- The story of the Shinnecock tribe's proposal to build a massive full casino at the Big A that would dwarf the proposed 4,500 machine VLT parlor made for a good front-page headline at the NY Daily News on an otherwise slow Sunday. But it's highly unlikely to become a reality. Casinos other than racetrack VLT parlors are illegal in the state, unless built on land owned by a tribe that is recognized by the Department of the Interior's Bureau of Indian Affairs. Although the tribe has been recognized by a federal judge, the bureau has yet to follow suit, saying a decision might not be made until 2014.
The bureau has said it can't get to the Shinnecocks' case until 2009, and that a decision couldn't be made until five years after that. [Newsday]Yeah, the wheels of government turn slowly alright, unless its funding a failed war. The tribe is awaiting a court's decision on their plan to build a casino on Eastern Long Island, but even a favorable decision would be subservient to their federal tribe status. However, according to the News' report, should the court rule that they have the right to build that casino, the tribe would try for a global settlement with the state and feds — giving it tribal recognition and making the land around the racetrack reservation property.
The proposal calls for over 10,000 slot machines as well as a full array of table games; and would have nothing to do with operating the racetrack. The Shinnecocks have no experience with running a casino, but they have a willing partner in Gateway Casino Resorts. That company is run by Marian Ilitch, the wife of Detroit Tigers' owner Mike Ilitch, who, of course and according to major league baseball rules, has nothing at all to do with his wife's business! Of course, you can find all you need to know about the Ilitch clan over at The Verifiable Truth. Gateway operates the MotorCity Casino in Detroit, a venture which is apparently having some problems of its own.
The Albany Times-Union's Capitol Confidential today reports that the State Investigations Committee received an eight page complaint alleging a giant conspiracy between Spitzer, Getnick and Getnick, NYRA and Excelsior to award the franchise to the latter two. The document also claims that a leak from the federal government was behind the Times-Union's story on the FBI investigation of Bruno that caused Jared Abbruzzese to have to leave Empire. If it sounds to you as if Empire may be behind this - the report itself points out that it "echoes the cries of collusion between NYRA and Excelsior and unfair treatment by the state already made by Empire Racing Associates CEO Jeff Perlee" - you're certainly not alone. An Empire spokesperson denies that it sent anything to the committee. Nontheless:
Several people in the racing industry who have reviewed or been briefed on the complaint, a copy of which was obtained by the Times Union, view it as "a Hail Mary pass" from a desperate Empire, calling it "ridiculous" and full of inaccuracies.- I don't want the Red Sox to win the World Series. Not that I'm a huge Yankee fan, but I dunno, I just prefer it when Red Sox Nation flies their flag at its accustomed half mast. So I turned the TV off in disgust the other night when Rafael Perez, brought into the game prematurely by manager Eric Wedge, served up two breaking balls that you could have hung the Mona Lisa on to Manny Ramirez and Mike Lowell, who both hit them out of sight for a 6-5 Sox lead. I pictured Boston on its way to a sweep at that point, so imagine my surprise when I turned the game back on and saw that it was tied.
NYRA Chairman Steve Duncker called the memo a "pack of outright lies" that "appears to be the last desperate attempt of a dying entity." [Albany Times Union]
One comment on the Fox broadcast team of Joe Buck/Tim McCarver - and this is perhaps my biggest pet peeve of all about baseball announcers. They repeatedly praised David Ortiz for his "hustle" down the line to beat out a possible double play before Manny's prodigious blast. The way I look at it, you hit a ground ball, you run your hardest to first. Period. Especially in a potential double play situation, especially in a playoff game! No extra credit for that is warranted, none whatsoever. Big Papi may not be 100%, but he makes a zillion dollars a year, so he can run hard to first, big deal.