Thursday, December 03, 2009

Second Prize was Five Bucks and a Kick in the Groin

Last week in Vancouver, we heard about a gangster who, shortly after winning a prestigious poker tournament, was arrested for his part in a gruesome multiple murder. So when I read this headline in the Vancouver Sun, I couldn't help thinking the man in question got his toes blasted off by a gun-toting hooligan, then hobbled into a casino and hit triple cherries on the progressive slots. Either that, or it's a story about one of those extreme Japanese game shows, where people suffer practically any kind of indignation or injury for a chance at a lucrative payout. As it turns out, it's simply a story about a court ruling in favor of the unfortunate chiropodially-revised victim. Maybe "awarded" would have served better than "wins" in this instance.