Associated Press

There were some pretty sad-looking people cycling out of central London after Mark Cavendish failed in his bid to win the men's road race.

But at least one group of Brits must be grinning from ear to ear Saturday: the bookmakers.

I bet (sorry) they took a lot of cash on the misfiring Manx Missile. They must surely have cleaned up Friday night when opening ceremony director Danny Boyle picked seven unknown young athletes to light the Olympic cauldron instead of heavily favored four-minute-miler Roger Bannister.

— Mike Corder — Twitter http://twitter.com/mikecorder


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