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​Quidditch, the sport of wizards

J.K. Anna Werner attended last year’s contest, where she saw an author’s imaginary game come to life:. “It’s absolutely amazing!”

And does he enjoy it? “Yeah, you know, it’s therapeutic!” he laughed.

It’s even been the subject of a documentary called “Mudbloods” (a Harry Potter reference, of course).

Then there’s the role of that little golden ball with wings, called the Snitch. It’s really cool!”

What does the future hold for the fastest-growing sport based on a fantasy series filled with wizards and magic wands? With a little help from the Quidditch Referee of the Year, Alex Scheer, Quidditch is going pro.

Even with all these undeniable displays of athleticism, Quidditch still doesn’t get much respect. “Because I’ve seen this in my head for so many years, and actually that’s the one bit I REALLY want to see!”

He also addressed an obvious concern: “I think everyone recommends wearing a cup, and no one does.”

Dignified? Note the ball in a sock hanging off each butt. This is gonna be so dumb!’”

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Thousands are playing an earthbound version of the game introduced by Harry Potter – and broomsticks are still a necessity.

The movie laid out the game, with its wizards on broomsticks (“It had to be on broomsticks, it just had to be,” Rowling reasoned), and giant hoops for goals.

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Chasers try to score in a Quidditch match.

So, is there a personality type for Snitches?

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“Quidditch has exploded into the college scene and the high school scene all over the world,” said one girl. Alex Browne and Missy Sponagle admit the broom thing takes some getting used to.

“My specialty is throwing and tossing [players],” said Nathan.

The documentary introduces Alex Benepe, one of the founders of Quidditch. It’s coming!”

“Usually extroverted,” said Brian. Eleven years later, the game is played by thousands of athletes all over the world, although players are often asked some unusual questions, like “What is the snitch? ” “Do you wear a cape?” “How do you fly?” “Do you really use brooms?”

Yes, real-world Quidditch, complete with players “riding” broomsticks.

So what is the point of having the broom between your legs, if you can’t fly?

“I can give her an assist; she can score a goal off my pass,” said Browne. But it’s one of those things — you can’t fight it. Catch it, and you end the game! But in real-life Quidditch, snitches are yellow people.

“Yeah, that’s actually not too far off. Rowling’s creation became the most popular book series in publishing history, with over 450 million copies sold — and one of the biggest movie franchises in film history, with nearly $8 billion in ticket sales.

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“A little bit like a rodeo clown?”

And yes, there will be Quidditch trading cards!

“You get a lot of people who resist Quidditch,” said Scheer. And I just thought to myself, ‘There’s no way this is gonna work. Dignified rodeo clown!”

“You know, why do you have to dribble a basketball?” replied Browne. Snatching that “Snitch sock” still ends the game, but getting hold of it can be a real challenge.

It’s been nearly 20 years since the first Harry Potter book came out and proceeded to cast a spell over fans around the world. “And for whatever reason, Quidditch isn’t socially acceptable yet.”

Who would have thought this sport would catch on? Well, even before any of the eight blockbuster Harry Potter movies were made, author J.K. “We were freshman. In the movie “The Internship,” Quidditch is a game that’s played for laughs.

But he and his girlfriend, Missy, claim since it’s co-ed, Quidditch is great for couples.

“People get passionate about it because they grew up with Harry Potter,” said one fan.

And now Potter-mania has spawned another craze, one based on the high-flying fantasy game played by Harry and his friends called Quidditch, which has now jumped from the world of wizards to the playing fields of Rock Hill, South Carolina.

“I am working with a group of individuals on starting the first professional Quidditch league,” Scheer said.

Earthbound Quidditch still has hoops and balls. “‘Cause someone invented the sport and said, ‘You’ve gotta dribble a basketball.’ Why do you have to have a broom between your legs for this? Because it’s Quidditch!”

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Quidditch, anyone? No idle question in Columbia, South Carolina, where a big championship match is underway this weekend. He’s been playing since 2005, when a classmate at Middlebury College turned to him with an idea: “‘This weekend, we’re gonna try and play real-life Quidditch,’” Benepe recalled. Rowling was ready to line up. “There are sports that are socially acceptable,” said Browne. “I will be right at the front of the queue wanting to see Quidditch,” she said. Sadly, players can’t fly. “We like to do a lot of fun stuff. And they try to ignore it and block it out. Instead, they simply hold a broomstick between their legs. “They try to fight it. We like to pump up the crowd.”

Not so dumb after all. “It’s awesome

All Bets Are Off On ‘Survivor’

“Only ‘The X-Files’ has more conspiracy theories than ‘Survivor,’” CBS spokesman Chris Ender said. The players in question opened accounts with BoDog before “Survivor: Marquesas,” the fourth show, and bet only on the show and no other events.

Odds will be offered on the seventh “Survivor” but all bettors will be carefully monitored, BoDog President Rob Gillespie said in a statement.

BoDog requires that bettors must not have knowledge of an event’s outcome. Asked if BoDog might consider legal action, he replied: “It’s not something we’d want to pursue, as a matter of precedent.”

