Football! This Weekend's Best Bets, Charlie Weis Celebration Practice Video Edition
This week's tale of gambling riches comes from Branford, Ontario, where locally their version of the lottery is actually an NFL parlay card of sorts, where if a player picks 15 games 100 percent correctly, they will win a sizable six-figure payout.
Such a Canadian picture, eh?
In Week 3 of the NFL season, a man named Gino DiFelice cashed a ticket for $725,274 when the final play of the Packers-Seahawks ended with the replacement referees confirming a controversial touchdown by Seahawks receiver Golden Tate on the game's final play.
Even better than the most-discussed ref botch in recent history deciding the outcome of a near million dollar Canadian NFL lottery was the fact that DiFelice's 12-year-old daughter is the one who made all of the picks on the winning ticket. If you remember, Week 3 was the crazy week where nine underdogs won their games outright.
Frankly, much like the receptionist winning the March Madness office pool, Week 3 was such an insane bettor bloodbath, it could only have been won by a 12-year-old girl. That's gambling.
So with that in mind, here are my best bets for this weekend. (DISCLAIMER: No 12-year-old girls were consulted in making these picks.)
KANSAS STATE -24 1/2 over Kansas
Well, the Jayhawks apparently had quite the practice this week. In addition to presumably working on little things like blocking and tackling, Kansas head coach Charlie Weis added in some practice time for the team to work on their celebrating. Yes, the Kansas Jayhawks were practicing their celebrations, which is a little like me figuring out the words I'm going to use to let Minka Kelly down easy someday.
And much like their blocking and tackling, apparently the Jayhawks' celebrating left a lot to be desired, according to their coach. Things pick up at about the 1:05 mark of the video below, Weis goes on this long rant:
"I can tell you guys aren't used to winning. (Pause) Hey. Hey, fellas. Okay. Winning a football game is not supposed to be an uncommon occurrence. I know that's a novel concept around here. Okay. When you win a football game, there's supposed to be a celebration that looks like a celebration. And that was a pile of crap.
I believe in practicing everything, including winning. That's what this is all about. This isn't about you guys jacking around over here. This is about, third game of the season, you're sitting here 2-0. You're playing TCU, you haven't won a conference game in about eight years. (bells) ... and you hit a field goal to win the game. Act that way!"
Here's the video:
Man, I wish these portly Kansas coaches would make up their mind. Are kids allowed to celebrate, or are they not allowed to celebrate? I mean, compared to former Jayhawk coach Mark Mangino below, Weis is really sending mixed signals:
Well, at any rate, I don't think this version of the Jayhawks will need to worry about their "last second winning field goal" celebration this weekend in Manhattan against Bill Snyder's Wildcats. They probably will need to worry about blocking and tackling. Worry greatly.