A report from the University of Michigan says college basketball officials are gambling; gambling on sports, and gambling with the integrity of the game. The report says 40 percent of the officials surveyed have gambled on sports. 23 percent have bet on the NCAA tournament. Two officials said they were approached about fixing a game, twelve officials said they knoew of colleagues who had not called a game fairly because of gambling, and two guys actually admitted to making bad calls because they knew the point spread. Is this report disturbing and sad? Yes. Is it surprising. Not really. Gambling is rampant throughout sports. I would love to believe that gamblers have no effect on the games I love to watch, and that athletes and officials would never take a pay-off. But you know it happens. Oh, I don’t think every game is fixed, I’m not a major conspiracy theorist, but it happens. Points are shaved, bad calls are made, people make money. It happens in college and it happens in the pros. Always has, always will. You may think you know enough about sports to gamble, but you never know when the fix is in.
Archives for March 2000
When the Blues meet the Red Wings tomorrow in a showdown for first place, St. Louis will have a little breathing room. The Blues widened their lead over Detroit to three points with a 3-2 win at Boston last night. The victory gives the Blues a new team record for points in a season, with 108. The 1980-81 Blues finished with 107. Rookie Jochen Hecht scored twice, giving him three goals in two games. Scott Young scored his 21st goal. The Blues square off against their long-time nemesis, the Wings, tomorrow at high noon.
Six Rockhurst University women’s basketball players have quit the team, complaining of abuse by their head coach. According to the Kansas City Star, the six players, including five starters, say head coach Maryann Mitts repeatedly yelled at them. They say she tried to motivate through name-calling and personal attacks. Mitts defends her coaching style. Former players and two current players are supporting the coach. Rockhurst University president Father Edward Kinerk says the players complained to him in the fall, and he discussed the issue with Mitts. Kinerk says he doesn’t necessarily agree with the players, but he respects their decision to take a stand.
Southwest Missouri State star Jackie Stiles finished tied for fourth in AP voting for national player of the year. Stiles led the nation in scoring this season with 27.8 points a game. Tennesee’s Tamika Catchings won the player of the year award.
The census bureau says 51 percent of Missourians who should send back their census forms, have… That’s a hair better than the national average, but not what the census bureau had hoped. It had hoped for a 70-percent return rate. Tomorrow is the official Census Day, which the bureau promotes as THE day to mail back the forms.
Workers at the Guy’s Foods Plant in Liberty agree on a new contract with the new owners of the company. It’s the final part of the purchase which will enable Guy’s to come out of bankruptcy. A company from Indiana, General Products and Services, is taking over about 14-million dollars in Guy’s debt. Guy’s went into bankruptcy in February after losing almost six-million dollars in the previous 16 months.
A woman is charged with biting an elementary school principal. An assault charge accuses Sheila Robinson of biting, kicking and hitting principal Marcella Jordan, and of kicking a physical education teacher who tried to break up the fight. Although the charge does not say what triggered the incident, the superintendent of schools in Jefferson City says it involved the procedures for taking a child out of school early.
Frontier Airlines says it’s returning to Kansas City. Frontier says it will offer three flights to Denver each day, starting June 15. United and Vanguard also offer flights to Denver. This is the new Frontier airlines. The old one, which had 30 flights a day to various places from Kansas City, went bankrupt in 19-86 and became part of Continental. The name was revived by a new company in ’94.
The state transportation department is being sued by survivors of a man killed in a pickup truck crash on a sharp curve in Barry County two years ago. The woman who is the mother of the son of Michael Miller says the department did not have any warning sign posted for the 89-degree turn, other than a sign saying the speed limit was 55 miles per hour on that road. Rita Nast-Lea is asking for 87-thousand-500 dollars.
A former Laclede County bank teller says she stole 33-thousand dollars from the bank. Ex-teller Jeana Pollock of Lebanon has pleaded guilty to a federal theft charge. The federal prosecutor says she has repaid the Commerce Bank for the money she stole. She’ll be sentenced later.