What your view of sports and life would be if you had too many concussions
You don’t need to tell me the “square peg in round hole” nature of using a baseball movie to discuss gambling on college football. But 1952’s “The Winning Team” offers too many linear comparisons despite the difference in sport, because this movie essentially is a thinly-disguised biography of Hall-of-Fame pitcher Grover Cleveland Alexander.
For starters, we have a guy named after a president being portrayed by a future commander-in-chief. If there is one occupation on earth which fundamentally understands gambling, it’s politics. Face it, every single thing a politician does is an exercise in risk versus reward. Alexander’s sojourn through life is a tale of a meteoric rise. reaching the pinnacle of success, followed by the fall from grace, the refusal to abandon hope, which allows for the chance to mount a comeback and achieve redemption, all woven around good old-fashioned alcoholism. Don’t even try to tell me that doesn’t sound exactly like gambling…
The unifying thing about gambling is that it exists in nearly every culture on earth, and even a few on “Star Trek.” But for some reason, wagering on college football is mostly a “white-bread” endeavor. Let’s be honest, is there anything more “Wonder” white-bread than Ronald Reagan and Doris Day in 1952? I’m not a white guy, but in the 4th grade I knew a kid named Grover, and I would have voted voted for Reagan if I would have been old enough.
As far as the business of the challenge is concerned, last week saw another win with a net profit of $935, which brings the bankroll for the season to $7,398.
So, let’s win another one for “The Gipper”…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.
Ohio State (-52.5) at Rutgers O/U 61.5 $50 Over
J-Dub’s Payday of the Week:
Minnesota at Iowa (-3) O/U 44
$250 Minnesota, $250 Over
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