I'll take quality over volume with sports picks

Nov 11, 2008 5:05 PM

Vaccaro’s View by Jimmy Vaccaro | With college basketball season just a jump shot away, college football games running Tuesday through Saturday and the NFL at its midway point, where does your bankroll or money management start.

And, more importantly, stop.

Oh, I forgot that Kobe and LeBron started their NBA day jobs. When booking games, the bigger the menu the better. However, I do not think that the quality of games means more than getting people out of their homes to come and make a bet.

I understand that the Buffalo-Akron football game pays just the same as the Super Bowl, but cramming anything down the throats of your audience might have long term effects that might not be too appealing. Remember the real beauty of football as opposed to any other sport was that you had at least six days to discuss games, bad beats, fantastic finishes and what might have been.

You build energy and inertia which leads to excitement. I understand that you are not ordered to bet every day, but then you might be missing something if not active. Books need action to survive and we are a part of the industry. It’s just that I do not want people cracked out before Thanksgiving. 

The Thursday night NFL game along with just one marquee college matchup could have a better overall result than flooding the marketplace. College basketball does an excellent job with a major Wednesday card and the usual bet and sweat Saturday marathon from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m.

The NBA cookie cutter schedule will lend to minimal excitement at best until the playoffs in April. My argument will probably get as far as trying to get a college football playoff. It’s just that I have felt this way for some time now. 

The one Penn State-Iowa game this past Saturday will trump the first seven this week that start on Tuesday. We all enjoy in different ways the joy and pain this part of our lives bring. I think, though, that we might be better served in asking for a higher-class menu.