Say goodbye to your friendly neighborhood bookie

Today is the day that bookies throughout America have dreaded.

On the surface, those who have been taking illegal bets on sporting events should be relieved that the primary impediment to legalization has been cleared. But few bookies ever get busted for taking bets; other illegal activities and/or income tax irregularities tend to be the things that get those who serve as the mom-and-pop “house” the wrong kind of jackpot.

Once gambling is legal in a given state, the state will have a clear incentive to protect its state-run gambling program by keeping people from placing bets elsewhere. Which will give the state something it never previously had. Namely, the state will have a clear financial incentive to wipe out competition.

In 2017 the Ravens ranked 29th in passing yards. Flacco threw 18 touchdown passes and barely eclipsed 3,000 yards. The front office acquired multiple assets at wide receiver and tight end.

Now, there’s no excuse for a pedestrian year throwing the ball. The Super Bowl XLVII champion and MVP still has a stronghold on his position, but two more down years may force the organization to re-evaluate the starting spot in 2020. Until then, Jackson will hold the clipboard.

He played left tackle for LSU the past two seasons but battled a knee injury last season, costing him six games.

Johnny Manziel is returning to the pro football ranks this summer.

The former Cleveland Browns quarterback signed a two-year contract with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the Canadian Football League on Saturday, the team announced . The Tiger-Cats held Manziel’s exclusive rights and were considered his best option back into football after he was out of the sport for two years.

We’re excited to add Johnny Manziel to our roster, particularly getting it done now so that Johnny can join his new teammates and the coaching staff for a full training camp, Tiger-Cats coach June Jones said. “We feel like we’ve got an excellent group of quarterbacks, and the addition of Johnny only improves our football team in our pursuit of the ultimate goal, which is to win a Grey Cup Championship.”

Don’t get Baffert wrong, either. It’s not like he plans to put his feet up and leisurely watch the horses circle the track Saturday evening when the 143rd running of the Preakness Stakes takes place.cardinals_048