November 4, 2003

Near Entry Into The Football Pick'Em Pantheon

POST #    543

***note: I (Tien Mao) do not gamble for money, I merely pick games against the spread for entertainment purposes and to see how I would do if I gambled for money.***

I am in two football pools (for recreational and bragging purposes only) where I have to pick the winners of each game against the spread. For those of you who don't know, the spread is a handicap given to even the odds of something happening - in this case, a sporting event. A team has the points either added or subtracted to its score to determine a winner. Betting 101 lesson complete.

In one of the recreational pools I am in, I was already in first place entering the weekend, with 60% of the games right and a one game lead over my nearest competitor. I did my picks Friday morning, with about a 50-50 chance for each game, I take a look Sunday night to see how I'm doing and I'm a whopping 13 for 13!! Now, I've gotten 11 right for a week and even 12 right when there are 16 games on a weekend, but 13 for 13?!? So, I went into Monday Night Football with a chance to go 14 for 14 if Denver won by more than 1.5 points. I decided not to watch the game, just in case I would jinx it (yeah, illogical, I know). I'm sitting at home, and my friend Johnny calls me and asks why I'm not watching the game. After some talking, I turn on the game, and watch the rest of it. Denver does not pull through in the final moments, giving up a TD to New England to blow my chance at a perfect week. 92.86% though, not bad. It's all downhill from here.

I blame Johnny for this.

***IRS stop reading here. If anyone believes the previous note, then I have a bridge to sell you.***

Posted by tien mao in Sports at 10:08 AM



gotta love getting an email that says, "THM took 1st place (13 out of 14)." damn that 14th game. i now have a 7 game lead over the competition. the football gods will strike me down starting next week.

Posted by: tien at November 4, 2003 2:47 PM

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