What your view of sports and life would be if you had too many concussions
Over the course of this college football season, I’ve been giving you lesson on terms like “the juice.” There really isn’t a word for what happened last week. The closes I can think of is “inverse schadenfreude. For those of you who don’t sprachen sie Deutsche, that’s a term which means taking delight in the misfortune of others. When it’s turned around, it’s when you get to enjoy me torturing myself.
If you are a gambler who understands the difference between betting with your heart versus betting with your head, imagine what Penn State fans like myself went through last Saturday night. That 19.5 points looked pretty safe considering Ohio State has been gorilla-stomping everything in their path. They say alcoholics all have what is called a “moment of clarity” when they comes to terms with choosing their addiction or life. Gamblers do the same thing when their degenerate nature drives them to bet against their team, then come to terms with the fact the spread isn’t going to go their way.
Hello…I’m J-Dub, and I’m a degenerate.
At the end of the 3rd quarter of that game, I’ve realized that 20 points is as much a memory as Joe Paterno. That’s when I hit my moment. My love of Penn State football combined with my eyeball-splitting hated of Ohio State led me to a point where I quit caring about my $300 and said “Fuck it, if I’m going to lose, then let’s win this thing outright, Penn State.”
And that’s what they did.
It didn’t matter that game meant the difference between red and black on the Gambling Challenge. After all was said and done, the bankroll dropped by a total of $25 to $4.469. Beating Ohio State is worth it.
Now, let’s see how much schadenfreude you get to see this week.
DISCLAIMER: Because gambling is illegal at Bushwood, sir… and when it comes to gambling, I slice like Jack the Ripper working the deli counter on crystal meth. That’s why this in no way, shape or form is a gambling advice column, and all “bets” are mythical in nature. In other words, don’t come crying to me when you lose your house payment betting real money like I’m “betting” Monopoly money.
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