Lightning strikes lit up the opening night of the college football season, and there was a threat of point-spread shenanigans after a severe weather delay chased Steve Spurrier off the field.
Hundreds of guys will flock to a ballroom Friday night, eyes fixed on a stage, and no dancers resembling Kate Upton will be shedding clothes and sweeping up $1 bills. The power of football, and how to bet on it, will be on display.
In the old days, when Jimmy Vaccaro first rolled into town and there were fewer rules and Las Vegas was more like the Wild West, it was easier to get deals done.
It was hyped by some scribes and talking heads as a potential Super Bowl preview. Peyton Manning led one drive that resulted in a punt, and that put an abrupt end to the hyperbole.
Horse racing and football are thrill rides of different kinds. A wager on a football game is often a three-hour grind, and a regular-season win total bet is a long-term investment.