You Betcha: Week 13

Something I never envisioned typing along my life’s journey: Thank you, Martellus Bennett.

But because of the backup tight end’s athletic, dramatic touchdown grab in Washington last week I’m still in bidness. Barely.

Down a cool $7,500 this season, but in better shape than the poor schmucks who got hosed on Steelers-Chargers last week. You familiar?

In short, on the game’s final play the Chargers attempted to lateral their way out of an 11-10 deficit, but instead Pittsburgh’s Troy Polamalu scooped up a loose, live ball for a touchdown. After reviewing the play, referees incorrectly, inexplicably ruled the play dead. So instead of the Steelers – who were 4 1/2-point favorites – winning 18-10, the final score remained 11-10.

Bottom line: Steelers bettors who should’ve won lost; Chargers bettors who should’ve lost won. And then there’s all the fantasy league implications. Be careful NFL, I say, because deep down you know a major engine that drives your popularity is gambling – be it legally, illegally, weekly pots, fantasy leagues or $1 side bets with your buddy.

The networks aren’t supposed to talk about this sort of thing, of course. But if you listen closely you’ll hear NBC’s Al Michaels cryptically make mention every week. During the fourth quarter of Cowboys 14, Redskins 10, for example, he said “this game was never supposed to be under the radar … some people are overwhelmed.” It was, clearly to us degenerates, a nod to the fact that the game wasn’t going to reach the established point total of 44 points.

Which, after taking the long, scenic route, brings us to this week’s play.

Though Pacman’s back, Felix Jones is gone, Miles Austin is hurt and Terrell Owens – surprise! – is frustrated, I still believe the Washington win was a springboard to 8-4.

Which means, take Dallas. Lay the points. And buckle up for a Christmas comeback.

I started with a mythical bankroll of $10,000, courtesy of Bodog sports online gaming. First of all, because their site is easy to navigate. Second, because they’re based in Costa Rica and have had minimal success tracking me down in the past.

I’ll analyze games/wagers of local interest each weekend and make a wager or two every Friday. With any luck, by Christmas it’ll be toys for everyone.

STARTING BANKROLL: $10,000 CURRENT BANKROLL: $2,500 SEASON RECORD: 4-8 LAST WEEK: 1-0 (+ $1,000) THIS WEEK: Cowboys minus 10 over 49ers for $1,000. – Richie Whitt

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