In a nationally-televised thrashing last week, the Chicago Bulls annihilated the Atlanta Hawks by 33 points, at times leading by well over 40 points as they took a listless Hawks squad to task. It was tough to watch, and I'm a Bulls fan.
Chicago was up 29 points at the half, and via some borderline inscrutable betting rules that apparently I'm not scummy and/or smart enough to understand, boxing legend Floyd Mayweather placed a large amount of money on the Chicago Bulls holding onto a blowout-level lead in the second half. As a result, Mayweather cleared nearly $37,000, all legal, and he has the receipts and Twitter pictures to prove it.
On Monday, he talked to the Waddle and Silvy Show in Chicago, and discussed, um, his "rationale?"
"At first I was going to bet $100,000 on the first half, but I happened to be asleep because the Atlanta Hawks happened to be on a slump. At this particular time, what's going on in the NBA right now, Derrick Rose is the leading MVP candidate in the NBA right now I truly believe. I believe in his skills. He's an amazing player and that's one of the players you can bet on. If the team can stay 100 percent, they have a good chance to get to the Finals facing probably the Heat in the East. Then in the West this year I think it's either going to be the Spurs or the Lakers."
So there's that answer.
Honesty compels me point out that Mayweather has some beef with current Bulls backup guard C.J. Watson, who was instrumental in the bench attack that helped Chicago pull away.
Decency compels me to ask you to try to refrain from betting on the second half of a game after you slept through the first half.