A couple of days ago, a friend mentioned what he thought was a sound, wise, and terribly depressing investment opportunity: Vegas had released the over/unders for NFL teams' regular season wins, and the Broncos' number was enticingly high: 7.5. For the responsible among you, this means that if you bet a paycheck on the "over," the Broncos would have to win eight or more games for you to double your money.
Of course, I was drooling over the opposite bet. After the Springer-worthy off-season the Broncos have endured -- combined with a schedule that appears concocted by a drunken Bernie Kosar -- it's truly hard to imagine them winning eight games. Not with the likes of Indianapolis, Dallas, New England, Pittsburgh, Philly and the Giants dotting their Schedule from Hell.
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So, naturally, last night I went looking for the odds online. What I found was not nearly as attractive.
Yes, I did find what my friend was talking about -- odds from the Venetian with the Broncos at 7.5. But I also found a more realistic number, at VegasInsider.com: 6.5. Now that's a more interesting bet, one I'm less moistened over. But still: Do you see Kid Lies-a-lot and the Bearded One leading the Broncos to seven wins?
I, for one, don't. But at 6.5, I might have to hold onto that paycheck.