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Thursday, January 24, 2008

Sports Betting

One of the most interesting aspects of Las Vegas is the Sports Book. These usually lavish sections of a casino represent a departure from the loud colorful main floor. Quiet and subdued it's a very different sports watching experience.

Two of our group are your above average sports nut. They had previously decided they were going to bet on the KU game, but they were faced with a dilemma. They wanted to bet on KU because they're fans, and because KU had beaten the spread for every game up until that point, an absurd achievement.

The spread for the KU vs. Iowa State game was 26 points! Ridiculous! No one wanted that bet, so they agonized over betting on Iowa State. A third option arose, which in some sense was even more conflicting. The Missouri vs. K-State game had Missouri winning by only 7 points, almost as crazy as the KU game.

In the end they bet on Missouri to cover the spread, and we found ourselves watching and cheering for Missouri, truly our darkest hour.

Missouri covered the spread, and my friends won bunches of money. My conscious wasn't clear of our brush with the dark side, but when KU actually covered the spread in a 45-7 beat down of Iowa State it helped.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

How funny, the same problem arose at Jay's bachelor party, only the spread was like KU by 14. Three of the four of us bet for KU to cover. I bet against KU, they did not cover, they were all pissed at me for being traitorous, hilarity insued.

1/24/2008 2:26 PM  
Blogger mattjustmull said...

Failure is not the only punishment for laziness; there is also the success of others.
- Jules Renard

It's doubly bad that you won and they lost.

1/25/2008 11:35 AM  

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