Legalized betting may not be a great panacea, after all By Nick Canepa, San Diego Union-Tribune August 6, 2018 at 2:44 pm It probably won’t be long before you can order a caffe macchiato at Starbucks and then tell the barista to put down a few sawbucks on Rams-49ers and Raiders-Judases. I’m not overly excited about either. I have a coffee maker, and while I’m fascinated by gambling, I’m also fascinated by outer space, and I’m not going. Some of the wonderfully crotchety sportswriters I first met growing up in this dodge were familiar — or extremely familiar — with gambling. Damon Runyon characters. If they didn’t frequently bet on the two-legged or four-legged events, they knew enough about it to discuss it — or write it — with confidence.