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.