite a bit to a most appropriate number — namely 21.
Admittedly, there’s grey area as to what constitutes a “gambling movie.” My criteria is as follows. In order to qualify, gambling must play a significant role in the film. It must be portrayed in a somewhat realistic manner. Some movies contain excellent gambling sequences — for instance, Rain Man and Going in Style. But these excellent films aren’t really about gambling, so they failed to make the cut.
Moreover, other notable movies have a gambling undercurrent throughout. Requiem For a Heavyweight, Seabiscuit, and Secretariat come to mind. However, there’s very little actual gambling shown in these films, so they weren’t eligible. My list also omits documentaries.
Let’s start the countdown. Part 1 includes the Best Gambling Movies of All Time — ranked 11th through 21st.
Living in Las Vegas never gets dull. There’s always something fun to do here.
However, there are times when I like to escape.
What many Las Vegas locals and visitors may not realize are the numerous nearby attractions which have nothing to do with casinos or gambling. In fact, the 100-mile radius surrounding the area offers some of the most remarkable natural scenery near any big city in America.
Most of these cool places are within just a 1-2 hour drive. You’ve probably heard of some of these attractions — such as Red Rock Canyon, Mount Charleston, and Valley of Fire. You’re also likely to be familiar with Lake Mead and Hoover Dam. All these places are certainly worth visiting. But what I find far more interesting are the lesser-known gems which don’t attract typical tourists.
Today, I’d like to tell you about one of these lesser-known attractions. I’ve never heard anyone talk about this very unique place. That’s because so few people seem to know about it. In fact, I never even heard of it myself until I picked up a guidebook about Nevada’s best hiking trails, and was surprised to learn that one of the most breathtaking vantage points in North America is located less than a two-hour drive away from my home.
This special place is called “Dante’s View.”