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Super Bowl and a Quick Story

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on January 25, 2016

Really looking forward to the SB mostly because I hate Denver sports and will enjoy watching the Broncos get destroyed in another championship game. Years and years of having to listen to one of my best friends blather on about the Broncos did this to me.

Cam Newton has grown on me. I used to think he was just obnoxious but he’s so good he’s backing it up and you can’t really hate on that. Plus, the dude is always smiling, even right after he gets tackled. Seems to really enjoy the game.

So I am putting aside my distaste for SEC players and will genuinely enjoy the SB.

Funny story about the last time the Panthers were in the SB. I was in Reno, drunk, finishing off my bets at the window. Just before I walked away I made a final wager: $20 on the Panthers scoring EXACTLY 29 points. No idea why I did this. Had $20 left and…. as I said above…drunk. It paid 30-1 and that looked pretty good to me at the time.

I wandered off and began playing blackjack (that was just before I got into poker and left that dumb game behind forever)— lost money, met some chick, yada yada. Anyway, I wasn’t playing a huge amount of attention to the game, kinda kept track of it on a nearby tv and it looked like things weren’t going well for my fistful of bets. Somewhere in the 4th Q I tossed all my tickets as they all looked like losers to me. It feels good to toss away losing tickets. If you aren’t a gambler you might not know this.

Anyway, in my drunken haze I had forgotten about the single bet of them scoring 29 points. As the final score flashed on a nearby screen I was like, “wait a min….Oh my God, what have I done!” I proceeded to check every garbage can I remembered passing by. No luck.

Hours later my buddy Dave goes, “let’s just talk to the pit boss and tell him what happened.” We did that and to my shock the pit boss said “that was such an unusual bet I can pay it out to you since there is only one of those left that haven’t been claimed.”

And that’s what he did. Only time I’ve ever cashed a ticket without the actual ticket.

I showered Dave with gifts……


UPDATE: Dave read the blog today and requested that I make the following changes to the story. Here is what he said:


He lives in Reno so I’m assuming I went back 90 days later to cash. That was a long time ago, I have no recollection about having to wait 90 days but at the time he drank considerably less than I did so I will go with him on this one.

I call bullshit on the no-showering claim.





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  1. Bozo said, on January 25, 2016 at 8:26 am

    The old drunk bet pays off, very cool. How much did ya win?

    • Flavor said, on January 25, 2016 at 8:50 am

      $600. It just paid off the losses of the other tickets. 🙂

      • Bozo said, on January 25, 2016 at 11:44 am

        Still, that’s pretty sweet.

  2. chipower9 said, on January 25, 2016 at 8:31 am

    Great story and I am with you re: looking forward to Denver getting their asses handed to them. Vaunted D or not, I think Carolina will romp in this bad boy.

    Only 23 days until pitchers and catchers report!

  3. willedav said, on January 25, 2016 at 8:44 am

    Caro is OK, tho almost playing the Heimlich card vs. Seachickens had me worried. Newton’s cool and I love that gif of him tossing aside that Seattle 12th man flag.
    Supposed to be nice weather here all week, but idk about following weekend.

    Watched UW vs. Utah last night. Utes post player Poeltl is real deal, but so is frosh player for Huskies, Dejounte Murray (?) #5. Lanky kid who physically reminds me of Iceman, can attack the basket with nice moves and find open shooters, questionable shot selection. UW might not be tourney team but very young and Romar has done nice job.

    See how Cal and Stanford do on road this week, Cal esp as they have not been good outside of Haas this year.
    I like Martin as a coach and his team is fun to watch.
    Cal women on other hand, ugh. I can’t stand the innocuous (I’m so proud of our players) coach Gottlieb who recruits great local players but seems unable to get them to next level. This year they are near bottom of league and will play Stanford (also not near as good as previous years) back to back following week. See if she can salvage anything of their season

  4. chipower9 said, on January 25, 2016 at 8:44 am

    Flappers (particularly those back East), and any others who are down with a right coast trip.

    I was talking to Blade this weekend (I had asked for his opinion on some computers) and broached the idea of a trip back East for a Right Coast Flapalooza. He is definitely interested, too.

    Giants make two trips to NY this year:

    @ Mets – Thursday April 29 through Sunday May 1.

