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Growing up, I thoroughly enjoyed watching “Outside the Lines.” They covered awesome sport stories that otherwise wouldn’t have seen the light of day. I don’t particularly remember a specific episode, but it was always unbelievable stuff like a high school wrestler overcoming his disabilities of being blind, deaf, and having no limbs to become a state champion. It always left me feeling inspired. If some Helen Keller stump could achieve that type of success, I had no excuse to not fulfill my own dreams of making the NBA. Now clearly, that didn’t work out. I incomprehensibly went un-drafted last year, and have not been picked up off the free agent market since. I should have said I was some mysterious Euro prospect. That’s on me though, not Bob Ley.
In recent years, however, Bobby boy and his ESPN comrades have sadly turned the show into a daily medium of “gotcha” journalism. Ley has more or less become the Chris Hansen of the sporting world: “Why don’t you have a seat right there, please.”
Today might just be the biggest case in point of how much of a joke OTL has become.
RIVERSIDE, Calif. — Nearly $3 million transferred from golfer Phil Mickelson to an intermediary was part of “an illegal gambling operation which accepted and placed bets on sporting events,” according to two sources and court documents obtained by Outside the Lines.
Mickelson, a five-time major winner and one of the PGA Tour’s wealthiest and most popular players, has not been charged with a crime and is not under federal investigation. But a 56-year-old former sports gambling handicapper, acting as a conduit for an offshore gambling operation, pleaded guilty last week to laundering approximately $2.75 million of money that two sources told Outside the Lines belonged to Mickelson.
Yawn. Only $3 mil? Honestly, I’m disappointed in my boy Mickelson. You know he’s won and lost more than that in a skins game with Paul Azinger. Also, ESPN’s Lester Munson, their legal analyst and the autistic looking version of Larry King, clarified that Phil will most likely not face any charges. So why try and drag Phil’s name through the mud? You can’t really “get” someone when you’re just spewing out common knowledge.
I guess this is just what happens during baseball season, though: “Breaking” Phil Mickelson gambling stories, zooted out Wiz Khalifa concerts on SportsCenter, and nonstop tennis coverage. Really crushing it nowadays, ESPN. They don’t call you the world wide leader for nothing..
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