Sarah J. Phillips: Put your money where your mouth is

Arguing about sports is like discussing religion, everyone thinks their opinion is king and all opposed may as well go to hell.

I avoid entering into sports-related debates similar to how I will avoid my mother-in-law when I’m married. There’s no winning in a conversation based entirely on opinion knowing that an opinion is neither right nor wrong.

Sometimes, I make a mistake and slip into a conversation that’s begging for confrontation.

“The only conference you need to watch is the SEC. Everyone else in the nation is playing for second place . . . AGAIN!”

I looked up and saw the buffoon who made this statement. He was dressed in orange and black. In the State of Oregon, we have all the idiots dress in orange and black so we can identify them more easily in social settings. These also happen to be the school colors of my Oregon Ducks rivals, the Oregon State Beavers. So, I let this comment slide and returned to enjoying my night at the bar.

“Jordan Jefferson kicked a marine in the head just like he’s going to curb stomp the Duckies on September 3rd.” LSU QB Jordan Jefferson. (US PRESSWIRE)

Ok. My blood pressure was rising. I assume I was still in a healthy medical range, so I decided to let it go.

“LSU over Oregon by four touchdowns.”

THAT’S IT!

I calmly made my way over to the corner where the zoo was congregating, and introduced myself. I was disguised as a slightly promiscuous 20-some woman in a sequined dress, so they had no idea how well versed I was in collegiate sports.

We shared some laughs, I pretended like I gave a damn what they were talking about, and then I settled in for the kill, 007 style.

I had to do a bearing check since I had been touting LSU over Oregon a month ago before all of the Days of our Lives drama from both teams. I bet on LSU +2.5 when the line opened, and have since bought out of, and bet on Oregon Pick.

It was time to lay the hammer, “Oregon is going to beat LSU.”

The conversation halted.

“Who are you, Erin Andrews?”

Side note: Why is it that every woman who knows anything about sports has to be compared to Erin Andrews? Doris Burke is more knowledgeable. Erin Andrews is beautiful, but Doris Burke knows her shit.

Our conversation waged back and forth. He and his friends gave me the ol’, “Oregon got killed by Auburn” argument. Obviously, they were dealing with a little Roger Clemens misremembering syndrome because Oregon lost 19-22 off a Michael Dyer “Was he down? Yes, he was. Wait, no he wasn’t! He’s still running!” game-winning, field goal set-up run. 

They took shots at Oregon’s defense.

I took shots at the LSU’s offense.

We came to the eventual stalemate like most sports debates.

The advantage of being a sports bettor during these drawn out arguments is that you can end it with a phrase that trumps all opinion, “Wanna bet?”

We settled on a wager. The dollar amount was nominal. In situations like these, the pride of being the winner is worth much more than a pick ‘em bet.

Don’t call me the next Erin Andrews. I’m the first Sarah J. Phillips, and the difference between my sports knowledge and hers is that I back my opinions by putting my money where my mouth is.

Til next time, cover the spread.

If you have any feedback or suggestions for our Editorial Team, please contact us at Editorial

            share   SHARE   rss   RSS FEED   email   EMAIL   print   PRINT
Hide All Responses
avatar

Posted by UKCrunch
3 years ago

The next time I go into a bookies to place a bet, rather than doing it online..... I'm going disguised as a slightly promiscuous 20-some woman in a sequined dress. I might need some footwear advice though! ;)
avatar

Posted by Vividjohn
3 years ago

gl. this college season. i'll be watching
avatar

Posted by RodWoman
3 years ago

total b.s. that you put your money where your mouth is. and why do you think Erin Andrews' name is on tip of every guy's tongue?
avatar

Posted by RodWoman
3 years ago

total b.s. that you put your money where your mouth is. and why do you think Erin Andrews' name is on tip of every guy's tongue?
avatar

Posted by RodWoman
3 years ago

total b.s. that you put your money where your mouth is. and why do you think Erin Andrews' name is on tip of every guy's tongue?
avatar

Posted by JUMBOJPC
3 years ago

Sarah J Philli Best of Luck to you this year NCAAF. Sarah continue with the research time consuming match ups and number calculations and Sarah will be on top.
avatar