    @ YankMees – Friday July 22 through Sunday July 24.

    Which do you feel is the best? I have never been to either Citi Field or YankMee stadium.

    Wanted to get this out there so we can work towards some solid plans. Let me know your thoughts.

    • Macdog said, on January 25, 2016 at 9:41 am

      I’m already going to Mets for the Sunday game. Friday’s out for me (it’s Fri-Sun, no Thursday game), but I might be able to do Saturday. The Yanks series is iffy for me. Maybe Sunday, depending on game time, right now it’s listed as TBD,

      • chipower9 said, on January 25, 2016 at 10:51 am

        Yep…no Thursday game. Blade says that the later series (Yanks) works best for him, and that one is better for me, too. Let’s see if we can make it happen and get the most Flappers as possible there.

    • djloo27 said, on January 25, 2016 at 5:22 pm

      Whatever works for you guys making the trip…

      • chipower9 said, on January 26, 2016 at 8:13 am

        Cool. I hope we can get as many of us together as possible. Blade and I definitely want to go to a game with you, Loo. Do we need to pack flack jackets, etc. for a trip to Yankee Stadium?

  5. wilcojoe said, on January 25, 2016 at 8:52 am

    That is awesome that he payed you without the ticket. The house must have had a good night and were in a giving mood.

    • Flavor said, on January 25, 2016 at 9:00 am

      updated the story, check it out.

  6. Flavor said, on January 25, 2016 at 9:44 am

    big NBA slate tonight. Blade, Wilco, watch this video before line up lock.

    • blade3colorado said, on January 25, 2016 at 9:57 am

      Hilarious . . . and accurate as fuck. I never roster that MOFO anymore.

    • wilcojoe said, on January 25, 2016 at 10:16 am

      That is pure gold! Hilarious!

    • chipower9 said, on January 25, 2016 at 10:54 am

      I do not do daily fantasy leagues but this had me LMAO…

      “I should have faded that motherfucker!”

    • blade3colorado said, on January 25, 2016 at 10:57 am

      Notorious on Rotogrinders is saying, “Davis has the chance to right a lot of wrongs tonight. And I mean a lot of wrongs. It seems like every time he finds himself in a favorable matchup, he either gets hurt or underperforms. He doesn’t seem to have that same upside this season, although this is a perfect matchup for a breakout game. The Rockets are ranked dead last against power forwards this season.”

      He’ll probably injury his uni-brow again.

  7. blade3colorado said, on January 25, 2016 at 9:50 am

    Great story Flavor. Easily tops my story of going to Tahoe with my brother (both of us underage at the time). We were so bonzoed, that he was handing out $5 dollar tips to the waitresses at the blackjack table, precipitating the pit boss asking us for ID and then kicking us out. We both took leaks at some “Roman type” statue water fountain (Caesars???) outside the casino, where the valet parking guy called security. 🙂

    By the by, I am going with Dave’s version . . . What specific gifts did you “shower” on him?

    • Flavor said, on January 25, 2016 at 9:54 am

      well, I couldn’t even remember that it took 90 days to cash the ticket so I must assume the showering I claimed to occur, didn’t. But, that doesn’t sound like me. I’m a very generous person. 🙂

  8. unca_chuck said, on January 25, 2016 at 10:00 am

    Yeah, I dot see Newton playing near as bad as Palmer. What a fucking choke job by him. You can take Palmer out of Cincy but you can’t take the Cincy out of . . .

  9. Flavor said, on January 25, 2016 at 10:35 am

    Manfred just nixed the DH to the NL so I guess Chi’s letter worked. 🙂 🙂 🙂

    • chipower9 said, on January 25, 2016 at 11:00 am

      Yeah, that’s right…my fucking letter was the swing point in that decision! Details at 6! 😉

      • Bozo said, on January 25, 2016 at 11:43 am

        Thanks Chi. I think that part in your letter about tearing Manfred a new one did the trick

      • chipower9 said, on January 25, 2016 at 12:43 pm

        John – I told him no DH in the NL, or I would unleash the wrath of Flap Universe on his ass.

