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The System

Thursday, December 26th, 2019

Las Vegas, NV-

By 1987, Jake Fizzario & Max Steingrout had The System well in place and they were cleaning up.

High on acid, The Fizz  would handicap the games based on some sort of psychedelic spiritual guidance.

Max, geeked on crack cocaine, would handicap based on his obsession with all things NBA. 

They would then compare picks and bet the common games.

It was crazy. It was mad.

It worked. 

In less than six weeks they turned Max’s last $15 into $1.5 million and became Las Vegas Legends.

The Fizz knew nothing about basketball, Max knew nothing about God.

El Perozoso: The Fast Picker

Thursday, December 26th, 2019

Tijuana, Mexico – 1992

After his inglorious expulsion from Las Vegas, Max disappeared south of the border.

The US dollar was strong and, for a while, he lived like a king. He immersed himself in the culture.

He drank, drugged, smoked, whored & gambled on cock fights.

He became one with the Mexican people & they became one with him.

He learned the language.

After the money was gone, during the day, he picked fruit with the small children and old women.

They called him El Perezoso which means: “The Fast Picker.”

At night he would pick the fruits of Tijuana’s daughters.

Later, the fathers, pimps or young Mexican suitors would pick fights with him.

The Death of Town Hockey – Michael Costin, Jr.

Friday, July 5th, 2019

He climbed into the coffin at his father’s wake. It was as if he died that day at the rink. The beating just took a lot longer.

Michael was in & out of  jail following a troubled path of drugs, drinking and domestic abuse episodes.

On May 25, 2019 Michael Costin, Jr. passed away unexpectedly.

His obituary states: “Michael loved fishing and the outdoors and had a lifelong love of music. He was a hard worker and put his best effort into everything he did. He loved to be around people and had friends from all walks of life. He had the ability to make everyone around him feel comfortable and could strike up a conversation with anyone. His laughter was contagious and he will be best remembered for his sense of humor.”

Rest in peace.



The Death of Town Hockey – The Super Eight

Monday, June 24th, 2019

Thomas Junta was convicted in 2002 of involuntary manslaughter in the hockey Dad beating death of Michael Costin and sentenced to 6 to 10 years in prison.

In 2007 co-captained by senior defenseman, Joe Ronan, Reading High School made the prestigious, Catholic school dominated, Super Eight hockey tournament.

The following year, while Thomas Junta remained in prison, powered by three hockey dad beating death witnesses, including his son Quinlan, Reading High School became the first public school to win the tournament.

A commemorative banner listing the names of the players hangs in Burbank Arena, scene of the crime.

Joe Ronan and two of the names on the banner are dead.

At least two more are lucky to be alive.


Death of Town Hockey (cont.)

Friday, June 21st, 2019

In 2002 Thomas Junta was convicted of involuntary manslaughter for the hockey dad beating death. Superior Court Judge Charles M. Grabau sentenced him to 6 to 10 years.

At the trial, the victim’s son, Michael said, “I knew that my life would never be the same. My life hasn’t been the same. My dad isn’t there in the morning to wake me up. My dad isn’t there when I play sports. My dad doesn’t take us places anymore. My dad doesn’t cook us dinner anymore. He is just not there anymore. I miss him. Even now, not 10 minutes goes by that I don’t think of him. I talk to him at church and before I go to bed at night, but it is just not the same.”

He asked the judge,”Please teach Thomas Junta a lesson. Let the world know that a person can’t do what Thomas Junta did to my dad, to my family and to me.”

Defense attorney, Thomas Orlandi, Jr. called the sentencing “extreme” and vowed to appeal: “We are going to continue to fight for Thomas Junta like a dog fighting against another dog.”

Death of Town Hockey (Pt. 1)

Wednesday, June 5th, 2019

In addition to Junta’s son and Costin’s three sons, the beating was also was witnessed by grandmother, Virginia Brings, who was there with her grandson and two of his friends.

She heard several children crying.

“I can remember one little boy saying, ‘Daddy, don’t do it, don’t do it.'”

