SportsGunner: Because there aren't enough things to do online

Bet on your favorite teams, sort of.

There's nothing more exciting than watching someone else do something, unless it's betting on someone else doing something. Writing about betting on someone else doing something also brings great satisfaction, but you'll have to take my word for that.

SportsGunner.com combines the thrill of betting on your favorite sports teams with the nuance and carnage of playing the stock market. It's all in fun, but so were the Iowa Straw Polls. SportsGunner could grow huge and explode into the next Twitter or possibly flame out and slump onto the digital trash heap of unfulfilled web site dreams.

Instead of actually playing sports, this innovative site lets you buy and sell virtual shares in major league teams from football, baseball, basketball, and (no lie) soccer. Pseudo-amateur sports such as NCAA basketball and NCAA football can also be played like the stock market. It's all fun and games until The Duke Blue Devils are subpoenaed for insider trading.

Signing up is easy and free. No credit card is required.
Signing up is easy and free. No credit card is required. | Source
There are more leagues listed at the top of the screen than listed in the drop-down box.
There are more leagues listed at the top of the screen than listed in the drop-down box.
These teams will become the object of my affection. Don't ask why.
These teams will become the object of my affection. Don't ask why.

Getting Started is easy and free

We signed up. We created an account in only a few minutes. The site requires a current email address, but no other information is validated. We were asked to provide a name, city, and zip code, but SportsGunner operates on the honor system.

After validating our email address, we were offered an opportunity to select three favorite teams from pro baseball, pro football, and college football. We selected one of each. The team lists appear to be comprehensive. Pro baseball and football are relatively limited, but the NCAA football census encompasses more teams than any normal person would ever care to care about. We selected the Tulane Green Wave because they are the answer to a classic sports trivia question: name a college team name that doesn't end in 's.'


Join the I Hate Duke Club. Membership: everyone.
Join the I Hate Duke Club. Membership: everyone.
Pick the outcome of the next game.
Pick the outcome of the next game.
Assign a confidence level to the pick.
Assign a confidence level to the pick.

What teams do you love to hate?

This site also endorses betting against specific teams. On Wall Street, we call that 'going short' or 'shorting.' SportsGunner.com let us choose from the galaxy of NCAA football teams. We picked 2 teams with oddly endearing names and also Duke because, well, everybody hates Duke. I think that's a state law.

Next, we selected one team from our list of six. The list did not differentiate between preferred teams and disdained teams: SportsGunner embraces diversity. We chose our NFL team, Pittsburgh. We were then asked to 'pick' the next game on the Pittsburgh schedule. We clicked on "Up", ostensibly to indicate that we favored Pittsburgh in that game. The next window required a level of confidence to be assigned to the pick. Each level has assigned to it a number of shares. Where the shares came from, we're not sure. In order to transact shares on Wall Street, a buyer and a seller must exist simultaneously. We don't know if we were a buyer or a seller.

Getting something for nothing: a free upgrade to play with unlimited teams.
Getting something for nothing: a free upgrade to play with unlimited teams.

Free Stuff

SportsGunner initially staked us to only 6 teams, but a few simple clicks rewarded us with an upgrade. We leaped into the upper stratosphere of free online sports fantasy betting: the site now permits us to bet on every team every day.

We didn't ask for friends, but SportsGunner made a match.
We didn't ask for friends, but SportsGunner made a match.

We requested friends, except we didn't

We all need to get out a little more. Sitting in front of the flat screen monitor for days at a time may tend to reduce social skills and possibly trigger some level of agoraphobia. Participants in free online fantasy sports games could lean to the reclusive side, but SportsGunner aims to rectify that problem.

In our email inbox appeared a plethora of friend request confirmations. That's wonderful, but we made no friend requests. None at all. We asked no other SportsGunner aficionados to befriend us. We discussed with no one our foray into the murky world of free online sports fantasy games.

Additional credits can be purchased.
Additional credits can be purchased.

SportsGunner is free, except when it's not.

SportsGunner.com is not a betting site. No players actually own shares in any professional or amateur teams. Transactions take place using 'credits', not real money or physical gold. On the other hand, those of us who absolutely insist on spending money will find themselves accommodated by the site. Credits can be purchased with PayPal or credit card.

New accounts are staked to 10,000 free credits in order to get the betting juices flowing. Our initial play cost us 660 credits. We look forward to squandering the remaining 9340 credits on betting against Duke. That should be almost as satisfying as going outside to play.

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drbj 5 years ago from south Florida

hi, nicomp, Nuance and Carnage? Didn't they play for the Red Sox?


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nicomp 5 years ago from Ohio, USA Author

@drbj: Don't you remember that famous double-play combination of Nuance to Carnage to Pestilence?


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psychicdog.net 5 years ago

betting juices - possibly epinephrine otherwise known as adrenaline - which can turn us into adrenaline junkies! This term was popularized in film Point Break and describing those who get hooked on dangerous sports.


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nicomp 5 years ago from Ohio, USA Author

Some guy on Twitter linked to me: https://twitter.com/#!/charbrew

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