I like to say, “I’ve never been a gambling man,” but with limited sports in June I’ve used a couple doll hairs here and there to make the games more interesting. I’ve limited my scope to the NBA Finals and horse racing, but today I’ve reached a fork in the road.
With a dozen friends spending the week in Vegas, I have the chance to make a couple of small bets on UK. I have snaps of them at the Sportsbook, ready to put money down for the Cats to win the National Championship. The basketball team currently has 8/1 odds and the football team has 500/1 odds to win it all; what would it hurt to make two $10 bets?
I want to tell them to pull the trigger, because why not? It’s harmless, right?
I’m not superstitious, but I’m a little stitious. I have never bet on Kentucky, EVER. If I do, I feel like I’m somehow affecting the mojo of the game, jinxing the Cats and causing their downfall. The hypothetical bets aren’t on a singular game, helping me rationalize, “It’s OK, you can’t jinx it.” The Kentucky football bet would essentially be throwing away $10 — it can’t hurt anything — but betting on the basketball team can. I can’t jinx this team away from #9, but if I make the small bet, is it a jinx?
Help me people. Do you have a strict “No UK” policy on bets, or can it be fluid if you’re in Vegas? Did you feel guilty if you bet on the Cats to win it all, only for them to lose? Please, share your policy on picking the Cats in bets.
UPDATE: I pulled the trigger.