In down times, at least there's Chicago Cub fans

Jun 24, 2008 7:06 PM

Getting Rich with Saber by Richard Saber | What every sport once needed was fans to fill up the stands.

With the big money made off television, the fan base may not be as important as it was back in the 50s and 60s. But, I still believe its important.

In golf, TV ratings will take a big hit with Tiger Woods done for the year and the large crowds at tournaments figure to diminish. One good thing that may come out of the unfortunate injury to Woods will be the new betting opportunities. Tourneys will be wide open and offer some big prices if you can stab a winner.

As for a fan base few teams have more dedicated supporters than the Chicago Cubs who havent won a World Series since 1908 or longer than the Hundred Years War (1337-1453). Well, at time they thought it was 100 years.

I never was a Cubs fan but somehow you just gradually become addicted to watching them and all the excitement at Wrigley Field no matter if they were winning or losing. Were near the halfway point (All Star Game is July 15 at Yankee Stadium) and the Cubbies own the best record in baseball.

The fan base is in outer space, but they have been here before and seen a lot of things bad happen in the second half of the season. However, the Cubs do look like the best team right now sitting at the start of the week 4 games in front of St. Louis atop the Central Division.

Arizona, the team I had some interest in, looked like the real deal early in the season. Now they are somehow still leading the NL West, despite being just two games above 500. Before the season ends, the Diamondbacks may well become Zirconiumbacks.

In these hot dog days of summer with gas prices at a record high and power bills skyrocketing, I see tons of stuff being offered to slot players, but who is taking care of the lowly horse player?

These guys comes into the book every single day and blow hard-earned money, and for what? Im part of this group and we get squat, zero, zip, nada!

When the Triple Crown series was going on the Palms, if you made a $2 win place and show bet on the Kentucky Derby they would match the bet. Then they gave you another coupon for the Preakness and if you bet that race they gave you another for the Belmont. A great idea!

In these slow months, you would think someone could come up with a similar offer for the lowly horse player. Just throw us a bone.

One of my favorite haunts for some great food at a normal price is Brandos. They are located at Blue Diamond, Green Valley and Dean Martin Blvd (behind the now defunct Stardust). They have great pizza, salads, wings and some of the loosest slots in the city.

On July 1, they are starting a $20,000 giveaway. If youre at the Blue Diamond locale, look up my favorite bartender Terry. Ask her to make you one of her special pepper and eggs sandwiches.

Red Rock handicapping

Warren Fortezzo and Frank Ley qualified to play in the Daily Racing Form/National Thoroughbred Racing Association championship to be held next Jan. 23-24 at Red Rock Casino/Resort.

Fortezzo, who took first place honors this past weekend with $8,800 in correct picks, is a regular at Boulder Station. Ley, who was second with $3,520, plays the horses regularly at Red Rock, Texas Station and Fiesta Rancho.

Will Burns, a Henderson resident, was third with $2,640. Yreno Palomer, a Red Rock regular, was fourth with $1,760 and Renos C.J. Borchert placed fifth with $880.

The next DRF/NTRA tourney will be Thursday, July 10 at Palace Station. The entry fee is $40.