Jerry Sandusky Cover up and Money Trail

Monday, May 13, 2013

Online Poker in the United States

I just got a letter from an online poker player who was unaware of recent laws in the United States pertaining to online poker. Most important thing to remember is because online poker is relatively new there are not a lot of laws on the books. First and foremost law is there can be no operators within the borders of the United States that operate an online gaming company without a license. Companies likes Twin Spires, Bet Fair currently operate in various states with horse racing licenses. Nevada recently licensed the first online poker company to operate within their borders. As for the players there is one law on the books and that is in the state of Washington where it is a felony to gamble online. In 2006 the UIGEA or Unlawful Internet Gaming Enforcement Act was passed which went into effect in January of 2010. The summary of the law was banks could not be used with their credit cards, debit cards, pay pal, or any other source to fund an online/offshore gaming account. In April of 2010 The Department of Justice came down hard on companies like Full Tilt Poker and Poker Stars who repeatedly violated this act resulting in the expulsion of these companies. There are other ways to fund offshore gaming accounts and the most popular in Western Union but recently the True Poker Network has utilized Belizean debit cards not under the jurisdiction of the United States to fund gaming accounts for US citizens. Click this link to sign u with True Poker and email for an application and directions to receive a debit card so you can enjoy online poker!

Saturday, November 26, 2011

The Streak

In college football no game is as big as Ohio State/Michigan. Granted neither team is worthy this year of national championship talk or even a BCS bowl bid. The football media seems to want Michigan to get ahold of a BCS bowl bid but that would be a New Year's day slaughter. Michigan has improved it's record this season along with statistics showing signs of a defense that was non-existent under the Richrod era and there should be a renewed hatred towards the Buckeyes with Brady Hoke taking the reigns in Ann Arbor but does that equate to a big victory over the Buckeyes?

It could but it won't. Ohio State still possesses one of the premiere defenses in the country that has kept the Buckeyes in games when their inept offenses have failed so don't expect Denard Robinson to run wild. In fact with Robinson's penchant to running the football you can expect Robinson to spend some time on the sidelines as this is going to be the hardest hitting game of the season for both teams, especially Michigan as these Buckeyes have nothing to lose and want to continue the current 7 game win streak over Michigan.

Offensively the Buckeyes lack efficiency out of the Quarterback position but still have some great depth at running back and a very physical offensive line that should create some great smash mouth football this morning. the Wolverines to crowd the line of scrimmage but also expect the Buckeyes to get a strong push with lead blocking from Zach Boren for Boom Herron to establish the Buckeye running game and than for the X-factor Braxton Miller to open up the running game with his legs on key third down conversions.

Ohio State/Michigan is a rivalry game. Master Tressell is no longer on the sidelines for Ohio State with his gaudy 9-1 record against Michigan but the players who have stomped the Wolverines for the past seasons still have the drive and mean instilled in them through Tressell. Don't expect any quarter be given by the Buckeyes as this game is about pride. Take the Buckeyes (click here to bet) on the road in a hostile environment in a low scoring game plus 7.5 points to cover and if you have nerves of steel this is a money line worth considering for a few bucks!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Turkey Day Bets

I of sound mind and faith do not have all of the answers but I do have a good eye for a good bet having won my last two documented players over the weekend. This Turkey Day we have a bunch of games and as a sports bettor if you plan on winning you have to pick the best game unless you are just an action junkie. Green Bay has got to lose sometime and playing in Detroit could be just the place. The weakness of the Packers is the offensive line. A couple of weeks ago Jared Allen and the Vikings were setting up shop in the Packers backfield but this didn't help too much because they still got torched in Lambeau.

Thursday in Detroit should be different. A fierce pass rush has proven to be not enough to rattle Packer's Aaron Rodgers who is playing lights out with quick decision making and a multitude of receivers that have speed and can run disciplined routes trusting Rodgers will get them the ball. The difference this week will be playing in the dome, the noise factor.

On the other side of the ball Matt Stafford and the Lions offense have been lighting it up this year also. Matched up against the Packers defense ranked in the lower half of the league while the Lions are much more formidable. Don't underestimate the Packers though as the defensive rankings don't tell the entire story as the Packers are a league leader in turnovers. In Detroit this should be a tight game take the Lions plus the points! This doesn't mean Green Bay won't walk out of the dome undefeated.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Moral Obligations

Ever since Frank Noonan decided to use his position as a State Police Commissioner he went overboard with slandering Joe Paterno with the for lack of legal terms "moral obligation". If you are going to make a judgement on Joe Paterno than judge the whole book. Judge how he deferred NFL offers years ago to stick around at Penn State. Judge Paterno on his large donations to the University to assist students in learning in a personal amount in excess of $4 million. Judge Paterno on 61 years of loyal service to the University. Judge Paterno on his 46 years as the head coach and barely a whisper of rule breaking other than a few players that got arrested for infractions. Most importantly judge Paterno on his actions in the aftermath of the 1997 accusation against Jerry Sandusky for improper interaction with a child. Paterno seemed to be the guy who made the right judgement than in pushing Sandusky out of Penn State for character issues and it was the board of trustees along with Wendell Courtney that brought Sandusky right back in with an enhanced "retirement package".

