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Posted Friday, July 29, 2011 05:55 PM

Kid-friendly Atlantic City? What could possibly go wrong?

Atlantic City has decided that in addition to enticing 20- and 30-somethings to come to its casinos by pushing the limits with a generous amount of g-strings and pasties, it also wants to tell vacationers that in many ways it’s also a wonderful family destination if you don’t have the scratch to make it to Disney World.

In addition to the beach, AC likes to point out that it now offers a family-styled luau (Harrah’s), a circus (Resorts) and a dinosaur exhibit (Showboat), among other activities for the G-rated crowd.

Trying to be all things to all people is a semi-desperate attempt to cast a wider net for entertainment dollars that are increasing being dropped in Pennsylvania rather than Atlantic City. If you don’t want to be titillated, says the AC suits, come anyway. We have people walking around in animal costumes.

Nice try, AC. But it won’t work, any more than Vegas’s effort to make the Strip family-friendly (Excalibur, Treasure Island) did. LV found out that families were coming and bringing their kids, but it was a loss leader because the parents didn’t have time to gamble. That was that.

Besides, kids don’t belong near casinos. They belong at Disney World.

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Posted Thursday, July 28, 2011 07:39 AM

Haynesworth deal a turnaround for Pats defense

Albert Haynesworth.

ALBERT HAYNESWORTH???!!!$$$???

ESPN (Adam Shefter) is reporting that he has been dealt to the Patriots.

Now we know what Bill Belichick was doing buried in the bowels of Gillette Stadium during the lockout. He was changing his defense.

The Patriots' stunning theft (5th-round draft choice in 2013) of Haynesworth from the Redskins must mean that New England is switching its defense from a linebacker-oriented 3-4 to a 4-3, with Vince Wilfork and Haynesworth in the middle. Haynesworth made life miserable for Mike Shanahan when he refused to adapt to Washington's 3-4, and there is no other explanation for the trade to New England unless the Pats are now going to the 4-3 as their basic package.

Something had to be done. The linebacking corps, already mediocre, was weakened earlier this week when the only pass-rusher of note, Tully Banta-Cain, was released. With Haynesworth in a suddenly-powerful D-line, linebackers play a lesser role, and Jerrod Mayo, Brandon Spikes, Rob Ninkovich and Jermaine Cunningham now look more than serviceable.

Depending, of course, on whether Haynesworth behaves like a human being and produces anywhere near the way Randy Moss did when he fell in line in his first year in Foxboro. If he does the 11.5 win total on the Pats could be covered by Game 13 or 14.

Things just got a lot more interesting in the AFC East.

Your move, Jets.

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