Gentlemen, place your foreclosures.
OK, maybe you know at least one degenerate gambler who makes horrible financial decisions daily based on a betting tip, some trumped-up odds, or worse, an ill-conceived knowledge of the sports they watch.
Well, Monday’s decision by the Supreme Court to strike down the anti-sports gambling law that prohibits sports gambling will allow all states to decide separately on the issue. To legalize sports gambling would allow states to benefit greatly from people like me who are horrible at picking games. Upon approval, states would obviously levy taxes on businesses set up for sports betting and make a mint in doing so.
It could happen in Texas.
More bets equals more revenue in the coffers. It’s a state’s rights issue just like the legalization of marijuana. Texas is the buckle of the Bible Belt and while the debate for medical cannabis and the decriminalization of a small possession of marijuana is ongoing, sports gambling may stand a better chance of passing within our borders based on the perception that’s it’s a financial decision compared to what some consider illicit drug use. It’s not nearly as hardcore as casino gambling, which will never happen in the Lone Star State.
The American Gaming Association said in a released statement that it is “ready to work with all stakeholders — states, tribes, sports leagues and law enforcement — to create a new regulatory environment that capitalizes on this opportunity to engage fans and boost local economies.”
Gambling in moderation won’t kill anybody, but there are some who just aren’t able to control it in a mature manner. Surely some of you are concerned about someone of that nature. Here’s the reality. If that person was already an out-of-control gambler, it’s not like he or she was just sitting around waiting on some law to pass.
And how about your friendly neighborhood bookie, who has been illegally taking your action for years?
He’s not happy today.
Longhorns legend Cory Redding Sr. has provided an excellent example of walking the walk and talking the talk when it comes to being a constant positive influence in his community, both during his 13-year NFL career and in his retirement. He and his wife Priscilla were just named NFL Alumni Couple of the Year by the Center for Child Protection for their efforts in supporting young people in need through their Cory Redding Foundation.
Redding, a board member on the Fellowship of Christian Athletes which serves Austin, Central Texas and the Hill Country, will impart words of wisdom to some very fortunate young athletes during the week of the third annual FCA Unity Bowl Football Game in Georgetown on June 15.
“The idea behind it was to have the top talented players from around Austin display their gifts on the field and at the same time, learn about Christ as well,” he told me this week.
Players and cheerleaders will arrive on June 12 and stay with selected host families. Most important, they will receive motivational speeches from Redding and others who will share the value of their experiences in sports through a spiritual base.
Faith, family and football. How many times have you heard those three words linked together? That’s why events like this one are so important. Redding has retired from the game he loved but he will never retire from being a help to others in his community. The world could use more like him.
Not sure if Tiger Woods is all the way back but if he can give us this kind of heat every so often, golf will be all the better for it. It felt as if we stepped 15 years back into history on Mother’s Day. It was old-school Eldrick making a Sunday charge at The Players in his trademark red shirt and black slacks while fans went nuts with each stroke of the ball.
Woods put together final rounds of 65 and 69 and that came with some stumbles down the stretch Sunday.
It’s an enjoyable resurgence if you’re into nostalgia. Tiger is 42, still plenty young enough to grab a couple of tournaments here and there but he’s going to have to figure how to come out of the blocks a lot faster. Woods shot one over par on Thursday and Friday before catching fire to go 10 under par on Saturday and Sunday.
“I’m not that far off from winning golf tournaments,” Woods told reporters.
On a personal note, I just started reading the Armen Keteyian-Jeff Benedict book on Tiger. It’s a fascinating look at how two parents collaborated on the building of a young champion and the events that ensued, both good and bad. Of particular interest is the prologue which centers on an interview with the man who buried Earl Woods — a Vietnam veteran who helped create one of the greatest champions in sports history — in an unremarkable unmarked grave in Manhattan. That would be Manhattan, Kan., by the way.