Monday, November 17, 2008
Government to NFL: bail out the casinos
I've watched the play ten times now and I still haven't seen evidence that the lateral was actually a forward pass. Remember, the officials called it a lateral on the field and there has to be conclusive evidence to the contrary to overturn a call. Watch the video above, do you see conclusive evidence? The official wouldn't have messed up an interpretation of the rules if they hadn't overturned the lateral.
This blown call will not have any effect on the NFL season (unless we somehow get into the #7 tie breaker), but did have a major impact on NFL gamblers and fantasy football players. From Peter King:
The problem is the Steelers were very heavy betting favorites in this game. One Vegas bookie said last night that $100 million was bet on this game alone, with $66 million of that bet on the Steelers. The Steelers were four-point favorites. Instead of winning 17-10 or 18-10, the Steelers won 11-10. Thus they didn't cover, much to the angst of gamblers around the United States.