I only make bets when I'm 99.9% sure I will win — and this is why.

I'm rarely one to make bets anyway. I by a scratch-off lottery ticket about once a year and play the Hoosier Lottery or Powerball jackpot just about as frequently, if not less. When I make a trip to Casino Aztar, which is also few and far between, I stick to penny and nickel slots. "High rolling" for me is hitting the $5.00 minimum blackjack table.

Every once in a while, my wife and I will make a bet about something only when both of us are positive we are right in our stance on whatever the subject of the bet happens to be. The payoff of these friendly wagers is usually a foot or back massage. How we maintain this rock 'n' roll lifestyle is beyond me.


Then you have Aaron Rogers. The stud quarterback for the Green Bay Packers, and big Boyz II Men fan apparently, was so sure (as any starting quarterback should be) that his team would open the 2012 season with a win over the San Francisco 49er's yesterday, that he accepted a bet made by Boyz II Men member, Nathan Morris, whom he asked to sing the national anthem at yesterday's home opener, that if they lost, he'd wear a 49er's jersey for a week.

Perhaps it was that wager that put a jinx on the Packers yesterday and resulted in their 30-22 loss against the Niner's at iconic Lambeau Field, but it was more than likely San Francisco's suffocating defense and offensive efficiency that led to the win. Either way, the end result is that Rogers, if he is man enough to pay up, must wear a Niner's  jersey everywhere he goes for a week. I'm sure an exception will be made for their Thursday night home game against the visiting Chicago Bears.

Again, I don't make bets like this (or of any kind) unless I'm super-confident that I'll win. Which doesn't always work out like I hope.

A few years ago, when I was hosting the morning show, my co-host at the time, a huge Pittsburgh Steelers fan, bet me that the Steelers would beat my Colts at an upcoming game. This was when a 12-4, 13-3 season, and a trip to the playoffs were pretty much a lock for the Colts year in and year out. The bet was very similar to the Rogers/Boyz II Men wager, the loser must wear merchandise from the winners team and stand on the corner of Highway 41 and Lincoln Avenue (where are studio was located at the time) during the show the day after the game.

As you may have guessed, it was me who found himself outside on a chilly fall morning in black and yellow, holding a sign that read something along the lines of, "I lost a bet...Go Steeler's!" Let's just say I wouldn't put it down as a career highlight.

Have you ever lost a bet and had to pay up in a humiliating way? If you're not afraid to share, tell your story in the comments below.

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