I spent a large part of my teenage years loitering in front of the 7-Eleven on Mt. Lebanon Boulevard outside of Pittsburgh. It was the suburbs, we were bored, and they sold Guzzo’s pre-wrapped hoagies. Plus, who doesn’t like a Slurpee every now and then?
Rarely does a state government do anything praiseworthy. This week, however, Nevada passed a law that is deserving of extra sprinkles.
It is pretty damn good to be a Republican right now. The GOP controls both the House and the Senate, it owns more than half of the gubernatorial seats in the nation, Obama is close to a zero percent approval rating, and 9/11 truther Pete Carroll kept Marshawn Lynch from being the Super Bowl MVP.
Last week, New Jersey Governor Chris Cristie signed a bill repealing New Jersey's ban on sports gambling. For a few, glorious days, it appeared that New Jersey was governed by a man elected Governor, and not by the NFL and other sports leagues.
Talk about a rigged game. There are many ways to lose all of your money in Atlantic City: at a casino, on the boardwalk, back home at the pharmacy buying expensive herpes medication. But a New Jersey judge invented a whole new way to come out behind: winning at mini-baccarat.
Of course it is. Every year, people wonder if gambling on March Madness constitutes "illegal gambling" and every year I say "is there any other kind" like I'm Col. Nathan Jessup.