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$49,500! If you had it, would you pay that amount for a floor level seat for Game 7 of the NBA Finals – or any event?

Well, I guess if you had enough toss-around money, as our beloved Mrs. Hillary Clinton would say, “what difference does it make!”

Just what was that game worth paying for? As for myself I thought it may have come down to one of the worst finals of any NBA Game 7. Horrible, terrible and the fact of the matter is it flat out stunk!

Of course if you are a Cavalier fan or a King James fan it was great. If you had money on the Cavs and watched it for free at home or in one of our fabulous sportsbooks here in Vegas for free, then I guess it was ok. But $49,500, well that’s another story.

I guess if you live in Silicon Valley and are the 1% who have a job in California, it’s ok. And since you could be a movie star, against capitalism and making millions for every movie you make doing nothing, it’s ok.

As I look around in my daily excursions I have been thinking it has all passed me by. What am I looking at? What’s going on?

This past weekend they came in throngs, the Electric Daisies. It was like the bar scene from the first Star Wars movie. Now I have nothing against the Daisies, they are mostly harmless, plus spend a ton of money for rooms and the three-day carnival. My thoughts – and remember it’s all passed me by – are, where do these people work?

Maybe they all are employed in tattoo parlors on every corner, I don’t know. There was a song when I was out there in my younger years called “Signs,” and believe it or not it was sung by a group called the Five Man Electrical Band. No relation to the Electric Daisy Carnival. The lyrics went like this:

“And the sign said ‘Long-haired freaky people need not apply’

So I tucked my hair up under my hat and I went in to ask him why

He said, ‘You look like a fine upstanding young man, I think you’ll do’

So I took off my hat, I said, ‘Imagine that. Huh! Me workin’ for you!’


Sign, sign, everywhere a sign…”

When I was going for my first real job at the Steubenville Herald Star newspaper I was given a stern warning by both parents to get my hair cut plus wear a coat and tie for my interview. Now this was not like a suit and tie job, but a regular one for a kid still in high school trying to make a few bucks to buy a cheap car. I did get a haircut, wore my Sunday best and got the minimum wage job. It was at $1.20 an hour, big bucks, and I was happy to get it.

As things have passed me by and also Father Time moves on I am sure these daisy lovers look at me as some old stupid guy wearing a sport coat when it’s 100 degrees out there, walking to a window and betting money on a game or betting money on a horse race. Oh well, their time will come, I think.

Taking my swings

Looking at this week’s baseball matchups we notice the home-loving Royals are hitting the road where they have gone 13-23. They will play the slumping Mets, who were just swept by the last place Braves. KC then heads back home. We will be backing the Mets in this two game interleague short series.

The White Sox travel to Boston to take on the home-loving Red Sox in a four game series. They will be hard pressed to win a game in Boston. The Red Sox have gone 22-15 at home while the “pale hose” are 16-19 on the road heading into Monday’s game at Fenway.

The Indians, a nice 20-12 at home, look to extend their half-game lead over the Royals as they get the Rays in town for a three game series that began Monday. The Tribe have a shot for the sweep.

Thinking of Del Mar

As we head into those dog days of summer, football is almost here and the parlay cards will be rolling off the presses. Between the wait and the heat we can take a little road trip starting Friday, July 15, as the Del Mar meet opens that day. If you have never been to Del Mar, well, it’s worth the short five hour drive to where the surf meets the turf as the great crooner Bing Crosby sang it.

One thing is certain – once at the track, if you do go, win or lose you will be walking around lucky just being there. I was asked a question this past Sunday: What did your dad want the most for Father’s Day? He wanted someone to drive him to Waterford Park he would always tell Mom.

I just may be walking around lucky, it was Father’s Day you know.

Note: We here at GamingToday wish previous GT Bookies Battle winner John Spot a quick recovery from knee surgery. He is a true pillar of the industry.

Richard Saber, a former director of race and sports at the famed Stardust book, is GT’s horse racing and sports handicapper. Twitter: @SabesBet. Email: [email protected]

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