FOR WHAT IT'S WORTH:
■ It always was inevitable.
So now we can bet on sports.
Legally I mean.
It's about time.
Let's not kid ourselves here. A certain percentage of people are going to bet on sports, legal or not, and all this does is bring some of it above ground, out of the shadows, to the point that maybe some of the money that comes from some of the losses can be used for something good, rather than in some bookie's pocket.
Call it a win-win.
■ The Rams have to shoot better.
■ The Friars' A.J. Reeves is going to be a big-time player, and it's not going to take very long.
■ Whoever thought Tiverton was going to be the Vegas of the East Bay?
■ Speaking of gambling, what's the over/under on Gronk making it through the season?
■ QUIZ OF THE WEEK: Willie Naulls, longtime NBA player, who died on Nov. 22 at 84, and once played for the Celtics, was a part of the NBA's first all-time black starting lineup in the NBA. Who were the other four players? (Answer near the bottom of the column.)
■ LINE OF THE WEEK comes from Cindy Adams in the New York Post, where a woman says to her friend, "My kid's very smart. He has a BA, and MA, and a Ph.D. Now he needs to get a J-O-B.''
■ LINE OF THE WEEK II comes from the Celtics' Gordon Hayward: "Old G is back.''
■ LINE OF THE WEEK III comes from George W. Bush on his father George H.W. Bush: "His was the brightest of the thousand points of light.''
■ LINE OF THE WEEK IV from "Sam the Ram,'' my longtime mysterious phone source on all things URI basketball: "Can we ever get a big man, or is it against the rules?''
■ Speaking of URI basketball, there's no truth to the rumor that last Saturday's annual game in The Dunk against PC was such a dog it almost barked — only 10 field goals in the second half.
■ And again speaking of URI, the "Ramettes'' never get old.
■ Which I suppose is the point, right?
■ Tom Brady now has the most passing yards, regular season and postseason combined, in NFL history, with more than 80,000, moving ahead of Peyton Manning.
■ What would Red Auerbach think of today's NBA?
■ The new definition of torture? Having to listen to today's top 40 on the radio.
■ The Rams' David Cox started out subdued on the bench. That's starting to change.
■ James Develin, the former Brown defensive end who's been with the Patriots now since 2012, continues to be a great story.
■ There's no truth to the rumor that the Knicks already are out of the playoffs.
■ Or that the General Assembly might be better with cheerleaders.
■ Or that PC and URI last Sunday was the biggest letdown since Y2K.
■ You know there's not a whole lot left to say about the Patriots when sports writers start writing feature stories on offensive linemen.
■ What's up with PC and Brown not playing basketball against each other this season, a rivalry that almost goes back to the beginning of time?
■ Rhode Island kids score below Massachusetts kids in standardized tests. What's up with that?
■ Steph Curry had 42 points the other night, which probably means he's back in full form.
■ Dave Dombrowski not being named baseball's executive of the year would be news.
■ So would cleaning up Kennedy Plaza, but where are you going to start?
■ Once upon a time, James Perry, the new football coach at Brown, was a great quarterback at Brown. Now he has to find a younger version of himself.
■ Julian Edelman said the other day that he can remember being on the eighth-grade playground when he was a kid and pretending to be Tom Brady.
■ Michelle Obama's "Becoming'' is the best-selling book of the year.
■ R.I.P. Phred's Drug Store in Cranston. Another old Rhode Island icon bites the dust.
■ QUIZ ANSWER: Bill Russell, Satch Sanders, K.C. Jones, Sam Jones.
■ Rhode Island: The "Get Down State.''
■ Urban Meyer has called it quits at 54.
■ The Friars are only going to get better.
■ I have trouble with any sport where the best players in the world can't complete two passes in a row.
■ There's no truth to the rumor that the Independent Man was seen trying to get down the other night.