Any head football coach in his right mind with an assistant who was named assistant coach of the year, twice wouldn't push him out at the age of 55 if it was all about the wins. Joe is the last person to impose age discrimination. A head coach would not push out an assistant who coached one of the best defenses in the country if it was all about the wins. Sandusky might arguably be the most successful assistant coach with tenure in the history of NCAA football. Sandusky we can only assume his reasons for leaving the PSU football program but in wake of the 1997 child abuse accusations it's safe to assume "the different direction" Joe Paterno was looking for what character and not winning football games.

Frank Noonan is a police commissioner, this does not make him a morals judge, he is paid to stop and prohibit criminal activity like child abuse. Since Noonan is going to have such a strong opinion on Joe Paterno I have a strong opinion on Frank Noonan. Frank Noonan used the "morals obligation" to focus the spotlight on Joe Paterno as an enabler for the alleged child abuse scandal. Also since the "morals obligation" term has been used by his boss Governor Tom Corbett is appears the two are in cahoots.

Governor Corbett the former attorney general knew about Jerry Sandusky, heck he knew all about Penn State as he is on the board of trustees that fired Joe Pa. Check out this video it says it all about Tom Corbett and "moral obligations". Let's just get rid of "moral obligations" before it becomes a law whereby the holier than thou Noonan and Corbett can use that against the rest of us that stand in their way.

* footnote: Corbett has a striking resemblance to "Police Squad's" Lieutenant Frank Drebin? I think Drebin would have made a better attorney general.

Sunday, November 20, 2011


It's been few weeks since the President of the Second Mile Charity Jerry Sandusky and former assistant coach/defensive coordinator who retired in 1999 at Penn State University was arrested for a series of child molestation charges. The popular immediate reaction was very emotional as the molestation of children is universally appalling but we need to remember that right now the allegations are just that allegations with no in court proof which is necessary to make a legal judgement against this horrific act.

The ugliness of this crime was it occurred for over 14 years that is documented who knows if it last less or more if the crimes indeed occurred. One of the most important factors was if these crimes did indeed happen than a lot of people were fooled and these were the exact words of 61 year PSU employee and former head football coach who lost his job due to the new by law which was made up by Pennsylvania State Police Commissioner Frank Noonan for not meeting his "moral obligations" despite following rules and the law on second hand information.

The people who were fooled starts with Ray Gricar and the Centre County Police Department. Gricar is the district attorney who dismissed 1997 charges against Sandusky for taking showers in the nude with minors. Despite admission of showering incidents this huge scandal might have been stopped there and than but it nothing was done by law enforcement at the time possibly due to Sandusky's status as a Penn State assistant coach. Regardless I have to make another special mention to State Commissioner Frank Noonan to publicly reprimand the Centre County Police Department for not "meeting their moral obligations". Can't say much to Ray Gricar who has been mysteriously missing and presumed dead since April of 2005.

Next up on the fooled by Sandusky list is the adoption agencies that allowed him to adopt 6 children. One of the responsibilities of adoption agencies is to do a thorough background check on adopting parents. If Sandusky is found guilty than these adoption agencies who are paid to investigate the backgrounds of prospective adopting parents failed miserably by sending children to a person capable of child molestation.

We cannot forget about the foster care agencies that allowed for Jerry to take in foster children over the years. As a matter of fact The Second Mile Charity was applauded by politicians from former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum to George Herbert Bush.

I still recall sitting in a sports bar back in the 90's with a former Penn State alumnus and friend while watching an Ohio State/Penn State game while ABC-ESPN was doing a special on Sandusky about all his great work. When you adopt six kids you have to have good character considering paid professionals investigate the person but this one got past one of the major networks for their on air pseudo canonization of Sandusky on air for all his work with foster kids, the Second Mile Charity, and association with the Penn State football program. Hey we all make mistakes if you were fooled.

The Penn State University board of trustees were fooled because it's the board of trustees that approved of Jerry Sandusky's retirement package that included emeritus status, full use of PSU facilities and an office and phone in a University building to conduct fund raising for The Second Mile Charity.

The State of Pennsylvania Governor's office: Former Governor Democrat Ed Rendell approved of a $3 million dollar grant for the Second Mile Charity and when current governor and former State Attorney General Republican Tom Corbett who sits on the Penn State board of trustees entered office his administration required all pending grants be reviewed and it was approved by Governor Corbett unless he didn't read what he was signing. So Rendell was fooled along with Corbett, not bad fooling two governors.

