Thursday, March 01, 2007

It’s March!

Good morning hoop junkies. Today marks the first day of the best month of year. I hope your March is filled with many office pools and successful 3 team parlays.

On that note, I have to share an experience of one of our subscribers, Wrigley. I would categorize Wrigley as a very safe and smart gambler is there is such a thing. He does not wager a lot of money on games and never chases when he is down. Frankly, that is Money’s downfall, but I digress.

Wrigley is a frequent viewer of the Truth and often places 3 or 4 team parlays to catch a little buzz after leaving the office. Well, last night was different and Wrigley was intrigued by the number of games documented on the Truth. Several bets and parlays were made, but one bet stuck out to me. Wrigley placed a 9 team 10 dollar parlay. A parlay that if he hit it, would turn his 10 dollar investment into $3000.00

The 4pm games were as follow:

Villanova pk: Had an early lead and held off Uconn in the end
St. Joseph’s +12: Close, but a win is a win.
Vanderbilt +1: He went against Money. Good for Wrigley.

The 6pm games kept things rolling;

Auburn -2: Never in doubt
Alabama -4.5: Strong second half put this game away
Arkansas -4: Nice call Wrigley
Maryland +6: Impressive victory at Duke. Sweet 16 sleeper team
Texas -2: A push. Although Wrigley placed an earlier bet on Texas at -1.5

The late game….

UNLV -2.5:

I don’t know about you, but I have never placed a 9 team parlay. I think the most I have ever done is 5 or 6 games. I think I have hit a 5 teamer a few times. Wrigley had 8 games of a 9 team parlay already in, and he was still alive! With 13:11 left in the game, UNLV was up 58-42. This was going to be a special night, or at least so thought Money. The Lobos put together a couple of runs and made it close and ultimately tied the game. In the end the crooked bastards from Vegas won by 2 points, 85 -83 and Wrigley missed out on $3000.00 by a ½ point. He took a 9 team parlay to the last game. Actually, to the last second. Unbelievable. When I saw the final score, I threw up on my keyboard. Incidentally, I am typing this response from my colleague’s laptop.

Wrigley,
I salute you. This was a fantastic bet that proved to be entertaining for all of us. Keep it up. With gambling, there is always tomorrow.

Today’s picks:

UTAH STATE +4.5 vs. Nevada
Nevada has already clinched the WAC title and is effectively playing for nothing. Utah would love to have a victory against the wolfpack on their resume.

WASHINGTON STATE +1.5 vs. Ucla
This game means everything to Washington state. I doubt there has ever been a bigger game in the history of this basketball program. Ucla can’t compete with that.

7 Comments:

Blogger B. Anthony said...

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6:12 AM  
Blogger 50 Cent said...

I am torn with Wrigley's story. On one hand, it can be very frustrating to come so close to a 10 team parlay and then have is all slip away.

on the other hand, what kind of a novice gambler does not hedge the last bet to make sure you come out with something? on top of that, what kind of a novice gambler does a 10 team parlay?

Is Wrigley 7 years old?

8:56 AM  
Blogger B. Anthony said...

50 Cent. I think many games were still in action when the last game went off. And with Texas going to double OT a 2nd half bet to hedge wasn't even possible. But I know you were likely changing diapers and not aware of the logistics.

9:15 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Did Dusty Baker come in to Wrigley's living room last night after the 8th game hit, take the parlay card, and hand it to Felix Rodriguez? I shed a tear for Wrigley, but I agree with 50 Cent....get a hedge going if you've made it that far Wrigley! Even a half time bet.

10:49 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Funny that you mention it, Wrigley is 5 years old and certainly a novice gambler by amount and frequency. Apparently, however, he is not a novice by winning percentage. But, this is the first time he ever ventured beyond a five teamer - which he also hit last nite.
As you may recall, at the time of tip off for the last game, neither Maryland nor Texas had come in. Kinda tough to hedge with three games still out don't you think? And, as you say, a 10 team parlay (actually 9) is so unlikely that one doesn't think to hedge such a bet with three games out. Especially considering that Wrigley had five other bets (parlays and straight wagers) using the same teams that netted more than a "hedge." $10 on a 9 team parlay is a lark, never taken seriously. Unless of course, you pick winners like Wrigley. Then, you are forced to question - novice or genius?

On behalf of Wrigley

12:40 PM  
Blogger 50 Cent said...

some valid points concerning Wrigley's gaming...now I am wondering if Wrigley has a gambling problem...? A lot of action for a suburban dad. Maybe we should talk b/c I successfully brought money down from the ledge of gambling.

12:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

its only a problem if you lose . . . low wagers, limited action, unless you have a nite like last nite that is ripe for the picking.

ok, so maybe its a slight problem.

wrigs

2:19 PM  

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