Ashcroft no friend of gaming

January 02, 2001 11:51 AM
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President-elect George W. Bush’s designation of former U.S. Sen. John Ashcroft of Missouri to be U.S. attorney general is extremely bad news for the gaming industry.

Ashcroft, a religious zealot, is totally and unalterably opposed to all forms of gambling. He’s also against dancing and drinking.

With Ashcroft in control, the Justice Department can be counted on to give the short end of the stick to casinos, race tracks, civil libertarians, feminists, Afro-Americans, the poor and the elderly. For 30 years, I’ve been voting against Ashcroft for whichever office he sought. I was finally rewarded last November when he was defeated for re-election.

Now he surfaces in a position where he can do more harm than he could as a senator. For me, it’s a classic case of being careful what you wish for; you might get it.

MNF nosedive

The much-hyped addition of Dennis Miller to ABC’s Monday Night Football can be written off as a failure.

Predictions for 2001

Virginia Tech’s Michael Vick will pass up his senior season and declare for the NFL draft. He said earlier he’d return for his final college year, but lately says he’s keeping his options open. Vick figures to be the first quarterback selected in the draft — quite possibly the first player overall — and is in line to become an instant millionaire. An influence on his decision is that the Hokies will graduate their entire offensive line…

Platinum Tiara, a 3-year-old filly now training in Florida, will dominate her division this year. Owned by a consortium that includes former major league baseball players, she finished second in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies after a troubled trip. Her main objective this spring is the Kentucky Oaks…

The National League rookie of the year will be San Francisco Giants third baseman Pedro Feliz. This 24-year-old from the Dominican Republic slugged 33 home runs last year for Triple-A Fresno. He gives the Giants a quartet of infielders who could produce 100 home runs among them…

The St. Louis Blues will win the Stanley Cup. Last year, they had the best record in the NHL for the regular season, but lacked the toughness needed to win the playoffs…

Despite the signings of Alex Rodriguez by the Texas Rangers and Manny Ramirez by the Boston Red Sox, neither team will overtake the New York Yankees, who will again win the American League pennant. The reason: neither the Rangers nor the Red Sox have enough pitching. The Yankees have the best pitching staff in the league. The most important signing in the off-season has been the Yankees acquiring Mike Mussina…

The Oakland Raiders will win the Super Bowl…

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