What your view of sports and life would be if you had too many concussions
Just look at that picture. If you’re my age, that thing was the epicenter of your music world. That box of musical magic was called a receiver, and through it’s rear panel of connection ports, you could add a turntable, a tape deck, an equalizer if your were getting fancy, and most importantly…at least two wooden cabinet speakers large enough for you to be buried in.
But if you were a kid in 1980, the journey all began with that receiver. Once you hooked a length of speaker wire snaked along your wall to it’s FM antenna, the world of rock music streamed into your room. Face it, if your my age, your discovery of music came courtesy of the dulcet tones of the FM dial. Those 20 numbers between 88 and 108 were a veritable spectrum of sound. The lower end was a lot of classical stuff, country and pop owned the middle, but the land of triple-digits was a rock n’ roll machine.
By now, you’re probably wondering what the hell this has to do with gambling. Well, I have to wander into the science of radio to get us there. The key lies in the fact that my love of music and it’s being the genesis of another series on this blog came from 103 FM. In radio, “FM” means “frequency modulation.” For purposes of this discussion, FM radio works the same way as does AM; the difference being in how the carrier wave is modulated. Amplitude Modulation (AM) radio means the overall strength of the signal is varied to transmit the sound information. Frequency Modulation (FM) means the sound information being transmitted is dictated by the number of times per second the current of the carrier signal is varied.
Engineering aside, “103 FM” has an entirely different meaning when it comes to the J-Dub Gambling Challenge Bankroll. Instead of having anything to do with broadcasting science, in this week’s installment it’s all about losing…to the tune of $103…Fuck Me.
Whatever might be your favorite station, the song remains the same. There’s a reason why they call it gambling; you always have to be ready to lose. But so far on the season, the bankroll is still money ahead from the original $5K…entering the first weekend of November at $6,530.
At least I’m not down to listening to the farm report on some shitty AM transistor radio…
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…
Michigan State (-2.5) at Purdue O/U 57.5
$50 Michigan State, $50 Under
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.
Auburn at Texas A&M (-4.5) O/U 49 $150 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.”
Louisiana State at Alabama (-29.5) O/U 50
$1,000 Louisiana State, $1,000 Over
P.S. For purposes of full disclosure, I couldn’t believe those lines on LSU/Alabama when I saw it. I figured you wouldn’t either so I took a screenshot of it.
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