Las Vegas Placing Bets on Harbaugh and Schwartz

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Las Vegas Placing Bets on Harbaugh and Schwartz
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Friday, ESPN reported Las Vegas-based gambling website Bovada is taking bets on whether San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh and Detroit Lions head coach Jim Schwartz will bury the hatchet after Sunday night's game in San Francisco.

From ESPN:

Bovada, as part of its NFL Player Props, believes the two will either shake hands or hug after the game. As of 11 p.m. ET Friday night, the line was minus-500 that they do and plus-300 that they don't.

Per Bovada’s NFL Player Props, the handshake or hug must be clearly seen on TV for the bet to be valid.

The conflict between Harbaugh and Schwartz is well-documented. Neither field general likes each other very much.

Add to the fact both football teams are primed to take that next step forward this year, and this game becomes more important.

But here is what I do not understand.

Why the hug?

Was a handshake not good enough?

Someone please explain this to me. Perhaps the chuckling fly on the wall in Bovada’s executive offices can explain this seemingly metrosexual part of this bet to me in English (because English is the universal language of flies).

What if Harbaugh and Schwartz shake hands AND hug. How many people would feel ripped off? 

Gamblers kicking themselves—they could have doubled their money.

More intriguing, what if Harbaugh skips the handshake and hug altogether and places his hand on the small of Schwartz’s back? Halt all deals at every table.

I would hate to see if these two kissed and made up.

I can see the YouTube videos now, Harbaugh and Schwartz shaking hands at midfield to the following lyrics.

Carly Rae Jepsen knows them well:

It’s hard to look right at you baby. But here's my number, so call me maybe.

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