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After watching in disbelief the game between the Packers and the Seahawks, I started to get phone calls and text messages from, it seems, everywhere.

The first was from my cousin Greg Lamatrice in Columbus saying betting the ponies is easier than picking an NFL winner. I think it’s a draw. Then came a call from a friend who I misspent a lot of my youth with back in Steubenville, Ohio. He was yelling and screaming “you were always right; you were right and I didn’t believe you.”

I said, what are you yelling about and he says, “pro wrestling was on the level, it’s the NFL that is staged.”

Back in the late 60’s we were hooked on pro wrestling with Bruno Sammartino and George “The Animal” Steele, and he would always say they knew who was going to win before the matches and I would always say it was on the level.

“The Animal” was an amazing man, graduated from Michigan State where he went to play football but his bad knees cut his career short. He then went on to Central Michigan and got a Master’s Degree. His real name was William James Myers. He went on to teach high school and was a wrestling/football coach. He is in the Football Coaches Hall of Fame in Michigan.

How Steele got into wrestling, well, he needed to supplement his income so he did a little wrestling in Michigan. Bruno was looking for some new talent, spotted him and moved him to Pittsburgh where he mentored him. That’s how he became “The Animal.” He wore a mask back then to disguise his true identity and did not want anyone to know who he really was.

Now back to the game between the Packers and Seahawks. Seattle did everything possible for the Packers to get the win but, after a successful onside kick, somehow got the win in OT. Now as for myself, I had bet this game UNDER 47 and was counting my money in the third quarter as it looked like the Green Bay runners had put butter on their uniforms.


The Seahawks just could not make any tackles and QB Russell Wilson looked like he was completely out of it in the first three quarters. But, as the NFL would have it, the great finish left viewers yelling and screaming for more. It turned into a game made for TV audiences and no matter what conspiracy theory you hear it was completely on the level.

You can ask my friend in Steubenville or any pro wrestler and they will tell you.

Now the second matchup or “the deflated football game.” No contest. The NFL got the job done in Game 1 and everyone was worn out by Game 2 but Tom Brady, Bill “the deflation expert” Belichick and the Patriots are under investigation for taking air out of the footballs so their receivers could hold on easier in the cold wet weather.

Just another conspiracy or truth? Believe me, the NFL Gestapo will get to the bottom of all of this and will be after Mr. Bill.

Next week’s Super Bowl XLIX at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona, began the week at pick with a total of 49.5. We will be analyzing the game next week in our Super Bowl edition and looking for some prop bets to sink our teeth into.

Stay tuned as it really heats up the next two weeks as we get the big cage fight between Bruno and George, no I mean Brady and Wilson. Whatever, it will be a cage fight we hope and think will be as close as the oddsmakers have made it.

Don’t stay home, get out and enjoy life. Go to a movie and afterward just stop and make a bet. You may be walking around lucky and not even know it.

Richard Saber, a former director of race and sports at the famed Stardust book, is GamingToday’s horse racing and sports handicapper. Follow Richard on Twitter @SabesBet. Contact Richard at [email protected].

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