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October 5, 2012

VINCENT DAVIS: Gamblers: The last real Americans

Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — Wednesday night the American people, through the magic of television, were able to experience not one, but two historic events that will no doubt have an impact on all of us in the coming months.

Every major television network covered the first of three Presidential debates which are historic by the virtue that there are so few of them, and rare=important, and the Oakland A’s won the AL West and are heading into the post-season in the number one spot despite an April prediction that had them going 73-89.

There were people who watched one of those things happen with a dogged interest, I’m sure many people missed both of those things and would go on with their lives happily unaware were it not for the fact that ‘the media’ will basically talk about nothing but those two events until Monday.

But do you know who followed both of Wednesday’s major shows while furiously taking notes and fact checking, the sweat of their furrowed brow dripping into the empty mug that once contained their lifeblood, coffee (or in some cases, whiskey)? Gamblers and the people who take their bets.

This is the new millennium, a special time where one can gamble on absolutely anything. You think you know who’s going to take home the win on “Cake Wars” this season, you say that the Bills are breaking their decade long playoffs drought, you’ve figured out what Honey Boo Boo is going to do next? Put your money where your mouth is.

No one is a better or more dedicated fan of anything than the person who has his rent check, car payment or next few trips to Taco Bell riding on the outcome. Do a Google search for “election betting sites” and you’ll get more than 500,000 results, do the same search for “sports betting sites” and you’ll get more than 29 million.

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