Short Takes For The First Sunday of August

The Miracle of Durango. Football & Football.  Weed and the Jetsons. Judgement Day.  Johnny Be Bad.  A Wager.  Thanks.

Amazing that an aircraft filled with 100 passengers lifts off the runway at Mexico’s Durango airport only to be pushed back down by the force of wind shear.  The plane is slammed back down and the pilot steers the plane off the end of the runway….where it then catches fire.  Injuries, yes.  Fatalities, no.  Kudos to the passengers, many who are climbing back on planes to finally head to their destinations.  Extremely lucky.

Thursday night’s Hall of Fame game officially kicked off the start of the National Football League season.  Tomorrow’s Community Shield gets us ready for the start of the Premier League.  College football is three weeks away and Major League Soccer’s season is heading into it’s final third of the season.  Let’s get ready for some football!

Marijuana production and the private commercialization of space.  Who would have thought that these two industries would ever evolve? Marijuana companies across the globe are on pace to raise a record $8 billion by the end of 2018 as more companies go public and scale to meet growing demand.  When you think about who’s in charge of cutting-edge spaceflight in 2018, #SpaceX is probably the first name that comes to mind. Maybe Orbital ATK; or Blue Origin, owned by Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos.  Fueled by legislation, these two industries are poised for amazing growth over the next decade.  Unthinkable ten years ago.

Unfortunately power, money and control sometimes affects people and leads to very poor judgement.  These factors come into play with business, sports, church, and school administrators.  Now Ohio State University’s head football coach, the second highest paid college football coach in the country, is caught up in a serious issue relating to one of his former assistant coaches.  I truly believe in due process so let’s allow the six members of the investigating committee to come to their conclusion.  Let’s hope that a clear and transparent investigation yields a clear and transparent decision.  At a minimum, a very sad situation for #Urban Meyer.

Great debut #JohnnyManziel.  Four interceptions – in the first half alone.  Sometimes, what goes around comes around.  At least you are hanging out in the great city of Montreal.  Bonne Chance, Johnny.

Thanks to a U.S. Supreme Court decision striking down the federal ban on wagering outside of Nevada, you can or soon will be able to bet on sports in a variety of other states. That decision has led to a constantly changing climate for sports gambling around the country, with states moving forward on legal wagering or starting to talk about the issue.  Outside of Nevada, you can now wager on sports in West Virginia, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Mississippi, and Rhode Island.  In New York, the law did not change but you can wager at the State’s four commercial casinos.  Other states are bound to follow which should turn the illegal gambling industry upside down.

This post marks my 90th blog.  A great challenge for me, especially with avoiding politics and religion.  Thanks for taking the time to read and comment.  

Adios and Have a Funday Sunday.

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