Sports Gambling is Legal, and You Can Bet Change is on the Way

Hot off the top-of-the-inbox, it’s time for a back-and-forth breakdown of the recent Supreme Court ruling in favor of legalized sports gambling. Game on!

AK:1 Welcome to the era of legalized sports betting! In a 6-to-3 decision, the Supreme Court struck down the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act of 1992 (PASPA) and opened the door for an unprecedented transformation of American sports. There’s a ton to digest here – how sports themselves will change, the fan experience, the political consequences, the moral implications, the risk to my 401k account – but before we dig into the feast, allow me to set the table.

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How Language Shapes Your World

To see how language shapes experience, take a visit to wine country.

A vineyard doesn’t take shape naturally. Fields of grapes are organized rank-and-file, an infantry of vines standing at attention in tidy rows and columns. Identical wooden frames steer the vines’ winding growth off its natural path into a tight, upright posture. In hilltop tasting rooms, leather-tanned locals with bleach-blonde hair pour reds and whites as much into glasses as into categories. Fruit-forward or dry, bold or buttery.  

If you’re like me, you can’t tell the difference after your first sip. Tastes like… wine. Then someone explains what you’re tasting – what you should be tasting. “The Syrah,” your guide explains, “is dry and heavy, with a cherry finish.” You drink again.

Of course – I get it now. With a frame to rest on, the flavor of the second sip snaps around the words into its own orderly, defined posture. Dry. Cherry. The words give more than a description; knowing the words makes the wine taste different.

We often think of language as a tool for describing our experiences and communicating with one another. Research suggests, however, that language can reach beyond description to influence what we see, think and remember. Our thoughts and experiences grow around the structure that language provides.

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