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You Betcha: The Last Gasp

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Let me start with some Cowboys-related snippets. Otherwise known as, anything to stall before having to pay the piper.

Yesterday afternoon, workers installed an 86-foot-high glass curtain wall at the Cowboys new stadium in Arlington. The press release says “the unique fritted glass system transitions up the elevation to create an ever-changing aesthetic that will enhance the venue’s look and vary from day to night.” So, we got that going for us.

Sunday night WFAA-Channel 8 sports anchor Dale Hansen presents his annual “Thank God For Kids.” Unlike Hansen, some things never get old.

If you can’t be in Charlotte Saturday night or in bed naked with Tony Romo’s flava of the week, may I recommend watching Panthers-Cowboys at The Granada? I can? Thanks. As you know, the joint has three ginormous TV screens, incredible ambiance and zero cover. What you didn’t know is that after the game The Granada will give away a new 100th Anniversary Edition Harley-Davidson XL 1200C Sportster motorcycle to a lucky Cowboys fan. And wouldn’t it look good under your Christmas tree?

OK, on to the gory details.

What started out as a fun li'l experiment has spiraled into a life lesson: Kids, don’t wager on sports. Unless, that is, you have much more insight than, um, me.

I started with a mythical bankroll of $1,000, courtesy of Bodog sports online gaming -- iPhones for everyone, etc. Well? After going 6-8 and last week dropping a five-spot when the Eagles upset the home team, we still get phones. This kind.

In my final -- fatal? -- pre-holiday fling, I’ll trust the Cowboys one more time. Tony Romo just can’t have two clunkers in a row. And, I dunno, seems to me getting Roy Williams off the field is a good thing. In other news, Carolina sucks.

Gimme the Cowboys minus the 10 points for the works. And, in the spirit of a politically correct holiday, let me leave you with this greeting: Please accept with no obligation, implied or implicit, my best wishes for an environmentally conscious, socially responsible, low-stress, non-addictive, gender-neutral celebration of the winter solstice holiday, practiced within the most enjoyable traditions of the religious persuasion of your choice, or secular practices of your choice, with respect for the religious/secular persuasion and/or traditions of others, or their choice not to practice religious or secular traditions at all. I also wish you a fiscally successful, personally fulfilling and medically uncomplicated recognition of the onset of the generally accepted calendar year 2008, but not without due respect for the calendars of choice of other cultures whose contributions to society have helped make America great. Not to imply that America is necessarily greater than any other country nor the only America in the Western Hemisphere. Also, this wish is made without regard to the race, creed, color, age, physical ability, religious faith or sexual preference of the wishee.

STARTING BANKROLL: $1,000 SEASON RECORD: 6-8 CURRENT BANKROLL: $450 THIS WEEK: Cowboys minus-10 over Panthers for $450. --Richie Whitt

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