Ever have a feeling you can’t shake? Stupid question, I know.
Already, this Oct. 7 HBO documentary about the colossal free-fall of Craig Carton has caused suspicion. That’s likely because Carton, who after his release from prison after just over one year of his 3 ½-year sentence for millions of dollars in fraud, instills suspicion.
HBO’s widely distributed trailer shows a dramatized $1 million in gambling cash stuffed into a bag, as well as Carton’s sensational claim that he “borrowed over $30 million to gamble with.”
I don’t know who his backers were, but they’d have to be a combination of rich and stupid, an abnormal kinship. And if there’s anyone who believes that over the long haul or even a week, he or she knows a guy who can regularly beat a casino at blackjack they wouldn’t have millions to invest in Carton’s “can’t-lose” genius.
Beyond that, if Carton genuinely knew that he could regularly beat casinos at blackjack, he wouldn’t need or want anyone’s backing nor cut them in on his haul. He’d be in on his own.
There’s a scamdicapper element to this, the football tout claiming that he hits 78 percent winners — yet he’ll sell you his picks for 50 bucks. But such touts don’t move betting lines because they’re regarded as sports books as scam artists, no gambler needs paid help to assist them in losing their money.
It seems logical that the documentary will be somewhat sympathetic toward Carton and his addiction in order to have ensured Carton’s appearance and fresh interviews.
But how does a man so self-deluded and self-destroyed resume a career as a shock jock, a put-down artist and slinger of defamations and crudities regardless of whether he uses sports as a prop?
Sports radio, now immersed in gambling ads and shows that promise young adult male listeners millions in exchange for spare change, would make Carton’s resumption of his career somewhat easy. And he has to get to work paying $5 million in restitution — not all that much if one considers Carton’s claim that he “borrowed” more than $30 million with which to gamble.
So beyond the short-term novelty act of Carton returning to the air as a convicted felon, his renewed attachment to gambling, even at a distance, and the advertising revenues gleaned from what suddenly became an enormous sports gambling industry with the greed-driven blessings of sports commissioners, team owners and media magnates, makes 21st Century sense.
Carton might still be very good for the radio business, thus nothing else matters, even if he has to schedule his appearances around appointments with his parole officer. Big deal. To the spoilers go the spoils.
NBC coverage covers where else to watch U.S. Open
There’s a reason NBC’s big-event host, Mike Tirico, couldn’t stop pitching NBC’s new Peacock Network during the first two rounds of must-see U.S. Open coverage:
NBC and the USGA conspired to turn the Open into the latest money-grabbing bait-and-switch, starting Thursday afternoon when live coverage on NBC or NBC’s Golf Channel suddenly disappeared to directives that the rest can be seen via streaming on the Peacock Network.
And, said Tirico, it’s easy to make that switch to something that few know anything about. So the U.S. Open was exploited to sell a new NBC viewing device. Those viewers who were watching suddenly could go to hell.
Naturally, the USGA, incredulously could have told NBC, “You want to do what to live coverage of the Open?” NBC’s scheme should have been dismissed as preposterous.
But what was once rejected as “out of the question” has been replaced with, “How much?”
Thursday’s live coverage disappeared for nearly six minutes as Tirico conducted a split screen remote interview with Hale Irwin, who won the 1974 Open at Winged Foot.
That interview lasted far longer than needed because, as Tirico obediently said coming and going, it was commercially sponsored. It was conducted not for viewer enlightenment but for money.
So as if nothing happened, Showtime has resumed production of “All the Smoke,” starring Matt Barnes and Stephen Jackson, two ex-NBA players who had rotten behavior in common and still rely on vulgarities and calling black men the N-word to attract and sustain an audience.
Jackson returns after issuing hateful, ignorant comments about Jews, would fully expect and advocate the firing of a white man for such remarks about blacks. Yet he continues work as if he’s immune from such a standard. And he’s right.
As for Showtime, owned by Viacom/CBS, why not state the self-evident: “We tolerate anti-Semitism.”
Fox’s Erin Andrews was shocked that an empty stadium allowed her to hear Tom Brady holler vulgarities?
In 2014, CBS caught Brady angrily screaming “F–k!” on the Patriots sideline. So what did CBS do? It replayed the scene three times, twice in slow-motion to ensure that everyone, and of all ages, got the message.
‘Official’ sponsors officially annoying
How to avoid road rage: Don’t listen to Jets or Giants games on the radio. They are so slathered in commercials — between plays, too — for the “Official Whatever of the New York Jets or Giants” that even the ads before the ads are sponsored.
Giants radio includes ads for the “Official Ear Buds of the New York Giants” — seriously — as well as competing auto manufacturers allowing the promotion of the “Official Luxury Car of the New York Giants.” How play-by-play men Bob Papa, Giants, and Bob Wischusen, Jets, can focus on the games is worthy of a documentary or cranial examinations.
Several readers have noted that home run or strikeout Dave Kingman was just a bit before his time. Heck, in 1975 with the Mets, he struck out 153 times, hit 36 homers and batted .231. In 2020, those are superstar numbers!
So now that anyone with a three-digit IQ recognizes that Marxist burn-and-loot Black Lives Matter may be the biggest con job in U.S. history, what of its victims? Does Grant Napear, fired as a racist by the NBA Kings after 32 years as its broadcast voice for tweeting “All Lives Matter,” have his career and reputation restored?
Here’s a modest request of the Golf Channel: Wake up! It continues to cover putts toward the lower part of the screen with scrolling graphics.
Anyone else starting to like “Washington Football Team” — WFT — as a keeper?
Assisted living: Fox’s NFL time/score graphics now include a dot to indicate which team has the ball — for those who need such help.
Reader Vin Ryan: “Mike Trout is first in homers, second in RBIs, hitting .296 and playing a great center field. Yet, he’s 15th in the AL in WAR?” I’ve sung it for years, Vin, “WAR, what is it good for?”
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