Odds and Ends (06.28.06) – Betting on the World Cup is better than sex

Not better than gambling

England’s Loughborough University is studying the effects of placing a bet on a soccer match on fans’ heart rates.

The heart rates that we have recorded throughout the first stage of the study are in line with those experienced by an individual reaching sexual climax, and in some cases greater than that. When you combine supporting your team with backing them financially, the level of excitement gets even greater.

We learned a long time ago never to place a bet on our team. Maybe that’s why we still prefer sex… although betting on football is a close second.

In other news…

[NBA.com]: NBA introduces new game ball that provides better grip.

[CBS News]: Budweiser paid $40M for the beer rights to the WC. Germans refuse to drink the piss.

[EurWeb]: Michael Strahan isn’t gay… or has a great beard.

[SignOnSanDiego]: An actual uplifting baseball story. (via Rangersfans.com)

[MetsBlog]: Sox Fans Forgive Buckner

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  1. BostonMac | Jun 28, 2006 | Reply

    Buckner — For the record, in spring of 1990 (a mere 3 1/2 years after the 1986 World Series) Bill Buckner made one final comeback with the Red Sox and was cheered wildly on Opening Day.

    The city had a ceremony to honor the 86 team when they returned from New York and Buckner got the loudest ovation of all.

    This is not to excuse some of the idiots who gave Buckner a hard time, harassing him to the point where he had to move his family to Idaho.  But I think the whole “Red Sox fans finally forgive Buckner” is revisionist history.  Was there disappointment?  Of course.  But I don’t think there was ever real animosity from the majority of fans.

    Most Sox fans know that the real blame for the loss falls on (in no particular order) Calvin Schiraldi, Bob Stanley, Rich Gedman, and John McNamara.  The Buckner fascination is a creation of the national media.

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