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Feb 22, 2005 8:58 AM

Several things on my mind this week.

In our weekly GamingToday meeting we discussed how some sports have changed in our lifetime so drastically that they have become a joke. The two biggest are basketball and baseball.

With the use of steroids, the players have become so big and powerful that the game is not what it was. A few sports haven’t changed much. My favorite is pocket billiards, which is the same now as it was 50 years ago. I really don’t think steroids can help a pool player.

Golf is another sport that has basically stayed the same. The clubs have gotten better and the balls go longer, but if you can’t putt or chip what good is it? Par is still par. Birdies and eagles are still hard to come by. I used to enjoy playing golf, but the good courses have become too pricey. Plus, after 30 years of playing, I still stink!

I don’t say my golf game is bad, but if I grew tomatoes they’d come up sliced. If I gripped a knife and fork the way I do a golf club, I would starve to death. And as one of my favorite people, Dean Martin, once said "If you drink, don’t drive, don’t even putt."

The final straw in giving up golf came when I was hitting the woods just great, but having a terrible time getting out of them. Mark Twain once said of golf, "It’s good sportsmanship not to pick up lost golf balls while they are still rolling."

And, here’s another thing. Do they still have boxing? When I first moved to Vegas, they would have big boxing events all the time and the city was packed with big time gamblers. There just doesn’t seem to be many really good boxers out there anymore.

I really don’t think the casinos care much since the last few big brawls brought their own violence right into the hotel. With the surge of a non-violent game like poker, who needs boxing?

I am not a big fan of pugilism, but if you are looking for a bet that is almost as sure as the rain, it’s an Oscar for Million Dollar Baby this Sunday. There are a few spots offshore that take bets on Oscar winners. It is illegal for Vegas to post lines or take wagers for items that you vote on (like elections). The winner of the best actress award will go to Hillary Swank who starred with the great Clint Eastwood. If you want to see a great movie, even if it is boxing, this is the one.

Here are some juicy baseball future bets I came across. Long time successful baseball expert Lou Lamatrice advised me to make a future bet on Florida to win the National League pennant at 10-1.

I was over Caesars playing in their race contest this past weekend and noticed the 10-1 price on the Marlins. I recommend you make an investment.

Finally, I think we can still use the term "March Madness," but I’m not certain how long. After the madness, we’ll look for our Kentucky Derby horse.