LONDON – If you’ve happened to look at my NFL picks on the wrong weekend, you know I can’t always be accused of being the sharpest bettor in the world.
And I do have a habit of bringing big favourites down. But after Michael Phelps barely squeaked into the men’s 400-metre IM final here on Saturday, I saw an opportunity. The price would never be better on the 14-time Olympic gold medallist, right? So I wandered into the local William Hill shot and “invested” five pounds on Phelps to win gold at what I thought were square odds of 2-1.
Where else could you get such a price on one of the great Olympians of all time? And besides, he was clearly playing possum in his heat, right?
We all know what happened by now. Not only did Phelps fail to win gold, for the first time since 2000, the American didn’t even get a medal.
Legalized gambling continues to be a story here, the latest issue emerging when officials acknowledged they were investigating an Irish athlete for allegedly betting against himself. Officials refused to name the athlete and what sport he was competing in.As well, at least one British bookmaker returned all wagers made on who would light the Olympic flame at the opening ceremony because there was on “one” person do do so.