The Juarez Border Challenge 2021


Beat the Bandito!

Make your picks for MLB’s Opening Day 2021 at  Requires an MLB account to participate.  $5 – 10 wagers accepted, limit one per person.

“Beat the Bandito!” by getting more correct picks than me or claim ‘asylum’ at the Border by picking all 15 games wrong.

If you successfully claim ‘asylum’, you will win $15 out of my damn pocket.  Go hard in the wrong direction I always say!

Attempts at ‘asylum’ are free but limited to one.

Tiebreakers will be shared among contestants.  You will be required to submit tiebreakers to enter this contest.  Screenshots required and you will be on the hook for wagered moneys.  Don’t say you’re going to drop me $10 via PayPal and then never do it.  You’ll get 86’d from the Book.


On The Line – Juarez Border Sportsbook Update for January 3 2021

Happy New Year to you all!  Today is the final day of the 2020-2021
season in the NFL.  As many of you know, there are several outstanding
bets and here they are:

Zach / Nico
Cowboys don’t make the playoffs – $20

The outlook for this is not so good for the book as we have PHI
sitting most of their players and the Racialslurs get a number of
theirs back, including QB Alex Smith.

Herb / Nico
Niners don’t make the playoffs – $10

Looks like Herbski owes on this …

Joe / Nico
Giants (-110) win the NFC East – $20

There is no scenario where the Giants win the NFC East.  Joe rode the
NFC Least Who’s Hot Wave at the wrong time.

For the rest of you, here’s the big bet:

Niners / Cowboys – BETTER SEASON in 2020

Mike $20
CJax $40
Mark $20
Zach $20
Shannon $20
New Joe $20

With the Cowboys favored originally by 2.5 points and the
turnover-prone Daniel Jones getting the start, it’s likely the Niners
are playing for a push on behalf of several team owners in this
league.  The Niners are 7 point underdogs here in Santa Clara and I
will likely be outside Levi Stadium when the final second ticks off
the clock for that game.

Good luck today everyone!  You’ll be directly notified of how to pay
up if you’ve lost your bet.

Gambling Is Fun 2020 – Week 1

I’ve got more than a hundred dollars spread out between multiple friends on whether the Cowboys have a better record than the Niners.  After being so often accused of letting my Texas-based homerism / bias overwhelm good judgment (I never really had any), it’s nice to reel in my Bay Area friends to a less-than-blackjack-odds bet at a 1:1.

And here’s what I got lined up for this week:

Yeah, I wrote that on an envelope.  Above it I wrote some schizophrenic note to the politician soliciting my donations saying I would give him the profit.  I crossed my index and middle finger as I thought it.  Close enough.

A Heavy Soul Falls Fast

I know what depression feels like for me.

It’s a very steep cliff that I jumped off of at a rarely random time.  And I have no idea that I’m plunging at the speed of gravity times my emotional weight until I feel it and look down.  A heavy soul falls fast.

When I hit the bottom and spread over the unforgiving surface, I lay there depending on how much I had to feel.  Recognition of the end of this terminal descent isn’t immediate.  I think that’s why I remain prone for a while.

Nothing picks me off the ground except time.   Thankfully, I always get up.

Even contemplating when time couldn’t heal a wound, I’m relieved to know myself well enough to be too ignorant to recognize it.  I’d just plow forward at the speed of my mass without looking down.

Quarantine Beats 2020

DJ Ritchey

Stumbled onto this guy while listening to liquid drum and bass on Mixcloud and was grabbed by one of his “Coffee and Bass” sets while on a long run.

The beats can be smooth and rolling, dancey and melodic, soothing and moody.  They go with anything and the flow carries.

I listen to his sets while on long runs, at my job (thankfully still employed), and whenever I need something to clear and occupy my mind at the same time.  There’s so much heart and soul in D&B and Ritchey puts it on display.

Nicole Maudaber

Heard about this hard-working lady of techno when Great Northern notified me she was gonna play at their club.  First listen of the set they promoted was boring af but had great tracks. As I commented to my friend, it sounded like a minimal / dub DJ got a hold of some real techno records.

Then I kept listening to her sets on Mixcloud and loved her range.  Some of the highlights from parties were super dance-able and I envied the heads that got a live listen.  She does a weekly broadcast in Europe and gigs everywhere.

This set banged:

DJ Marky

One of my favorite sets from the Red Bull Choice Mixes .  I love this kind of drum and bass.  Clean, dancey, hearty, and a little mainstream.  The rest of his mixes are varied in style and content.  He’s got a really good ear for music.


My favorite ambient artist.  They create sounds and spaces in noise along with bringing a lot of sentiment and emotion into their tracks.  Working nights required me to explore beat-less music lest I succumb to a melancholy and joyless silence and not disrupt the sleep of those with whom I share walls.

It can be a real challenge.  In Quarantine 2020, it’s important to recognize the needs of the community but you should also cherish yourself and revel like Dionysus is watching.

