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"I Once Won Enough Money on a Football Game to Buy a Car . . ."

That’s #48 on “My 100.”

And for those of you that have been asking for details, here is the story.

I started betting on football back in 1993. I learned how to analyze numbers and teams and quarterback ratings and slowly began to win. I didn’t bet $1,000 on a team “straight up,” I’d bet on three or four teams at a time on a “parlay card,” which meant that all of the teams I chose had to win, or I’d be out my $50.

After two seasons of really high highs and some really low lows, I decided that I’d be “done with it” after the Super Bowl in 1995. For those of you who don’t remember, that was the game between the San Francisco 49ers and the San Diego Chargers.

If you were “in the know,” it didn’t take much for you to realize that the 9ers were going to hand the Chargers the biggest beating of their lives. It was a horribly mismatched game on paper, and worked out to be a bigger mismatch on the field.

I’d taken my last bit of cash (somewhere around $600) and bet on the game HUGE. I had parlays coming out of my ears, and was picking who would win the coin toss to who would score first to how they scored that first touchdown. I’d picked the range of points that were scored in each quarter and half, how many penalties there’d be, and even managed to pick what type of score would take place (field goal? TD? Safety?) before halftime.

All in all, I had about 15 cards going at the same time, and only lost on two. My total earnings for the afternoon were upwards of $4,500.

That evening, I hit the classifieds–ready to buy a car. I could have bought a nice used car outright, but ended up putting it down on a nicer Acura instead.

I’ve since “retired” from betting heavy on football. I have gone to Reno/Tahoe and done some smaller wagering since then (with moderate success), and have even taught a few people how to pick ’em.

I suggest trying it at least once in your life. Betting on a few games makes watching football much more entertaining!

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One Response

  1. This is funny! You don’t look like the gambling type! What do gambling types look like? I have no idea. … I’m just being silly. That’s kind of cool though!

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