My journey into the dark world of sports betting began innocently enough as a young lad in the early 70's. I was always a kid who gravitated towards anything physical and pro football was just in its infancy in terms of popularity, served as the perfect vehicle to wet my appetite.
The early years were filled with "just pick the winners" weekly football predictions against my brother. Watching Jimmy the Greek on the NFL Today each week talk about who he liked, was like putting gas on my already peaked interest into this seldom talked about world.
As a sophomore in high school, I was talking to a good friend of mine in a class about the local high school football team when the subject turned to a cross town rival who was killing teams. We bet $10 on a high school game were I took this team and I gave him 50 points against this other winless team. The team I backed won 56-3. The joy of winning a bet against your buddy when you give him 50 points was unbelievable.
Fast forward to the early 80's and I meet my wife to be at work and begin to date. Her father who was disabled at the time had a local who he got tickets/pools from, it was my job to pick up the tickets every Tuesday for her dad and then bring them back to the local Saturday before noon. This local was the real deal. He would be on the phone everytime I would stop by to drop off the tickets, giving out lines and taking action.
Marrying into an Italian family did little to suppress the urge to try my hand at risking my own cash on these games too.
Gone are the days are getting the Gold Sheet for her dad, gone are the days of calling the smoke phone to get a recorded messages about up to date scores and gone are the days of waiting 30 minutes until the game you were watching would finally give you updates on games you weren't watching.
I've experienced both the extreme highs as well as the in the gutter lows that this wonderful thing can give us. Its not for the faint of heart but when it's good, it can be as powerful a high as any drug out there.
I have been in the game for a long time and have taken every path you can imagine in regards to betting. I have changed theories and angles many times and have landed on the way to bet now that works for me.
My advice for anyone out there looking for a different angle...….
You are not a professional. So, change you perception of how you handle this going forward.