Junta left the rink, but returned and “lunged” at Costin.

He pinned him and kept hitting him even after he stopped trying to defend himself. Virginia Brings saw him strike at least 10 blows.

“I remember shouting at Mr. Junta, ‘He’s not responding, he’s not responding. Don’t hit him anymore.'”

“Think of your children.”

When questioned about the number of punches by Junta’s defense attorney, Brings responded:

“It’s something that I’ll never forget,” she said without hesitation. “He went on and on. … I remember thinking at the time — he’s either going to kill this man or he’s going to have brain damage.”




Kyrie & Rick Pitino

Wednesday, May 22nd, 2019


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All done. The Celtics non-appearance in the second round of the eastern conference playoffs was the cherry on the sundae or, maybe, more apt, the frosting on the cupcake.

The Bucks being the frosting, the Celtics being the cupcake.

All season, Boston waited for playoff Kyrie.

It turns out playoff Kyrie was regular Kyrie which seems to be, more & more … just Kyrie.

During the ’96 – ’97 season, Boston endured the eastern conference’s worst 15 – 67 record.

Rick Pitino was anointed savior and ingloriously stripped Red Auerbach of the presidency.

The ping pong balls bounced in the wrong direction and, instead of getting Tim Duncan, wound up with Chauncey Billups and Rick Mercer.

3.5 years  later, with a 12 – 22 record, Pitino resigned an abject failure. The once proud Celtics franchise left in ruins.

Ok. So why the history lesson?

Danny Ainge is backing up the Brinks truck, hoping to trade all the young guys for Anthony Davis in order convince Kyrie to want to stay in Boston.

Meanwhile, Kyrie is pining to play with Kevin Durant for the New York Knicks.

What a load of crap.

The Celtics should not try to hand their franchise over to Kyrie Irving and Anthony Davis.

Irving will leave and Davis will sit out for the second half of the season waiting for free agency. The C’s will end up with a 15-67 record.


Wins, losses

Friday, May 3rd, 2019

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It’s true. You win some and you lose some. Thankfully, the human species is conditioned to move on. Desperate for survival conditioned by instinct.

Same rings true in the gambling environment. We forge on.

Tonight we’re offering ICS’ (in)famous NBA Locks of the Night:

Boston -2 vs Milwaukee

Denver +4 @ Portland

These picks are free. Just don’t be afraid to click our sponsors.

Until next time, we remain in light.

NBA Lock

Thursday, May 2nd, 2019


Tonight’s freebie:

Toronto -1.5 @ Philadelphia.

Absolute, 100% Lock of the Night. Line opened Toronto +1.5 and has moved … all the way to -1.5. Still a bargain. Don’t tell The Wife and bet the mortgage payment. You can thank us in the morning


Thursday, April 25th, 2019

The Chickenhawk

Eyeballs have dwindled to an all-time low. This, even though the entire Free World seems to be going our way. Weed & gambling are legal. What could go wrong? All we need now is extra gambling money and lots of snacks.

Mired, once again, in the JFK conspiracy a friend recently suggested we’re so stuck in the past, we’re missing the present. More right than wrong the present seems like a speeding bullet, or bullets, moving too fast to see, or comprehend, coming from all directions. Not unlike the ambush in Dealey Plaza.

We reminded our friend of (Spanish philosopher, George Santayana’s) someone’s famous quote paraphrasing:

Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it. To covet truth is a very distinguished passion. 

Dwindling eyeballs is another subject altogether. Some of it is our fault, maybe all of it. But some of it might not be.

But eyeballs aren’t all that matter either.

Fat checks might have been the dream but more than that has been the race. We’re still running.

The JFK case, in our humble opinion, has been solved. We, of course, had nothing to do with the solution.

We’re still interested in the details.

Websites, companies, friends and enemies have come and gone. We remain.

Another good thing, we used to get hundreds of complaints. Not so much anymore and it’s just as well, we’ve always been constitutionally critic-adverse.