Late Night: Finally Football Is Fun. Or At Least Entertaining.

 

 

 

Years ago, while visiting New York, I went on a date with a bestselling author who was um, connected. He took me to Da Silvano’s for lunch, and the the next night to a local Italian place where where the waiters called him Mr. Nick and there was no check at the end of the meal. During dessert, a young guy came up to him very worriedly and began discussing

That thing.

That thing I learned was the young guy’s football bookie bets–he owed a lot of money and wanted my date to help get some of the heat off him. Later I wanted to know how the bets were made, the technical stuff (the money is left in certain washing machines at certain laundromats), and how point spreads worked. Mr. Nick filled me in.

Last night’s Lingerie-League-rejects refereed game between the winning Seattle Sea Hawks and the favored Green Bay Packers threw the legal betting industry into a tizzy, as well as fans: President Obama tweeted

NFL fans on both sides of the aisle hope the refs’ lockout is settled soon.

(And the coaches are really, really angry!)

Las Vegas bookmakers claim the scab ref’s winning call on the disputed touchdown

may have swung $150 million in bets worldwide.

Jeff Sherman, assistant manager at the Las Vegas Hotel’s Super Book, estimated that about $15 million was wagered in Nevada on the National Football League’s nationally televised Monday night game and the total worldwide handle — including offshore sportsbooks, those in Europe and illegal betting — was about $150 million.

KFI640-AM newsradio said it was close to

half-a-billion dollars

in bets that changed hands.

“There was more Packer money than Seattle money,” Johnny Avello, director of race and sports operations at the Wynn Las Vegas, said in a telephone interview. “The $150 million is probably a right number taking everything into consideration. Whatever money it was, 100 percent of it shifted.”

Avello further told Business Week:

If you throw these guys [replacement officials] in there again next week, and we’ll see if people decide to take a break. I would like to see the regular refs come back. I think it would instill more confidence in the bettors.

The NFL referees, all 121 of them, who earn $149,000 a year each (compare that to salaries of players!), just want their guaranteed pensions, rather than to have their retirement funds converted into 401Ks which are vulnerable to the stock market. The NFL owners would also like to be able to remove poorly-performing refs and replace them. But given the bumbling calls the current pool of replacement refs are making, that idea seems really bad.

If these idiotic calls and major betting losses continue, the Puppy Bowl may make the prime time.

37 Responses to "Late Night: Finally Football Is Fun. Or At Least Entertaining."
Lisa Derrick | Tuesday September 25, 2012 08:04 pm 1

Touchdown!


Kelly Canfield | Tuesday September 25, 2012 08:05 pm 2

Well those NFL Owners Built That!

So there.


DrDick | Tuesday September 25, 2012 08:06 pm 3

Lisa!

I have a feeling that a number of the NFL owners are going to wake up with horse heads in their beds over this.


DrDick | Tuesday September 25, 2012 08:07 pm 4
In response to Kelly Canfield @ 2

With state and municipal money, no less. Probably one of the most heavily subsidized industries in the country.


Oilfieldguy | Tuesday September 25, 2012 08:09 pm 5

Never hire scabs.


nonpartisanliberal | Tuesday September 25, 2012 08:10 pm 6

Lisa, I don’t think you appreciate how much more difficult it is to referee a Lingerie League game than an NFL game. There are many more distractions.


Kelly Canfield | Tuesday September 25, 2012 08:10 pm 7
In response to DrDick @ 4

Nooo! Say it isn’t so! They had, gulp, HELP???

Inconceivable.


EvilDrPuma | Tuesday September 25, 2012 08:14 pm 8

Hi, kids! Sorry I’ve been absent; I’ve been having problems accessing the FDL sites. I believe that the problem is with Java. After reinstalling the software, I can get the front pages to load, but I’m still having trouble with comments. I’ll try to stick around tonight, but I’m not sure yet how long my grace period is going to last here….


DrDick | Tuesday September 25, 2012 08:14 pm 9
In response to Kelly Canfield @ 7

That word. I do not think it means what you think it does.


Lisa Derrick | Tuesday September 25, 2012 08:15 pm 10
In response to DrDick @ 3

You caught my subliminal message!


EvilDrPuma | Tuesday September 25, 2012 08:16 pm 11
In response to DrDick @ 3

I hear that Rafalca isn’t doing much right now.


DrDick | Tuesday September 25, 2012 08:17 pm 12
In response to EvilDrPuma @ 8

What browser are you using? Firefox was having serious issues with a version of Adobe Flashplayer and kept crashing. The latest update to Adobe seems to have fixed most of the problems.


DrDick | Tuesday September 25, 2012 08:18 pm 13
In response to Lisa Derrick @ 10

One of my landlords in Chicago was the nephew of one of Capone’s capos. I have heard stories. Bookies do not have a sense of humor when it comes to money.


EvilDrPuma | Tuesday September 25, 2012 08:18 pm 14
In response to DrDick @ 12

I’m using IE9.


EvilDrPuma | Tuesday September 25, 2012 08:19 pm 15
In response to DrDick @ 13

Sure they do. They’ll laugh their heads off while Guido and Nunzio are breaking your kneecaps.


