Thursday, November 20, 2008

Williamson v. Childress: A New Angle on Betting on the NFL

If the NFL was already trying to ignore the elephant in the room, and not address the sports betting implications that Sunday's Steelers-Chargers game had, then Roger Goodell must be glad he doesn't regulate MMA fights.

We could see it now: the NFL presents Bare-Knuckle Boxing.

Confused? Let us explain:

Troy Williamson, former first round pick by the Minnesota Vikings, was docked one game's paycheck last season by Coach Brad Childress when he extended his stay with his family in South Carolina following the death of his grandmother. Childress later rescinded the fine, but lost Williamson's respect.

This weekend, Williamson's Jaguars host the Vikings, and Williamson had this to say about Childress:

"We can meet on the 50-yard line and we can go at it."

Wow. A professional athlete wanting to duke it out with a coach. Childress barked back with this comment:

"Do you need my reach? I'm not like a woman; I'll give you my weight. It's 190 pounds of twisted steel and rompin', stompin' dynamite."

Never mind the fact that Childress, 52, is twice Williamson's age, 25. Never mind that Williamson has ten pounds on Childress. Could you imagine the Vegas line on this fight? Forget the absurd amount that was bet on the Steelers-Chargers game last weekend, we think this matchup would have it trumped. It would definitely be the main event on our weekend card, even if Williamson went at it with his hands tied behind his back (as he suggested he would).

Minnesote defensive lineman Jared Allen likes Childress in a fight over Williamson, saying, "Coach Childress is a tough-minded guy. And he has a badass mustache. I put my money on whoever has a kickass mustache"
Go on Jared, you place that bet, we'll take you up on it, just don't let the Commish know you're betting on the NFL. Because as much as he'd like to ignore that elephant in the room, I don't think he'd take too kindly to one of his own players betting.


1 comment:

  1. I bet Childress gets in a lot of fights with a stache like that one.