What your view of sports and life would be if you had too many concussions
The past two episodes of the J-Dub Gambling Challenge were all about a stroll down “Memory Lane” featuring classic game show hosts Gene “Blank” Rayburn and Richard “Survey Says” Dawson. This episode is a similar jaunt to yesteryear.
If you’re my age, you may remember the “generic” grocery phenomena of the economically-toxic President Carter years of the late 1970’s. Instead of dealing with the core issues of what was ruining the American economy of the day, the idea that the cost of product packaging and the competition between brands was the reason why consumer costs were exploding.
We can argue all the live long day about economic theory, but the whole idea behind “generic” products was that by eliminating the expenses of branding, marketing and the like that costs could be controlled. This was about as effective a tool against rampant inflation as is pushing back the ocean with a broom, which is why “generic” products were relegated to the dust-bin of history.
However, when it comes to “ineffective,” nothing defines that terms like this year’s Gambling Challenge. Like “generic” groceries, the challenge defies the economic sensibilities of some by hitting the big bets, but still coming up short. That’s how the bankroll took a $493 haircut, despite hitting the “Payday” of the Week and the “Over” on the Heavyweight Championship. That leaves the bankroll at it’s low-water mark at $4,045.
That’s why I thought what can it hurt to try the no-frills “generic” approach? It’s not flashy, it’s not brand-name, but what the hell? At this point, I’m willing to try even largely-discredited ideas if it means banking a few bucks.
Besides, the “generic” people made a lot of this stuff. It’s a weird greenish color, and it tastes slightly of floor wax, but it does the job. So, let’s crack one or fourteen and get ready to gamble…
Thanks to the Supreme Court, gambling is no longer illegal at Bushwood, sir. However, the Supreme Court can’t really help me unless one of them is willing to keep Mrs. J-Dub from braining me with a cast-iron skillet if she found out how many dimes I’m dropping on college football. That means that as far as she knows, all wagers are mythical in nature and this is in no way, shape, or form a gambling advice column. In other words, if you lose your own “real” money, that’s nobody’s fault but yours, so don’t yell at me when we meet at the plasma center on Monday.
Purdue at Michigan State (-2.5) O/U 50.5
J-Dub’s Payday of the Week:
Texas A&M at Mississippi State (-1.5) O/U 43.5
$200 Texas A&M
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