wants a clean gamble
It’s about that simple, and it is the only reason
why we are now three days past a meaningless
play in a football yet that play is discussed,
rehashed, replayed and relived endlessly, the event
in question was the incorrect call of a touchdown
at the end of the Steelers/Chargers game,
a touchdown that meant nothing in the grand scheme
of things, the Steelers were winning the
game 11-10 when the play happened, on the play
the clock ran out, ending the game, making
the touchdown totally meaningless to the result
of the contest.
But not meaningless to the sports betting world
who had the Steelers pegged as a three point favorite.
Suddenly out of nowhere the Steelers had covered
the spread, and then moments later, the refs declared
they didn’t, millions of dollars were effected
by this incorrect ruling and that is why talking heads on ESPN
and all over the sports world are buzzing over
this play, because the NFL wants to assure it’s gamblers,
who are legion, that they are not being screwed
over, that the NFL is on the up and up and is giving them
a fair game to wager on. The hypocritical nature
of the NFL to pretend to be ’above gambling’ yet knowing
that every newspaper in the country runs all
the games with lines, and the NFL requires injury lists be updated
constantly so bettors know who’s likely to play
and can wager accordingly. It’s foolish to think they do
all of this for any other reason, it would be
nice of them to just admit it.
Sunglasses in poker.
A lot of people are down on sunglasses in poker.
Bill Simmons even wanted to outlaw them when he
becomes ’commish’ of sports under Obama. I understand
the mindset of some people about this,
but on the whole I think this is foolish.
Sunglasses are worn in large part by people who are nervous
and playing at a stake level higher then they
are used to, it gives them a small amount of confidence that
at the very least their nervous eyes won’t betray
them. There is really no reason to deny people this
small bonus to encourage them to play the game.
I see people playing very low stakes poker all the time
and I can say without exception the people wearing
sunglasses are very bad at poker. They wear the
glasses just because they are intimidated and
are trying to hide this fact. So let the sunglass wearers be,
they’ll bust out in short order, and if they
win it all, good for them.
Write to Mike at Mikethedealer@hotmail.com
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