Great Moment in Gambling History

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We were watching the Iowa Hawkeyes play the Iowa State Cyclones yesterday at beautiful Kinnick Stadium in Iowa City. We were enjoying the game, and specifically looking at some Hawkeye linemen, both defensive and offensive, for NFL Draft purposes. What we happened to see was one of the greatest gambling moments ever. Check out a list of other recent examples below.

The line for the game had the Hawkeyes giving 13 points to the visiting Cyclones. With a 17-3 lead, and having just stopped the Cyclones on 4th and Goal, the Hawkeyes took over at their own four. After a few QB sneaks, there was about 40 seconds left and it was 4th down.

The Hawks didn’t punt though. Fearing a punt return or block, followed by an onside kick attempt, the Hawkeyes instead elected to have the punter run the ball out the back of the endzone, thus giving the Cyclones two points for a safety, and compulsive gamblers around the United States either heartache or joy.


Here are some other great ones:

  • Sasha Vujacic hitting a meaningless three to give the Lakers a 100-92 victory to cover the 7.5 point line during the 2008 playoffs.
  • Chris Duhon’s magical shot for the Dukies, drawing the game to a 79-78 finish, covering the spread against UCONN in 2004.
  • Texas A&M QB connects on a 33-yard TD reception with 5 seconds left in their 2007 game against Miami, bringing the total to 34-17, when the line was at 46.5.

What was your greatest gambling moment — good or bad?

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10 Responses to “Great Moment in Gambling History”

  1. Anonymous says:

    Cubs at Cardinals a couple weeks ago, I have the Cubs -1.5…going into the bottom of the 9th the Cubbies have a 4 – 1 lead. Kerry Wood comes in to close..the guy has been lights out, well with 1 out he gives up a double, followed by a home run. He then gets the next 2 outs for the save, Cubs win 4 – 3, but don’t cover. Arrrrrrr!

  2. Anonymous says:

    How ’bout the Mets playoff game from a few years ago? Guy hits a grand slam in extra innings when the spread was 3 – but being extra innings, only one guy scored. Sorry gamblers, game ended with a 1-run spread, not 4. EGAD!

  3. Anonymous says:

    Three years ago, in Fantasy Football finals and with first prize of $1500 on the line, I am up 1 point with 90 seconds left in the Sunday night game with the benches being the tiebreaker; and my bench is losing. Peyton Manning, who had rushed for 11 yards takes a knee twice to finish with 9 yards rushing, so I lose one point for his 10 yards rushing and finish tied, and then lose because my bench lost.

  4. Anonymous says:

    San Fran-Denver SB 23… 55-10. Cofer misses extra point. My end of game box: SF 6 and Denver 0. Lost two grand.

  5. Anonymous says:

    How about the garbage TD Illinois scored against Missouri to tie the spread at 10. I would have won $500 if they’d have just given up.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Had the Oilers +2.5 in the Frank Reich “Greatest Comeback in NFL History” game where the Oilers ended up losing by 3 after being up about 30 points.

  7. Anonymous says:

    How about yesterday Broncos go for the two and Chargers backers who had +1.5 wins.

  8. Anonymous says:

    florida gators two weeks ago 21.5 point favorites up 23-3 kicked a fieldgoal with 40 seconds left in th 4th quarter to cover 26-3 GO GATORS

  9. Cheat or Beat says:

    I remember some sort of commercial about this awhile back. Great Moments in Gambling History, “Scoring a meaningless touchdown to beat the spread”. lol

  10. Anonymous says:

    louisville vs west virginia 2005 NCAA Tourney. Game somehow goes to overtime messing up the spread for west virginia betters (they weren’t favored). Then, in ot, with the line like 7.5, and louisville up 8, with like 5 secs left. Some wvu guy goes in for an uncontested dunk, and completely misses it, giving louisville the win with the line.

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