No need to bet on basketball

Ten times out of nine I root for the underdog, which is how I have usually seen myself in most things. (But since I am an old white guy, a lot of other people wouldn’t agree.)

This brings me to the Duke and University of Central Florida game in the NCAA Basketball Tournament. It seemed obvious that the underdog was going to win the game, but they didn’t.

My opinion is that they weren’t supposed to win and the guys in the stripes made sure they didn’t.

Why does the star from Duke run over two guys, actually elbows the first opponent out of the way, then the foul gets called on the 7’6” guy who does it right by going straight up and is run into by the Duke guy and the foul is called on the 7-1/2 footer which fouls him out of the game when the game is at its tightest.

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I had a basketball coach agree with me and he said that Duke was supposed to win and that is why the game was called the way it was.

I wonder what the UCF coach thought of how the game ended?

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I saw a segment on a television news show about how it is now legal in many states to bet on basketball games such as those in the NCAA tournament.

Maybe that explains the Duke-UCF game outcome?

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I thought I heard a number like ten billion dollars bet on last year’s games before the betting was legal. I’ll bet it was much more this year. You can even bet on how many points a player will score, or the spread and a host of other scenarios. And online betting makes it even easier.

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Have I ever wagered on a basketball game? Yes, I used to bet my boss, K.B. Bruce on the KU-KSU games for an ice cream cone. And when I lived in Cambridge, Maryland, we used to go to the Orioles games in Baltimore and bet on the next pitch or what the batter might do on the next pitch for a beverage—hardly anything to shave points for or to strike out.

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I am beginning to wonder about the sanity of our politicians who grant this type of thing, like betting on games or parts of games for big money.

Maybe this gives the incentive to shave points or alter outcomes for money.

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Many TV shows have the plot written around gambling debts, and what ends some people will go to, about these debts.

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When I went to Taiwan in the mid-’80s there were tales of people betting on homing pigeons and losing their homes over lost bets.

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Had a great time in Tulsa this past weekend listening to the band brother Mark plays in.

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How many books can you put into an empty book bag?

It would be one. After you put one book in the bag it isn’t empty anymore.

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If you wish to share your comments or ideas, my e-mail address is joel@hillsborofreepress.com.