Saturday, May 29, 2010

Thing 46 Make a Triple Figure Bet


Can you read what that says? It says 100 euro on England to win the World Cup... Controversial... And already it's earned me some snide comments. But there's method to my madness, if you can even call it that. First let's look at the path to the final...

England have a group that's made up of a who's-who of middle ranking teams. It's like they won the lotto getting that group. Algeria, who we beat 3-0 without breaking a sweat. Slovenia, for whom you can't name one player. USA, a potential surprise package, but nothing on the well drilled machine that Fabio Capello has made England (all the while dressing rather snappily). They're winning that group.

That leads them on to the second round where they play the Group D Runners Up. After Germany Qualify from that group, that leaves: Australia (did you even know they have a soccer team?), Serbia (recently beaten by New Zealand. Did you know they had a soccer team?) and Ghana (poor Ghana... they're like the Ivory Coast except without good players or a cool name). They'll win that match.

Quarter Finals are next. With the way the tournament stacks up, it'll probably be the winner of France V Nigeria next. So it'll probably be France next. France. Who probably wont be allowed to handle the ball this time. I know who you're shouting for in that game. And they wont be wearing blue that's for sure. Nor will they be wearing berets and stipey shirts with cloves of garlic around their necks and baguettes in their back pockets (I don't care what you say, some stereotypes are hilarious). England are more than likely winning that game.

That leaves two games to win a World Cup. Anyone can win two games. Burnley beat United and Arsenal this year in the Premier League, and the Parkville Under 12s could beat Burnley on a normal day. So it's possible...

So it's a smart bet. I mean, as odds go, 7/1 for a team that almost has a buy into the semi-finals. That's damn near incredible... I actually want to earn some money on this bet you know...

Next let's take stock of something here. I watch English football all the time. I support and English soccer team. They've never done anything to me, and I've done very little for them. Wayne Rooney and Rio Ferdinand have a wee-bit-o-Irish in them. And I know - The Sun newspaper and Sky Sports will be insufferable for a while if they do win it, but I'd rather see them do it than Brazil... again. Or Italy... snore. Or France.... good lord don't get me started on France...

I know I'll be slated for this.... but I mean it sincerely... come on England...

Pictured: One reason to cheer for England...

5 comments:

  1. If England meet France Ill buy an England shirt myself. Thierry Henry needs a slap.

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  2. All I'll say is"....." what I'd say in Chelenham

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  3. If I had triple-figure money to gamble I'd probably stick it on England too. If the British media can restrain themselves from claiming that "England can win it" every half hour then they might not bottle it (for once). They're the strongest team going in my book.

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  4. tony nellis (token northy's other uncle)May 31, 2010 at 4:23 AM

    A very clever bet, young man. It means if the ba***rds do win, you at least have the consolation of 800 euros in your hip pocket. And if they lose, it'll be a hundred euros well spent. Might just back them myself.

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  5. 7 - 1 so you'll walk away with a cool 800 euro... 800... 800... why is that number ringing a bell? No.. Its not coming to me... you always had a bit of a G Man in ya...

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