When Dr. Christopher Hunt first began working at the University of Sydney Gambling Treatment Clinic in Australia, he recalls seeing “one or two” troubled sports bettors every six months.
Currently, U.S. sports bettors outside of Nevada and Delaware gamble in a massive unregulated market. They are often offered informal credit and are allowed to bet until they are up or down an agreed-upon amount, $1,000, for example. While convenient for bettors and bookies, credit betting is also dangerous.
“The average problem gambler that seeks Borje Salming Womens Jersey treatment has gambling debt twice their average annual income.”
Points are valuable! Of course we want points! And when you have to battle for 60 yards, then turn to a questionable kicker who narrowly sneaks one through the uprights, the last thing you want to do as a coach is repeat this process while running the risk of coming away with no points. The possibility of scoring seven points, though, should make three seem much less valuable.
Tom Brady promptly drove the Patriots 53 yards for a Brooks Laich Womens Jersey winning Adam Vinatieri field goal.
Never go for two before you have to.
The rule differs around the league, but there are a fair number of NFL playcallers who don’t go for two until the end of the game is in sight. For some, you start at the beginning of the fourth quarter, while others might not even think about their two-point plays until there are seven minutes or less remaining in the contest.
The argument says you shouldn’t chase the score until there’s a good chance it might be the final score, which makes some sense, even if many of those same teams and commentators ignore that logic in more conservative situations. (Many of them will argue how teams should kick a field goal to tie the score or make it a one-possession game at similar times of the contest.) It’s true that teams shouldn’t treat the numbers on the scoreboard as if they’re guaranteed to be the final score, but it’s also naive to suggest that scoring is entirely random from that point forward.
“All of a sudden, it was like you couldn’t talk about sports without making reference to what the odds were, what the prices were, whether they thought this bet was value or this bet was value,” said Hunt, a clinical psychologist. “It was what we came to call the ‘gamblization’ of sport.”
I have no issue with that statement at all and I agree with it. I appreciated Foster fighting back, so to speak, and shining a light on that so we could address it and say that those fans don’t speak for a majority of us.
Frankly, I appreciated a helluva lot about Foster. From 2010-2012, he was the best running back in fantasy football, scoring 799 points (Adrian Peterson was a distant second with 710 points. Over those three years, Foster topped the league in carries and rushing touchdowns, ranked third in receiving yards and receiving scores. He finishes his career with a 4.45 yards per carry average, including the playoffs. He also retires with a perfect passing record: 1-for-1 for a touchdown.