If you know the difference between a pointspread and a parlay, you also undoubtedly know the NCAA has more contradictions than the Holy Bible when it comes to gambling.
But even knowing that, this week was a little ridiculous wasn’t it?
If not for gambling, why else would they have an entire day-long marathon of nationally televised college basketball games beginning at 6 a.m. on a Tuesday in November?
This was not an event aimed at the average college basketball fan to drum up interest for the season. It was about betting, plain and simple.
Over the past couple of days they have followed that up with a slew of day games in early season tournaments in places like Puerto Rico in half-empty arenas.
I highly doubt the average college hoops follower is running to his nearest computer or TV screen to make sure he doesn’t miss a second of the big Canisius-Loyola matchup just because he loves collegiate ball so darn much.
On the other hand, on several occasions this week I have found myself madly scrambling to login to betting accounts seconds before tipoff, cursing lightning speed Internet for its snail-like pace, just so I can get a wager placed in time for games like Drexel at Niagra and Arkansas-Little Rock at Tulsa.
Anyone who saw what I was doing might have thought it was March and wondered why Easter chocolate hadn’t hit the stores yet. It was madness without the March.
I would love to get a comment from the NCAA on all of this to see what they think of the degenerate behavior that is the sole reason their hoops marathon can thrive. But they like to respond to our calls and emails about as much as you want to shake hands with someone who has swine flu. I gave up trying eons ago.
Instead, let’s focus our attention on more important matters. Like building our bankrolls back up after college hoops began robbing us of our funds about four months early.
I went 2-2 last week (again) to go 23-20-1 on the season. Time to break out of the .500 funk.
Ohio State vs. Michigan (-11.5, 47.5)
I spent a good chunk of time looking for reasons why Michigan might possibly be able to keep this game close. Then I spent a good chunk of more time trying to figure out why I should even care this year. This game is about as relevant as Jay Leno these days and will probably be about as entertaining.