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The hockey gave a moment of peace from the terror attack

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On my way home around 15:15 in the afternoon I received a message from my younger brother, asking me where I was. Then I read from him that a truck had run at full speed into one of the biggest malls in the city of Stockholm, called Åhlens city, which is a giant brick construction.

For a minute I was stunned by my brother’s message, but I called him up as soon as possible and he told me that he was alright, he was on his way from the city center and the epicenter where the attack occurred.

After that, I called up some friends and asked if they were alright, and they told me that were as they were not in the city during the critical minutes.

The rest of the day and evening I followed the news including all the updates until I was too tired and exhausted to concentrate on anything.

It felt sad, to say the least, and surrealistic to go through all the reports: four dead immediately after the terrorist drove the vehicle through the main street (Drottninggatan) until he hit the entrance of the mall. Several people injured.

The city was closed for the rest of the day until the dawn of Saturday.  But the police authorities had arrested during the night the possible suspect for this monstrous action, a man originally from Uzbekistan.

When I stepped out this morning for the morning walk with my dog, trying to think about the coming Gagarin Cup final between Magnitogorsk and SKA, I felt in the air, the vibrations that something had been truly disturbed.

Perhaps it is a big knock on the Nordic self-image and the imagination that such things happen elsewhere, out in the big, big world. Not here.

On the other hand, there is the very simple fact, that we are a part of that big, big world, and everything or anything that occurs in other places concerns us as well. We cannot escape from that, no matter how much we’d like to.

And, it doesn’t help to close the borders, as that it is certainly not a solution either, and we would still be a part of the world and connected to any incident of political or social nature.

We must accept that and go forward from that point in our daily work to prevent as much as possible these kinds of attack, even if it is hard enough. But the root of this problem is long and complicated as there are many side roots on this that go up to each government in every country.

For the record though, and I want to underline this part strongly:  a lot of people, not only the police and the medical staff, helped out each other and offered shelter to all those who weren’t able to get home as the city was closed

That was something that gave hope that we won’t surrender for any attack and that we stand up for a free society and for our rights to be who we like to be, dress how we want to, and the most important of all: to include everyone no matter their social or religious background.

Nonetheless, I tried to focus on the Gagarin final that started on the day, as I had looked forward to it for a week.  I admit though that I had a different feeling when I was waiting for the face-off. Some things are more important than hockey.

But the hockey game gave a moment of peace from the terror attack and all thoughts about it.

It gave me back a feeling of normality again, even joy, as I really enjoyed the game.

This might be a too obvious fact, but I can’t say this enough: Watching hockey or any sport, live or at home, is a normal activity.

Killing another human is, under every circumstance, abnormal.

To the last: the aftermath of the NHL decision to decline the Olympics in South Korea gave me a foul taste.

I wish and still hope for a unified hockey world, where every association helps out every other and takes part in every tournament no matter any cost or insurance.

For the sake of the game and its evolution, and for the fans who want to see the absolute best hockey.

The most important thing though, I wish now more than ever for a peaceful world, and that my friend starts with you and me, with our daily action of kindness, respect, and acceptance for each other.

Each one has to find his peace from within. And peace to be real must be unaffected by outside circumstances.

-Mahatma Gandhi

Arto Palovaara, Sunday Chronicler for Sports Rants Europe. Previously, he contributed for the betting company Betsafe, Svenska fans, Get real hockey and Ice nation UK. He is also an educated archaeologist and life coach who loves literature and history. Not to forget: probably he is the only sportswriter that plays the banjo.

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The New World of Sports Betting in the United States

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Earlier this year a monumental breakthrough was achieved when the United States Supreme Court ruled against the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act, known as PASPA, allowing each state in the nation to decide if it wants to allows legal sports betting or not.

That led the nation, and all of the states, on a new path, with a lot of lucrative opportunities in an industry that has operated underground for decades.

With casinos and eSports thriving, sports betting adds a brand new element to the gambling industry and presents one of the richest outlets for businesses, the government, and the nation.

There will likely be a boost in employment rates, a growth spike in business, and an influx of money that no longer has to be hidden from the eyes of the government.

As of now, a number of states have already started their journey, and another, Utah, has decided not to act on the United States Supreme Court’s ruling in favor of sports betting, opting to maintain their stance on forbidding sports betting, at least for the time being.

As the world of sports, eSports, and gambling embark on this industry shifting journey, let’s take a deeper look at what has been going down so far, and what is in store for the sports betting industry, thanks to an info graphic from NJGames.org.

The info graphic will take a look into the impact that sports betting legalization is expected to make on the nation’s economy.

