Tuesday, October 03, 2006

If a Statute is Passed in a Port Security Bill and Nobody Notices It, Does it Make a Sound?

OK, a quick recap of Saturday before I move on to other things:
  • Iowa simply was not good enough for Ohio State. And the faster you come to that conclusion, the better you'll feel about the game. Iowa didn't play a perfect game (Tate was mad at himself, but he had no protection all day), but they didn't play a particularly poor game. The first time Antonio Pittman went off tackle, you could hear an audible gasp from the crowd. They were too fast, too athletic, and, quite frankly, too perfect. Nobody - I repeat, Big Blue, NOBODY - is beating this team.
Just give him the Heisman. It's not even close.
  • I've been to pretty much every game played at Kinnick Stadium in the last seven years, and I have never seen or felt it like it was on Saturday night. The atmosphere was positively electric. On Gameday that morning, Herbstreit said that the only way Iowa had a chance was if the crowd could impose its will on the game. Trust me, they tried. And that made tOSU's win even more impressive. No false starts. Two delay of games. By my count, only three penalties in the game (including a phantom pass interference). And an absolute stomach-punch touchdown at the end of the first half, followed by a groin-kick touchdown at the beginning of the third that effectively ended it. I couldn't have been more impressed with tOSU.
  • Kudos to the Hawkeye fans (an estimated 6000 of them) who made it to Gameday, despite the school's best efforts. I'll give the administration this: The set looked dignificantly better that I thought it would, framed by the Old Capitol. It could have been better close to the stadium (especially because the people parking at Kinnick were the last ones to show up; the lot was mostly empty when I got there at about noon), but it looked pretty good. Nice work, students. Extra kudos for some hilarious signs.
  • I still can't believe Corso put on Herky's head. It was incredible at the time, but the kiss of death in retrospect.
  • Purdue is going to be VERY interesting. Homecoming should help keep the crowd in it.
Now, the other important news from Saturday was the passage of the Internet Gambling Bill by Congress. It was attached to the Port Security Act. I haven't had much of a chance to look at it yet, but it looks like the bill will require banks and other financial institutions to create safeguards which can effectively prohibit deposits and withdrawals from offshore gambling organizations. It should be signed when President Bush returns from vacation and will be fully implemented by the end of June 2007. It is noteworthy that this does not make online gambling illegal, although the Wire Act is still in place. However, PartyPoker has already said it will leave the US market immediately following the signing, and I would guess most of the online casinos and sportsbooks will follow. I gave up online gambling as a precaution quite a while ago, but I would suggest pulling your money until the rest of this shakes out. There will invariably be loopholes (the most recent one being posted is simply putting money in an overseas bank), but this could very well be the end of small-stakes online poker for a lot of people. And, for those of you in Iowa City, you can thank bill author and sponsor Jim Leach.

I'll be back later to talk Yankee baseball and some big-time new music out today.

M. V. P.


Kevin Brown said...

George Strait - "It Just Comes Natural", and Monica - "The Makings Of Me"...I couldn't wait for those either!!

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