Here’s twenty things we learned from this year’s Super Bowl:
(1) Despite trends in recent years towards explosive offenses, a great defense still prevails. Period. End of discussion. Game over.
(2) Peyton Manning is still a great quarterback, arguably the best ever.
(3) Pete Carroll can coach football.
(4) Richard Sherman isn’t a thug.
(5) The referees finally called a decent game for a change. Why? Because they stayed the hell out of the way and let the players play ball (at least, for the most part).
(6) NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell owes every gambler in the world a drink, a lunch, or a thank you. We gamblers were the ONLY reason this lousy game was still worth watching during the final hour. Since you won’t have the guts to thank us, Mr. Goodell, I’ll just take it upon myself on behalf of tens of millions of people who kept your ratings up to say the following…. “you’re welcome.”
You know Alex.
He’s our 12-year-old ginger boy, adopted from a homeless shelter in Washington, D.C. when he was a kitten. He’s the only cat in history to have played a hand of poker at the old Binion’s Horseshoe, which happened a few months before the place closed down.
Alex is retired now and living comfortably in Las Vegas. He spends most of his life sleeping.
Lucky for us, Alex made some extra special time for us this morning. He’s eager to help out all the busted gamblers out there who haven’t placed their bets yet on the Super Bowl. Alex feels mighty generous, especially after a healthy dose of catnip.
NOLAN DALLA: 2013 NFL SEASON RECORD
108 WINS – 84 LOSSES — 6 PUSHES
LAST WEEK’S RESULTS — 2 WINS 2 LOSSES (+$95)
STARTING BANKROLL: $10,000.
CURRENT BANKROLL: $16,057.
NET GAIN: + $6,057.
BEST BETS: 21–20–2
If you don’t like bad beat stories, then skip today’s article.
Six years ago, I suffered the worst gambling loss of my life on a single event.
Super Bowl XLII cost me $39,000, by far my most costly loss ever. To put this into perspective, that money was pretty much everything I had — my entire gambling bankroll.
Here in Las Vegas, it’s been said all gamblers go broke at least once during their lifetime, and this was my turn to do penance.
Here’s the story.
Lost in all the hype and controversy surrounding Seattle’s victory over San Francisco in the NFC Championship game, and the combustible post-game interview given by Seahawks defensive back Richard Sherman, was the extraordinary self-sacrifice of 49ers linebacker NaVorro Bowman.
I’ve been watching NFL football for more than four decades. That excruciating play in the fourth quarter at the goal line was one of the most courageous and selfless acts I’ve ever witnessed in the heat of competition. It bears noting and remembering, especially since it might cost this player his playing career. According to early reports, that’s how bad the injury was.