So after I wrote that Oklahoma State booster Boone Pickens was the most suffering fanbecause his team is worse than expected, Pickens called me on Friday to talk and to bet me $10 that his 1-2 team would beat 3-0 Texas Tech. I don't bet on sports--and Pickens said he didn't bet on his Cowboys--but we made this a special occasion.
Before making the bet--he doesn't know this--I quickly checked a Web site to see the odds. Texas Tech was a 5 1/2 point favorite and any bettor who bet the Cowboys to win the game straight up would receive $210 for each $100 bet if the team won the game. Liking my odds, I agreed to the bet.
Well, there's a reason why Boone Pickens was recently named the 117th richest American by Forbes with a net worth of $3 billion and I'm a lowly sports business television reporter. Boone Pickens wins more bets than he loses. And despite the odds being against him, Oklahoma State won 49-45 in a shootout that included 1,328 yards of total offense. (Texas Tech's defensive coordinator stepped down after the game).