I just have to gloat. So many people have made fun of me today, and I just have to.
You see, back in the mid 80s, I started getting invited to Superbowl parties. I positively hate football, and the only thing that I thought would make going fun was flirting and toying with the men at the party.
At my very first party, as people were placing bets, I took a look at the starting quarterbacks for both teams, decided which of them was better looking, and bet on his team.
I got oodles of attention, as men and women alike laughed at me for my oh-so “girlie” way of choosing which team to bet on.
But that team won. And then there was more attention—this time from the men; the women were just silent. I liked it, so I kept doing it.
In the years since, when I’ve had occasion to be with folks who are watching, I’ll bet that way, and I’ve never lost. Although I don’t care about the attention, anymore, I do like the good-natured ribbing I get about it. :)
Interestingly enough, I never stopped to consider that maybe I was genuinely tapping into something...intuitive. I thought I was just lucky. Now I'm not so sure (mostly because of all the other interesting "stuff" that's going on with me).
Fast forward to this year. I wasn’t going to any party, but I’d told several friends my theory (yeah… it’s now a theory) that the team with the best-looking (on game day) quarterback always wins the Super Bowl. And of course, soooooooo many people just knew the Pats were going to wipe the field with the Giants today, so although polite, I could imagine them giggling behind their hands when I wasn’t looking.
This evening, I sat down as the teams first came on to the field, and I decided that Eli was looking far finer than Tom today. I knew I had to bet on the Giants, although, to be honest, I almost bet on the Pats because I genuinely thought it would be great for them to have a totally undefeated season. But I stuck to my guns (and theory), and proudly bet on the Giants.
Hmmmm… guess who’s laughing now?
PS -- I even made a "winner gets what winner wants" bet with someone special. I hope he's quaking in his boots ;)