How Deadspin Made Me A Better Sports Bettor
By now you’re probably already aware of the shitstorm taking place at Deadpsin. If not, it’s pretty simple: The top brass and writers clashed which led to nearly every writer handing in his or her resignation. Regardless of how you feel about Deadspin’s left-leaning ways, they had talent. And for every dick joke blog they pumped out there was one that was extremely well written with depth and scope.
No matter what type of sports bettor you are — recreational, pro, or somewhere in between — it’s almost impossible to have any sort of success without reading. You can model, create power ratings, and watch every game humanly possible but at some point, there’s some sort of information out there waiting to be read that can assist you in cashing your next bet. When it comes to “capping”, reading takes up a vast majority of my time. And over the years I’ve been able to streamline the process to a level of incredible efficiency. I’m to the point now where the URL is all I need to know on whether or not an article or blog is going to offer something I can apply towards betting. If I want to know why the hell Bowling Green beat Toledo 20-7, a few clicks later I’m on ToledoBlade.com reading the recap, assessing the situation, bookmarking it if it’s worth revisiting, and then on to the next game. Now if I want to know just how hot the dumpster fire is with a particular team, there’s a good chance Deadspin has it covered. Look no further than the timeline of the Freddie Kitchens era. And unlike that recap I read on ToledoBlade.com that featured a bunch of “we just have to find a way to play better” type quotes, Deadspin’s takes, as snarky as they may be, are at times pretty damn useful. Local beat writer don’t have much of anything to gain by calling out a coach or player for doing something that was flat out stupid. Deadspin, meanwhile, is (was?) predicated on calling out just that. And as every bettor knows, smart and stupid can literally be the difference between covering or not covering a point spread.
Sports journalism is in a weird place. Websites like The Athletic and various writers scattered across platforms like ESPN, Yahoo, Sports Illustrated, etc. still provide solid coverage and takes. But between paywalls (something that sucks, but very understandable) and the ever-growing amount of blogs written by low-level talent trolling for clicks, finding information that is going to help me win, remains tricky. Deadspin wasn’t a game changer by any stretch — maybe worth a few units a year — but it was still damn enjoyable to read. If anything, it offered a break from reading the boilerplate and mundane. I mean where else can I go to read about good bears and bad Bears? And when you spend 80% of your time sitting in front of an odds screen trying to find the next bet to make, being able to take a step back and chuckle for a bit is worth something to the bankroll. Feel good, bet good, no?