At least two players have been identified as CBS employees and other names may be connected to the network or may be aliases, Bradley said. “Some have been right, many have been wrong.”

For the current “Survivor,” the bets in question affected the odds for contestants Jenna Morasca of Pittsburgh, Pa., and Matthew Von Ertfelda of Washington, D.C.

“We’re pretty sure this is the case,” Bradley said.

The show narrows the field to two finalists in filmed competitions. The suspicion is they had insider knowledge, he said.

The players’ current bets on “Survivor: Amazon” have been canceled and their money refunded, Bradley said. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. The winner is unknown until he or she is chosen in a vote by other contestants during a live broadcast.

An online sportsbook said it has dropped betting on CBS’ “Survivor” after allegedly finding that network employees were wagering – and winning – on the hit reality show.

The Costa Rica-based BoDog.com found at least two CBS employees betting on the show’s outcome, said BoDog spokesman Lance Bradley. He declined further comment on the allegations, or on any action CBS might take.

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© 2003 The Associated Press. Bradley said that bets taken from those alleged to be with CBS skewed the odds significantly on “Survivor” contestants.

Callers to the Bodog.com offices were told that wagers were no longer being accepted on “Survivor.”

He wasn’t aware of any other possible legal sanctions.

Betting on events other than sports or racing is banned in Las Vegas sportsbooks, a spokeswoman for the Nevada Gaming Control Board said Thursday. The biggest payoff, $8,000, came on a $1,000 bet placed on the fifth “Survivor” at 8-to-1 odds.. All Rights Reserved. Most offshore sportsbooks accept such alternative bets, said BoDog’s Bradley.

They wagered correctly on who would be the final two contestants in both the fourth and fifth editions of “Survivor,” Bradley said. One person was said by BoDog to work in a “production role” for CBS.

“Throughout the history of ‘Survivor,’ many have believed they knew the outcome of the show,” Ender said

BAM! It’s Off To The Race & Sports Book….Emeril Style

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The Sports Book is usually comfortable — tables, chairs, a nearby conveniently located bar and lots of TV screens and big LCD scoreboards. Thus, husbands could spend the night at the tables.

In case you didn’t recognize him, that very happy man aboveleft is Emeril Lagasse.

Lagasse’s Stadium boasts private luxury boxes that open directly onto the Las Vegas Strip. The line was out the door. The photo was taken last Friday when he hosted the grand opening of Lagasse’s Stadium at the Palazzo Las Vegas.

Now, the sports book is not unique to Las Vegas. But a Sports Book? No idea.

Lagasse’s Stadium is not a place to play games. There are billiard tables, gaming consoles and a DJ booth.

The 24,000 square-foot space — very wisely — has features that will please both bettor and non-bettor. They have them in other places. I knew what Off-Track Betting (OTB) is because in New York that is common and — being my father’s daughter — I do like the ponies at Triple Crown time. I am not a regular at all. With lots of amenities.

To celebrate the opening, celebrities from the worlds of both sports and entertainment walked the “Green Carpet.” Among them were Entourage actors Jeremy Piven and Kevin Dillon, Warren Sapp, formerly of the Oakland Raiders, Olympic Gold-medalist Bruce Jenner, race car driver Danica Patrick.

It is because of the Sports Books here that Super Bowl weekend is the busiest one of the year.

The philosophy there seems to be the same that led to the creation of lounge entertainment 50+ years ago. So, while players can bet, they can also find white-tablecloth service and the best of Emeril Lagasse’s food.

In his sports book, Lagasse offers the same thing. There are 105 hi-def TVs, including two custom-built 103-inch plasma screens and a 9 x 16 video wall. (Haven’t been in all of them, so I cannot be any more definitive.) It is where anyone wishing to bet on any sport and for which a person can place a bet can go and bet. You find people carrying odds sheets, newspapers and other publications dealing with sports.

Lagasse, a Boston native who is a self-confessed “sports junkie” got the festivities going with a hearty “BAM!” Two days later I happened to be near there and took a peek. But, with lounge acts playing practically all night, the wives had something to do and weren’t bored. Rather, it is a place where one can find a form of gaming. But, remember, this is Las Vegas so, of course, the most spectacular sports book anywhere is here and it’s Lagasse’s Stadium.

It is very smart planning.

So, what I’ve learned is that a Sports Book is a feature of just about every casino in town. At that time, most gamblers were men (probably still are) and the wives would get bored waiting around for them and would coax them away from the tables. But what I describe below is very impressive.. Looks like the Palazzo bet on a winner.

2009-09-30-emeril.jpgNote: I don’t work for the Palazzo and only tend to go there either to see a show or take visitors to the shops. The people who staff them are usually quite willing to explain such arcane concepts as the “point spread” to people who — as I was — are clueless. There are poker machines, a nifty computerized blackjack game and lots to eat — from very casual to full gourmet meals.There’s also, overlooking The Strip and the pirate show at Treasure Island just across the street, plenty to watch.

I didn’t know what a sports book was until I moved here. Specifically, it is a Sports Book