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Drunk or sober during a championship, how to know and trust?



Most of you have heard or maybe even know more deeply about hockey players who have been partying before and after the games so much that they could hardly manage themselves.  Or have been trashing hotels, restaurants or whatever has come in their way.

So have I also, too many times sadly and I don’t think it is cool at all.

And, I haven’t heard only about hockey players, but certainly also about renowned football players who have smelled like a brewery when they entered the pitch and had difficulties hitting the ball.

Probably this has also been a thing that has been seen as normal in many other sports, or where there has been no reflection at all about the use of alcohol and the conduct that follows.

When the former player Jere Karalahti pretty much brags for the Finnish media Ilta-Sanomat, the link to the article, about how he and some others during the World championship in St. Petersburg painted the town red and drank all the time, I don’t know what to believe anymore.

My first spontaneous thought was that he and those who drank ruined the Finnish chances totally to achieve a possible gold medal.

Finland won the bronze medal after all, after defeating Canada, but that’s not the point that they did achieve a medal.

My following thought:

>>>How the hell was it possible at that time when most players were full-professional, not amateurs, that they could keep drinking that much during a significant tournament?

The head coach Hannu Aravirta had to lie to the media about why Jere Karalahti was out of the games, but in the article, he reveals that the main cause was that he had partied.

When team Finland went home from St. Petersburg by bus, Jere Karalahti said that he bought Vodka and beer for him and his teammates, and they all basically trashed the bus totally.

First of all, we are all grown-ups and can make our own choices, but Jere Karalahti’s choice to drink and celebrate during the whole tournament was nothing else but a pure childish act.

No thought about the team at all, not for a second, or the goals the team aimed for, only an act of self-interest.

I did some asking around a year ago among eminent hockey writers about what they have heard about nowadays when I wrote about Marko Jantunen but all the answers I got were that they haven’t heard anything basically about the use of alcohol or drugs.

But, we shall not be too naïve either and think that this issue doesn’t exist.

Another thought that followed after reading, beyond the little eureka moment that occurred in my mind about why Finland didn’t achieve a gold that St. Petersburg tournament:

How can we really trust that the players are sober enough to give themselves and the fans justice on the ice without thinking that they might, after all, be drunk or at least be suffering from a harsh hangover?

Especially when a team that was supposed to be a bit better has big issues to beat the other team.

Moreover, it is weak leadership as well to not be able to make clear the rules of how to behave during a tournament, and it is definitely immature by the players if they can’t stay away from drinking during 2-3 weeks.

And, if they just can’t do that, then they have actually far bigger issues than just losing the games because they were drunk, and should call for aid before it is too late.

In general, I think that this is a subject that we have to bring to the light as often as possible, because we apparently have problems with alcohol and drugs in the society as a whole, and hockey players or any other athletes are unfortunately no exceptions from that problem as we’ve seen.

However, we all must be brave enough to take the step and talk about this, even for those who don’t want to hear or/and discount it as “nothing”, “boys will be boys”, “blah, blah, blah”.

I have now come to the end of the road with this text, but I end with a great quotation from a music star most of us know very well, that might describe Karalahti and many other players who do not care a bit about their teammates because they choose to drink instead before and after the games:

There’s not an alcoholic in the world who wants to be told what to do. Alcoholics are sometimes described as egomaniacs with inferiority complexes. Or, to be cruder, a piece of shit that the universe revolves around.

-Anthony Kiedis



Another source from the Finnish Media where the coach Aravirta confess that the alcohol had a too big role in the tournament in St. Petersburg 2000. The source is in Finnish, therefore I recommend you to use the rough google translation











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.


The New World of Sports Betting in the United States



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

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



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?



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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