I don't know if a lot of you wager for fun --- I do, but as you can see below - not a lot - more just the low risk/high reward action. Anyways, I never bet against my favorite college or NFL team: Ohio State or the Steelers. To be honest, I can't think of an OSU football game in the past decade or so since I've been betting, where I didn't think they were going to win. The Steelers on the other hand, if I think they're gonna lose - I usually just don't touch that game. I'll just pass on it, and not bet on the game. I get a little superstitious sometimes, and think that if I bet against my team - then they'll lose. I know, it's kinda crazy, but whatevs. And, I'm sure many of you are happy that the Steelers lost, especially because the Browns &/or Bengals won. It was a strange feeling for me today rooting for the Bengals and against the Steelers in the same day.
Well, this weekend, I decided to do a large parlay (9-teamer) and, like I said, I would never normally bet against my team. But, Big Ben was out, along with LaMar Woodley and a few offensive linemen...and Charlie Batch was starting! Yes, the same Charlie Batch who will turn 38 years young this Wednesday. All of this, and, it's against the Ravens - in Baltimore. Hell, it was the one game I felt the strongest about...even though the Ravens defense (as proved today) is not what it used to be. Well, as many of you probably witnessed, the Ravens & Joe Flacco found a way to lose that game. I'll credit the Steelers for playing tough...but, wow, going into that game - I really didn't think they'd have a real chance. This coming from a person who watches every Steelers game, and knows it's a big rivalry. I'm still shocked Batch moved the ball that well on the Ravens.
Such is the NFL. As you can see it's not a huge loss, ($10), but it's the what-could-have-been-factor, ($825).
My point is, as I have always thought about my lurking superstition --- and now I've learned the lesson & I'll pass the advice along: if you're gonna bet, don't bet against your team...at least not in a parlay.
Dec. 1, 2012 6:48 AM
Combination (9 games)
South Alabama at Hawaii (Alternate Spread) Hawaii -6 -125 Win
Middle Tenn St at Arkansas St (Alternate Spread) Arkansas St -10 -120 Win
Texas at Kansas St (Alternate Spread) Kansas St -10 -141 Win
New England at Miami (Alternate Spread) New England -6 -182 Win
Minnesota at Green Bay (Alternate Spread) Green Bay -6 -192 Win
Central Florida at Tulsa Tulsa -2.50 -110 Win
Cincinnati at San Diego Cincinnati -2.50 -110 Win
Tampa Bay at Denver Denver - 7 - 110 Win
Pittsburgh at Baltimore (Alternate Spread) Baltimore -6 192 Lose
Bet Amount 10.00 Bet Price: +8252
Possible Payout 825.20