On some days in March, I know exactly what will wake me every morning at six o'clock: text messages from my buddy Gordo, an ex-athlete and financial expert on the East Coast who's in full ex-athlete and East Coast -Finance guy fashion, sports numbers and numbers must speak. March Madness, to be exact. I know that because Gordo woke me up with the same news every autumn. An NFL Week 13 Sample Chain:
Gordo: "I'm thinking of Broncos -5 against the Bengals, Panthers -3.5 against the Buccaneers and Texans -5 against the Browns. What do you think?
Me: "Broncos definitely. They are rising, and the situation of Bengals in QB is bleak. Why the Panthers and the Texans?
Gordo: "It's a must for the Panthers, and the line seems to be low. The Texans are undervalued and have won eight series.
I : "Let's do it. Thoughts about bears -3 against the giants? Bears have covered most of the games. Giants rarely provide an incentive and have an incentive to bombard for a pickup. "
Gordo :" Oh yes. Could do that too. "
We will be adding many more links to the text string shortly, as the first two rounds of March Madness are the event of the year. We'll be in constant touch, watching games with the zeal of hometown fans, strategically planning high-quality money-line upgrades, hurrying over bad calls, and "holy shit !!!" ̵
Are we degenerate?
Nah. I would like to believe that legalized sportsbooks are for us a growing number of modern men. What's cold at Elks Club for aging veterinarians: a connecting experience, the best thing that can happen to male friendships since the break. Gordo and I go together on lines, tracks and parlays in every football season, the March Madness tournament and the NBA playoff run.
At a time when male friendships are being seized. It's a broad-based issue: nearly half of Americans feel lonely, and 20 percent say they rarely, if ever, feel close to other people. And that makes us ready. Loneliness increases the risk of depression and is as bad for you as smoking 15 cigarettes a day. The friendship crisis hits men harder than women, and your wife / girlfriend alone will not stand it – science suggests that men receive a different kind of emotional fulfillment than their male friends.
67% of men pursue sports, because well, sport is great. Research has shown that they become more fantastic through the presence of financial skin, resulting in higher dopamine peaks, a brain chemical that feels good. A bet can even lead to a quick hijacking of a sport that is otherwise foreign to you, such as: Gordo and I, as we bet on the Masters tournament.