What your view of sports and life would be if you had too many concussions
On the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918 at precisely at 11:11 a.m., the greatest war in human history to date came to an end. Originally known as Armistice Day in both the United Kingdom and the United States, eventually it morphed into “Remembrance Day” in the UK and “Veteran’s Day” after the Second World War. But really November 11th has been all about the First World War. That will be especially so this weekend with it being the 100th anniversary of the end of that horrific conflict. If you’re like me and you are a fan of the English Premier League, that’s why you will see those red poppies everywhere.
In America, the poppies went away, but another organization near and dear to my heart still uses a flower motif for its emblem of remembrance.
Also in America, today marks the 243rd anniversary of the founding of the United States Marine Corps. In other words, regardless of which side of the Atlantic finds your domicile, this weekend is all about remembering all those who served. That’s also why when I’m not watching sport this weekend, I’m participating in a World War One Movie Blog-A-Thon. If you’re like me and love classic movies as much as sports, check it out as you may find a new film to add to your watch list. You’ll certainly see some great writing about movies.
After all that has been said, several notable wits such as Oscar Wilde and George Bernard Shaw among others have noted that the British and the Americans are two countries separated by a common language. As far as I’m concerned, the British and the Americans are not only joined in the remembrance of their veterans, but in their love of gambling. Whether it was on the fields of Flanders, the beaches of Normandy, or wherever else the forces of evil needed a dose of defeat, countless sons and daughters of both the United Kingdom and the United States have been united in the defense of the freedom which allows me to cover my driveway in $20 dollar bills and set them on fire.
And so on this “Remembrance Weekend” in the honor and memory of those who have served in the defense of our freedoms, let’s 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.
For the first time ever, this is also the Payday of the Week…
J-Dub’s Payday of the Week:
Ohio State (-2.5) at Michigan State 52
$500 Ohio State
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