By on September 24, 2014

PROPSFistbumpBlack is the new orange

Yeah, yeah, this’ll probably jinx ‘em now, but the Orange and Black at the Willy T. “Mack” are like a scary Halloween nightmare for visiting football teams.

The Jackson Broncs have rolled up a 4-0 record on their way to just dismantling their opponents. The Broncs put a beat down on the Teton Redskins 52-27. After that game, Native American peoples redoubled their efforts to get the school in Teton Valley to drop the name Redskins; embarrassment now a bigger issue than offensiveness.

Next it was North Fremont’s turn. The Broncs tamed the Huskies 50-30 in another non-conference tune-up. The home opener was a chance for the Orange and Black to strut their stuff in front of locals at William T. McIntosh Field. They didn’t disappoint. Jackson sent the Lander Tigers packing with a 56-0 pasting – the first shutout for the Broncs in 61 tries.

How Rawlins summoned the courage to so much as park their team bus on Teton District school property is mystifying, but give the Outlaws credit. They showed up and prevented the red-hot Broncs offense from breaking into the 50s again. Final: 38-12.

Running backs Theo Dawson and Mark Ford have led the way for the high-flying offense that has simply outmuscled opponents. Next up for the Broncs is an away contest with Worland this Friday. The Warriors are 3-1 on the season. Looking at “similar opponents” matchup, Worland beat Lander at home, 36-14.

DISSTongueAnd… they’re off (their rocker, that is) 

Can we please just leave organized gambling to reservation nations and Jersey mobsters? After establishing a state lottery, and becoming just like the rest of the country – states full of unsophisticated patsies scratching their way to a comfortable retirement with the edge of their last nickel – authorities in Teton County are considering virtual horse racing in the form of slot machine-type terminals.

State statute allows for playing the ponies, even off-track betting parlors since 1968, but the latest proposal by some outfit called Sushi Boat Laramie would pave the way for “no-track” betting in Teton County.

County commissioners are scheduled to decide on October 21 whether Jackson Hole residents should have the right to bet on historical horse races via Xbox-meets-slot machine terminals that would be placed in appropriate places where they would “blend in correctly,” according to Wyoming Downs (Evanston horse track) owner Eric Nelson in an interview with the News&Guide. “Not close to churches or schools,” he added. In other words, these one-armed bandits are something to be ashamed of, relegated to behind-the-curtain XXX stuff like K-Y Jelly at Stone Drug.

These video machines would offer bettors a chance to piss away their money on races that have already been run. By withholding jockey and horse information, bettors would have no idea their horse lost years ago and will lose again as soon as their sawbuck is inserted into the appropriate slot.

If county commissioners are that desperate for the estimated 150 grand a year these gaming gadgets might bring to the budget, why not just send Barb Allen to the Wind River Casino for a weekend with the money the county is saving on not paying an administrator for the past four months? Better to develop one gambling addiction than hundreds.

PROPSFistbumpEPA = IRS? No, says Wyoming

U.S. senators Mike Enzi and John Barrasso joined senators from Nebraska and South Dakota in introducing a bill that would limit the Environmental Protection Agency’s ability to garnish Americans’ wages.

Enzi and Barrasso drafted a letter back in July to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy, urging the agency to withdraw its direct final rule on administrative wage garnishment.

“The EPA can already fine individuals thousands of dollars for simply building a pond on their own land—as we learned in the case of Uinta County resident Andy Johnson,” said Barrasso. “Now, in order to cover these excessive fines, the EPA is planning to go around the courts to force your employers to garnish your wages. This outrageous overreach must be stopped in its tracks. Our legislation will prevent the EPA from having this unprecedented authority that only hurts Americans who are trying to provide for their families.”

The proposed legislation, dubbed the Johanns-Thune Bill for the co-sponsors from Wyoming’s neighboring states, will ensure the EPA cannot pursue wage garnishment without a court order.

“This Administration has aggressively looked for every opportunity to expand its reach into our lives and pocketbooks,” said Enzi. “Executive power should have limits and requiring a federal agency to get a court order before garnishing Americans’ wages should be a no-brainer.”

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