The title of this post is the record "Hammerin'" Hank Greenberg put up last year on his picks for professional football games over at ESPN. I was prompted to check it out since while I was on the dreadmill today, Hank came on and gave his picks (against the spread, as always). I think they said he is 3-4 this year so far against the spread.
Sports networks try to avoid talking about gambling and the spread and things of this nature, but they are sort of foced to since it is such a big part of the game for many, many people. Giving five minutes per morning to Hank is maybe a tip of the hat to the degenerate gamblers who actually know what he is talking about when he is making his picks.
But more importantly, lets look at that 59-50-3 record from last year. Imagine, all this guy does for a living is try to pick the winner against the spread and he does it at a 54% clip (at least that is what he did for ESPN, but who knows what he did on a personal level).
Not a bad living if you can muster it. But...
If you factor in the juice that most bookies/casinos charge, you must win 52.4% of the time to break even. It is extremely rare that anyone can pull off anything even close to 60% of correct picks, which shows you how hard it would be to make a living at sports betting. And that is why most people need real jobs.