Your “Does It Matter Now That The Raiders Are Going To Vegas?” Monday Evening Open Thread

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A Canadian man-child of indeterminate age, he stays young by selling alcohol at sporting events and yelling at the patrons he serves. Their rage nourishes his soul, and their tips pay for his numerous trips to various sporting events.
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NFL News

  • Chuck Knox died on Sunday, aged 86. In his time, he coached the Bills, Seahawks, and Rams (twice).
    • This one matters to me, because he was the first Seahawks coach I remember.
      • “Ground Chuck” was a great nickname, from an era of many.
    • According to Peter King, Knox coached 22 NFL seasons, and his 186 regular-season wins are 10th all-time in the 98-season history of the NFL.
      • His career record was 186-147.

“Average,” Hall said of his career. “Not great; on pace to be really good until four years ago. I had a vision of a gold jacket. The injuries the last couple years have been very hard on me, so that’s out of the question. Who’s to say I can’t get in there another way. That’s my focus. I still want a gold jacket, whether I get one as an exec, a coach. I’m going to get me a damn gold jacket. Believe that.”

  • Ooh – circle your calendars:
    • Greg Hardy’s professional MMA debut will come against another former NFL player. Hardy will face former defensive end Austen Lane on June 12 in a heavyweight bout on the Dana White Tuesday Night Contender Series, it was announced during the UFC 224 broadcast.
    • Lane has been out of football since 2014, Hardy since 2015.
  • Matt Millen, who played with – as Peter King called it – “intelligent abandon” for the Raiders, and whom intelligence abandoned when he was Lions GM (© Beerguyrob), is battling amyloidosis and may need a heart transplant.
    • In the article, PK gets very nuggety: “How football history could have changed if you picked DeMarcus Ware instead of Mike Williams,” I said.
      • “How ’bout that?” Millen said. “Maybe we would have ruined him too.”
    • Amyloidosis is a rare disease that attacks the bodies organs and often evades diagnosis because it mimics other diseases.
      • It requires chemotherapy to manage the symptoms, but is not a cure.
        • So, it’s the lupus of rare diseases?

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Finally, a malevolent deity,

must be dancing quite hard today, as the US Supreme Court took time out from ignoring gun laws to overturn a George HW Bush era online gaming law regarding sports betting. The 1992 Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act essentially mandated Nevada as the only jurisdiction that could allow single-event gambling.

  • In a 6-3 vote, the court, through Justice Alito’s response, ruled that “(t)he legalization of sports gambling requires an important policy choice, but the choice is not ours to make. Congress can regulate sports gambling directly, but if it elects not to do so, each state is free to act on its own. Our job is to interpret the law Congress has enacted and decide whether it is consistent with the Constitution. PASPA is not.”
  • The court’s decision came in a case from New Jersey, which has fought for years to legalize gambling on sports at casinos and racetracks in the state.

Florio guesstimates that 6-10 states could have legal betting set up by the time the NFL kicks off Week 1, while also noting that the NFL & the other three major sports leagues will begin lobbying Congress to enact national legislation.

New Jersey plans to be first. Delaware, Mississippi, New York, Pennsylvania and West Virginia are among the states expected to quickly get into the legal bookmaking game, and 32 states are expected to have some form up & running within 5 years. A record $4.8 billion was wagered at Nevada sportsbooks in 2017, and the American Gaming Association estimates that Americans illegally wager about $150 billion on sports each year. No word on Hippo’s contributions to that tally.


Tonight’s sports

  • NHL:
    • Vegas at Winnipeg – 8:00PM | NBCSN / CBC
  • NBA:
    • Warriors at Rockets – 9:00PM | TNT / Sportsnet1
  • MLB:
    • Rays at Royals – 7:00PM | ESPN / TSN
  • WWE:
    • Monday Night Raw – 8:00PM | USA / Sportsnet360
      • from London, so tape-delayed from earlier today.

Inanimate Carbon Rod Marinelli had the hockey comment of the weekend:

Man, with the Capitals playing this way this year might be truly special: the year the Caps eat shit to an expansion team.

With great respect, I’d like to lobby for the Jets to win over the Caps. It’d be Gary Bettman’s greatest failure triumphing over John Ziegler’s. A CROMULENT STORM!

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A Canadian man-child of indeterminate age, he stays young by selling alcohol at sporting events and yelling at the patrons he serves. Their rage nourishes his soul, and their tips pay for his numerous trips to various sporting events.

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Gentlemen. Been a long day, so I’m going to finally bust open the Trader Joe’s 10 year single malt scotch and see if that disappoints me more than my family.

Unsurprised
Unsurprised

Scotch cannot disappoint.

Unsurprised
Unsurprised

This cracked me up.

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Brick Meathook
Brick Meathook

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Mr. Ayo
Mr. Ayo

Woah, it actually happened.

Moose -The End Is Well Nigh
Moose -The End Is Well Nigh

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Senor Weaselo

A friend of mine just compared Turkey and South Africa chastising the U.S. and Israel to John Belushi telling Carrie Fisher she was doing too much cocaine on the set of Blues Brothers.

Moose -The End Is Well Nigh
Moose -The End Is Well Nigh

That analogy is totes legit.

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Moose -The End Is Well Nigh
Moose -The End Is Well Nigh

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Unsurprised
Unsurprised

It keeps the dolphins away.

WCS

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Moose -The End Is Well Nigh
Moose -The End Is Well Nigh

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Moose -The End Is Well Nigh

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Moose -The End Is Well Nigh

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Unsurprised
Unsurprised

You have my attention.

Mr. Ayo
Mr. Ayo

Go on…

rockingdog
rockingdog

suck it harden. warriors get game 1
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Moose -The End Is Well Nigh

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Spur
Spur

Hitler vs Stalin, had more likable people.

Moose -The End Is Well Nigh
Moose -The End Is Well Nigh

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Concealed Carry permit; scary?

Mr. Ayo
Mr. Ayo

Future sexy Friday theme

Moose -The End Is Well Nigh
Moose -The End Is Well Nigh

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[Opens notebook, begins writing.]

Rohypnol Test N.1; Uncle Ted: complete success.