And it’s not usually much of a risk to bet on my beloved Iowa Hawkeye football team. Sure, I knew we’d be in a rebuilding year. I had faith in our quarterback, though. And they looked pretty good at the season opener, which shall be forever remembered as Monsoon Game ’11. And betting against the Cyclones, our inter-state rivals didn’t seem like to-o-o great a risk. Our win record against them is 6-4 in the last decade.
And it’s just so delicious to rile the Cyclone fans who gear up for this game all year 🙂
So I buried my doubts and made a couple bets on the game. Not for money. That’s no fun. I bet one kid that if the Cyclones lost he was going to have to burn the Iowa State shirt he was wearing. Breezily, I promised to do the same. 8-2 record. Who wouldn’t take those odds? I bet another former student that he’d have to wear an Iowa shirt if the Cyclones lost, and I’d wear a Cyclone one if Iowa lost.
Some in the state claim that last Saturday’s game was a great one–triple overtime. It was NOT a great game. The Hawks stopped playing after quarter one so it was painful to watch. Even more painful than sitting in the pouring rain a week earlier.
And you know what was the most painful? Yup. Paying up.
Don’t tell anyone but the Iowa shirt I sacrificed was on its way to Goodwill anyway. I nearly lost a hand in that deal as dh got a little carried away with the lighter fluid!
As for wearing the Cyclone shirt…. I doused myself with holy water prior to putting it on, but it still burned the skin. *That’s* going to give me nightmares.
Have you ever made a bet you lived to regret? Do you play it safe or will you take a risk now and then? What’s the most outrageous bet you ever made (and did you pay up?)