When I went to Vegas, I was thinking of you
By Jason Woodmansee
I want you to know that I take this blogging gig seriously. Even if we are just glorified commenters, I feel that I owe our loyal reader(s) my best. This is why I took some time out of my busy schedule while on a business trip in Las Vegas to have lunch at a sports book. I did this for you.
I figured that if I gambled on the Redskins, it would force me to come up with some cogent analysis of the Redskins-Rams game, since nothing was really coming to mind. The down side is that it also gives me another reason to have heart failure on Sunday, but I didn’t care -- as I said, you deserved it. So I plunked down $20 at the Palazzo sports book, splitting it between the Skins covering the spread (4 points) and the over (38 points). Some of you may think that I’m betting some low stakes here (*ahem* Dan Steinberg), but let’s be honest, when gambling on the Redskins, no amount is too small. Given the last few seasons, I think I’m actually being pretty reckless with my kids’ lunch money.
Why these bets? First off, I think the Redskins will win the game by more than a field goal because the Rams stink. This may not be a very scientific approach, but I believe in going with my gut. Of course, my gut also told me to order a giant plate of pork nachos before getting on the plane ride home, so it’s not infallible. How much do the Rams stink? I talked to a Rams fan I know (let’s call him Ryan), and he couldn’t come up with any fake bluster or taunting (fake bluster, by the way, is my strong suit). He just admitted that it was hard to be a Rams fan and that he had no real hope for victory. That my friends, is what they call “a lock” in gambling circles.
I bet the over based purely on my irrational exuberance about the Redskins offense. Did you know that they scored 27 points last week? In just one game? (Sorry, I’m still blown away by this.) Now, don’t forget my earlier point that the Rams stink -- which means that the new Redskins offensive juggernaut must be good for 30 or 35 points just on their own. I just don’t see how I can lose.
One last aside -- at the sports book/bar I went to, the servers wear team jerseys. The jersey our waiter chose to wear? Brady Quinn’s Browns jersey. This did not instill much confidence of A) his knowledge of sports, or B) his competence as a waiter. We also saw a JaMarcus Russell jersey -- but that might have actually been JaMarcus Russell. I’m sure the next time I go to Vegas (probably to collect my winnings from this week), I’ll see someone in a Redskins Larry Johnson jersey.
So, in conclusion, Hail to the Redskins (by more than 4 points)!
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| September 24, 2010; 4:00 PM ET
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