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When thinking you’ve heard it all, more stupidity happens in the stupid arrogant politically correct media.

This past week ESPN went way beyond the bounds of sanity.

As me and Dino the dog were dozing off early on in the so called BCS Championship game after just two glasses of wine, low and behold Dino gives out a real nice wolf call as he sees the beautiful girl friend of  Alabama QB A.J. McCarron on TV.

For you guys back in the “Ville” on a 1-to-10 scale, she is a 14 by our standards. Anyway, Brent Musburger comments on what a beauty she is and how QB’s get all the good looking girls. There was little to say about a game that was already out of hand.

After he made the statement Dino and I agreed. I never really thought any more about it until I heard of the uproar. ESPN must be part of the federal government that wants to put in gun control or at least tongue control!

I happen to like Mr. Musburger as he is a bettor here in Vegas, a very good commentator and obviously knows a beautiful girl when he sees one. By the way, Miss Alabama, Katherine Webb, said she was flattered by the comment as was A.J.

So what’s the beef ESPN? You are the ones that should worry about some of your programing, especially this past weekend. Did anyone watch the Ironman show? If I were a young lad sitting at home watching the game I would put my cell phone away, my computer in storage, get out on the football field and start tossing the pigskin around.

You never know what Miss Alabama could be in your future! Go Brent, you are a real man but you should have never apologized for saying the truth.

More stupidity in the NFL – they want to change the name of the Washington Redskins, thinking Redskins is offensive to native American Indians. No wonder the economy is in a shambles as these people don’t have anything better to do. Get a real job, please!

My loyal readers must be thinking why is Richard venting so much. Well, if you saw my picks from last weekend you would know. And, my horse playing was not much better.

One more thing to add on horse racing. There’s a 20% bonus being offered if you are at Santa Anita and hit the pick six. If it pays 10k you would pick up an extra 2k. That’s a good thing and something our dying race books in the city should think about doing to create more handle.

Station Casinos offers their signature twin Q but after that there is little anywhere that gives us horse players some extra incentive. I do know Ralph Siraco from the very popular radio show Race Day Las Vegas has some really good ideas and would love to share them with any race book manager.

I can’t do any worse this week in the NFL, but there are two things I just can’t figure out. Why did the Broncos run the ball when they had it 3rd and 7 with the best QB in that situation? And how does a guy get behind the defenders in a situation like they were in? Bad and badder!

SUNDAY

NFC championship

San Francisco 49ers -3½ at Atlanta Falcons (48½): This game opened at -3 and I agree with the move. Atlanta has been lucky all season long, winning ugly with the exception of blowing out the Giants on Dec. 16. These two teams did not play in the regular season. If the time out was not called the 49ers would be meeting the Seahawks for the third time. If the 49ers could travel to New England and get the win as they did back in October they will win this one with their ice water running QB. 49ERS.

AFC championship

Baltimore Ravens +9½ at New England Patriots (51): How the Ravens beat the Broncos is still a mystery to me, but they did. The Pats beat them last year in this same spot 23-20. The Ravens did beat the Pats in Baltimore this year 31-30. No matter what, we must take the points in a high scoring game with a trip to the Super Bowl on the line. RAVENS/OVER.

Richard Saber, a former director of race and sports at the famed Stardust book, is GamingToday’s horse racing and sports handicapper. Contact Richard at [email protected].

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