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There was a time in pre-Civil War America when the followers of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (also known as the “Mormons”) headed toward the sunset from the Midwest in search of a land to call home. Today, the state of Utah is widely associated with the Mormons, but in fact members of the church settled in the late 19th century across a wide swath of what would eventually become the western United States.
That’s why this week’s theme is all about the “Mor-money” that has funneled into the J-Dub Gambling Challenge Bankroll courtesy of schools in predominately “Mormon” territory. I know…when you combine the terms “college football” and “Mormon,” most minds go straight to Brigham Young University. While that is certainly a correct response, it is far from being a complete one.
The map tells the story. If you’ve been following this year’s challenge, you may have noticed that Boise State and Brigham Young have been consistent performers against the spread. So, when they faced each other last week, it promised to be a “Payday”…I just had to have the right play.
Call it what you will…kismet, luck, or just being on a “hot” streak, but the combined sons of Deseret didn’t let me down. Hitting the “Payday of the Week” can soften a lot of smaller setbacks; so much so that this week the J-Dub Challenge Bankroll added $258; making the season total $7,035…up from the original $5K.
LEGAL DISCLAIMER (mandated by our very own Small Town Pizza Lawyer):
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.
If you think you have a gambling problem, go find the 800 number on your own. I’m not a goddamn public service announcement.
Since I live in the heart of Big Ten country, almost literally in the shadow of Ross-Ade stadium, those around me who know I’m a gambler will invariably ask me about the Boilermakers, so I might as well bet on them…
Purdue at Iowa (-11.5) O/U 43 $100 Iowa, $100 Over
We went back to the very first college football game in 1869, and the premise is simple…you’re the champ until somebody beats you. The current champion is the Texas A&M Aggies.
Texas A&M (-9.5) at Missouri O/U 58.5 $100 Texas A&M
It’s like the game says…the idea is to hang on to your cash. That means this is the “big play” of the week; the one that should make today “Payday.”
Florida (-3.5) at Louisiana State O/U 59 $750 Florida, $750 Over
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