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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" was a staff writer and columnist for SF Weekly from 2007 to 2015. He resides in the Excelsior with his wife, 4.3 miles from his birthplace and 5,474 from hers.


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