Dogs continue
to bark & bite!

Jan 16, 2007 6:22 AM

Time to pick conference champs and our Super Bowl teams:

New Orleans +3 vs. Bears: The Saints’ offense has looked considerably better than the Chicago defense, so I’ll take the dog here and hope the weather is not too bad in the Windy City. That’s a joke.

New England +3 vs. Colts: The Colts look great, but Belicheck seems to always find a way to win. Houdini’s got nothing on him. You can never count the Pats out, so I’ll take the points and let the magic continue.

As I sit here pondering, I can’t help thinking of some of the great mysteries of life that most of us endure on an almost daily basis. I’m not sure if other men have experienced this phenomenon, but it certainly might be possible.

My wife and I were two years apart when we were married — I was 23 and she was 21. As the years passed I noticed that the age differential somehow got larger and larger. I especially remember when I was 50, and she was only 39.

How could this be, I wondered? But I shook it off, realizing that men do age faster than women as the years go by. From that point on I never thought about it because it was something I couldn’t understand and I never delve into things I don’t understand.

However, recently my oldest son Michael celebrated a birthday, and I was astounded to learn that he was the same age as my wife. You can imagine the confusion in my mind, but true to form I didn’t pursue it.

Many years ago I discovered the two words that were absolutely the answer to a long, happy marriage ”¦ yes, dear.

Last Monday night I got the biggest break of my life. After watching the Florida Gators annihilate the Ohio State Buckeyes I immediately started driving to Boulder City with all intentions of jumping off the dam.

Fortunately, I ran out of gas on the way. The AAA guy turned out to be an avid Gator fan, and convinced me that it was just another game, as he towed me back to reality. I did notice that Lake Mead Boulevard was very crowded at that time, with a stream of cars headings towards Boulder City.

I never realized how many people actually read this paper. On Tuesday morning I play softball with the guys from Sun City Anthem. As I stepped onto the field Tuesday I was greeted by a loud chorus of boos from my fellow players led by "Teddy Baseball" and "Frank the Mouth," who were relentless in their opinion of my "all in" prediction on the Ohio State game.

Hopefully they’ll get over it by the time the Major League Baseball season starts, if I still have this job.

On Thursday, the offshore mega sports book Pinnacle stopped taking any and all wagers from USA clients. While this may not be earth shattering news to most, it may in fact put an end to an entire era of sports betting in Nevada.

It’s a well-known fact that a very high percentage of dollars bet in legal sports books in this State is indeed what we describe as "wise guy’s" money. Betting Pinnacle on the internet provided a substantial market for the movers as well as the middlers.

They not only provided an opportunity to those who were laying off bets throughout the country, but often could find a more advantageous number and even more importantly they were charged 50 percent less on the vigorish paid by their customers, thus ensuring a profit on any and all losing wagers.

For example, if a player bets to win $100, the juice he puts up is 10 percent, or $110 to win $100. However, whoever makes the same bet at Pinnacle has to put up only $105 to win $100. You might think that this is insignificant, until you realize the billions of dollars that are wagered each week in this country, especially during the football season.

Should others follow Pinnacle’s lead, it is safe to assume that Nevada’s sports betting volume will decline by more than 40% in the coming years. No wonder New Jersey wants to legalize sports betting.

It does, however, provide a unique opportunity for this State to get off their behinds and begin pushing Congress to allow interstate sports betting, the revenues of which will become fully taxable and strictly regulated.

Mr. Congressman, how many people do you know that don’t bet on football? Should not our state and federal governments get a piece of the pie?