Walter Mencken 2 p.m., May 28
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Michael Phelps Revisited -- And a Poker Game Bust
Wow...I'm eating some breakfast and I have The View on. Those ladies are really hard to take. I think they might have a combined IQ of 85. Well, wait...I can't really say that. I know for a fact that Whoopi Goldberg is smart. Hell, her early stand-up was brilliant stuff. But she's horrible on this show. She can't make her points without getting angry and cutting people off. I mean, the other day, it should've been easy to put Ann Coulter in her place. Instead, she came off looking like a nut.
This morning she's ranting on and on about how infair this all was to Phelps, because it wasn't like he was walking down the street with a joint in his mouth. He was at a party. The women all put in their two cents, but it's hard to keep track of who is saying what, and why. I grabbed my bagel and orange juice, and came over to the computer.
I will say that yesterday, a lot of the shows were talking about how two of Phelps sponsors have said they are sticking with him. And, it was a brilliant move on their part; because, it wasn't like he was raising pit bulls to fight or caught with child porn. And second...both those sponsors got mentioned on every show! Great free advertising.
I have a feeling this is what PETA had in mind when they did that risque ad that supposedly was turned down by the Super Bowl. I'm guessing they didn't want to spend millions on the Super Bowl, but with that ad, they knew it would be turned down. And when it was, all the other shows showed the commercial. FOR FREE! Brilliant move, PETA.
Anyway, back to Phelps. I heard that the sheriffs are now investigating, which has got to be the stupidest thing ever. To waste tax payer money on investigating is insane. Mostly because I'm no lawyer, but the first thing that popped into my mind is that he could easily tell the police it wasn't pot, but pipe tobacco in that bong. Heck, that's why all those head shops have been able to sell water pipes and bongs. As long as the buyer doesn't say what they are using it for, they are able to sell (although, Tommy Chong would probably have something to say about that).
My friend sent me an email about cops investigating something else.
It took place in South Carolina, where each week for almost 30 years, a guy and his college buddies played Texas Hold 'em. It was a $20 buy in. They ordered pizza and drank beer.
A few years ago, six cops burst in and seized the money, and a small amount of marijuana. They ticketed the guy, and 20 other players for breaking a state law (that's 200 years old, prohibiting gambling on "games of chance").
Most of the guys pleaded guilty and paid a $250 fine. But five of them challenged it.
A judge will decide if it takes skill or luck, to win a poker hand. I would simply point out one of my poker buddies, Joe. He's never left a game with winnings. Although, in his defense, his dad was a high ranking cop. Maybe he knew something we didn't.
Earlier this month, a judge in Pennsylvania ruled that poker is more skill than chance, and exonerated a man that had games in his garage (with $1 buy-ins).
I hate to use a lame cliche like this...but it sure would be nice for cops to actually go out and catch real criminals.
More like this:
- Famous Faces in the News -- Dylan, Pitino, Phelps, George Michael — Aug. 17, 2009
- Michael Phelps -- 8 Gold Medals, 2 Drug Busts — Feb. 3, 2009
- The Olympics — Aug. 18, 2008
- Texas Hold 'Em — Jan. 12, 2006
- Poker 101 — June 30, 2005