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Posted by on Jan 24, 2019 in Blog, Essays, Las Vegas | 2 comments

Was “LA RAMS -1” the Worst Opening Line in Super Bowl History?

 

 

What were oddsmakers thinking when they installed the Los Angeles Rams as the favorite of over the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LIII?

Oddsmakers don’t make many mistakes.  Otherwise, casinos and sportsbooks wouldn’t be in business.  They certainly don’t make mistakes on NFL games, which attract the vast majority of sports gambling activity in America.  And, it’s beyond inconceivable that a major attraction like the Super Bowl, which generates billions of dollars in betting action, would have a pointspread that’s quite possibly off by perhaps 4 or more points.

What were oddsmakers thinking?  Or smoking?

Installing the Rams as a -1 favorite was the worst opening line on a Super Bowl game in history.  Bar none.  It wasn’t just a terrible number.  The line was so bad that the wrong team was favored.

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Posted by on Dec 11, 2018 in Blog, Essays, Rants and Raves, Restaurant Reviews | 1 comment

On Tipping: Tapped Out and Pissed Off

 

 

I don’t mind tipping.

Some jobs pay such pathetically low wages that tipping is absolutely necessary to get people to do that kind of work.  Besides, anyone who repeatedly has to deal with the public probably deserves some kind of “survivor” bonus.  Hell, I’d rather dig a ditch in the summertime for minimum wage than serve a family at an Applebee’s with a couple of highchairs.  Please, hand me a shovel.  I mean hand me a shovel to dig the ditch — not to use on the kids.  Just want to make that clear.

The problem is….everyone who deals with the public now expects a tip.  Tip jars are placed everywhere.  Here in Las Vegas, tipping is probably my third-highest monthly expenditure, behind my mortgage payment and what I pay to the bookies.

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Posted by on Nov 16, 2018 in Blog, Essays, Las Vegas, Music and Concert Reviews, Personal | 1 comment

Review: The Mob Museum (Las Vegas)

 

 

Outlaws have long been the object of a peculiar fascination.  Fictional or real, from Robin Hood to Bonnie and Clyde to Joe Valachi to Don Corleone to John Gotti, we’ve obsessed over celebrity-criminals in life and even apotheosized them in death.  Many of us know more verses from The Godfather than either the U.S. Constitution or the Bible.

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Posted by on Oct 24, 2018 in Blog, Essays, Las Vegas, Restaurant Reviews | 0 comments

Weera Thai [Restaurant Review]

 

 

Weera Thai is anchored in a nondescript strip mall on West Sahara, about two miles off Las Vegas Blvd.  From the outside, there’s nothing at all appealing about this place.  It’s the kind of restaurant you’ve probably driven past 100 times and never given it much thought.  Why go here when there are so many other established Thai restaurants that are sure to please?

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