The Daily Dose/Saturday, September 29, 2018

The Daily Dose/September 29, 2018
By Gaylon Kent
America’s Funniest Guy

In The News
Some Republicans in the House of Representatives suggested this week the federal government should get involved regulating the sports betting that is now legal for states to offer. Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI) said;

For Congress to do nothing is the worst possible alternative. We have some work to do. 

No, Congress, you do not have work to do. We know you constitutionally, so to speak, incapable of not butting in, but stay out of this. There is no role for the federal government regulating sports books that are sanctioned by a state. As Nevada has shown since Day 1, a state is more than capable of regulating their sports books without Congressional oversight.

Some like to talk about assorted protections the federal government can offer, but what protections can the federal government offer that a state cannot? None. Claims that federal oversight will prevent games being fixed are false. Anyone with any knowledge on this matter will tell you that legal sports books are the first to notice the betting shifts that attend fixed games.

Claims that leagues are entitled to integrity fees from sports books are both nonsense and dangerous because if the leagues make money off of sports books this gives them a vested interest in the amount wagered and the in the outcome of the games, which is not in the gambler’s best interest.

What states that are new to the sports betting racket should do is either steal the Nevada Gaming Control Board’s regulations or farm it out to Nevada and pay them a percentage to run it for them. No one does gambling like Nevada, providing a competitive marketplace for casinos and giving a fair shake to gamblers.

No matter what a state does, the federal government should butt out.

Today at the Site
Sparrow – who is running for Congress, of course – is invited to a candidates forum sponsored by the local newspaper next month on today’s edition of The Diary of a Nobody. Also, there’s some big fun at the retailer when a guy loses his wallet, though the new falsies cause Sparrow to talk funny most of the night.

The Thought for the Day is taking some time off. Today we offer a repeat from earlier this year, a quote from Thomas Edison about doing what we are capable of. Click here to read it.

On This Date
In 1789 – The 1st United States Congress adjourns its first session in New York City after a useful few months. On April 6 both houses convened to certify the Electoral College’s election of George Washington as president. They also established the departments of State, War and the Treasury as well as establishing the federal judiciary and the office of the attorney general. A few days before adjourning the Congress submitted twelve constitutional amendments to the several states. Congress met at Federal Hall, where their second session would convene in January 1790.

In 1943 – Vern Stephens of the St Louis Browns become the first person to hit two home runs in extra innings, homering in the 11th and 13th innings of a 4-3 win over the Boston Red Sox. The record still stands, though it has been equaled several times.

In 2018 – Meant to Be by Bebe Rexha and Florida Georgia Line are (still) at #1 on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart. It is the 43rd consecutive week at #1 for the song, the longest any single has stayed at #1 on any Billboard chart. Though the song has garnered over 1.2 million downloads, it has spent only one week at #1 on Billboard’s Country Airplay chart, the week of April 28.

Answer To The Last Trivia Question
Before Ted Williams, the last major league player to hit .400 for a season was Bill Terry of the New York Giants who hit .401 in 1930.

Today’s Stumper
Of the twelve constitutional amendments the First United States Congress sent to the several states, ten became the Bill of Rights. What happened to the other two? – Answer next time!

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