Super Bowl and a Quick Story
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.