Initially built by NASA to set lines for the Las Vegas casinos in the late 1950s (Who do you think funded the Apollo missions? The government? It was the mob …), The Sin City Betbot 6000 calculated lines for over 30 years. The Betbot was given various upgrades through the years, not always with the best equipment, but he was very good at setting lines, and living the good life.
The Betbot was de-commissioned in 1990 after San Francisco destroyed Denver in the Super Bowl. The 45-point spread simply fried a number of the Betbot’s wires and he retired. The Betbot was discovered by Fantasysharks.com and retooled to give fantasy advice. He lives now to give his own unique, well-cultured take on the NFL. The Sin City Betbot 6000 Presents is transcribed by Tom Walls because “typing … BZZT … is a dame’s job.”
Sen. Arlen Specter was a close, personal friend of mine. We didn’t always see eye-to-eye, but when Arlen disagreed with you, he did it respectfully and with passion. I disagreed with his findings leading the Warren Commission, Lee Harvey Oswald did NOT act…BZZZT…alone. Anyone with two transistors to rub together could tell you that. But I did agree with him when he went after the NFL post-SpyGate.
Specter was a frustrated Eagles fan (as are all Eagles fans, let’s be bleeping honest). When he learned that the NFL neatly tied up the investigations within a week of beginning the bleeping investigation, well he knew something was rotten; and he was right.
Roger Goodell was a guy who owed his job to good buddy Robert Kraft. The rampant cheating of the Patriots was an embarrassment to the NFL; and according to a recent ESPN report, Kraft fell on his sword and strummed out a nice little apology for the owners. SpyGate was bad for business (imagine the effects on betting in Las Vegas if it got out in larger circles that the NFL allowed this abhorrent cheating). It was messy, it would have been a PR nightmare. What do you do about the Super Bowls the Patriots cheated their way to? Do you name the teams they vanquished as Super Bowl champs? So the NFL, led by Goodell, made the decision to clean it up; to destroy all of the evidence (and there was a lot) and move on with some slaps on the wrist for the Patriots and the Grand Poohbah of Underhandedness Bill Belichick.
It was a lazy, cowardly decision. It was wrong. It cheated the game, it cheated the fans of the 31 other teams who weren’t so outrageous as to cheat so systemically. It wasn’t fair to the people who put faith in a fair playing field, who thought their teams were going up against a team playing by the same rules. It wasn’t fair to the fans who took second mortgages to see their teams battle the Patriots in person at Super Bowls, only to have their hopes crushed. Not by a team who out-battled their chosen team; but by a crew of sneaky, arrogant cheats who had only a passing respect for the NFL Rulebook.
Arlen Specter smelled a rat, and he was right. Unfortunately, it wasn’t an issue serious enough for Congress to seriously take up; but he was right. The dirty laundry that’s being aired now won’t help the teams…BZZZZT… who were cheated out of a fair shot at a title. Robert Kraft and his crew of snickering scamps get away with scandal after scandal. That small bit schadenfreude, the burning of Goodell by his old pal Kraft, is the one sweet scrap the rest of us can get out of this; but it’s a bitter bitter bite, and it rusts my gears seeing the game I love besmirched so.
Goodell has got to go.