An astute freightdog is on the verge of making Wagerline.com history.
A contestant on the site, operating under the user name “freightdog”, won his 20th straight game Tuesday afternoon, leaving him just one win away from $100,000.
A victory would make freightdog just the second Wagerline.com user to take home the top prize, but the first to win the $100,000. A user known as “claudio” picked 21 straight games from Sept. 2, 2004 to Nov. 7, 2004, but the top prize then was only $10,000.
The streak belonging to freightdog is now more than two months in the making. It started with the Winthrop Eagles and Missouri St. Bears playing over the 135-point total on Feb. 16 (the Eagles won 77-66) and continued through win No. 20 on April 17, a dramatic victory that saw the San Diego Padres beat the Chicago Cubs 4-3 in 14 innings.
The first 16 wins of the streak were on college basketball, and freightdog covered the spread or beat the total by an average of 9.5 points in those games. Three games covered by three points or less, and a March 6 game between Portland State and Weber State pushed the three-point spread.
The next bet was on hockey, with the New Jersey Devils and New York Islanders playing under the 5 ½-point total. After that, an NBA game saw the Los Angeles Lakers and Sacramento Kings play 18 points over the 211-point total.
The final three bets have been on baseball, though neither of the first two were as dramatic as Tuesday's thrilling Padres win. On April 7, the Florida Marlins beat the Philadelphia Phillies, and four days later, the Baltimore Orioles and Detroit Tigers played under the 9-run total in a game that was still 0-0 after 11 innings (the Tigers won 4-1 in 12).
David Patrick was the last Wagerline member to have a shot at $100,000. He put his 20-game steak on the line on in a Sept. 30 game between the Oregon Ducks and Arizona State Sun Devils. Patrick chose the Sun Devils as a 2-point home favorite, but the game was never close. Oregon rolled out to a 31-3 third quarter lead before winning 48-13.
Common sense had many interested parties claiming Patrick must have at least partially hedged his final bet, though that has never been confirmed. Patrick banked $1,000 from Wagerline for winning 17 straight games.