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Get Out Your Phones New York and You Can Start Betting!
Get Out Your Phones New York and You Can Start Betting!
Monday was a big day for sports wagerers that reside in the State of New York. After watching the New York Racing Association successfully launch their mobile app and seeing their fellow enthusiasts in other states being able to bet on NFL games right from their phones, New Yorkers can finally join the party. On Monday New York State Gaming Commission gave the OK for 9 operators to launch mobile sports betting sites for the state.
Are the Yankees the Capital Region's Favorite Team?
Are the Yankees the Capital Region's Favorite Team?
Who is the Capital Region's most beloved sports team? I think we know but let's take a look anyhow. There are probably some major professional sports teams and leagues that we can toss immediately. The NHL is easy to toss. Besides the lack of general popularity, a direct result of Gary Bettman's reign as commissioner, the NHL fanbase in the Capital Region is too fractured.
What is Your Ballpark Beer of Choice?
What is Your Ballpark Beer of Choice?
Going to a Major League Ballpark, enjoying a cold beer and a hot dog, is a tradition that has been passed down through generations in the United States. When I went to my first New York Mets game, the only beer available in Shea Stadium was a Rheingold. As my dad used to tell me, "they owned the taps." Schaefer had the same thing going on at Yankee Stadium. That was the 1970's. Today people want variety and according to an article by Eno Sarris of The Athletic, people aren't getting wide choice of beers in every ballpark.
Iowa State Football Fans Must Think Ashton Kutcher Stinks
Iowa State Football Fans Must Think Ashton Kutcher Stinks
You had better be careful what you drop on social media about your personal hygiene, especially if you are a high profile actor, who is married to a high profile actress. According to an article by New York Daily News entertainment writer Karu F. Daniels, former 70's Show actors Ashton Kutcher and his wife, also a 70's Show alum, Mila Kunis, "surprised fans about their bathing habits when they revealed on the Armchair Expert podcast that they do not bathe their children every day." Wow, those kind of comments may leave a smell and they did for the Hollywood star.
Who Are New York's 5 Biggest Sports Stars?
Who Are New York's 5 Biggest Sports Stars?
Monday night, New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso had just hit his 18th home run of the season. He was rounding 3rd base and as he faced his teammates in the dugout he began to do an imitation of a Pete Towsend guitar windmill. Alonso was indicating to his fellow Amazin's that they were rockin'. Pete Alonso likes to have fun and he's not afraid to show it. Following his second Home Run Derby Championship, the young first baseman is blossoming into a star. But is Pete Alonso one of the Top 5 Sports Stars in the Empire State, I don't think so. Let's take a look.
An Optimist's Skeptical Eye on Name, Likeness, Image and the NCAA
An Optimist's Skeptical Eye on Name, Likeness, Image and the NCAA
It's hard not to be skeptical of the NCAA or some of the larger conferences, aka the Power 5 schools, when it comes to things like, well, paying student-athletes above and beyond their tuition, room and board and more recently, a "cost of attendance" stipend. Yes, they are institutes of higher learning but over the years even some of the most prestigious universities in the United States, such as Notre Dame, Stanford, Duke and even Harvard have been marred by athletic scandals. Then add in the football and basketball powerhouses that occupy your tv screen every week and the list of improprieties would make your head spin.

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