Some time has passed since the Rugby World Cup passed and I have been reminiscing about it now that football has taken over our TV screens. The long and the short of it is that this world cup wasn’t as exciting as it has been in the past for me. This could be due to the fact games were screened at 8.30am (no beer) or the fact that the tournament as a whole lacked any flair. England were shocking, France were France, Wales should have done better, New Zealand won (just) and the under dogs (Italy, USA and co) did what they always do: made lots of tackles, let in tries and put in some massive hits. So I decided to make it interesting!
Now as a proud Englishman who once got “filled in” on the pitch playing a Southern French team, I am very happy to see the French lose. BUT, I got France in the sweep stake at work. So I also decided to stick £10 on France (at 11-1) when they lost to Tonga, to win the tournament and bet my Father £20 (2-1) that France would beat New Zealand (an hour before kick-off).
So going into the final I could have won c£220, and I could have made an average tournament interesting by playing the “Emotional Hedge”. If France lost I would be happy, but if France won, I would also be happy.
Now… we know the result of course, New Zealand won and France lost. I may be £32 down but I don’t have to congratulate my sisters French boyfriend on a World Cup win!
So to summarise my ramblings, The Emotional Hedge is the best way to make sport interesting. It doesn’t matter how dull a game is, if you put a few pennies behind the enemy, you create a little bit of drama and emotion within you!