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Black Sambuca: A Cathedral to Licorice

Posted by on Oct 20, 2014 in Blog, Personal, Travel | 7 comments




Today, I returned to sacred ground.

One doesn’t normally associate a cramped airport bar combined with a long flight delay with an epiphany.  But when the muse of inspiration called alcohol is involved, the blank canvass called the imagination becomes quite splattered indeed.  Call it the art of the possible.

My epiphany happened in “Providence” — which just so happens to be the airport located in the capital city of Rhode Island.  So, let’s just say it was a small epiphany.  I passed through here today for the first time in more than a decade, make that a decade and a half.  For those requiring quick geography lesson — the Providence Airport is the closest connection to the Mohegan Sun and Foxwoods casinos, located in nearby Connecticut.

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My NFL Wagers (Week 7)

Posted by on Oct 19, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments




NOLAN DALLA:  2014 NFL SEASON RECORD (through end of Week 6)




NET GAIN/LOSS:  – $3,600.

BEST BETS OF THE WEEK:  4 – 8 – 1 


You all know about the epic defeat from last week.  I won’t spend any more time on that shit show.  Instead, I’m focusing my energy on a new slate of games.

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A Random Act of Kindness at the Poker Table

Posted by on Oct 18, 2014 in Blog, General Poker | 6 comments


NAPT Mohegan Sun S1_$5KMainEvent_Day1_JoeGiron


I don’t know her name.

It’s unlikely that I’ll ever know who she is.  In fact, I probably won’t ever see her again.

But she certainly made an impression on me, and a positive one at that.  Bear with me, the story is worth it.

Last night, I played No-Limit Hold’em ($2-5 blinds) at the Mohegan Sun Casino.  The game was full on a very busy Friday night inside the poker room.

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What’s the Most Memorable Sporting Event You’ve Ever Attended? (Part 2)

Posted by on Oct 17, 2014 in Blog, Personal | 6 comments



Boca Stadium in Buenos Aires, Argentina — home of the legendary Boca Juniors


Let’s continue with the best live sporting events we’ve seen.

Yesterday, in Part I (READ HERE), I featured several games I attended from 1969 through 1979.  Today, I’ll look back on sporting events from 1980 to the present which I saw in person.

Feel free to add your favorite sporting event memory, either in the comments section or on Facebook.

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What’s the Most Memorable Sporting Event You’ve Ever Attended? (Part 1)

Posted by on Oct 16, 2014 in Blog, Personal | 3 comments



“23 August Stadium” in central Bucharest (Romania), site of the bitter annual soccer grudge match between rivals FC Dinamo Bucuresti and Steaua Bucuresti — photo from 1990


What’s the most memorable sporting event you’ve ever attended?

I don’t attend many games in person these days.  That’s because I’d rather watch the action on television.  Ticket prices have become so ridiculously expensive, along with parking and concessions, that I’m no longer interested in spending hundreds of dollars while fighting crowds and blowing an entire day getting to and from the ballgame.  Besides, there’s no betting windows at stadiums.

That said, I have attended some really interesting games, although most of the sporting events that I’ve seen took place many years ago.

Listed chronologically, here’s a look back on some of the most exciting games and sporting contests I’ve seen in person.  Today’s list is from 1969 up through 1979.  Part 2 will include memories from 1980 to the present:

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What’s a “Marxist?” Perhaps Not What You Think

Posted by on Oct 15, 2014 in Blog, Essays, Politics, What's Left | 4 comments




de obmibus debutandum

(Translated from Latin, means to “doubt everything.”)


If Karl Marx were alive today, he’d be making frequent guest appearances on CNN, MSNBC, and perhaps even FOX News.  That’s right.  Imagine Marx sitting opposite Bill O’Reilly.

Marx wasn’t a political fanatic, nor was he an extremist.  Certainly not when you examine most of his writings.  In fact, back in his day Marx is what we’d now call a social commentator.  Think of a leftist version of George Will.  He wrote about politics, economics, and world events.

Since television “talking heads” didn’t exist back then, Marx instead scribed his ideas.  Those views were published in various newspapers and periodicals, including even some based in the United States.  He also wrote a few notable books, which weren’t particularly well received when they were initially written, another way of saying Marx was way ahead of his time.

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Is the New SLS Las Vegas Already in Serious Trouble?

Posted by on Oct 14, 2014 in Blog, Las Vegas | 4 comments




Could the new SLS Las Vegas be the latest casino flop, a la Atlantic City’s Revel?

Just weeks after a garish and glittery opening over Labor Day weekend — which attracted plenty of Hollywood celebrities, at least one big-time rock star, and rave reviews from the fawning local and gambling press desperate to put positive spin on languishing hopes for the long-awaited transformation at the northern end of The Strip — SLS Las Vegas appears to be in serious trouble.  Already.

The problem:  No one’s going there.

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Anatomy of an NFL Apocalypse (Epic Video Rant)

Posted by on Oct 13, 2014 in Blog | 8 comments




Writer’s Note:  I attempted to write up a blow by blow description of what happened on Sunday, but found it way too demoralizing.  Instead, I recorded a profanity-laced rant which appears as my contribution of the day.


I.  Splendor in the Ass

There are no words to describe the NFL Sunday that was October 12, 2014.

No acid-laced adjectives strong enough.  No curse words spiked with enough vulgarity.  Not enough bold and CAPITAL letters.  Not enough exclamation points!!!

A fuck house.  A shit show.  A wagering apocalypse.  An impalement of the heart, mind, and wallet.

It wasn’t just the amount of money that I wagered and skillfully lost which turned personal misfortune into an art form.  It was the royal manner in which so many games smoldered with hope, and then ultimately crashed down in flames just short of the goal line.  ‘Twas I who was burned, along with my entire net season winnings, plus another $4,000 worth of salt poured into a an open festering wound.

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Video on Demand: My NFL Week 6 Picks

Posted by on Oct 11, 2014 in Blog | 3 comments




Here’s my unrehearsed analysis of this week’s NFL games.  The entire video runs about 27 minutes and covers all games played on Sunday and Monday.

My win-loss record posting these plays (on video) so far is — 28 wins and 15 losses.  All documented here.

A written version of my plays will be posted late on Saturday night / early Sunday morning.  That final report will contain some added picks — mostly quarters, halves, and team totals which tend to come out close to game time.

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