  10. Flavor said, on January 25, 2016 at 10:59 am

    ESPN Stats & Info ‏@ESPNStatsInfo 2h2 hours ago
    Spurs & Warriors: 78-10 combined record, best ever for 2 teams facing each other 40+ gms into season

    • unca_chuck said, on January 25, 2016 at 11:04 am

      The bummer is Tim Duncan is out. Draymond should have a good game.

      • Flavor said, on January 25, 2016 at 11:24 am

        I know, people are trippin’ on that but Duncan misses games all the time and he’s hardly the center piece of that team anymore. It starts and ends with Kawhi now. Don’t know if he’ll play because the Warriors could just deploy their small LU and if they do that he won’t play, but they have a center named Boban Marjanovic who is pretty fun to watch when he’s out there. Maybe he plays a little in place of Duncan tonight.

      • blade3colorado said, on January 25, 2016 at 11:48 am

        Agree with Flavor. Duncan hasn’t been Duncan this season. In fact, he had a game with zero points earlier this season. Not certain if that has ever happen before. The San Antonio Spurs Proj. Starters – Parker-Green-Leonard-West-Aldridge for tonight’s game.

        Even with Duncan out, the Warriors are going against what many consider the best defense in the NBA. All the Spurs starters, especially Parker and Leonard, should play more than their usual compliment of low minutes (which normally would cause DFSers to avoid Spurs players not named Kawhi). I think they are very interested in seeing how they stack up against the Warriors. Should be a fun game regardless.

  11. dirtnrocksnomo said, on January 25, 2016 at 12:06 pm

    Funny story about your winnings, Flav.

    I had a buddy that gambled on the NFL regularly and seemed to do quite well. Or so he said. Its always tough to gauge the honesty of a degenerate gambler as it relates to their betting outcomes. When I was living in Reno I stayed away from gambling for the most part but would play craps on occasion.

    My favorite part of the NFL is the office chatter come playoff time. There’s something about Korean, Chinese & Indian immigrants stopping at my desk to chat up the weekend outcomes that it fascinating to me. It doesn’t happen with any other sport.

  12. djloo27 said, on January 25, 2016 at 5:24 pm

    Great story, Flav. I’m too tired from shoveling to type one of my own…

    • blade3colorado said, on January 25, 2016 at 6:09 pm

      Loo, did you see this go by while shoveling?

  13. gianthead said, on January 25, 2016 at 7:04 pm

    I love story time with Flav…hit all three teases yesterday and all four plus Bama last week. Cousin Sal on Simmons podcast indicated a couple of the sportsbooks in Vegas have stopped taking tease bets. I hope it does not become a thing of the past. The payouts are already a bit lower in the offshore sites. But taking Panthers and the over teases for the Super Bowl…

    • gianthead said, on January 25, 2016 at 7:06 pm

      And go Warriors and forgot to mention we are all dug out of the roughly 30 inches of snow:)

  14. gianthead said, on January 25, 2016 at 7:30 pm

    And hallelujah on the NO NL DH developments. The NL owners probably made their voices quite clear to Manfred…Blade’s Tahoe story reminiscent of a late night Tahoe run from SJSU on a Thursday night with about 6 of us in the back of a pickup and probably getting there around 1 am. I think I was still 19 but we were never carded…promptly lost my $60 in a couple of hours but what a memory. 6 am hit and we headed on back….something tells me I did not make it to classes on that Friday…

  15. willedav said, on January 25, 2016 at 8:26 pm

    wow what a bounce pass from Green to Thompson, who looks really good tonight.
    Good ballgame so far, Warriors up 10.

  16. willedav said, on January 25, 2016 at 8:35 pm

    couple highlight moves from Steph, spin move around Mills for a teardrop floater and then faking Leonard twice for a step back 3. Warriors up 17 on Spurs late 2nd.

  17. snarkk said, on January 25, 2016 at 8:40 pm

    Watching Dubs spurs in brew pub. Spurs have some big friggin dudes on that squad, sheezus. Too many darn turnovers for the Dubs, or they’d be up by 25…

  18. unca_chuck said, on January 25, 2016 at 8:45 pm

    Dubs lay the biggest half on the Spurs this season. The Warriors D is killing San Antonio.