DrDick | Tuesday September 25, 2012 08:21 pm 16
In response to EvilDrPuma @ 14

Can’t help with that as I haven’t used IE for years.


masaccio | Tuesday September 25, 2012 08:22 pm 17

Scabs suck in any line of work. What made these fake refs think they could actually do this?


DrDick | Tuesday September 25, 2012 08:23 pm 18
In response to masaccio @ 17

$$$$


EvilDrPuma | Tuesday September 25, 2012 08:24 pm 19
In response to masaccio @ 17

Refereeing football looks easy to millions of drunks on sofas. Why should these guys be any different?


marymccurnin | Tuesday September 25, 2012 08:32 pm 20

Maybe they threw the game on purpose. Would be right in line with the rest of the corruption running through this miracle culture we have.


DrDick | Tuesday September 25, 2012 08:33 pm 21
In response to EvilDrPuma @ 19

Pay me enough and I would referee a game and my knowledge of the rules is pretty much limited to off sides, out of bounds, and holding.


EvilDrPuma | Tuesday September 25, 2012 08:33 pm 22
In response to marymccurnin @ 20

If this gig doesn’t work out for them, maybe they can switch to basketball and ref for the Harlem Globetrotters.


EvilDrPuma | Tuesday September 25, 2012 08:34 pm 23
In response to DrDick @ 21

See? That’s three things right there that I know nothing about.


DrDick | Tuesday September 25, 2012 08:35 pm 24
In response to EvilDrPuma @ 23

Dayam! You mean there is actually a man in America who knows less about football than I do?


EvilDrPuma | Tuesday September 25, 2012 08:37 pm 25
In response to DrDick @ 24

You better believe it. I have no interest in any game that requires its players to wear armor.


DrDick | Tuesday September 25, 2012 08:40 pm 26
In response to EvilDrPuma @ 25

I honestly have no interest in any team sport, though I used to play this one a bit when I was younger. Probably could have used armor for it, but just wore shorts and tennies.


EvilDrPuma | Tuesday September 25, 2012 08:43 pm 27
In response to DrDick @ 26

Interesting. I can see where a little armor might come in handy…


DrDick | Tuesday September 25, 2012 08:47 pm 28
In response to EvilDrPuma @ 27

Catch a pair of those ballsticks (solid hickory, four feet long and an inch in diameter) upside the head and you will hear Big Ben chime. This is the southern version of the native game that became lacrosse (which is based on the Iroquois variant of the northern game).


EvilDrPuma | Tuesday September 25, 2012 08:50 pm 29
In response to DrDick @ 28

I wondered if there was some relationship to lacrosse, but variations on the stickball/field hockey theme are cross-culturally common enough that I wasn’t going to bet much on it.


DrDick | Tuesday September 25, 2012 08:56 pm 30
In response to EvilDrPuma @ 29

The game is or was played among all the tribes of the eastern US. The northern game is played with one stick with a big pocket and the southern game with two sticks with small pockets. The Muskogee (Creeks) and Seminoles call it horre puce (hothl-thlee poo-chee), or “war’s little brother.” That is how they play it as well.


EvilDrPuma | Tuesday September 25, 2012 08:59 pm 31
In response to DrDick @ 30

I believe it. It was always thus for the serious sportsman.


DrDick | Tuesday September 25, 2012 09:00 pm 32

I should toddle off. Tomorrow is theory seminar day and we are discussing sociobiology, human behavioral ecology, human reproductive ecology, co-evolutionary, and dual inheritance theories. I am going to need my rest for that. Take care all.


EvilDrPuma | Tuesday September 25, 2012 09:04 pm 33
In response to DrDick @ 32

‘Night. I should turn in soon, too. I have three classes to teach tomorrow, and two students to bust for plagiarism. Dammit.


Petrocelli | Tuesday September 25, 2012 09:12 pm 34

The incomparable Andy Griffith’s famous Football monologue – What It Was, Was Football


Lisa Derrick | Tuesday September 25, 2012 09:13 pm 35

I like the Ravens because they are named after an Edgar Allen Poe poem. That is all I know about football. Oh and they have black and purple uniforms. Very goth


RevBev | Tuesday September 25, 2012 09:18 pm 36
In response to Petrocelli @ 34

The best….shoulda stopped there.


perris | Wednesday September 26, 2012 05:44 am 37

I want to make a point I had to make to my employer yesterday.

what this is about is their pay package, the league is trying to lower their salary and they are using their retirement fund as a ruse because it’s an easier target then comming out and saying;

“in these times when we have made more then we could have ever imagined, we want to lower your salary”

I also made the point that I my job includes health care as part of my pay package and both the employer and myself winds up ahead because of it;

my employer gets a discount on health insurance I would not enjoy, I would have to get a raise equivalent to about double what my employer pays to make up the difference, therefore he is making money by giving me health insurance by being able to pay me far less in salary then he would have to pay to make up the difference

so there it is, the league is trying to pay these refs less money and they found a method to try to get public sympathy


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