The info graphic takes into account that the United States’ gambling industry already generates around $28 billion. The legalization of ports betting legalization is expected to increase tat number dramatically.

Additionally, sports betting operations will also result in a higher number of jobs, and the info graphic will provide you with an estimated number of both direct and indirect jobs that will open with the introduction of sports betting.

As the fantasy football season is ready to kick off for many of you, we should start seeing a lot of changes to the sports betting landscape and it will be interesting to see just how companies in fantasy sports navigate through the implementation of these changes.

The future of the sports betting industry seems bright, and there seems to be quite the trickle down effect that will have an immediate benefit to numerous industries.

Whether you’re ready or not, legalized sports betting is on the way, if it hasn’t arrived in your state already, and big things are on the horizon.

 

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Capitals owner Ted Leonsis Pays for 200 Employees to go to Stanley Cup Final Games

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Washington Capitals owner Ted Leonsis is celebrating the team’s first trip to the Stanley Cup Final for the 1st time in 20 years in a special way.

According to the Washington Post, Leonsis surprised 200 employees of Monumental Sports & Entertainment with tickets and a chartered flight to Vegas for the first leg of the Stanley Cup Final.

The employees were chosen based off how closely they work with the Capitals, as well as seniority, and they received an email last week from a senior VP that had the subject line: “Let’s go to Vegas.”

The selected employees received tickets to Games 1 & 2.

“It’s truly amazing and out of this world,” Omar Castro, a guest relations manager, said.

“I never expected an owner of the company to do this. We get to share in this with them. … He’s thinking of us as part of a family, as part of the experience. There’s no reason for him to do it. All I can say is a big thanks to Ted and his family for the opportunity, and for truly making this into something memorable for all of us here in the company.”

Not only did Leonsis provide tickets, but he also organized two chartered flights and is putting the employees up at the Excalibur.

 

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How Will the Dallas Cowboys do in 2018?

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How will the Dallas Cowboys do in 2018? That is tough to answer. Last season, it was a turbulent season for the Dallas Cowboys. In 2017, the Cowboys finished with a record of 9-7 which placed them second in the nFC East. However they did not make the playoffs. RB Ezekiel Elliott missed five games due to his domestic violence suspension. When he returned, he was a very productive member of the team.

Entering the 2018 NFL season, the Dallas Cowboys are looking to return to the playoffs and ultimately looking to go to the Super Bowl. To start the 2018 campaign, the Dallas Cowboys had to go through Free Agency. During the Free agency period, the Cowboys signed six players which include Joe Thomas of the Green Bay Packers and Allen Herns of the Jacksonville Jaguars. OG/C Joe Looney re-signed a 2-year contract with the Cowboys while LS L. P. Ladouceur resigned with Dallas for a 1-year deal.

For the players that have departed, a total of 15 players have left the Cowboys. Since their departure from the Dallas Cowboys, some players have either signed with other teams, looking for work, or retired from the NFL. Here is the breakdown:

QB Kellen Moore, TE James Hannah, and Jason Witten retired from the National Football League. WR Bryce Butler, OT Benson Mayowa, and CB Bene Benwikere all signed with the Arizona Cardinals. FB Keith Smith, OLB/MLB Kyle Wilber and WR Ryan Switzer all signed with the Oakland Raiders. OG Johnathan Cooper signed with the San Francisco 49ers, OLB/MLB Anthony Hitchens signed with the Kansas City Chiefs, and CB Orlando Scandrick signed with the division rival Washington Redskins.  As for players looking for work, that honor goes to RB Alfred Morris and WR Dez Bryant. 

Once Free Agency had finally concluded, it was time for the 2018 National Football League Draft. This years Draft will be held at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. It is the first draft to be done in a NFL stadium. For the Dallas Cowboys draft board, the Cowboys will have eight picks this year. During the draft, 6 out of eight players were offensive players. Also during the draft, the Cowboys traded their pick to the Los Angeles Rams for WR  Travon Austin. 

With the players the Dallas Cowboys wanted to draft now on the Dallas Cowboys roster, it’s time to take a look at the 2018 Dallas Cowboys regular season schedule. This season, the Cowboys will start the 2018 season on the road against the Carolina Panthers on September 9. The Cowboys first division test comes in the second week when the New York Giants come to AT&T Stadium. The Cowboys bye week comes during week eight. After the thanksgiving game against the Washington Redskins, the Cowboys will have another Thursday Night Football game. This time it’s at home against the New Orleans Saints. The Dallas Cowboy regular season finale will be on November 30, 2018 at MetLife Stadium against the New York Giants.

So after breaking down the 2018 offseason and upcoming schedule, I believe it will be a tough season but I believe that the Cowboys will do better in 2018.

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