Ryan's Rants - Installment #5

I find myself finding getting irritated by many things. With that being said, I thought it would be quite cathartic for me to write a series of weekly articles in which I rant about the various things that annoy me.

I know this has nothing really to do with Fantasy Football, but hell, it's my website, I can do what I want.

I was recently in Vegas for four nights for my sister's wedding (which was awesome by the way). I had a great time in Vegas, but I do have a few rants that I brought back with me. Accordingly, this installment of "Ryan's Rant's" will be primarily focused on my trip to Las Vegas.

Here is the 5th installment of "Ryan's Rants" :

Strip Clubs - I will start by saying, I do not like strip clubs (and it's not because I don't like to see women naked, quite the contrary). However, I was in Vegas and we were close to a famous strip club so some friends and I decided to hit it up. Upon arrival we were told there was no cover charge but there was a two drink minimum. Whatever, that was fine by me (even though the drinks for $9 a piece). However, I was forced to order both drinks at the same freaking time. He orders two rum and Cokes at the same time? Why not just make us pay $20 and give us 2 free drink tickets?

Then as soon as we sit down a group of good-looking strippers come up to us and start making chit-chat. What's your name? Where you from? etc. I found this conversation to be so awkward and pointless since all I could think about was them looking at me with $ signs in their eyes and I truly doubted they cared about anything I had to say. After about 2 minutes of awkward questions back and forth, the stripper proceded to ask me if I wanted to go get a private dance, I politely declined replying that I had just got there and was still finishing my drink(s). She preceded to get extremely pissed and walk away. Awkward.

I sat there for about 15 more minutes trying not to creepily stare at these topless girls. However, I found that it's hard to be in a stripclub and not seem somewhat creepy. Luckily, the girls that were dancing weren't very attractive so I didn't have much of a problem not staring.

I realize that I tend to over-analyze every situation and maybe that is why I find myself so awkward at "gentleman's" clubs. I just think it's weird/pathetic to pay another human being money for them to show me their intimate parts.

Call me old-fashioned, but I prefer the old school method of going out to the bars/nightclubs and using my mad non-existent skills to pick up a woman. Not only is this more rewarding, but it's FREE!

2. Creepy Strip Club Guy - While at this strip club, there was a very creepy looking guy who had an eery resemblance to Steven Seagal sitting directly across from my friends and I. He seemed as though he came here often. He was sitting by himself and kept pounding his fists while looking at my friend Lee. Honestly guy? Strib Clubs are creepy enough and you aren't helping. Who goes to the stripclub by themselves? This was pretty much the last straw for me, I finished my two R&C's and got the hell out of there.

3 . Pete Rose - While I was in Las Vegas, I randomly ran into Pete Rose (and Dwight Gooden) signing autographs at a sports memorabilia shop in Caesar's Palace. It upsets me that Pete Rose, undoubtedly one of the greatest baseball players of all time, is not in Major League Baseball's Hall of Fame. No player hustled more throughout his career or was committed more to the game then Pete Rose. He played 24 years and finished with 31 Major/National league records upon his retirement. That's ridiculous. If I were teaching my son how to properly play the game of baseball, I would pop in a highlight reel of Pete Rose.

According to Baseball-Reference.com, Rose holds the records for most games played (3,562), most hits (4,256), most singles (3,215), and most at-bats (14,053). He is second all-time in doubles and fourth all-time in runs scored.

Rose had a lifetime batting average of .303 and is the only player to play 500 games at five different positions. He was named Rookie of the Year in 1963 and Most Valuable Player in 1973. Rose received MVP votes in 14 other years during his career and was named Most Valuable Player of the World Series in 1975.

During his career, Rose played in seven League Championship Series and six World Series. He won Golden Glove awards in 1969 and 1970 and was named an All-Star in 16 of his 24 years. He led the league in hits seven times and was in the top ten in batting average in thirteen different years. In 1978, he hit safely in 44 straight games, the most by National League player during the 20th century. For his performance during the 1970s, The Sporting News named Pete Rose its Player of the Decade.

With this being said, Rose's omission from the Hall of Fame obviously isn't because of lack of
dedication to the game or sub-par stats; it's because he bet on baseball. A couple of years ago, Rose finally admitted to betting on baseball. However, he stated he only bet for the Reds and not against them.

Whatever the case may be, honestly, I really don't care. To me, the Hall of Fame is about how good of a baseball player you were not how great of a human being you were. If that's the case, let's kick Ty Cobb's ass out right now.

On the field, Pete Rose epitomized what is was to be a great baseball player. He played the game the way it should be played and he should be recognized for this and for his outstanding accomplishments while playing this great game.

And I'm not the only baseball fan that believes Rose should be in the Hall of Fame. A 1994 SI telephone poll of Americans reported that 97% of respondents said that Pete Rose should be in the Hall of Fame.

It's time.

4 . Gamblers - Admittingly, I'm not a big gambler. I'm a stats man and when looking at gambling from almost every objective standpoint, it's like throwing money into a paper shredder. The House has an edge on every game in the casino. So from a mathematical standpoint, over the long run, you will lose money on every game. Click here for a list of house advantages per game if you don't believe me.

Now throwing a few bucks down here and there for entertainment purposes is fine with me. It's people who think they are somehow skilled at certain table games and spend waste copious amounts of hard-earned money and blame it on "bad luck." Wake up moron, most casino games are all luck! You're no better than anyone else at rolling a specific number in craps or pressing a lever on a slot machine.

People wreck their lives and the lives of others around them because they are too dumb to realize the irrationality of gambling. There are a select few people (0.001%) that actually make money on gambling. However, these people approach it as a job and study and take advantage of every opportunity and loophole possible.

If you find yourself losing tons of money at gambling, stop. Just stop.

5. Facebook Photo Uploader - I was on my Dad's computer the other day and realized that he had a ton of old photos from trips we had taken. With this being said, I decided to upload them to Facebook. Good God was that a mistake. I should have known considering it never seems to fail that Facebook's photo uploader has some type of unrecoverable error when uploading your pictures. And it always comes 15 minutes into the uploading process, not right at the start of it. You think Facebook would have the technology by this point to efficiently and effectively upload photos. By the way, their Chat blows too.

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