Happy Father’s Day!

On this Father’s Day, lets take the time to thank one of the great father figures of the sports world.  We could thank Abner Doubleday, who many credit with inventing the game of baseball. We won’t. We could hail James Naismith for conceiving the game of basketball. We won’t. We could salute James Creighton for devising the game of hockey. We won’t. Lets not forget Walter Camp who is recognized as the father of American football.  No, the one person who we will acknowledge, who we will shower with praise, is Frederick Joseph “Fred” Flintstone. Not only was Fred a wonderful father to his daughter, Pebbles, but he is considered by many historians to be the original “Degenerate” gambler. Fred first got hooked on gambling by betting on marbles with his bosom buddy and sidekick, Barney Rubble.  His gambling and his losing became so bad that his pet saber-toothed cat, Baby Puss, had to keep throwing him out of the house. Fred lived by one credo, “Bet,bet,bet,bet,bet,bet” and then ‘bet,bet,bet,bet and bet some more”. Fred was the one who coined the phase, “Never give up, never surrender”.  Right on, er, I mean, rock on, rock on, rock on.

Thursday night bet the Texas Ranger +235, only to lose when Keone Kela balks in the winning run in the bottom of the ninth.

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Friday night, lay the 2-1 on the White Sox with Chris Sale on the pile of dirt. He pitches 8 shutout innings, giving up just 2 hits and striking out 14. Chicago leads 1-0 going to the top of the 9th.  In comes David Robertson to close it out,. One walk. One single. One intentional walk and the bases are loaded. Mitch Moreland singles to right to put the Rangers up 2-1. That would be the final score. Never give up, never stop betting…

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