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Monday, August 16, 2010

49ers Beat Colts -- Preseason Bettors Rejoice!

Posted By on Mon, Aug 16, 2010 at 12:01 AM

click to enlarge A great tackle by ... that guy!
  • A great tackle by ... that guy!
Not long before the San Francisco 49ers took the field in Indianapolis to rout the Colts, your humble narrator received a curious communique in his inbox. It was an a preview of the contest written exclusively for people who had decided to wager their hard-earned money on the NFL preseason opener.

I understand the motivation behind exotic piercings. I understand kite surfing. I understand having dangerous animals as pets who are incapable of expressing gratitude or affection. I cannot understand betting on preseason football.

For 85 percent of a preseason football game -- and, in the preseason opener, perhaps even more -- men will be lining up across from one another that both coaches pray will never be playing a crucial snap all season long. Top starters sweat out only a series or two, if that, and soon give way to the second-, third-, and fourth-stringers playing for their professional lives. The only resemblance a preseason opener has to a standard NFL game is the uniforms -- and yesterday's contest didn't even have that. The Colts were decked out in nondescript 1955 throwback uniforms that looked like something you'd find on a Pee-Chee folder.

click to enlarge Team Pee-Chee came second on Sunday...
  • Team Pee-Chee came second on Sunday...
So while it was entertaining to see the guys in the 49ers uniforms beat Team Pee-Chee, it's hard to put much meaning behind it -- let alone, money. Those with a true need to wager on the outcome of the game might be well-advised to do what compulsive Super Bowl bettors do -- bet on the coin flip. It's no less random than wagering on preseason football -- and you won't have to sit through four quarters of the sporting equivalent of a "table read."

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Joe Eskenazi

Joe Eskenazi

Joe Eskenazi was born in San Francisco, raised in the Bay Area, and attended U.C. Berkeley. He never left. "Your humble narrator" is a staff writer and columnist for SF Weekly, which he has written for since 2007. He resides in the Excelsior with his wife, 4.3 miles from his birthplace and 5,474 from hers... more


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