What your view of sports and life would be if you had too many concussions
Back in the 70s, a Scotsman named Al Stewart had a hit song called “The Year of the Cat.” Well, if you were gambling college football last week, it was the “week of the dog.” It was a veritable buffet of underdogs; complete with favorites not covering the spread, with a heaping helping of flat-out upsets.
The bark of “dogs” like Mississippi. Texas Christian, and even the usually punitive Purdue echoed all the way to the bank, but none made more noise than non-cover hopeful turned outright winner Vanderbilt. The Commodores (speaking of 70’s music references) broke a 26-game in-conference SEC game losing streak when all I thought they would do was lose by less than 11.
But that’s the pay-off for taking the points…never fear, the underdog is here!
Now, I couldn’t buy a brick house on last week’s winnings, but there was a time not that long ago when the $868 pocketed by the J-Dub Gambling Challenge Bankroll would have made a solid mortgage payment. But it does have Surprise, the official blog cat of Dubsism, rolling in the dough, as on the season the bankroll is up to $6,566 from the original $5K. At the end of this version of the Twelve Greatest Saturdays of the Year, it doesn’t matter whether you prefer cats or dogs…it’s all about keeping the Franklins coming in the door!
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…
Northwestern at Purdue (-18) O/U 44.5 $50 Northwestern, $50 Under
Introduced by our own guest columnist King George VI (the grandfather of the current King Charles III), this feature is all about the line of the week that’s so outrageous it’s almost as crazy as we Americans find the idea of a monarch.
Iowa at Minnesota (-2.5) O/U 31 $50 Iowa, $50 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 Washington Huskies.
Colorado at Washington (-31.5) O/U 64.5 $50 Under
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.”
Illinois at Michigan (-16.5) O/U 40.5 $1,000 Illinois
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