The word “serious” is an understatement when talking about sports betting. It’s literally life and death for some people. It’s someone’s salary and livelihood. It’s someone’s Kraft macaroni and cheese dinner! Why do you think there’s always a lot of yelling during the Super Bowl or a horse race? It’s complete pandemonium.
Here are some of the strangest quotes you’ll ever read from some of the most serious bettors out there. Don’t laugh, though; these bettors just might drop $100 to see your tail get kicked by a soccer player.
“Sports betting is all about money management, so the most money won on one event is not the most important thing.” — Bruce Dern
In other words, be realistic. We all can tout and whistle about making our bets and winning every single one of them, but the fact is we can’t! It’s statistically impossible to win every bet. So when you think about sports betting, generally it’s a numbers game!
“Nobody but you and your caddie care what you do out there, and if your caddie is betting against you, he doesn’t care, either.” — Lee Trevino
When you make a bet, you’re more interested in who you’re betting on, not against. It’s as if some magical force in your decision to bet on that one man, horse, dog, or team, seems to embed that man, horse, dog, or team with a hidden advantage that will ensure victory!
It’s a phenomenal, existential concept, this thing called gambling. You have to wonder, though: what would happen if you started placing your bets and then focusing your mojo on the opposition? Would that create a giant rift in the space-time continuum?
“If a man who cannot count finds a four-leaf clover, is he lucky?” — Stanislaw J. Lec
This is a profound question! Sports betting basically revolves around luck, first of all. When you consider the concept of luck, you may think of a four-leaf clover. Typically, when you find a four-leaf clover, you’re under the assumption that you’re going to be lucky.
However, for you to know you’re going to be lucky upon finding a four-leaf clover, you actually have to know what a four-leaf clover looks like! Sports bettors, too, must know their luck when it comes to them.
“It can be argued that man’s instinct to gamble is the only reason he is not still a monkey up in the trees.” — Mario Puzo
Let’s face it: gambling is the American way. It’s the essence of freedom. Talking about evolution and such, you’d imagine that a monkey wouldn’t have an urge to gamble away his or her bananas for anything.
It’s about survival in the wilderness. Evolution has taken us out of the wilderness and into progress and prosperity, all thanks to gambling.
“Depend on the rabbit’s foot if you will, but remember it didn’t work for the rabbit.” — R. E. Shay
Lucky charms are funny. Really, they are (unless they’re the cereal variety; then they’re just nutritious). Don’t laugh when you see a fellow sports bettor rubbing his little rabbit’s foot for a little luck, because maybe it works for him!
However, if you’re betting on the same team and that team wins, know that you did it all without a rabbit’s foot. And, technically, your team did it all without a rabbit’s foot. Still, some people swear by their lucky charms.
“I hope to break even this week. I need the money.” — Veteran Vegas Gambler
Seriously, this quote came from a real gambler, and it deserves to be last on this loving list of sports betting wisdom. Of all conundrums, all paradoxical statements of eloquent rhetoric and philosophy, nothing can beat this remarkable piece of Cartesian knowledge! Think about it.
This gambler hopes to break even on his week of gambling. Why? Because he needs the money. So then you ask the question, why not keep his money, then? That would defeat the purpose of using money to gamble, because he might come out richer than he already is. But he shouldn’t hope to break even; he should hope to hit the jackpot, right? But maybe that’s too high a hope.
The Pure Wisdom of Sports Betting
Sports betting can be wacky, like some of the quotes just mentioned. The stakes are high, and the pressure can make people say weird things. But when it comes down to it, sports betting is fun! Nothing can replace that feeling of winning your bet. Like a bet, you should think clearly before placing your quotes.