Actually it's highly debatable that Corbett was fooled because he was handling the Sandusky investigation for child molestation as early as 2009 but it probably slipped his mind while writing thank you letters to Sandusky's Second Mile Foundation for $460,000 worth of campaign donations while Corbett was running for State Attorney General and another $200,000 for the Governor's office in 2010.

So state agencies, major networks, adoption agencies, politicians on up to the White House, foster agencies, and the people who approve of grants giving away free money were all fooled by Jerry Sandusky who seem to have been given a pass but heaven forbid, Joe Paterno the 84 year old head coach of Penn State University who has not worked with Sandusky since 1999 and has no supervision authority over Sandusky is the one person who the public, the Penn State board of trustees, Governor Corbett and Frank Noonan all want to point the finger at.

The old man would probably point a finger if he wanted to lower himself to the levels of the self righteous but it appears he has taken the high road and with his 20/20 hindsight vision wishes he would have done more when he heard about the accusations on top of making considerable donations to the University, raising funds for the University to support academics and coaching a football team, supervising his coaches and being a voice of vast experiences in life to influence hundreds of young men on how to be good responsible, respectable adults.

As of today the Second Mile Charity is closing it's charitable doors likely before too much investigation is done into the charity which seems to be the center point of the cover up of alleged child sexual molestation.

NFL Pick of the Day

Well since I nailed the Arizona Wildcats plus 10.5 points yesterday might as well make another pick since I am on a roll. The game that sticks out is Seattle plus 3 visiting St. Louis. The Rams have been improving in recent weeks but so have the Seahawks and the match up favors Seattle. Marshawn Lynch has been running wild lately rushing for consecutive 100 yard games against the top two rush defenses in the past two weeks against Dallas and Baltimore respectively. This week it gets much easier against the 31st ranked Ram defense.

On the flip side St. Louis has been playing much better with Steven Jackson picking up the Ram ground attach while the inconsistent Sam Bradford is experiencing a sophmore slump after being named rookie of the year in 2010. The Rams have been playing much better in recent weeks only losing on the road to Arizona in overtime but all games have been close with New Orleans, Arizona, and Cleveland winning two of three. Meanwhile Seattle has been erratic but the ground game getting stronger in recent weeks has been beneficial in keeping the defense off the field plus opening up passing opportunities for Tavaris Jackson, the game could go either way but with points and a strong rushing attack look for Seattle to be in this game to the very end and either pull it out or have victory snatched in the final minutes regardless it will be a close one as these teams played tight games last year with Seattle coming out on top both times en route to a division title.

Take the Seahawks plus the points for a conservative amount.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Territory Cup; Saturday's Pick of the Day

It's Saturday the day college football fans can focus on football and not deal with the overload of weekday drama. I'll have my eyes on the Penn State game but only because I am an Ohio State alum and looking for the Buckeyes to stick it to the Nittany Lions. It's not a game I am going to bet on as my game is tonight in a rivalry I know a little something about, the Territorial Cup

What is the Territorial Cup, it's a battle for supremacy in the state of Arizona. These teams just flat out hate each other, fights are the norm on the field of play and expect to see a lot of yellow flags. For the Arizona Wildcats this is their bowl game, with high expectations heading into the season led by one of the top 5 quarterbacks heading into next year's NFL draft Nick Foles along with his favorite receiver another NFL ready player Javon Criner who is just the best of a very deep receiving corp that should face little resistance from the Sun Devil defense. The Sun Devils have the 92nd ranked pass defense in the NCAA this year. Not to be outdone the Wildcats have the overall 107th ranked defense so it should be a shootout tonight in Tempe. The total is indicative of no defense, all offense and a lot of points with an over/under of 70.

The history of this game is a tight one too with the last two games between these two hated rivals separated by only 4 points including Sun Devil come from behind victory last year in Tucson that sent the Wildcats on a slide that they have not forgotten and will be seeking sweet revenge.

Having lived in Tempe, Arizona and spent two years in Tucson I know that either team can win this game. For Arizona State a win means a possible tie with USC for the Pac 10 South and spot in the first Pac 10 Championship game. For Arizona they are 2-8 and this is their bowl game plus a chance to knock Arizona State out of the title game which is sweeter. When it comes to records in this game, they say throw them out and I have seen Rose Bowls destroyed in this game for both of these teams. In a toss up game the Sun Devils are favored by 10.5. consider it the best bet of the day and take the Wildcats +10.5. In a shootout neither team will get too far ahead the pressure is on the Sun Devils to win and they will probably play tighter and with the talent levels about the same the Wildcats will play much looser and if not win the game put a scare into ASU with the game decided in the waning moments.

Notice the picture, the kicker for Arizona State is about to plant the pitchfork in the A at the 50 yard line in Tucson after kicking the game winner in the 2010 ASU victory, this one is sticking in the minds of every Wildcat player wanting a piece of the Sun Devils.