Monday, February 02, 2015
Had it in my pocket the whole way.
HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!! Could I possibly be more lucky, as a gambler, than I was last night?
(Let me make it clear. I was not really a gambler. I made my picks and all that, but I didn't have anything on the line other than my dubious reputation.)
OK, but, really? I expected that the last offensive play by Seattle was going to result in a win for me, one way or the other. I had the Patriots to win and I had Marshawn Lynch to be named game MVP. If either of those things happens, the bets I recommended come out of the game with a plus on the balance sheet. Either the Patriots stop Lynch and we win the Patriots bet OR Lynch pounds the ball into the end zone and he is probably going to be named the MVP. So, in that regard, it actually was in my pocket.
But then THE DUMBEST PLAY CALL IN SUPERBOWL HISTORY (it absolutely deserves all caps and being bolded) is called by somebody on the Seahawks coaching staff.
(Pete Carroll, the Seahawks coach, is apparently a standup guy. I don't think he made that call. It was probably his offensive coordinator, but Carroll fell on his sword, taking complete responsibility for it, and... well, OK, as head coach it is, in the end, his responsibility, but he could have taken the heat off himself and threw someone else under the bus, He didn't. I respect that.)
Anyway, it was, without a shadow of a doubt, THE DUMBEST PLAY CALL IN SUPERBOWL HISTORY. You have, arguably, the best running back in football. On the play just run, he took the ball from the six yard line all the way down to the one yard line. You have a timeout remaining, so you can pound the ball into the line at least twice.If Lynch - who has picked up a yard or more on 9 out of 10 plays in this game already - cannot get into the end zone, especially behind the blocking of an offensive line that played a pretty damn good game, then you can still call your timeout and try at least one pass, or another run, or maybe even two passing plays. So, what do you do? Call a pass play, AT THE GOAL LINE,that could be tipped, bobbled, have any number of horrible and hideous things happen, instead of handing the ball off to a guy who is arguably the best runner in the NFL; definitely the best runner in this particular game?
NO NO NO NO NO NO NO.
It was THE DUMBEST PLAY CALL IN SUPERBOWL HISTORY. And, as a result, the Patriots win the Super Bowl and I can brag that we won 230 dollars.
This brings the total, for five Super Bowls, to +785 on an investment of 9100. That's a return of 8.63% for the total of about 20 hours time when your money would have been at work. Not bad. And, as a bonus, your heart rate would have been at about 160 for a few minutes each year. If you didn't have a heart attack, it would prove to you that you were in shape!
Anything else? Oh, I suppose one more thing...
THE DUMBEST PLAY CALL IN SUPERBOWL HISTORY.
Soon, with more bettor stuff.
P.S. Actually, there is one more thing. I've called Richard Sherman some less-than-kind names in the past. Last night, however, he was one of the Seahawks who showed some class (unlike Doug Baldwin - and if you don't already know why I'd say he didn't show class, just Google "Doug Baldwin" + "touchdown celebration".) Anyway, Sherman sought out Tom Brady, the game MVP, and shook his hand.
He said, in interviews, "If someone beats us, I'll shake his hand and congratulate him", or words to that effect. He was as good as his word. And if I'm going to excoriate him for some of his past behavior - which I have - then I need to give him props for good and righteous behavior. And so I do. God bless, Richard.