Gambling! Lines on First 10 Big Games of College Football Season Released
It's early June, which means over the next two months, we are about to have a barrage of Navin Johnson "The new phonebooks are here!!" moments.
For non-movie watchers and those under the age of 35, that clip from The Jerk is my metaphor for an oddly over-the-top amount of exuberance for the revelation of small tidbits of information that are important to degenerates and junkies of my ilk. (Watch the movie, by the way, kids. The humor still holds up.)
Over the next couple months, "NEW PHONEBOOK" exuberance is reserved for:
- The first preseason college football polls
- Phil Steele's All American teams
- The first fantasy football magazines
- The main event for Summerslam
- Paulina Gretzky's Instagram account
- The first set of lines on college football
And that's where this post comes in, on gambling....
Tony Miller is the line-setting guru from the Golden Nugget casino in Las Vegas. He's one of the most astute oddsmakers in the business, and is typically one of a small handful of line-setters who are willing to put themselves out there without following the crowd, so much so that every year he picks out 250 college football games, puts out sides and totals in early June, and lets the wise guys in Vegas (or just us regular jabronis off the street) fire away if they think there's value to be had.
We actually had Tony on our radio show on Wednesday to talk about it, and by his description, it's quite a spectacle. He said that the lines on these 250 games go up at 1:00 p.m. Vegas time this Friday, June 7. Wise guys (gambling parlance for "dudes that have all kinds of sources and moles and basically just know what the fuck they're doing") are lined up outside the Golden Nugget sports book so that they can jump on certain games right away where they see value.
The visual of a line of degenerate sportsbook regulars waiting to get action down is equal parts hilarious and disturbing, almost like tickets going on sale for The Phantom Menace, but replace the Wookiee outfits and light sabers with silk shirts and cigarettes.
Hey, we all dork out over something. For some people, it's Princess Amidala. For others, it's catching six points on a September home dog in early June.
me some people, it's both.
Yesterday, on the Linemakers on Sporting News, Big Tony (that's what we call Miller) gave the public a little taste of what's in store Friday afternoon with a few Costco samples, lines on ten of the biggest games of the season!
(Admittedly, this would be like Costco giving out samples of prime rib or mahimahi steak. These are the really good items. The buffalo wings, pigs in a blanket and pita chips...those come out Friday.)