What this blog is about:
If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breathe a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: ‘Hold on!’
About the contributors:
- Dr. Zoidberg:
A man who’s experienced the highs and lows of gambling more than most. Blessed equally with independence of thinking and courage of conviction – this is a man who wears his heart on his sleeve, and has done for 10yrs of almost unbroken sports betting! Memorable bets include a rather large ‘punt’ on France to beat tournament favourites New Zealand in the quarters of the 2007 Rugby World Cup, while he can also be found scouring the ‘3-1 score-line’ odds in any given football match. One day his 100,000-1 ‘Soccer Saturday’ accumulator will come off – but until then watch out for his ‘hunches’ –as this is someone who knows his odds – and the risk/reward associated with them.
- Uncle Bernstein:
Never shy of a bet, Uncle Bernstein has mostly tried to keep his adventures to himself up until now – not wanting to curse his impending tilt. Now ready to share his weekly convictions with the world, he’s a man of all sports, equally comfortable betting on horses or handball, and you’ll struggle to find anyone with a broader knowledge of upcoming ‘betting events’. He’s also the most technical in the team – embracing the multitude of bets offered by any given bookie. Wanna know what an Asian handicap -1 is? He’s your man.
- The Human Toothpick (THTP):
This is someone who HATES missing a bet – even if it’s not one he’s concocted himself. He’s rarely put off by unfavourable odds- his view being that if you’re as sure as you can be in a result then you shouldn’t be perturbed in backing your convictions. He’s also someone that, for his personal betting, tends to follow the ‘emotional hedge’ approach…taking the other side of a result that he’d actually like to come in…the idea being that it softens the ‘blow’ whatever happens. Unsurprisingly it rarely does. The combination of ignoring odds and backing the opposition has also resulted in the occasional blow up…backing Barnsley when they were already 3-0 up against his beloved ITFC for instance will live long in the memory. The Town win couldn’t make up for the money lost on that day! You have his word that he’ll ‘take the emotion out of it’ while on this site though.