Vegas Ought to Bet on Clean Energy

Spending time in Vegas gave me an opportunity, yet again, to experience the power of the almighty dollar.

But it’s not the gambling I’m referring to. Although the din of the slots, cries of anguish at the craps games and cool stares from packed blackjack tables are something to behold.

No, it’s the Vegas thirst for electrical power that gets me thinking. Massive voltage travels from the grid into the various mini cities on the Strip — like the new Palazzo resort hotel, which with the Venetian has about 8,000 rooms. That energy flows into the MGM Grand, Caesar’s Palace, the Flamingo and all the rest. Just the air conditioning bill would crush a third-world country. Toss in the rest of the operations, high-definition billboards and lighting that can be seen from the space shuttle, and it’s enough to keep Nevada Power Co. one of the most stable and profitable investments of all time.

But imagine this: What if Vegas went big for alternative energy and energy efficiency? It’s a risk, sure. But where else can you bet on a Wizard of Oz slot, get beer delivered and take a leak just 10 paces away? Vegas thrives on risk.

And while energy efficiency retrofits have proved their value, renewables still have a way to go. For instance, Forbes’ Devon Swezey predicts a clean tech crash. “The reason is simple,” Swezey writes. “Clean energy is still much more expensive and less reliable than coal or gas.”

And the economy bites, subsidies are dying and public sector budgets look like a two-egg breakfast left overnight outside in the hall at the Paris. So what?

That’s really not what’s driving the industry right now. For instance, go outside on the Strip in Vegas and breathe the air. Accompanying the constant stale stench of fried food, ambiance of public urination, sweat and other gross stuff is a good dose of pollution. That isn’t fresh air. And it isn’t just Vegas.

The truth is the air is nasty in most big cities. Sure, beautiful Fresno has some of the worst. I was introduced to asthma here. Nothing like it, especially on a long run. Might as well get punched in the face. There’s a cost to that. Coal and gas may be cheap per kilowatt, but that energy becomes very costly just multiplied by 100 million people trouping into pharmacies for treatment of allergy-related ailments.

And then there’s the whole carbon debate. Fox News may try to sidestep the issue, but it’s pretty clear we’ve got a serious problem.

“Here is the truth: The Earth is round; Saddam Hussein did not attack us on 9/11; Elvis is dead; Obama was born in the United States; and the climate crisis is real. It is time to act,” says Al Gore in a piece for Rolling Stone.

I tend to believe it. And I’m not the only one.

Tom Daykin of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinal writes about Fritz Kreiss and Catherine McQueen, whose 19-room Green Leaf Inn in rural Delavan, Wisc. uses a wind turbine, geothermal energy and solar power to produce a nonexistent carbon footprint.

And tax and audit company KPMG LLP has announced it leveraged a 22 percent carbon reduction in overall operations over three years. That’s KPMG, hardly a tree-hugging hippy, and its pursuing a plan to improve the environmental performance of its business.

I collected a relatively long list, but I’ll keep this rant somewhat short.

So where else but Vegas would clean energy be better showcased? A silly town in the desert nobody thought would be successful. Heck, if that were the case, it really would’ve dried up during this “recession.” But no, the World Series of Poker was a huge success this year, and people flocked despite unreal dinner prices.

So dress that next casino hotel resort with solar panels, tap some geothermal and go LED crazy. Yeah, in Vegas baby.

Heisman Odds – Big 12 Quarterbacks Dominate Odds

Using the odds at Malversports as a barometer, it appears as if Florida Gators’ Tim Tebow has some significant work to do if he is going to become the first player to win back to back Heisman Trophy awards since Archie Griffin way back in 1975. The lefthanded run-happy quarterback entered the 2008 campaign as Malvernsports’ 3-1 favorite to have his name called out at the Downtown Athletic Club on December 15th.

Currently paying out at 7-1, Tebow has some work to do in order to add a second Heisman to his trophy case. Overall his numbers are down from last years personal offensive barrage; however, his stats are still quite impressive tallying 19 passing and 11 rushing touchdowns so far. The fact that the Gators are the favorties (+160) to win the BCS National Championship and have absolutely destroyed everyone in their path since their only loss to Mississippi in late September, can’t hurt Tebow’s chances.

