Saturday, July 28, 2007
Friday, July 27, 2007
Thursday, July 26, 2007
Wednesday, July 25, 2007
Tim, it seems, has a gambling problem. That’s a coincidence, because professional sports has a bit of a gambling problem too. Some enterprises, like horse racing, owe almost all of their popularity to gambling. How many people would show up to watch horses run in a circle if they couldn’t bet on who would win? I’m not even sure you could get horses to watch.
Last year, about $100 million was wagered legally on the Super Bowl (America’s biggest secular holiday), which owes at least part of its popularity to gambling. Then, there’s the phenomenon of Fantasy Sports. If there is money involved, that’s gambling too, folks. And of course, there is Las Vegas, where you can bet on just about any sporting event – even soccer.
That isn’t to say that if we changed our attitude on gambling that it would go away, because it won’t. It’s human nature to want to gamble.
It’s all fun and games until somebody gets hurt.
Tuesday, July 24, 2007
Chicago carpenter Rob Nelson saw a chilly future. "It looks like I'll be spending a lot of time outside," he said.
Monday, July 23, 2007
Sunday, July 22, 2007
So, it's a good thing that New York got their restaurants to stop using trans fats, because that stuff will kill you.
"The building started shaking. There was steam and smoke billowing out of the ground ... Everybody panicked. You know what it's like now. We grabbed our stuff and ran."
—Bryan Kohler, an accountant who works from a seventh-floor office on Third Ave.
"People were running and screaming down the street. We didn't know what happened ... It was like a volcano."
—Evan Peterson works at 44th St. and Lexington Ave.
For a while.