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The Death of Sunday

It was Groundhog day and wouldn’t you know it, that Punxatony Phil got scared again. Cue the music “So put your little hand in mine…” (Side note: Groundhog day the movie had to be one of the easiest acting jobs of Bill Murray’s career. Now what if he continuosly woke up on Super Bowl Sunday, I would test out every party and eventually hit every prop bet! WOW! Anyways good movie.) 6 more weeks of winter kids and tack on the death of football Sunday. With the Steelers winning their 6th Super Bowl, we have completed another season of excitement and NFL action. Now you’re asking yourself, what can I do on Sunday’s from now on? Let me share some survival tactics to fill your lonesome days.

Bruce!!!

Bruce!!!

Before I cure your Sunday woes, let’s talk about the Super Bowl. First of all, you may have witnessed one of the funniest moments in the history of halftime shows. Bruce Springsteen’s power slide made me cry laughing so hard that I had to rewind it at least 12 times. I found it online and watched it again at work today. Classic stuff. Halftime was also when the game peaked and the action started to happen. Harrison’s 100 yard Int for a TD, 3D commercials and Bruce baby! Harrison later went on to beat someone, 3D commercials sucked and Bruce smashed into a cameraman.

The 4th quarter was solid…but in no way was this the greatest game ever. It did mark the first time I ever won in Super Bowl squares. I’d like to thank Mr Whisenhunt for his first quarter challenge and Mr Tomlin for kicking a field goal at the 1-inch line. That lead me into a chant of “Super Bowl, Super Bowl, Super Bowl.” And how was that last play not reviewed? Come on, even if the crew upstairs saw that the fumble occurred, build some suspense, let the audience look it over and decide. Instead, the game ended and Polamalu was left staring at the stars for…ever. Now that’s a strange cat.

To-do’s on Sundays:
Start studying College Basketball — There is no better time than now to think about your brackets in March and learn who you can count on disappointing you and busting your bracket. This may also lead to increased boredom and eating.
NBA action — The NBA should be alright to watch with some specially highlighted games on all day. Primetime NBA is good but it will not fill the void of an NFL Sunday. I would also like to thank myself for jinxing Andrew Bynum in my last post. 8-12 weeks, ouch!
Invest in the Fox Soccer Channel — well it is futbol and it is on Sundays. Give it a shot, or not.

Movies — This time of year they start playing the classics from “What about Bob” to all the Rocky movies in a row. Take a load off and enjoy. You never know when the Mighty Ducks trilogy will be on again, Gordon Bombay and the flying V.

Read a frigging book — Lazy ass. Or this blog! Message brought to you by sportsfly.com.

If those don’t meet your needs, have a coke and a smile!coke

I’m Feeling kind of Sunday
RaginRondo

February 3, 2009 Posted by | NFL | , , , , , | 1 Comment

Slumpdog Millionaire

When the NFL playoffs come around each winter, I always feel obligated to take some action on the weekends games. I justify it by using the “this only happens once a year, it’s the NFL Playoffs.” So I study spreads, take advice from six different friends and research what kind of food Deangelo Williams has been consuming this week that may rile up his bowels. I look at ridiculous prop bets like who will win the coin toss and first QB to throw an interception. Sounds fascinating and fun until you’ve realized what you’ve done. My other persona comes out to play, WagerinRondo. I’ve gone to Vegas twice and came back with only a pack of pretzels I snagged from the person sitting next to me on the airplane. It’s an ugly sight, but for your entertainment I lost some money and lived to tell about it.

retrogambling-1Now here’s my usual rules that I like to stick by:
1.Don’t do teasers. I usually can’t get one bet right so why deal with having two things happen.
2.Don’t bet on Eli Manning…for anything. I don’t care if he won a Super Bowl, he still poses a Manning Face all game.
3.Don’t make a bet that counters the previous bet on the same game. (I’ll explain soon enough)
4.If it’s snowing outside, don’t always bet the under. Snow must include some wind, freezing temps and rain.
5.If you’re smart, don’t bet on NFL Football this season…it’s unpredictable.

My stupidity is so clear to me today that this is the only way I’ll ever learn to keep my money. So here’s what went down. In Saturday’s game I liked the Ravens. I somehow broke rule one with a teaser of the Ravens +9 and under 40. Minutes before game time I chose to get creative and put in a parlay of the over (33) in the Ravens/Titans and the under (50) in the Arizona/Carolina game. I was hoping for a score between 34-39. Now this was about as ridiculous as an episode of 24 explaining how Tony Almeida can still be alive. If you don’t watch, well then I missed you on that one. Anyways, I broke two rules here and broke even. I also took Deangelo Williams over 106 yards in the night game…well he finished with 67. Another stupid forced prop bet just to add some meaning to a pointless Saturday night blowout. Thanks Jake!
For Sunday, I managed to break some more of my own rules. I bet on the Giants giving 4 points and realized that was a huge mistake when I noticed that a Pop Warner QB could throw a tighter spiral than Eli on that day. Eli and the G-Men have looked terrible near the end of the season and with an extra week off, lost any rhythm their week 17 win presented. So of course, I bet on the reigning chumps thinking that with Tuck and Jacobs back “healthy” they would be able to physically dominate the Eagles. This was followed by me yelling and sulking in the corner of the couch. I wonder if we will ever see that Citizen’s watch commercial claiming Eli is unstoppable. Does this mean that the watch won’t work properly if it is windy out? I digress.
And if you haven’t figured it out, I took Pittsburgh and the under teaser. Well folks, it was barely snowing, some wind and boy did they kill that under. I wanted Tomlin beaten with the type of calls he was making in that game. Fake punt in the first half and choosing to throw deep when they could just run out the clock! AHH, I will never watch another movie with Omar Epps in it now because of what transpired on Sunday.

So the lesson today folks is don’t gamble. It’s an added stressor to an already exciting sport. If you have that gambling itch, go for a run and tackle a snow bank. You’ll get that gambler’s rush followed by a cold sensation that leaves you seeking a snuggie. Remember, I made these bets so you didn’t have to…now I hope you’ve learned your lesson!

RaginRondo

January 12, 2009 Posted by | NFL | , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment