In 2003, after Roger Federer won Wimbledon for the first time, a guy asked a bookie what kind of odds he’d get if he bet that Federer would win 7 Wimbledon titles. The bookie set the line at 66-1, which the guy accepted. Nine years later, the bettor is dead, but the bet isn’t, so it was paid to a charity.
Speaking of Wimbledon, as I watched ESPN’s pre-match coverage of the women’s finals with Serena Williams hitting with Agnieszka Radwanska, I realized tennis is the only sport where you warm up with your opponent. Can you imagine Tom Brady playing catch with Eli Manning before the Super Bowl?