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Thursday, May 14, 2009
Gambling on steroid suspensionsI never cease to be surprised at the sheer number of things you can gamble on. For example:
The online betting website Bookmaker.com has posted odds on who will be the next player suspended by MLB under the drug policy in 2009. Alex Rodriguez is still eligible at 3/1 followed by Adrian Beltre at 375 with big names like Albert Pujols, Carlos Delgado, Zack Grienke, David Ortiz, Alfonso Soriano and even Derek Jeter with odds available.
I'm not a gambler by nature, but I think it would be a lot more fun to gamble on the names that appear on the famous list of 104 in the 2003 survey testing than it would be to gamble on test results going forward. The latter is really more of an intelligence test, isn't it? Meaning that you have to be a Manny-level moron to get caught now?
The 2003 survey tests, however, occurred at a time when people weren't quite sure about the state of the world in which they were living, so I'm sure there was a lot of denial at the time. Chances took. There are probably some names on that list that would surprise the hell out of us.
Posted by Craig Calcaterra at 3:07pm
If you want advice on which bet to make, I’m sure Pete Rose could give you some advice…
Posted 05/14 at 04:44 PM
Chris (in Dallas) said...
The only problem with gambling on the list of 103 is, of course, that there are people who know those names, whereas no one knows where the next suspension will come from. Vegas is guaranteed to win money on the latter, and all it takes is an unscrupulous fellow to fleece Vegas on the former.
Posted 05/14 at 05:46 PM
I’m currently reading Asterisk. It looks at both sides of Barry Bonds using or not using roids. I’m reading it in the library, and about two thirds through. Many of those claiming Bonds was a roid user are basing it on the physical.
As the first few chapters provide, whether Bonds was on roids or not, character and personality wise, he’s loathsome. I wanted to kick his rear end myself after reading those chapters.
Posted 05/16 at 01:41 PM