One of the most under-reported truths behind the popularity of professional football is the gambling. People love to wager on the NFL. And nothing generates as much action in the sporting universe as the Super Bowl. Robert breaks down the gambling aspects of Super Bowl XLV with two off-shore bookmakers. Podcast of the education after the jump.
Many of our sports heroes are not, to paraphrase Denny Green, who we think they are. This is not always their fault. In the interest of crafting a more easily consumed narrative, those of us in the sporting press are often guilty of cultivating images of sports heroes that are sometimes real, sometimes embellished, or even wholly synthesized.
Yet some of the towering figures in sports are truly magnificent, independent of the media’s tendency to canonize everyone and everything it covers. John Wooden is one such figure. Orlando Magic Vice President Pat Williams joined the conversation today to talk about the book he has written about this very exceptional man, and to share many other stories and insights Williams has gained through his remarkable life. Podcast of the interview after the jump.
In such trying times, the rest of us, the football enthusiasts, must ponder larger questions: Why does God hate football? Where is the compassion in the universe for our lowly but noble effort to lay down our arms and play games instead? Is Mother Nature a Jets fan, and this her wrath?
I encourage us all to take a further step back, and thank our lucky stars the Super Bowl is not in Kyushu, Japan. There (like, right now), they have the small issue of a volcano erupting.
While at USC, Del Rio was baseball teammates with some pretty promising Trojans named Randy Johnson and Mark McGwire. Del Rio hit a cool .340 for his career at ‘SC, and played catcher. He was eventually drafted by the Blue Jays before turning to pro football.
For those of you not hip to college baseball, playing baseball at USC is like playing football at Notre Dame; the Trojans have 12 national titles.