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Guy misses out on $100,000 because he forgot to save his final bracket

Think you were having a bad day or week? I’m sure it was nothing compared to what Corey Johnson was going through.

Johnson, 28, picked one of the best brackets among all entrants on Yahoo! Sports. Even though nobody won the Perfect Bracket Challenge — no surprise — Yahoo! was still going to give away $100,000 to the top 20 brackets.

Entering Monday’s title game, Johnson was tied for fourth among all entrants. That’s impressive. He had 11 of the Sweet 16 teams, three Final Four teams and correctly predicted UConn and Kentucky would reach the title game.

Corey Johnson bracket

Prior to the game, Johnson said he had UConn winning it all but, because of some error, his pick didn’t save on Yahoo! That means he had one of the best brackets in the world, but a computer error kept him from winning $100,000.

Johnson joked to Deadspin that he would be watching the game “from a rope hanging from a tree” after his blunder, but we don’t think he should be so hard on himself. In fact, we think Yahoo! should make it up to him, especially since he correctly picked the title game before it was played.

I posted my brackets on LBS days before the NCAA Tournament began, so it was obvious I had completed my picks. But when I went to check the standings, I had a zero score. Yahoo! didn’t save my picks, possibly because I didn’t fill out the final score. It was a crappy and lame technicality, especially since I filled everything else out.

Yahoo! should apologize to the kid, who says he clicked UConn and hit save. Their system really was screwy this year.

And how hard is that going to be to get over? Ouch.

Pro Bowl ended with a bad beat for gamblers

Antonio-Cromartie-Pro-BowlThe only way that anyone could possibly have a rooting interest in the Pro Bowl is if you gambled on the game. Otherwise, it is known for being one of the most meaningless and boring sporting events of the calendar year. For those who did place a wager on Sunday night’s game, the ending was incredibly nerve-wracking.

Team Rice entered the game as a 1.5-point favorite over Team Sanders. The final score of the game was 22-21 in favor of Rice’s team, but should they have actually won by more?

With just seconds remaining, Baltimore Ravens kicker Justin Tucker attempted a 67-yard field goal that would have given Team Sanders the win. The kick came up short and Team Rice’s Antonio Cromartie fielded it in the end zone. Players and coaches began flooding the field after Tucker missed the kick, but Cromartie decided to weave through the crowd and return the kick the other way.

Technically, the ball was still live. Terrell Suggs chased after Cromartie but was unable to catch him before he reached the end zone. Cromartie’s field goal return should have given Team Rice another six points and been enough to cover the spread, but the score did not count for whatever reason.

As Shutdown Corner noted, 60 percent of the Pro Bowl gambling money was placed on Team Rice. Team Sanders wound up covering the spread after Cromartie’s touchdown was not acknowledged. A gambling controversy surrounding the Pro Bowl? Now we have seen it all.

Brent Musburger shouts out gamblers after Ohio State covers spread on miracle touchdown

Ohio State covered the spread against Northwestern on Saturday night in Evanston on a miracle touchdown on the last play of the game, making for one of the most memorable bad beats in sports betting history. And of course the most point spread savvy broadcaster in the business (save for Al Michaels), Brent Musburger, was there to call it all. Naturally, Musburger gave a shoutout to all the gamblers who won or lost on the fluke play.

Let’s set the scene for what took place.

Northwestern was down 34-30 and had the ball at their 8-yard line for a 3rd and 18 with five seconds left. They essentially had one last play to try scoring a touchdown to give them the win. They decided to run a hook and lateral play, but it was busted up by the Buckeyes and the ball ended up loose after a few attempted laterals. The Buckeyes dove for the ball in the end zone and recovered with no time left on the clock to give them a touchdown and a 40-30 victory.

Ohio State was favored by anywhere from 6-7 points at most books, so the last-second defensive touchdown gave them the cover.

“And you know what? There are some folks who are celebrating and others who are saying ‘you’ve got to be kidding me,’” Musburger said immediately.

“There are some numbers crunchers … oh ho ho,” Musburger said with a laugh.

“Oh my goodness. Oh my goodness,” he said in disbelief.

