Luke Graham: Gamblin' man


Luke Graham

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— I love high school football.

I really love Las Vegas.

And I probably have what you'd call an unhealthy addiction to the sports book at Caesar's Palace.

That's why after my latest betting debacle - I woke up Sunday out $150 thanks to a horrendous judging decision in some Ultimate Fighting and a heavy weight fighter who takes a punch like Pauly Shore in the early '90s movie "Son in Law" - I was thinking that people should be able to bet on high school football.

Before you stop reading, consider this; high school sports already are becoming commercialized. The line between high school, college and, on some level, professional sports is already blurred.

Nike, with its commercial of a high school football team loaded with NFL players (somehow they need a 5'9" kid to make a diving catch in the last seconds, in the end zone to beat another high school team), and MTV, with "Two a Days," already have made high school football marketable.

Why not go a step further?

I thought about it, debated it and think I've laid out the perfect blueprint to make betting on high school football a viable, moneymaking thing.

It would all start with the Colorado High School Activities Association. The lines would all be done by CHSAA. Bets would be placed with CHSAA. CHSAA would take in a small percentage of bets. Then from that small percentage money would equally be divided up among high schools in Colorado. High school's could use the money for whatever.

Essentially the CHSAA offices would become a mini casino, without blackjack, poker or cocktail waitresses.

Bets could be made on the Internet. Applying betting to last weekend's games, I would have had Steamboat as a 21-point favor with the over/under at 35.

As a betting man, I would have told CHSAA I'll lay the points and take the under.

Hey, at least on Sunday I would have woken up down only a bill.


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