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October 5, 2012

VINCENT DAVIS: Gamblers: The last real Americans

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Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — The people who run and frequent these sites are providing a vital service, whether you win or lose, someone is taking home some money, money that even if re-invested in more gambling, stimulates the economy. If it weren’t for the precarious moral position that many people place gambling in I believe a candidate could run on a platform of opening OTB’s and horse tracks in every major city, yet where is the celebration for these, the men and women closely following baseball, America’s third favorite pastime (behind football and “Dancing with the Stars”)?

Many people would agree that Wednesday’s debate was the most boring ninety minutes of television they’ll sit through this month, ‘Law and Order: SVU is only an hour long and even they realize that in order to get people to sit still and watch glorified office work go on for that long they need to throw in missing runaways and scenes that show how agent Benson’s main weakness is that he just cares too much.

If you’re not a major fan of the team playing and you don’t have an appreciation for the statistical gamesmanship it takes to win a baseball game you may wonder how anyone can sit still for the hours it takes to complete a game. After all, a pitcher throwing a perfect game is more or less a glorified game of catch between two grown men.

Yet regardless of political affiliation or interest in the A’s, gamblers and their bookies were hanging on every word of the debates and every pitch thrown that night. According to a University of Iowa study, gamblers as a group are more accurate than polls when it comes to predicting who will next run this great nation.

What I’m saying is, despite their pension for vice, we can all learn something from gamblers.

Vincent Davis II is a Cornell graduate, DJ, and market development specialist in the IT industry. His column appears on the second and fourth Friday of every month. He can be contacted at vincedavis06@gmail.com

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