Sin City

Just back from Las Vegas. A couple of anecdotes/observations:

1. Sox 1/1 to win the World Series. Yanks next at 6/5. Before anyone gets their bee in a bonnet over this, remember that Vegas sets the line according to how people bet. So that means lots of people are still thinking the Sox are going to win it all (despite their injuries and inconsistencies), since the line has been adjusted down.

2. Tampa Bay 500/1 to win the AL. Might as well play megamillions.

3. # of bets I placed on the Red Sox: 1 (the Sox to win Friday)
# of bets I won on the Red Sox: 0 (the Sox lost Friday)
# of bets I placed on the Sox after Friday: 0
# of wins by the Sox after Friday: 2
# of lessons learned about betting on the Sox to win: 1

4. My new official Bosox Schilling 38 jersey went over big. The doorman at the Mirage was a Philly fan, gave a big thumbs up, and also got lots of “Go Sox” cheers. I felt great about it until a completely shitfaced, muttonchopped, and semi-overweight caucasian in full Kobe Bryant gear came up to me at 10 in the morning on Saturday and started talking incoherently about both his betting patterns and the Sox’ chances. Needless to say he was down, and he didn’t think the Sox had a chance. I didn’t wear the Schilling jersey Sunday.

5 comments… add one
  • 5. Chance the new team in town will be the Las Vegas Expos: ??
    Good name…Las Vegas Bat Pack

    JCL (YF) June 7, 2004, 1:58 pm
  • No chance at all, and the gambling isn’t even the beginning of the problem. Vegas would have the smallest tv market in the league and no suburbs to draw from.

    YF June 7, 2004, 11:44 pm
  • Yes, but do you like the name?

    JCL (YF) June 8, 2004, 9:43 am
  • It’s just asking for friendly fire. They’d have to win 90 games and bat 0.275 while slugging 200 homers every season to keep the Vegas papers from corrupting it on a daily basis. On the other hand, after a few good seasons, it’s a nickname — like “the Bombers” — that some clever writer would come up with anyway. Actually, it would be best used to describe a particularly potent and swashbuckling group of hitters, comparable to “the Bash Brothers” or “Murderer’s Row”.

    Mongous June 8, 2004, 5:32 pm
  • I guess the “Strippers” wouldn’t fly, despite urbanistic specifity and a clever use of double entendre…
    (they could wear “pinstrips”!)

    SF June 9, 2004, 10:44 am

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