I have just taken a new job in Great Falls, Montana. A new state and new areas to explore.
By: joealaska , 4:23 PM GMT on February 05, 2014
Weather moving through Tuesday night. Some snow, but mainly freezing rain for the next few hours. Lots of snow just north of The Ohio River, as usual. More over the weekend.
I went to a Usually-But-Not-Guaranteed-To-Be-A-Super Bowl party Sunday. Good food, good friends. It started snowing when I went over. Maybe 12 people there. We were having fun betting on proposition bets. PROPS. Some smart bookie somewhere comes up with a bet, establishes odds to win it, and sits back and collects. There are HUNDREDS of these bets. Crazy. It started growing a few years ago and keeps snowballing. These are the bets where you can bet on the coin flip at the start of the game. Heads or tails? Or, bet on which team won the toss. This is a silly bet, yet people get carried up in the situation and bet on it. (Not me.)
There are many PROPS a bit more technical. Personally, I like SHORTEST TOUCHDOWN IN THE GAME. This number is always the same... 1.5 yards. Over or under? Take the UNDER. There is always a goal line stand. Sooner or later. In this game there was a pass interference call on Denver in the end-zone, and Seattle got the ball on the one. First down. They scored and I won.
This year there were some new bets. This will give you an idea of how crazy it has gotten. THE NATIONAL ANTHEM. Sung in 2 minutes and 20 seconds. OVER or UNDER? It sounded to us that lady was taking her time, and she still got done in just over 2 minutes. UNDER wins!
THE MOST VALUABLE PLAYER ACCEPTING HIS AWARD. You can bet on Who He Thanks First. God? Team? Mom? Family? Fans? Nobody? They all had different odds.
Well, these were all too silly for me. Do not want to throw away money. I went for the hard core, straight forward, serious bets... GATORADE THROWN ON WINNING COACH. Orange? Red? Clear? Blue? Yellow? No Gatorade? Once again, they all had different odds. I chose the basic YELLOW. Bet $10, they give you that and $45 more back. At the end of the game we saw a gatorade dousing and it looked pretty ORANGISH, yet semi-yellowlike. Closer than was comfortable. I assumed a loss. Then I saw the official ruling as LOSS. Yet much later, the ruling was changed and I won. We had seen a second gatorade dousing, much later after the first dousing. It was a definite YELLOW. But we all assumed the first dousing was the winner. WRONG, all dousings were included. Easy money.
I drove home from the game very slowly, as the snow was covering the roads and most were still not plowed. When I got home I glanced out back and saw Blossom the Possum coming out of the woods and plowing through the snow toward the building. This was the 3rd time I have seen her. The night before she walked past the porch where Dutchie was sitting on the chair outside. Dutchie saw her go by, but all Dutchie did was perk her ears up and watch Blossom head for the trees.
The Chow Porch is back in action! Cardinals, robins, and bluejays are served during the day. The late night buffet is strictly for the possums. For now.
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