NOT FOND OF FONDA

Ken Hoffman relives his costly celebrity gambling fail

Photo via: Peter Fonda/Facebook

This article originally appeared on CultureMap.

Actor Peter Fonda, co-writer and star of the groundbreaking counterculture film Easy Rider, died last week. He was 79.

Here's my Peter Fonda story and the night I took the worst gambling "bad beat" of my life.

In 1998, Fonda was nominated for a movie called Ulee's Gold. I never saw this movie, I still have no idea what it's about, but I kept hearing about Fonda racking up important acting awards:

Golden Globes: "Best Performance by and Actor in a Motion Picture."

Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics: "Best Actor."

National Society of Film Critics: "Best Actor."New York Film Critics: "Best Actor."

Society of Texas Film Critics: "Best Actor."

On and on, Fonda was sweeping every acting award in sight for Ulee's Gold.

Fond of Fonda in Vegas

Around that time, I checked the Las Vegas odds for the upcoming Academy Awards. Internet gambling was starting to hit big and I happened to have an account with an Irish bookmaking site.

The nominees for Best Actor were: Matt Damon for Good Will Hunting, Jack Nicholson for As Good as it Gets, Dustin Hoffman for Wag the Dog, Robert Duvall for The Apostle, and Peter Fonda for Ulee's Gold.

I thought for sure that Fonda would be the overwhelming favorite to win the Oscar. After all, he was sweeping all the acting awards in the runup to the Academy Awards. But whoa, Fonda was only the third choice among the Vegas oddsmakers at 8-1.

Easy Rider; easy money

Are you kidding? This is the lock of the millennium. I was going to load up on Peter Fonda to win Best Actor. Easy money. A printing press. A key to Fort Knox.

But first … I'm in the media and I used to sit two desks over from Joe Leydon at the old Houston Post. Joe absolutely lived and breathed movies. These days he teaches film studies at UH and HCC and reviews movies for Variety. I trusted his knowledge of the industry. I called Joe and asked him, "Who's going to win Best Actor at the Oscars?" Like every other film critic in America, he was all over Peter Fonda's performance in Ulee's Gold. I double asked him, "Are you sure?"

Continue on CultureMap to learn how Peter Fonda inspired a Beatles song and more.

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The weekend is here and that brings us opportunity. Coming off a football week when I hit 12 straight bets in a row and cashed a personal 8 way parlay, I'm feeling like this weekend will bring us more magic.

When getting later into the season, start using motivation as a tool. As in, what were this team's expectations coming into the season and are those goals still in reach? Then find when the moment those goals are not possible and find let down spots. There is a method to the madness, search for angles.

New Plays

Coming soon

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Rockets/Wolves over 230.5 5U MAX

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Los Angeles Lakers first Q TT over 29.5 3U

Game TT over 112 5U MAX

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Washington Wizards at Minnesota TimberwolvesOver 116.5 2nd half 3U

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Brooklyn Nets at Portland Trail Blazers Over 238.5 5U MAX

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Borussia Dortmund at Bayern Munchen - Germany Bundesliga

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Be sure to check out my show MoneyLine with Josh Jordan on ESPN 97.5. We're on every Sunday from 10-noon, and we'll talk a lot of fantasy football and NFL gambling. Also, be sure to follow us @Moneyline975 on Twitter.

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