Initially built by NASA to set lines for the Las Vegas casinos in the late 50's (who do you think funded the Apollo missions? The government? It was the mob...), The Sin City Betbot 6000 calculated lines for over 30 years. The Betbot was given various upgrades through the years, not always with the best equipment, but he was very good at setting lines, and living the good life.
The Betbot was de-commissioned in 1990 after San Francisco destroyed Denver in the Super Bowl. The 45 point spread simply fried a number of the Betbot's wires and he retired. The Betbot was discovered by Fantasysharks.com and retooled to give fantasy advice. He lives now to give his own unique, well cultured take on the NFL.The Sin City Betbot 6000 Presents is transcribed by Joe Petrizzi and Tom Walls because "typing.. .BZZT... is a dame's job".
My first encounter with Jimmy Hoffa was late 1962, I was being reconditioned at a General Motors plant in Flint, MI. Jimmy was there negotiating a new contract with the brass there. I instantly...BZT... recognized a smart, charismatic man who wouldn't take no for an answer. Lots of moxie, and those are qualities I respect.
It wasn't easy being friendly with Hoffa, especially given my friendship with Jack Kennedy . I stayed neutral and remained friends with both men.
Hoffa represented working men in a time when working men were being trampled by corporations. I respected the work he did for the working man. He employed tough tactics because they were necessary. I can't really call the NFLRA a true union. NFL referees are by-and-large men who are very successful in their chosen professions. These negotiations weren't about life and death; they were rich men fighting for more icing on their...BZZZT...cakes. I can't equate what the referees wanted with what working men were struggling for a couple decades back. Still, the referees are back, and screwing calls up to a somewhat lesser degree than the ‘scab' refs. The best thing about the situation is we can stop hearing about it now - the NFL referees are all richer than you, and they thank you for making them richer still by giving them attention. They are still better than the MLB umpires, though, who are legitimately incompetent and work with even greater impunity.
NFC NOTES -- After watching the Thursday game, I have no earthly idea how the Cardinals started 4-0 with Kevin Kolb playing behind that offensive line. It's not just the schedule, either - they played good...