"Are you, like, a crazy person?"
“Are you, like, a crazy person?”

“Denis Jasarevic was born in Portoroz, SR Slovenia, SFR Yugoslavia on 19 October 1984. Jasarevic’s interest in music began at the age of three, when his mother would catch him listening to American funk, jazz, soul and blues from his older sister’s cassette tapes. As he got older, he was introduced to hip hop culture and listened to artists such as DJ Premier, Guru, RZA and Dr. Dre.”  – Straight from Wikipedia

These are some of the best beats I’ve ever heard in my life.  I’m not exaggerating.  When I started getting into “lofi” and trip hop, his tracks came in the rotation.

I was genuinely blown away that these beats came from one person.  All his albums felt like an all-star compilation for great hip hop / lofi jams for the past ten years.

San Jose Earthquakes 2, Toronto FC 2

Avaya Stadium, Feb 29, 2020

A large crowd, undeterred by a second case of COVID-19 in Santa Clara County, assembled to watch the San Jose Earthquakes kick off the 2020 season in San Jose, California.  Avaya Stadium sold out with official attendance at 17,814.   

I didn't want to stand at the bar so I stood here
I managed to hop the rail and enjoyed sitting here as though I was a corporate sponsor

A chilling wind was blowing south and had me shivering by 3pm no matter where I stood with my “Standing Room Only” ticket.  The players on the field noticeably kept their passes low when going north.  I feel proud of myself for being able to make this observation since I know dick about the sport.

As I was wandering around the stadium, I caught a whiff of a very unsettling combination of incense and barbecue.  I didn’t know what to make of it so I quickly bought two beers for $26 and double-fisted the olfactory memory away.  Luckily I was able to find some cheap parking on the floor for these tallboys because my hands were freezing along with the rest of my body.

A classy display of my taste and habits

Oh yeah, the game …

Early play was conservative with the Earthquakes giving the appearance that they were afraid to make mistakes.  By halftime, I tweeted the team to take more shots hoping someone from the social media department would send it down to the coaching staff.

The opportunistic Toronto FC scored two goals, one by a penalty kick on a bullshit call, and the other on an attack that looked way too easy for them.  San Jose quickly responded to the second goal with a beaut by Alex Rios, an ankle deflection that put the score at 2 – 1.

That score remained until the final minute of stoppage time when Oswaldo Alanis, a loaner from the Mexican club Guadalajara, put a free kick into the back of the net to absolutely stun Toronto and end the game in a draw.

Some of the commentary later described San Jose’s performance as underwhelming and I have to agree.  Toronto looked in control despite having the ball only 37% of the time.  The crowd freaking loved it though and I was definitely cheering with a huge smile on my face.  An urge to run around pointing like I had just scored the goal myself did shoot through my brain.

I have one gripe about what was otherwise a great fan experience: POS terminal failures which resulted in cash-only stands and excessive ATM fees.  ATM fees trigger me and I see red for about 2 full minutes before agreeing to pay an extra $3 for my 20 dollar bills.

The monetary tally for this adventure is as follows:

    • $40 standing room ticket
    • $26 for 44 ounces of premium beer
    • $3 – 6 ATM fees if you weren’t patient enough to wait in the longer lines
    • Rode my bicycle so I didn’t have to pay for parking, but had to walk it back for a while before I sobered up enough to endanger only myself on the road

We’ll be back on March 21st to see the Quakes take on Sporting Kansas City, a team that looked extremely good this past weekend.

In Honor of the 100th Anniversary of Prohibition

I wrote this paper my senior year of college.  I looked at the legal challenges encountered by the Prohibition movement at the state level, which had an enormous influence on the formation of subsequent national legislation.

This was long before the temperance movement in the United States in 1920 utilized the constitutional and statutory form of the Eighteenth Amendment to the Constitution and the National Prohibition Act.

Legal Challenges and Their Influence on the Prohibition Movement in the United States

The Roughnecks Bodyslam the Haters in Week 3.


The Jacksonville Defense, drafted in the 10th round, started things right by allowing Derrick Henry to be the only offensive player with any significant contribution against them in Week 3, a Thursday night game no less.

What followed can be described as either “old NFL players demonstrating experience over speculatively incorrect fantasy talent assessment” or “NRM getting beat by a few players deemed inconsequential yet victorious.”

Patrick Mahones, gamed into a 10th round pick by the Commissioner, could not elevate the mediocre production by the rest of his team.  With only four other positions breaking into double-digits, NRM was yielding by halftime of the afternoon games.

Not many rule changes could have altered the outcome in a favorable way for the franchise in Ben LaBron, but don’t doubt that they’re in consideration.

This places a few questions on the table of discussion.  Has the magic touch faded for NRM?  2018’s Champion has to be looking in the mirror while the coaching community wonders, “Should we ever listen to any Vain In Vain unsolicited analysis in 2019?”