This letter is in response to Megan Schultz's Tuesday column and Katherine Mangold's Thursday reply.
First and foremost, I would like to thank Megan for bringing sports betting to the attention of the Collegian's readership. Well done. However, I have two questions for her in regards to betting against the Rams and winning.
First, I was wondering if you were familiar with the concept of a point spread (the most common form of sports betting)? The reason I ask is because CSU is 1-1 against the spread this year. It is difficult to make a lot of money when you only win 50 percent of the time. Secondly, did you actually make a big bet against CSU when they played Minnesota? If so, congratulations on taking advantage of an extraordinary business opportunity; and if not, may I say that you are the finest of Monday morning quarterbacks.
Now for Katherine. You are right. A true fan does stick with their team through the good and bad times. However, a true fan also knows what their team is capable of. If you know they are outmatched, is it so wrong to console yourself with oodles of gambling winnings?
Also, as an aside, you can bet against your team and still cheer for them to win. For example, if the Rams were favored by 14 points over Wyoming this year (not bloody likely, but I am trying to make a point), you could bet against the Rams and still cheer for them to win, albeit by fewer than 14 points (a gray area to be sure).
Furthermore, I disagree with you about this hurting the team's morale. I think they need to get fired up for this first home game. And maybe, just maybe, a deluge of student money bet against them would do just that.
Well, that's all I have to say. If you have any questions for me, I will be at Hughes Stadium on Sept. 24 in porthole 13. I will be the guy holding the large cardboard cutout of Sonny Lubick.
Graduate Student, Accounting