NBA teams have fun with casino nights – fans meet players, teams give back to community

November 7, 2014
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Dwight Howard at Lakers Casino Night in 2013.

Be it for money or some crazy prop bet involving a cowboy hat and a can of whipped cream, gambling has always been a part of sports.

Famous athletes like Charles Barkley and Michael Jordan have even made names for themselves as casino high rollers, with the former once telling ESPN that he has won over $700,000 during a single weekend of playing blackjack.

Beyond the stars who take the occasional – and sometimes not-so-occasional – visit to the blackjack and poker tables, casinos have also grown to become a large part of the NBA. Although the league has stayed away from casinos for a large part of its existence, restrictions have loosened in recent years. In fact, NBA spokesman Michael Bass has told that 28 of the league’s 30 teams have inked sponsorship deals with casinos.

The recent entry of online gaming to New Jersey has even led to the Philadelphia 76ers signing a deal with an online gaming entity. What’s next, the Orlando Magic partnering up with Alchemy Bet – a gaming company that operates the online casino site Pocket Fruity? Or would the Washington “Wizards” make for a better thematic fit?

The NBA and its teams have also embraced the concept of casino night. Before you get into a tizzy, casino nights aren’t all about playing craps and pouring money into slot machines. They’re more like fan parties and charity fundraising events wrapped in the allure and excitement of a casino atmosphere. A casino night is a chance for teams to give back to the community and let fans meet their hardcourt heroes at the same time.

The Los Angeles Lakers used their 2013 casino night event to raise money for the Lakers Youth Foundation. By all accounts the star-studded event was a success, raising a grand total of $200,000. The 2013 edition of the Atlanta Hawks’ annual casino night was also held to raise money for the Atlanta Hawks Foundation’s community programming and grant-giving initiatives. The Hawks have already started selling tickets for this year’s casino night. A pretty noble gesture, and a heck of a lot of fun, too.

Pompous Mike Tirico refuses to say “Redskins” during Redskins-Browns preseason game

August 18, 2014

This guy Mike Tirico is such a jerk. He’s one of these self-righteous hypocrites who refuses to call the Redskins by their name and instead just says “Washington.” He wouldn’t say “Redskins” during the Redskins’ preseason game against Cleveland. People like this think that they can impose their opinions about the Redskins’ name controversy on everyone as if what they believe is correct. Why doesn’t Tirico speak out against sexual harassment?

By the way, Tirico was awful on World Cup coverage. He’s totally plain and boring on the air, and it made it worse that he  doesn’t know soccer.


Sirius Satellite Radio Receivers have chemicals “known…to cause cancer and birth defects or other reproductive harm.”

March 1, 2014

I have a to do list a mile long but I felt compelled to post this. Sirius Satellite Radio Receivers have a warning on the box that says “This product contains chemicals known to the state of California to cause cancer and birth defects or other reproductive harm.” That’s pretty startling. First, for people who dismiss this type of information, if a company actually posts a warning such as this, you know it’s serious. Second, what are you supposed to do? Should a woman who is about to get pregnant or already pregnant stay away from it? How far away? What about men? What are the dangerous chemicals?

We need much more, not less, regulation when it comes to safety. A quick google search found that no one seems to be caring or looking into this – all that came up was PDF documents and user guides.

Here’s info on another item. I just bought a “Mabis/DMI Healthcare Body Positioner, White” from (

It turns out that this foam wedge, designed to help people sleep on their side, has the following warning:

“We are providing the following warning for products linked to this page:

WARNING: This product contains chemicals known to the State of California to cause cancer and birth defects or other reproductive harm.”

About California Proposition 65

California’s Proposition 65 entitles California consumers to special warnings for products that contain chemicals known to the state of California to cause cancer and birth defects or other reproductive harm if those products expose consumers to such chemicals above certain threshold levels. We care about our customers’ safety and hope that the information below helps with your buying decisions.

Thank God for California, requiring companies to post these warnings, but the warnings are hard to see. You’d think the company, knowing its item contains chemicals that are “known to cause cancer and birth defects or other reproductive harm,” would at least sell the item with a cover, but no.

