That Safety on the First Play from Scrimmage at Super Bowl XLVIII Made Some Gamblers Very Rich (GIF + Pics)
Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning has a legendary work ethic and an almost superhuman memory and attention to detail. So you can be damn sure that, even after the Broncos official practices and meetings were over, he had his guys in a room going over every possible situation in preparation for yesterday’s showdown with the Seattle Seahawks at Super Bowl XLVIII.
However, as you probably know, on the game’s first play from scrimmage, center Manny Ramirez hiked the ball over Manning’s head, resulting in a safety. And I bet not even Peyton Manning saw that coming.
Actually, I know he didn’t see that coming. Take a look at the play as first seen on TV:
Now take a look at Manning’s face:
That, my friends, is a look of utter shock and disbelief—one that was probably shared by anyone who had placed a bet that the Seahawks would score a safety on the first play of the game.
That’s right. The oddsmakers in Vegas offered that scenario as one of their many kooky prop bets for Super Bowl XLVIII, and the moneyline was +4000 for it to happen. This means that if you placed a $100 bet that the Seahawks would score a safety on the first play from scrimmage, you made $4,000. And if you placed a bet that the Seahawks would not score a safety on the first play from scrimmage, well, you lost.
But did anyone actually take that bet? Well, Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban said he did—though he was a little off on the actual odds:
Judging by Cuban’s erroneous belief that he’d won $20 million on a bet that had what he though was 1,000,000/1 odds, we can assume he actually bet $20. And if that’s the case, he actually would have won $800 on that play.
But still, $800 on a $20 bet? A lot of Vegas sports books aren’t too happy with Manny Ramirez today.
Hat Tip – [For the Win]