Sunday, June 23, 2013

Handicapping Hints From The 1980s

I had been trying to get my hands on an American football handicapping book that has been out of print for many years. The other day, I finally decided to take the gamble and ordered a second hand copy.

I am always cautious when purchasing second hand books online as it's a case of caveat emptor. Still, I couldn't argue with the price - it was 15p for the book and a little over £2.50 for the postage from the United States.

The publication in question is titled The Gambling Times Guide To Football Handicapping and is written by a man named Bob McCune. It was published in 1984 and is definitely dated.

With that noted, there are certain approaches to betting on American football that did stir up some ideas that I'll put to practice in a few months.

One of the things that I found extremely interesting about the book didn't concern betting. In the book's preface, there is a brief biography of McCune. My eyes opened wide when I read:

In 1949, he won the title of Professional Mr. America and parlayed the title and his athletic abilities into a nine-year career as a professional wrestler. He toured the world and among his 1200-plus matches, nine were for the world championship against Lou Thesz.

I had never heard of Bob McCune the pro wrestler so did a little research. He did wrestle Lou Thesz and coincidentally he pased away around the same time as Thesz in 2002.

I thought it funny that my two hobbies - sports betting and following pro wrestling - came together in this way.

I have a feeling I'll be referring to this book a few times once the season kicks off.

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