If Shanahan goes, Snyder should hire former Redskin Grimm to coach Washington

December 26, 2013

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Will Redskins coach Mike Shanahan be fired after the season?

November 10, 2013

Will Washington Redskins coach Mike Shanahan and his son Kyle, the Redskins offensive coordinator, be fired after this year? Most likely the Redskins (3-6) will finish with only one winning season in the four years the Shanahan’s have been in Washington.

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Another reason to hate Michael Wilbon – he advocates tanking – losing on purpose.

November 1, 2013

Another reason to hate Michael Wilbon – he advocates tanking – losing on purpose. He says you basically have to lose to get a great player in the NBA Draft. That about says it all about him. Wilbon is a loser.

At least we have the self-righteous Mike Wise here in D.C. It’s one thing for him to have his opinions on the Redskins name, but he tries to pompously shove it down everyone’s throat.

ESPN’s feature of NBA players at Great Wall of China forgot Washington Bullets’ trip in 1979

October 17, 2013

I had to mention that ESPN’s piece on NBA players visiting the Great Wall of China failed to mention that the Washington Bullets were the first team to do so back in 1979, which was very significant at the time. If any other NBA team had been there, ESPN would have mentioned it. It’s a shame that they have forgotten the Washington Bullets.

Never been busier in my life but I felt I had to post this.

T-Mobile replaces phones with refurbished phones. They misrepresent what they are doing.

September 25, 2013

T-Mobile is fraudulently providing customers whose phones have malfunctioned with other phones that have previously malfunctioned – in other words, they are sending refurbished phones rather than new phones as replacements. These refurbished phones are some of the same ones that have been malfunctioning, or they are knockoffs from Asia. And T-Mobile claims they don’t have control over this process. Unbelievable.

Rush’s Tom Sawyer song featured with Peyton Manning highlights in Monday Night Football Promo

September 22, 2013

The promo for tonight’s Monday Night Football game between the Denver Broncos and Oakland Raiders features the hard rock classic “Tom Sawyer” by Rush. It works really well and it’s great to see ESPN using it, because they usually only play more recent songs, softer songs, or country songs. This song in my opinion is the greatest rock song of all time.

The video is about Peyton Manning and shows his highlights with these lyrics from the song:

A modern day warrior
Mean, mean stride
Today’s Tom Sawyer
Mean, mean pride

It starts with the beginning of the song with the camera showing Manning walking from the locker room to the field.

The lyrics actually sound like “A Monday Warrior” when Geddy Lee sings it.

It’s great because Manning is stepping into a throw when you hear “mean, mean stride.” The “mean, mean pride” part also fits well.

It starts with the beginning of the song and then they cut up a few of the parts.

Awesome. Rush is one of the best bands of all time, and they’ve been doing it for 40 years with the same lineup (after drummer John Rutsey was replaced by Neil Peart in 1974).

RGIII and Washington Redskins host Michael Vick and Philadelphia Eagles in Monday Night Football opener

September 9, 2013

ImageThe Philadelphia Eagles have gotten off to a 10-7 lead against the Washington Redskins at FedEx Field in Landover, Maryland.

The game marks the return of Robert Griffin III to the field after last January’s ACL tear in a playoff loss to Seattle. For Philadelphia, Chip Kelly is coaching in his first NFL game and Michael Vick is hoping for a comeback season in Kelly’s uptempo offense.

The Eagles marched down the field but, deep in Redskins territory, Vick threw a sideways pass that the referees called a lateral, and DeAngelo Hall returned the fumble (actually broken up in the air by Ryan Kerrigan) for a touchdown.

Vick later threw a 25-yard touchdown pass to DeSean Jackson

RGIII just threw an interception. He looked tentative and threw it into double coverage.

Alfred Morris has fumbled twice, and the second one led to a safety. It’s Philly 12, Washington 7.

In my most recent article on Bleacher Report, I predicted that the Redskins will finish 11-5 despite the following startling statistic:

Of the last 10 NFL teams to finish 10-6 after a losing season, only one of them (the 2006 Kansas City Chiefs) followed up their 10-6 year with a winning season.

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