Lottery hypocrisy; Croyle update

It is Monday. And it is hard to get into the posting mood. However, here are a couple of items this morning. First a quick look at Saban and the lottery followed by a quick update on Croyle and the Chiefs.

Last week Nick Saban spoke in favor of a lottery. There was chatter about the political plea, but it didn’t receive the same type of response a politician would receive. When a politician promotes the lottery, we tend to see it for what it is—a power grab. When a politician wants a lottery, they want to increase the amount of money they get to play with in Montgomery. It’s as simple as that. Politicians promote things which promote their power.

But what was Saban’s motivation? He told the media it would help fund scholarships for spring sports, thus helping the football program.

If it helps the football team, then most fans want it. Right? Right?

While football is important in this state, does anyone think the public puts aside its core beliefs just for the sake of winning?

Well, there was the Mike Dubose situation. But I think football fans learned a lesson from that. You can’t sacrifice core beliefs to win at football.

While Saban has the popularity and public attention of a pope and not a politician, a plea for a lottery will fall on deaf ears.

Why? Because it will be controlled by politicians. Voters in this state do not trust politicians.

Secondly, a strong plurality of voters see the negative consequences of gambling on the young and poor. For those who haven’t considered it, gambling is the worst form of regressive taxation—it is a tax on stupidity or ignorance. The rich people in Mountain Brook or the college graduates working their big time jobs aren’t the ones buying lottery tickets. It is the poor folks hopelessly lost in a cycle of poverty who take money from their own pockets to fund the educations of the middle class.

It is a repugnant cycle, oppressing the poorest of the poor.

Interestingly, a site dedicated to gambling covered the Saban remarks. examines how some dislike gambling, but will support it if it means more money for pet projects: In our mentally conflicted national mindset we have millions who don’t like gambling, but will gladly accept the spoils if given the opportunity.   Saban would surely be one of the first to talk about the ills of gambling for young people, especially his athletes.  However if someone else does it and it means more money to his benefit then he is by all means for it.  When as a country will we cleanly reconcile this sort of hypocrisy? has a great question. It is hypocrisy for our politicians who hate our regressive tax system, but then impose a worse form on the poorest of the poor.

Tailback update:
Grant muscles way into lead at tailback

Brodie Croyle Update:

Croyle took snaps during the Chiefs preseason play. Here’s more about the game: