Blackjack McDowell highlights All-Gambling Team

Sat, Feb 5

So who's gonna win the big game this weekend? Which quarterback will throw for more yards? Will Christina Aguilera wear a cowboy hat at any point while singing the national anthem?

If you thought that last one was a joke, you underestimate oddsmakers' creativity on Super Bowl Sunday. (And, by the way, at least one site says you should bet "Yes" on it.)

That's all the advice you'll get here, but in honor of the biggest day in American wagering, we present the lucky seven on the All-Gambling Team. Good luck.

Reno Bertoia: When the infielder made his debut at age 18 for the 1953 Detroit Tigers, he was the sixth native of Italy to play Major League Baseball. And there hasn't been another in the nearly 50 years since Bertoia played his final game. Speaking of the Tigers, Reno, Nev., known as "the Biggest Little City in the World," was a favorite hangout of Ty Cobb.

Keno Davis: In 2008, Providence College took a bit of a risk when hiring Davis, who had been a head basketball coach for only one season at that point. But that's nothing like the odds players face when playing Keno, a numbers game in which the house can have a 35 percent edge. (The advantage in most games is less than 5 percent.)

Vegas Franklin: What happened with Vegas also happened to somebody else, specifically opposing ball carriers. He played on the defensive line for the Miami Hurricanes from 2004-07. Let's see here. He shares a name with Sin City, he grew up 35 miles from New Orleans and went to college 12 miles from South Beach. Hang around him and you're certain to have a good time.

A.C. Green: Unlike Green, the initials in his name don't stand for anything. He's just A.C. The longtime NBA forward became an outspoken advocate of abstinence and is not likely to be seen frequenting the casinos of Atlantic City. But with a name like A.C., he couldn't stay off this list.

Toby Harrah: The Harrah's casino group markets itself with the slogan "Everyone plays a part." Toby Harrah can't disagree. In a span of a few years, he had a part in two of the most infamous games in baseball history, playing in the Washington Senators' final home game in 1971 and Ten Cent Beer Night in 1974. The Senators forfeited their finale when fans stormed the field prematurely. The franchise became the Texas Rangers, who provided the opposition when the Cleveland Indians conducted the infamous discount beverage festival on June 4, 1974.

Black Jack McDowell: The 1993 American League Cy Young Award winner was stuck on 21 wins that year but had the bad sense to mess it up by throwing a four-hit complete game on Sept. 23 for his 22nd triumph.

Bob Spade: The pitcher finished his career in St. Louis, and, of course, should have been a Card. But since this was 1910 and free agency was about 65 years away, he didn't have a choice in the matter and had to settle for the Browns.