  19. Flavor said, on January 25, 2016 at 8:51 pm

    GSWStats ‏@gswstats 18m18 minutes ago
    Stephen Curry has passed Joe Barry Carroll (9,996 career points) for 9th place on the franchise’s all-time scoring list

    Am I the only one who is shocked it took him so long to do this?

    • willedav said, on January 25, 2016 at 9:02 pm

      well, he’s also done it in 3000 less shots. JBC took 10,750 shots to get there, Steph’s just over 7500.

      warriors out working Spurs Gs so far.

      • snarkk said, on January 25, 2016 at 11:51 pm

        Well, he’s a better shooter, plus Steph shoots all those 3s that JBC did not. Making tons of 3 pointers will get you to the same place in a lot fewer shots…

  20. willedav said, on January 25, 2016 at 9:23 pm

    Pop looks a little grim as he takes TO with warriors up 27 in the 3rd.
    Take aways—Duncan will be large improvement over Aldridge who looks awful.
    Leonard is a really cool player. Spurs Gs unable to defend Curry Thompson Livingston and unable to generate enough points to counter.
    Their frontcourt is tough tho, and if they can play at their pace (and take better care of the ball) at home, I can see how game could be different.

  21. zumiee said, on January 25, 2016 at 9:37 pm

    Kings go OT vs. Charlotte. Cousins has 50 points.

    • blade3colorado said, on January 25, 2016 at 10:07 pm

      15 D. Cousins 45 21/30 1/3 11 4 5 56

      Which translates to over 80 DFS points . . . I have a score of 305 (including Cousins, Walker and Harden with 66 DFS pts.) in Fantasy and I am still only 78th place. I hate basketball DFS. 😦

  22. unca_chuck said, on January 25, 2016 at 9:47 pm

    For all the good, Barnes has a night to forget. 2-6, 4 pts, 1 reb, 6 fouls in 21 minutes.

    Livingston was outstanding off the bench.

    • willedav said, on January 25, 2016 at 9:51 pm

      Rush too, knocking down open 3s. If he can do that bench scoring won’t be an issue.
      I’m really done with Barbosa tho, Ezeli seems worse too, Speights re-energized lately.

  23. zumiee said, on January 25, 2016 at 9:58 pm

    Kings go to 2 OT, Cousins with 56 so far.

    • blade3colorado said, on January 25, 2016 at 10:24 pm

      Looked like it might go to 3rd OT . . . Then Daniels hits his 3pter. Kings always find a way to lose. I think 3 Hornet players fouled out to Kings 1 (Cousins). If not for bad luck, Kings wouldn’t have any luck at all. Unfrickingbelievable.

      • zumiee said, on January 25, 2016 at 10:31 pm

        Gay’s eye was scratched with a few minutes to go, and wasn’t able to finish.

  24. zumiee said, on January 25, 2016 at 10:24 pm

    Kings lose by 1, had their chances.

  25. unca_chuck said, on January 25, 2016 at 10:48 pm

    Ezeili looked great early in the season but he’s scuffling lately. Barbosa isn’t close to what he was last year. Rush and Clark even have shown toughness off the bench.

    Parker looked old and slow. Ginobli did little. Even Kawhi Leonard was off his game early. Very good D all night.

    • snarkk said, on January 25, 2016 at 11:53 pm

      Ginobli looked like he was done, but nonetheless got a lot of playing time. Not sure why Parker did not play more. Warriors on their A game vs Spurs on their A game — the contest will go to the Dubs…

      • blade3colorado said, on January 26, 2016 at 8:42 am

        foul trouble

  26. mrsprtdude said, on January 25, 2016 at 11:22 pm

    What a thrashing. Ccan’t remeber enjoying watching a player as much as Curry. Like the wat Caro feels about newton now…

  27. willedav said, on January 26, 2016 at 7:50 am

    Pop gets last laugh. Postgame he says, “My opening statement will be, I just want to say I’m glad my GM isn’t in the room because it might have gotten me fired.”
    GM Buford, fully on board, says after hearing him, “We’ll see how Wednesday (game vs. Houston) goes.”

    Warriors played pretty hard, but SA with Parker and Aldridge non factors 2 hoops each not likely to happen again. Remember when Dellavedova got all those props for defending Curry, and then got lit up when Steph started making the same shots he was getting all along? Some times it’s just not your night, and I’m sure Pop will take good look at things and figure some stuff out, and next few times they meet will be different.

