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.

GAMBLING GUIDE

Bookie Busters: The rain man

Photo by Getty Images.
  • To make it rain; moisture condensed from the atmosphere that falls visibly in separate drops

or

To simply go into a James Harden like moment and make it "rain" but in the form of bets. The objective is still the same.

Don't mind me... I present to you the Bookie Busters. The objective here is dominating Champions League.

Here we go!

New Plays

642

‪MONTREAL IMPACT VS DEPORTIVO SAPRISSA‬

‪FH over 1 risk 3U ‬
‪Game over 3 2U‬

631 cst

‪GEORGIA @ SOUTH CAROLINA ‬

‪2nd half over 83 2U‬

550 CST

SAMFORD @ WESTERN CAROLINA

FH over 76 3U

game over 161 2U


Central Florida at Connecticut FH under 63 1U


Chattanooga at VMI Over 144 3U MAX


2/26   255 HT UPDATE

LYON VS JUVENTUSOver 2 for game 5U MAX BOMB

2/26   150 CST  

CHAMPS LEAGUE

REAL MADRID VS MANCHESTER CITY

FH over 1 5U MAX

Game over 2.5 5U MAX BOMB

2/25   550 CST

TEXAS TECH @ OKLAHOMA

FH under 64 3U

Game under 138 2U


Hornets +11.5 1U

635

KANSAS STATE @ BAYLOR (#2)

Baylor -8.5 Fh 2U

-14.5 2U

654

Mississippi at Auburn

Auburn 2nd half TT over 38.5 2U

Toledo at Central Michigan 2nd half over 83.5 1u4


Xavier 2nd half TT over 38 3U MAX BOMB

656

Parlay 1U

Xavier 2nd half Tt over 38

Baylor -14.5

Lakers over 238.5

805

MILWAUKEE BUCKS @ TORONTO RAPTORS

Toronto ML 3U 2nd half

838 CST

Parlay 1U

Lakers TT over 123

Kings FH -4

Celtics -3.5 FH


Kins Fh -4 2u

848

Parlay 2U

Alabama at Mississippi State

2nd half over 83.5
Lakers TT over 123

Alabama at Mississippi State

2nd half over 83.5 Over 3U MAX

856 CST

NC State/North Carolina Over 79½ 2nd Half

BOMB

Previous Plays

Hampton at Campbell Over 151 2U

England league one

Peterborough vs Southend

Peterborough FH ML 3U

-1.5 3U

Game over 3. 3U

Jazz / Mavs Over 217.5 3U MAX BOMB

Mavs TT over 108.5 1U

Timberwolves +9. If 8.5 buy the hook 2U

RADFORD @ WINTHROP over 141.5 2U

For any questions or comments reach me @Jerryboknowz Twitter.

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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