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July 4 fireworks shakes up Pittsburgh

Jul 6, 2004 3:47 AM

Hope all had a fun and safe Fourth of July and lots of winners with some of those streaking baseball teams. In bygone days, the way to bet baseball was streaks. But it hasn’t been that profitable this year with the new baseball.

I do think you will start to see some big streaks as some teams distance themselves from one another. One big surprise last week was Pittsburgh sweeping its homestand and going on an eight game winning streak. The Bucs had been playing lousy at home but just turned it around. There was some nice money to be made during that stretch.

And, what about the Mets sweeping the mighty Yanks! There was some bigtime money to be made in that series. If you were a subscriber to GT, our web site released the Mets in all four games and the Pirates in their last four wins. Look for more good stuff in the very near future on how you can get in on all the GT’s best football selections and our daily race picks at Northern and Southern Cal tracks.

You can bet on just about anything in Vegas but gaming regulations won’t let books take bets on anything that takes a vote, like the Presidential elections or the Academy Awards. You can bet on stuff like this at some offshore books, but don’t know if you will get paid if you win!

There are a few bets that I would go for if I were able. If you have the dough, you will usually get let go per the O.J. rule. Have to bet the guys with dough. Kobe gets off, Peterson gets off, Little Michael gets off. Now, that’s a three teamer!

And, a sad one at that.

Speaking about sad bets and stupidity, I was asked what was the dumbest bet I ever made? Well, there have been so many I really had to think. I once had a nice bet on a team to win the pennant. They made the playoffs and after hedging my bet, I ended up losing money when they actually won the pennant.

And, talk about stupidity! You have these imbeciles in our Supreme Court saying it’s fine to flood the internet with porn and its acceptable for our kids to looks at this smut, but internet gambling and prayer in school is another matter.

One thing I just have to pass on that I read last week, was a story on the troops that guard the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. These guys must commit two years of their life to guard the tomb and live in a barracks under the tomb and cannot drink any alcohol for the rest of their lives or swear in public. The first six months of duty a guard cannot talk to anyone or watch TV. All off duty time is spent studying the 175 notable people buried in Arlington National Cemetery.

There was a hurricane approaching Washington D.C. and the military was given permission to suspend the assignment. The offer was respectfully declined. "No way, sir." Soaked to the skin, marching in the pelting rain, they said that guarding the Tomb was not just an assignment, it was the highest honor that can be afforded to a service person. The Tomb has been patrolled continuously, 24/7, since 1930. Now that’s patriotism and a good reason to celebrate the 4th. of July.

I ran into a loyal GT reader at the Palms last week and we talked about the good ole days at the Stardust Race and Sports Book. My first casino job was sports board man at the "Dust" and let me tell you I really got some stories! I will just relate one goody.

There were two board men back then in the late 70’s, myself and "Bobby the Beard." We had the only two keys. Behind the board was a cat walk and a huge room with a TV, several chairs, a big couch, a phone, a radio, fridge and water cooler. At the time the Lido de Paris was playing at the Dust and to get to the board room you went directly by all those beautiful Lido girls. Well me and the "Beard" got to know some of them very well and we took all the water out of the cooler, replacing it with Chianti. We always had some good cheese in the fridge and would have wine and cheese parties. It just didn’t get any better.

Bill, thanks for the nice cigar!