Written by Stanley Greenberg Friday, 06 April 2012 00:00
All of America went crazy last week. Lines formed around any store selling tickets. You could pick your own six numbers or leave it up to the machines. The prize escalated to $640 million. The most asked question by reporters was “What would you do if you were the winner?”
People in 42 states flocked to buy the tickets. At this time, three winners have come forward with the winning lottery tickets: one from Illinois, one from Kansas and one from Maryland. The winner from Maryland was part of a pool, but she insisted that the winning ticket was hers and hers alone. Her fellow McDonald’s employees are asking embarrassing questions.
Mega Millions was not the only gambling game sweeping America. March Madness was also infecting basketball fans and non-fans alike. Everyone was into brackets: offices all over the USA were setting up office pools. The 64 college teams that entered the NCAA contests were all carefully selected. The best basketeers from all over the country competed to be called “Number One.”
Actually, it was Mega Millions with sneakers, a rim and basketballs. There’s no $640 million dollar prize, but having the sense to select the best team is also a victory.
Apr. 1 or April Fools Day has come and gone. In the Bronx, people would say “You got a call from Mr. Fox” and give you the telephone number of the Bronx Zoo. That was a classic!
Baseball 2012 started on Thursday, Apr. 5. We must get out of our football delusions and start thinking in terms of a 162-game season. Because the season is so long, bets made on Opening Day in April are usually forgotten by the October classic, the World Series.
Europe has one major sport, soccer, but we in America have about five: baseball, football, hockey, tennis and basketball take over our lives, each during its own season. God certainly has blessed America!