I can’t say I’ve ever been much for gambling, but every time I watch a sporting event I immediately get the urge to bet on it. There are a few things preventing me from doing this: The first is the fact that I have no money and the second is that I don’t live in Las Vegas. I could never actually place money on a sporting event–at least not mine–because that would make it real. It has to be in my head. Within the confines of my mind, I’ve lost tons of money on sports. Luckily the bookies in my mind cannot reach my ankles to break them when I don’t pay.
Here’s a good example of why I could never put money on what I believe to be my own knowledge of games that are based on as much luck as they are on skill. One of my favorite comedians, Norm MacDonald, tells a story of his gambling problems on one of my favorite podcasts, WTF with Marc Maron and just the idea of what he describes terrifies me. Like, I start moving money into savings accounts that I can’t touch after listening to it. But it’s interesting and hilarious and gives a little insight into the reasons why people bet and gamble.