The three players that Malversports’ handicappers have ahead of the reigning Heisman owner all have a couple things in common; they are all quarterbacks and they all play in the pass happy Big 12 Conference. Texas Tech’s Graham Harrell and Oklahoma’s Sam Bradford are the current co-favorites paying out at +150; right on their heels is Texas Longhorns’ Colt McCoy (+300).

Coincidentally, the two favorites square off this weekend as Harrell’s Aggies travel to Norman Oklahoma to take on Bradford’s Sonners. This game is sure to have National Championship implications and the winning QB could very well separate himself from the pack in the Heisman running.

From a stats perspective, it is hard to distinguish a favorite from the three Big 12 signal callers. What all three have done is simply amazing considering they all play in the same conference. To even think that one of these three won’t even make the All Big 12 Second Team is unfathomable.

Through ten games, Harrell has 36 TDs to just 5 interceptions and has completed a staggering 71.7% of his passes. Meanwhile,Bradford has thrown for 38 scores to just 6 picks while completing almost 68% of his passes. Finally, McCoy has tossed 30 TDs, only 7 interceptions while completing a mind-boggling 77.2% of his passes.

With the 2008 College football regular season approaching its conclusion, be sure to log onto Malvernsports.com to check out the latest odds on who will win College Football’s most prestigious award. Also, be sure to do all your Bowl game betting with Malvernsports where you will be able to take advantage of “No Juice” on EVERY 2008 Bowl game.

Odds to win the Heisman Trophy:

Graham Harrell +150

Sam Bradford +150

Colt McCoy +300

Tim Tebow +700

Michael Crabtree +1000

Chase Daniels +2000

Max Hall +3000

Mark Sanchez +3000

Javon Ringer +4000

Knowshon Moreno +4000

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Poker Book Review – All In – An E-guide To No Limit Texas Hold’em by Amarillo Slim Preston

I am really not much of a book reviewer but I would like to share this with you. While visiting Amarillo Slim’s new website http://amarilloslim.org I came across Amarillo Slim’s new ebook, All In: An E-guide To No Limit Texas Hold’em, I believe it to be the greatest and most educational book on poker yet. With so many books about poker on the market at first I was skeptical, figuring old Slim was just trying to cash in on the poker craze like everyone else but then I read the book and found It is just simply written and easy to understand. The chapter on hand odds is worth the price of the book, much less the starting hands and tells chapters that give a special insight to a great poker mind at work and a story you will not want to miss. this book also dives into many other aspects of poker including psychology, table position, and of course finding games you can beat. This book was not only informative but very entertaining.

So if you are looking for some good reading or a poker lesson that you actually learn something from, this is the book for you.

Amarillo Slim Preston is a true poker legend, member of five halls of fame, winner of five WSOP bracelets, including the WSOP Championship in 1972. Besides poker, he is also known as a world class billiard’s player and one of the most publicized proposition gamblers in history, making him one of the most successful and recognizable gamblers the world has ever known.

Fantasy Baseball Variations

The types of fantasy baseball games vary greatly because there are so many permutations possible in the basic styles. With the exception of single category leagues, all the other options can be, and are, played with the others in leagues all around the world. Every possible combination of the aspects described in this chapter are used. It’s not uncommon to see a league with a straight draft using players from both the AL and NL and having no keepers. The kinds of leagues that are the focus of this book are pretty much the opposite: single leagues with keepers and an auction draft. To each his own. So, with no further ado, following are the different types of fantasy baseball game variations.

The simplest forms of fantasy baseball are single category games, better known as pools, where people buy in for some denomination of cash, and usually the winner takes all. One that I’ve been part of (at Bobby Valentine’s restaurant in Stamford, Connecticut) is a home-run pool. The goal is to pick any number of players (generally 5 or 10) and get credit for each home run that your players hit throughout the season. It can also be played with wins, saves, stolen bases, hits, runs, or any other stat. This is more or less pure gambling and strictly a game of chance, so I will not spend much time on it.

Advantages of a pool include:

– Very simple to organize.

– One-shot draft; no team management.

– Following your team is not time consuming since the players selected are usually the biggest stars who get the most exposure.

– Easy to administer with a very large group of people.

– A single person can quickly compile the statistics and standings without using a stats service.

Disadvantages of a pool include:

– It’s not especially challenging.

– You have the same players for the whole season.

– The game becomes one-dimensional to you since you’re only looking for your players to do one thing.

– There’s very little interaction between teams throughout the season.