Sunday, January 16, 2011

Pictures With A Side Order Of Non-Monetary Gambling

Apologies for the delay in publishing as I apparently forgot to change the time from p.m. to a.m., so this would've published at 11:36 in the evening.

Pretty lengthy title ain't it?

That's because we have a rare two part Sunday post today (well, rare for me). Over at Shooting Suburbia we have part 4 of "Fun, Diversión, Family, Familia", which also has a very scary treat in store for everyone. Now I'm not gonna tell you what it is, because its a surprise and I just know how you LOVE surprises.

Over here we have the non-monetary gambling part of our post.

For the past three years, I've been making a funky football related wager with a friend of mine. By funky I mean that no money is exchanged between the winner and loser, only the swallowing of pride. My friend is a diehard Colts fan, and I mean diehard in every essence of the word. For those of you who do not know, I am a New England Patriot fan, diehard enough to follow them on Facebook.

Every year we would make a bet on who had the better team whenever our teams matched up. The bet was whoever's team lost, that person had to publicly wax poetically about the winner's team, be it in the chat rooms (my friend did it that one year) or on Facebook (I did it the next year).

So I made the bet again this year, with the thought that the Colts were gonna beat the Jets and meet up with the Patriots in Foxborough. Only this time I upped the ante, in which I threw up space on my blog for either me or my friend to wax poetically about the Colts, or my friend to wax poetically about the Patriots. Suffice to say, the bet never materialized because the Colts lost. I also made the same bet with the Saints but I got no takers on that one.

About a week ago, Ryan over at Waxed Red Threads (a very good New York oriented blog that is among other things, heavily flavored with knowledgeable collegiate and professional sports ramblings/rants) wrote a post about the upcoming Jets/Patriots game, which naturally was slanted towards the Jets. Well, being the Patriots fan I am, I decided to make the same bet that I did on Facebook, in the blog world.

Even though he good naturedly declined, I did get another blogger to take me up on it, Bruce Johnson who has a blog (among many) called Bruce Johnson JADIP (which is also a very good blog. slightly bent and I have no idea on what the main angle is, but I find it incredibly amusing).

The terms of the bet are basically the same. If the Jets win, I wax poetically about the Jets here. If the Patriots win, Bruce will wax poetically about the Patriots.

So on Monday, you will either get a post about the New York Jets...eccch...beating the Patriots and going to the AFC title game, or a post about the new "Stats" tab that Blogger had added late last year.

My preference would be to write a post about the new "Stats" tab and not about the New York Jets, but if I have to write about the Jets, I will do my best to man up (or nut up) and pay off my bet.


  1. Back in the 80s, I was on a business trip to Denver. My Browns were playing the Broncos in the AFC Championship game. That was the game that included "The Drive" that propelled QB John Elway to the status of greatness. It was a crushing loss to endure. I had made a bet similar to yours. The next morning I had to go on the company-wide intercom at CitiCorp headquarters and tell hundreds of laughing employees how great the Broncos were and how the Browns sucked. If the Browns had won, I would have been able to gloat about it over the same intercom. It still rankles me to this day! lol.

  2. R: From the movie "Zombieland" that featured Woody Harrelson and Jesse Eisenberg. It was Woody's character "Tallahassee"'s favorite phrase: It's time to nut up or shut up.

    Gumby: Unfortunately, I will have to pay off this bet tomorrow.

    However, yours was a great embarrassing way to pay off your bet. Mines will be a permanent reminder.

  3. G- thanks for the shout blog is, well, complicated...

    i rarely win bets, cuz my #1 team is the lions, and #2 team is the jets...long story...goes back to SB3 and BroadwayJoe and our move to michigan

    so going into the day today i was sure i would be waxing pat-oeticly...

    can't wait for you post...following!

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  4. Bruce: You're more than welcome for the shout out. I do that with great frequency whenever I come across a blog I like or when a fellow blogger's post/comment will inspire me to write something else.

    Yeah, unfortunately you will get a small post acknowleging the superiority of the Jets.

    And for what's it worth, back in the 70's I was a Pittsburgh Steelers fan.


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