The Michigan Daily - Tuesday, September 19, 1989 - Page 11
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Oregon lottery game
isreal gamble for all
By Matt Rennie
It has ripped families apart,
brought individuals financial ruin,
and it may keep baseball's most
prolific hitter out of the Hall of
Fame. Despite this, it is now not
only legal but encouraged in Oregon.
What I'm talking about, of
course, is gambling; more
specifically, sports betting. Lottery
players in Oregon have a new game
play this fall in which they
attempt to pick the winners of NFL
football games. A player may wage
from one to twenty dollars and pick
four to fourteen games. Picks are
made against the point spread. To
win, all picks must be correct.
I find it troubling that a state
would sponsor an activity which, in
any other forum, is illegal.
Gambling, especially sports betting,
many cases, is addictive. Sports
betting is different from other lottery
games because players think they
can control their own destiny.
A participant could arrive at the
conclusion that a certain pick is a
"sure thing." When this "safe" bet
falls through, the losing player is
tempted to risk more money the next
time in order to make up for
AP Top 25
1. Notre Dame
2. Miami, Fla.
9. West Virginia
12. Southern Cal
18 N. Carolina State
°19. Washington State
21. Texas A&M
25. Ohio State
previous losses. This is why this
type of game can be so dangerous
Oregon is now telling its
residents that it is okay to participate
in this risky practice. It seems the
state has placed a higher priority on
making money than on the well-
being of its citizens. The
government is supposed to legislate
against destructive attractions, not
Perhaps even more disturbing is
the media reaction to this story.
CBS broadcaster Irv Cross said
during a September 10 halftime
feature that he found nothing wrong
with the game. He defended his view.
by stating that since illegal betting
occurs regularly, this game gives
people a legal outlet for their
actions. Since murder also occurs
daily, perhaps Mr. Cross thinks the
state should sponsor a group of
assassins as well.
I am not naive enough to believe
that illegal gambling does not exist,
nor that anyone who places a five-
dollar bet is a crazed addict. I do
believe, however, that a state is
wrong to make a profit off the
potentially addictive actions of its
citizens. By doing this, Oregon is
taking a real gamble.
Griddes hysteria still
alive at the White House
When George Bush is not busy holding barbecues on the White House
lawn he is busy playing Griddes.
Bush is not the only important statesman of our time to get wrapped
up in the Griddes hysteria. Henry Kissinger has fond memories of trying
to pry Richard Nixon away from his television set as Nixon busily
tabulated his wins and losses on his Daily Griddes form.
You too can join the fun. Select the 20 teams you think will win next
weekend. Also, fill in what you think the score will be when Michigan
takes on UCLA (We need that in case of a tie).
Whoever correctly picks the most games will win breakfastt for two at
O'Sullivan's Eatery and Pub.
Drop your picks off at the Daily no later than 5 p.m. Friday to be
eligible. The Daily is located at 420 Maynard on the second floor.
1. MICHIGAN at UCLA
2. Utah State at Illinois
3. Iowa at Iowa State
4. Michigan State at Notre Dame
5. Nebraska at Minnesota
6. Rutgers at Northwestern
7. Ohio State at USC
8. Wisconsin at California
9. Miami (Fla.) at Missouri
10. Maryland at Clemson
11. Arkansas at Mississippi
12. Syracuse at Pittsburgh
13. West Virginia at Louisville
14. Washington at Arizona
15. Kentucky at Alabama
16. Houston at Arizona State
17. North Carolina at North Carolina State
18. Ohio University at LSU
19. Washington State at Wyoming
20. Mississippi State at Georgia
Four-run fifth moves
Chicago closer to title
The Cubs added four runs in the
CHICAGO (AP) - Luis eighth, three scoring on reliever
Salazar's two-run homer capped a Mitch Williams' first major league
four-run fifth inning Monday night, hit, a three-run homer off New York
leading Chicago to a 10-6 victory reliever Don Aase. Williams, the
over the New York Mets that moved fifth Chicago pitcher, earned his
the Cubs a step closer to the 34th save.
National League East title. The Cubs had 12 hits against four
The loss was the third straight for pitchers, including starter Frank
the third-place Mets and all but Viola, 3-5.
doomed their title hopes as they fell Chicago reliever Dean Wilkins
6 1/2 games behind the first-place won in his first major league
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"Derrick is very instrumental
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I know he is a capable captain."
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Walker would be the first to agree
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Burton. "He's a pretty good tight end
right now. He didn't have one of his
better games against Notre Dame,
but we're not to upset about that
cause we know he is capable. He is
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"This is probably the best honor
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