World Wrestling Entertainment: 2007 Draft Lottery Preview

World Wrestling Entertainment first introduced the “brand extension” concept in 2002 in response to a decline in ratings following the downfall of competition within the Pro Wrestling Industry. The original idea was to divide WWE’s immense talent pool into two separate rosters that would compete on WWE’s RAW and Smackdown television shows. With the innovative concept came another element which would be a first time ever in Pro Wrestling, and that was a “Draft” similar to those of other sports that would decide the future of many of WWE’s Superstars. Now, five years after the first draft following the brand extension, the draft makes its return live on June 11th, 2007 during a special three hour edition of RAW on USA.The first draft in 2002 following the announcement of the brand split was one that saw Vince McMahon and Ric Flair, representing Smackdown and RAW respectively, make their draft picks until the entire roster was divided. Since then, however, the impact and significance of the draft has seemingly diminished within the WWE. In 2004, for example, only six superstars from each brand were traded over to the other brand and it wasn’t as a result of a draft but rather a “random” lottery. In 2005, the draft went down in the same way that 2004’s did, in that it was a “random” lottery, although this time the draft spanned over four editions of RAW and Smackdown in an attempt to increase ratings during that month. In 2006, the …

How to Win the Lottery

You're probably thinking "who doesn't want to win the lottery?" Sure, we'd all love to have tens or hundreds of millions given to us for simply picking a few numbers. But often, winning the lottery is often the worst thing to happen to a person rather than the best thing. Just ask Jack Whittaker, winner of $315 million through the lottery – his winnings made him one of the least popular people in his community and resulted in the death of his granddaughter. Dozens of other big jackpot winners have found their relationships with friends and family go bad, thanks to their winnings. Yes, we all could use more money, but as we'll see, the lottery is the worst vehicle for it.Gambling in general is one the worst uses of time and money. The book "The Millionaire Mind" by Dr. Thomas Stanley contains statistics about millionaires and how they became wealthy. One point that Dr. Stanley makes is that the amount of gambling one does is inversely proportional to their wealth. Most deca-millionaires (people with a net worth in excess of $10 Million) gamble only rarely (if at all) and yes, the lottery counts as gambling.

Except for a few rare instances, it is nearly impossible to make a profit (forget about a living) from any legal form of gambling. The odds in a casino overwhelmingly favor the house; otherwise the casino wouldn't remain in business for long. Consider the fact that the payoff rate for table games are substantially …

3 Weekend Escape Ideas: City, Surf, & Gambling

When you are burnt and you just need to break out for the weekend, there are a multitude of ideas for your weekend escape dollar which can be both rejuvenating and refreshing. Depending on where you live, how far you’d like to travel, and what you’d like to do, you have so many choices. Here are three different vacation ideas in three distinct areas which you can use for your weekend escape ideas.Broadway/Manhattan/Times Square: One of the most relaxing things anyone can do is get a room right in the middle of the center of the world. Times Square can be a trip but if you’re looking for a weekend escape package and you live locally, jetting in to New York City for a weekend getaway can be a thrill. Especially if you are going to be making your way to the Big Apple during off-peak season (after the winter Holidays is a real good time) you may be able to snag quite a deal. Another good idea when visiting Manhattan for a weekend escape is to wait up until right before you’re going to leave and see if you can’t call the most expensive, best hotel you’ve never been to (Marriott Marquis, W Times Square) and see if you can’t shake a better deal out of them. Don’t call the 800 number; call the hotel directly. Of course make your reservations at your usual haunt and get hip to their cancellation policy. Who knows? You could be …