Posted by yankees1913
3 years ago

@SarahJPhilli - I like you and enjoy your stories. You don't really think the Pac-10 is better then the SEC (and I'm not a fan of any sec team). THE SEC HAS WON THE LAST 5 national championships last team other then a SEC team was wait Texas over USC and Pac-10 loser.
avatar

Posted by Skipbone
3 years ago

I wanna believe. I really do.
avatar

Posted by tmurda666
3 years ago

i think oregons been waiting a year to play this game.... theyre gonna be fired up ready to punch somebody in the face like BLOUNT....... my moneys on the DUCKS.....
avatar

Posted by Kushdoubt
3 years ago

Same to you...just dont get on my bad side! ;)
avatar

Posted by Kushdoubt
3 years ago

Yeah definatly, that's what everyone tells me. I cant wait to start betting on NFL, i've been placing really small bets here and there on preseason, but i cant wait to get to the real thing. I'll be posting in the nfl forum when the season starts. :)
avatar

Posted by SarahJPhilli
3 years ago

@Kushdoubt: Very cool. Best of luck this season!
avatar

Posted by Kushdoubt
3 years ago

Nice, yeah i dont really follow college ball that much...so i'm looking forward to you helping me out :) Did i mention your my favorite covers columnist? .....YEEEP!
avatar

Posted by SarahJPhilli
3 years ago

@Kushdoubt: LOL! You're funny. College sports usually have softer lines since there are so many games for the oddsmakers to cap. It leaves room for errors.
avatar

Posted by Kushdoubt
3 years ago

Yeah i agree, but this is nothing new, every offseason there's always a few contracts that make me scratch my head lol. So how you been Sarah?
avatar

Posted by SarahJPhilli
3 years ago

@Kushdoubt: Pretty good. Very busy. As much as you're looking forward to NFL, I'm looking forward to College Football.
avatar

Posted by Kushdoubt
3 years ago

Yeah the X factor is definatly Tavaris Jackson...he's not an awful QB. Sort of reminds me of Jason Campbell, no one gives them any credit. STL definatly has a shot too, but i dont see ARZ doing well...suspect o line, they lost breaston, picked up Todd Heap...he's alright. No running game tho and they just lost Ryan williams for the year. Did you see the contract Dallas gave Orlando Scandrick, i think they overpaid as well.
avatar

Posted by SarahJPhilli
3 years ago

@Kushdoubt: A lot of teams had to overpay due to the lockout. They need their guys in position and room for negotiation was slim.
avatar

Posted by Covers-Team
3 years ago

Tavaris Jackson is a mediocre QB, couldn't cut it at the Vikings with Adrian Peterson in the backfield, not the answer for the Seahawks.
avatar

Posted by Kushdoubt
3 years ago

I made a bet with my friend that Seattle would win their division...he took the cards. Personally i think Kolb is overrated...how do you give that much money to a guy who has more career interceptions than touchdowns? Plus that was with philly's recieving core, he wont have the same weapons in Arizona. I cant believe they gave Fitzgerald 120 mil over 8 years lol. He's definatly one of the best recievers in the league, but thats qb money right there, 15 mil a year for a wideout is wayyyyyyyy tooooo muchhhhh!
avatar

Posted by SarahJPhilli
3 years ago

@Kushdoubt: Agreed, and I hope Seattle comes through. St. Louis looks pretty good.
avatar

Posted by Kushdoubt
3 years ago

I'm so happy you changed your avatar...I havent been this happy since Miami lost in the finals. :)
avatar

Posted by SarahJPhilli
3 years ago

@Kushdoubt: :)
avatar

Posted by Vectorfsm
3 years ago

@SJP---Liking that you 'really like' Wisconsin in week 1. Fantastic. In fact, I dare say, the most brilliant statement you've made yet???
avatar

Posted by SarahJPhilli
3 years ago

@Vectorfsm: Nice! Finally, I said something brilliant.
         1   2   3    next page    last page
You are currently not logged in.
Login | Signup | Help
You must be logged in to post a comment.

Top Response

Posted by RodWoman
3 years ago

" total b.s. that you put your money where your mouth is. and why do you think Erin Andrews' name is on tip of every guy's tongue?"