    Tho when Steph gets after it he is amazing presence and fires everyone up. He took on everybody last night including Leonard and scored at will.

    • unca_chuck said, on January 26, 2016 at 8:11 am

      Yeah, Pop was totally taking a shot at the Cavs front office.

  28. unca_chuck said, on January 26, 2016 at 8:09 am

    Yeah, Aldridge was invisible. Green didn’t do an awful lot on the offensive side of things, but he took Aldridge out with his smothering defense. Not sure how much Duncan would have helped, but he would have done more than 5 points and 3 rebounds in 25 minutes. Parker got in foul trouble early and did little. Paddy Mills and anyone else, including Leonard, guarding Steph suffered the same fate.

    Even with the thrashing, Green didn’t do too much on offense, Thompson was quiet, Barnes was hideous. Bogut/Ezieli were no juggernaut, and we had 21 turnovers so it’s not like we had our team clicking on all cylinders. Livingston off the bench was crazy. Rush hit some nice 3s when he got his chance.

    Dubs took it to the Spurs inside. 52-36 in the paint. 45-38 on the boards. Spurs should have brought in Marjankovic in earlier.

  29. chipower9 said, on January 26, 2016 at 8:22 am

    Fucking great Warriors game last night. GS put the pedal to the metal early and never looked back. Curry was unconscious early, and Green and Thompson were unreal with some of their work (Green with some amazing feeds and Thompson with the finishes). I lost count of how many layups Green missed…game could have been even more of a blowout early sans misses like that and all the turnovers.

    Just one game, but ya gotta like what you saw last night. I do not think this is an indication of the true Spurs team, but loved every minute of seeing the Warriors put a beat down on the “top D in the NBA” (allegedly).

    The NBA channel switched over the Kings game after the Warrior game and I got to see the 2nd OT. I thought the Kings had it late, but low and behold, they let another one slip away. Not sure how Daniels got so damned open for that winning three ball.

    And in the REAL NEWS…

    Only 22 days until pitchers and catchers report! Whoot!

  30. unca_chuck said, on January 26, 2016 at 8:51 am

    Shit, I’m still getting my head around the Kings being in the 8th and final playoff spot. I’m sure Malone would be doing better with them, but still and all, they have talent, they just can’t finish games.

  31. blade3colorado said, on January 26, 2016 at 8:54 am

    For the last 3 years, I have been saying put a fork in Timmy – he’s done. In fact, I have been pretty adamant about it . . .

    However, I have this weird intuitive sense or feeling, that the Giants will be making a big mistake saying sayonara to him. I just read an article that the Giants remain in contact with Timmy. I hope this is true. I cut and pasted this excerpt:

    “Timmy has been such a big part of our fabric and success,” Evans told the Chronicle. “It’s important we do our due diligence. Of course we’re going to keep in touch with Tim Lincecum.”

    For shit and giggles, the Giants should give him a shot at a relief role. It wont hurt and more important (as I said earlier), I believe it would be bad juju to say good bye to him.

    • Bozo said, on January 26, 2016 at 9:16 am

      I read where Tim was going to showcase in February. Many teams are expected to attend and I read where the Pads and Marlins are very interested.
      Since his contract ended while he was on the DL, aren’t the Giants training and medical staff still available to him? I forget how that works for FAs, but if that’s the case, the Giants should have the inside scoop on him.

      • blade3colorado said, on January 26, 2016 at 9:27 am

        Dunno John. Just have a “feeling” that after all these false starts, that finally, this hip surgery might have been beneficial to him. His physician is 100% positive that he will be the “old Timmy” with his velocity (fastball) back.

  32. zumiee said, on January 26, 2016 at 11:53 am

    Out of these, Casilla, Romo, Lopez, Kontos, Osich,Strickland, Heston, then Timmy would have to compete for Heston’s spot, correct? If healthy, he could potentially be an upgrade over Heston. Heston could go to AAA and start every 5th day, which would be beneficial to him. I don’t see Timmy displacing Kontos. I think the Giants are comfortable with Kontos. And Strickland brings a heater the Giants like.

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