Kirk Herbstreit knew what Musburger was talking about, but he avoided the subject. Brent was all over it.

According to RJ Bell of Pregame.com, 80 percent of bets were on Ohio State for the game, so that touchdown turned a ton of losers into winners. If you’re an LBS fan, hopefully you were on the winning side.

And if you liked that video, you’ll love this one from Al Michaels two years ago.

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USC fails to cover after giving up late touchdown to Hawaii

lane-kiffinUSC got its 2013 season off to a good start with a win over Hawaii on Thursday night, but they left some gamblers unhappy. A lot of money went on the Trojans to cover a spread that was anywhere in the range of 22 to 24 points and they failed to do so. Was covering on Lane Kiffin’s mind?

USC led 23-5 with a minute left and was still trying to score a touchdown. Rather than burn out the remainder of the clock, the Trojans seemed adamant about adding to their 18-point lead. There has been some speculation that they were attempting to cover the spread for any alumni who bet on them, and it appeared they were going to do just that when they scored on a Justin Davis run with 42 seconds left in the game.

The late touchdown gave USC a 30-5 lead. However, the Trojans’ defense failed to do its part and allowed Hawaii to score on a 60-yard touchdown pass on the ensuing possession with 30 seconds remaining. Final score: USC 30, Hawaii 13.

And with that, we already have our first bad beat of the college football season. We have featured plenty of unlucky gambling losses in the past and will have many more in the future. Buckle up.

Duke disaster leads to Cincinnati covering spread in all-time bad beat

kick-nutsWe here at LBS don’t pretend like any of you were actually watching the BELK BOWL — whatever the hell that is — because you actually care about Duke or Cincinnati football. We know the real reason anyone watched the game was for the same reason — they had something riding on it. And those who had a little dough on Duke had to endure one of the worst bad beats of the football season.

As far as covers went, Duke was a lock. Not only did they start off the game up 16-0, but the game was tied at 34 with 1:32 left. Duke was getting either 9 or 9.5 points in most sportsbooks when the line closed. They were a lock. Game over, Duke covers.

That was until some incredibly bad luck struck.

Duke was driving and had the ball second-and-goal at the Cincinnati five. Not only were they going to cover, but they were about to win the game outright. That’s when Duke running back Josh Snead lost a fumble to give Cincinnati the ball at the six. Four plays later, Cincinnati threw an 83-yard touchdown pass to make it 41-34.

Even though Duke was suddenly trailing, at least they were still covering. Not so fast, my friends!

Duke completed a pass and got a penalty, so they had the ball at the Cincinnati 40 following the touchdown. They still had a shot to tie the game. That’s when Cincinnati’s defense clobbered quarterback Sean Renfree, whose pass was intercepted and returned for a touchdown.

Duke went from driving for the win to losing 48-34 in one minute and 18 seconds. That, my friends, is an all-time bad beat.

Bad beats: Fantasy owners who lost on Packers-Seahawks Hail Mary

You didn’t think that sports bettors were the only ones who lost big on the botched call to end “Monday Night Football” between the Packers and Seahawks, did you? Of course not. There are plenty of stories of fantasy owners who were affected by the brutal call. We have the tales of some of those bad beats below.

Andrew Geiger lost his fantasy matchup by 1.84 points thanks to the bad call. Not only did he lose points when the Packers’ defensive points allowed went from 7 to 14, but he also lost on the yards gained on the final play. Double whammy!

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Blown call costs gamblers $150 million-plus, Sportsbook.com refunds Packers bets (UPDATE)

UPDATE: Deadspin pointed out that the website Sportsbook actually runs two separate sites — one that services the United States and another that services the rest of the world. Conveniently enough, bets are only being refunded through the site that Americans do not use.

Losing a wager because of a Hail Mary is a tough enough pill to swallow without the replacement officials making it even harder. The Packers were 3.5-point favorites at most major sports books and on most gambling websites Monday night. Green Bay had the spread covered until Golden Tate’s phantom reception won the game for Seattle, and ESPN’s Darren Rovell reported that the blown call shifted at least $150 million in wagers worldwide. After refunding all lost Packers bets, the gambling website Sportsbook.com can no longer be included in that figure.

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