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On Tuesday we told you the story about the unlucky bettor who missed out on winning $500,000 thanks to the Washington Redskins laying an egg against the Chicago Bears.
And I still can’t stop thinking about it.
What a brutal loss for a person who put up just 89 cents on the bet. The bet was a wild one, too – a 20-team parlay with just under a dollar placed down.
This unnamed bettor kicked off their parlay, in which you can tweak point spreads and over/unders, by winning their first two bets last Thursday night – they had the Titans and Jags going under 39 points (Jags won 20-7) and Tulane and Houston going over 31 points (they combined for 69 points).
You can’t win a parlay, of course, if you don’t win your first two bets, so they were right there in the game. All they needed were 18 more wins. Piece of cake!
Then they won three more bets on Friday night, all being college football games, and continued their perfect run on Saturday, winning 14 more college football bets.
If you bet, you know a three-team parlay is tough to hit. A 20-team parlay seems utterly ridiculous.
There this gambler was late last Saturday night, a winner of 19 straight bets and one step away from doing something nobody thought would ever be possible.
But then imagine being that person and looking down at your betting sheet to see what stood between you and $500K and you see *checks notes* that you need the Redskins to just beat the Bears on Monday night.
The Redskins! Your financial fate rested on the shoulders of one of the most embarrassing franchises in the NFL.
Plus you had to wait all the way until Monday night to watch this play out. That’s a lot of hours to think about how bad this Redskins team is at playing football. That’s a lot of hours to look at how the Redskins haven’t won a game this year. That’s a lot of hours to think about a team that has been a mess for quite some time.
I don’t know how I’d be able to eat, sleep, or drink (OK, I’d probably drink quite a bit before Monday) leading up to this game.
You plopped down 89 cents and now you could win $500K, which is a ton of money, especially for somebody who only made an 89-cent bet.
So you wait, and you wait, and you wait some more. Maybe you sit through the dreadful ESPN pregame show, thinking about the trip you’re going to take if the Redskins win. The house you might buy if the Redskins win. The student loans you might pay off if the Redskins wins.
The positive thoughts try their best to break down the negative ones. So what about Khalil Mack and the Bears’ impressive defense? You have Case Freakin Keenum and, well, you have Case Freakin Keenum, which isn’t much, and then not much else, really.
But the one thing you do have is hope. That is, until the game begins. Because it didn’t take long for the Bears to jump out to a 28-0 lead in the first half. That’s the heaviest of gut punches, but there’s still time. You can get up from this 8-count and keep pushing ahead.
Or you can turn off the game off, head to the corner of your bathroom and cry your eyes out.
I think I know what’d I’d do.
The Redskins, however, got on the board before halftime with a field goal to make it 28-3. Then they moved the ball a bit in the second half and got to within 13 points with fourth-quarter TD.
But that’s as close as they’d come as the Bears added a field goal to win 31-15.
And with that, some lucky/unlucky gambler saw their incredible run fall just short, thanks to Case Freakin Keenum, Jay Freakin Gruden, Dan Freakin Snyder, and the terrible Redskins.
Sure, you only technically lost 89 cents. And maybe you hedged your bet, throwing everything from your bank account on the Bears. But I gotta think that someone betting 89 cents wouldn’t have enough change to make the hedge all that great.
So long, $500K.
Hello again, student loans.
Thanks a lot, Redskins.
But hey, there’s always next week!
NFL Power Rankings, Week 3
Steven Ruiz is back with his weekly NFL Power Rankings and he’s wishing that there was a way that the Patriots and Chiefs could play each other in the Super Bowl because right now they’re well above everyone else.
Quick hits: Fantasy football advice… LaMelo’s stock rising… College football playoff picture… And more!
– Charles Curtis looks at 7 players you might want to keep or drop in fantasy football.
– Andrew Joseph looks at how LaMelo Ball might be playing himself into being the No. 1 pick in next year’s NBA draft.
– Michelle Martinelli looks at the college football playoff picture and has three teams the could sneak in there.
– The Dolphins are so bad that Dak Prescott was talking about Wendy’s spicy chicken nuggets in the huddle last Sunday.
– Michael Vick took an odd shot at Cam Newton’s wardrobe choices.
– Jimmie Johnson’s new puppy is awesome.
– Troy Aikman had a great response when hearing someone comparing Patrick Mahomes to him.
(Follow me on Twitter at @anezbitt. It might change your life. Just don’t tell me about your fantasy team.)