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Disfavor

Updated: October 24, 2008, 4:41 PM ET
By Jay Cronley | Special to ESPN.com

Anybody can bet a favorite. All it takes is money and the urge to associate.

Betting a favorite is frequently like gaining class by association. There's relief in numbers, particularly in defeat. A perk of playing a loser favorite is instant commiseration. Nobody wants to be a poor single, poor you, poor me, just having lost on a 20-1 shot. Lose by ten on a long shot, it's not poor you, it's silly you.

Poor us, that's better.

Playing an undeserving favorite often feels better ...

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