David Payne writes for Covers Experts Ben Burns.

Supposedly, it’s not over until it’s over. But, in reality, we all know that sometimes it’s over before it’s over.

That brings us to the question of the day: When is it safe to say it’s over?

When is it safe to turn the channel and chalk up a win? For instance, in football, being able to survive three scores and still cover in the fourth quarter feels pretty secure.

In hoops, being up seven with under a minute to go means you can withstand a couple of desperation 3-pointers and still win.

What about in hockey? Is a two-goal lead with a minute left safe?

And, what about baseball? Do you feel safe seven runs up in the seventh?

With last week as proof, the answer to both is no.

Let’s start on the ice, where the college boys played for it all Saturday.

Miami of Ohio, looking for its first team title in any sport, broke a 1-1 tie with favored Boston on a pair of goals in the third period.

The Redhawks held onto a 3-1 lead with just a minute left. Their fans were chanting, “Yes, we can! Yes, we can!”

No, they couldn’t.

Boston scored two goals in the final minute, including the tying tally with just 17.8 seconds to play. The Terriers, who were -245, finished the dramatic comeback with a deflected goal 11:47 into overtime.
 
Boston’s last-minute rally not only cost Miami (OH) backers, but also cost anyone who had under 5.5.

The miracle comebacks/bad beats weren’t limited to the ice. Just ask anyone who had the Braves against the Phillies Wednesday.

Leading 10-3 in the seventh, the Braves turned it over to their bullpen. Big mistake.

Four Braves relievers combined to surrender eight runs on three hits, five walks and a hit batter.

The Braves walked in four runs, including three consecutively, allowing the Phillies to take the lead.

Blaine Boyer, who took the loss, told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that it was “the worst inning I’ve seen.” Manager Bobby Cox added, “All hell broke loose.”

The Phillies, who were small favorites, eventually pulled out a 12-11 win, breaking the hearts of Braves backers everywhere.

So maybe it really isn’t over until it’s over.

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Posted by slipnslide
5 years ago

my dad just told me one about 20 years ago when UFgators were beating the garbage out of another school but the total was still under. it was about a 28point lead with 1 minute left and the away team had the ball. he said when they snapped the ball all 11of the Gators defensive players literally laid down on the ground and of course the other team scored a TD on that play to put the total over. anyone remember this? im only 24 so i didnt see it but he wouldnt lie.
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Posted by slipnslide
5 years ago

THE MOST UNACCEPTABLE ONE OF ALL TIME IS LAST YEARS POLUMALU TD AT THE END OF GAME. WHY NO TD? WHO KNOWS. I WASNT EVEN ON THIS GAME AND IT PISSES ME OFF. IT HAS TO BE A VEGAS FIX. SO STEELERS BACKERS...DID YOU GET A LOSS FOR THAT garbage? OR A NO ACTION?
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Posted by iggs111
5 years ago

correct me if Im wrong but I remember a Duke game about 3-4 years ago and I think it was Duhon who threw up like a 60 footer at the end of the game for no reason and drilled it for the cover?? Anybody remember this?
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Posted by JEG53
5 years ago

Well I was on 2 of those talked about,Pitt.and that Ind over where the foul was called on James. But the first one that came to mind was 2 seasons ago,Royals at home with Bannister pitching,was having a decent year in home games,KC puts up 10 runs in the first inning,after 5 innings it was something like a 5 run lead and at that point I was pretty sure what was going to happen. It did,the other team got to 11 in the 9th inning to win 11-10,man I was pissed.
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Posted by acutance
5 years ago

Only the Point Total is "over" when it's "over!"
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Posted by perricm
5 years ago

$1000 on Mavs at 14-1 odds to win championship in 2006. Mavs up 2-0 in the series, and up by 10 points with 5 minutes left in game 3. They went on to lose that one, and the next three. Still haven't gotten over that one.
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Posted by Thesicilian0ne
5 years ago

Sat night: 4 team parlay to win 2000. Last leg toronto bluejays -1.5 they up 5-1 going into the 9th. Leadoff walk, then a double play ball. 2 outs nobody on.... then Single-Walk-Walk. Double to left 3 runs score. Toronto holds on to win 5-4 but the damage was done 3 runs in bottom 9 with 2 outs
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Posted by paco1018
5 years ago

dont forget 2nd half sacramento line is +8 sactown up by 7 in the first half. tie game with under 10 seconds to go 24 second shot clock goes up and yet they allow finley to shoot the 3 (which he hit ofcourse) and they loose by 3 and lose the 2nd half wager
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Posted by HOLD_DAT
5 years ago

More recently, Dallas / New Orleans on SUnday, total is 193.5. New Orleans up 100 - 92 with the ball under 5 seconds left, Butler from New Orleans scores a meaningless layup as Dallas walks off the floor to put the total over....
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Posted by wmtitan30
5 years ago

3 years ago i had the under in the florida auburn game. 5 seconds left, florida was losing with the ball on their own 20. they do the lateral play and fumble... auburn picks it up and runs in for a TD to go over... unbelievable. this year in the cavs pacers game in feb. i had the over.. it was tied at 95 with under a second left.. indiana tried to inbound and alley oop.. they called a foul on lebron and they made a free throw and won in regulation.. its all fixed
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Posted by easypicks1
5 years ago

2 years ago, the knicks were receiving 7.5 on homecourt against the spurs so I jumped on it. Knicks lead by 14 at half and 8 after the 3rd. Spurs tie the game on Finlay's 3 with 1.4 seconds left. Spurs win in overtime 12-4. Also this year in NFL. Steelers -5.5 over the chargers, last second TD by Troy. Refs review and call it a TD, then all of a sudden the game is over 11-10????
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Posted by slipnslide
5 years ago

2or3 yrs ago. I dont remember the point total but I had $2000 on a pistons/cavs under (im a $100/game bettor so this was a huge play for me). Pistons had at least a 4pt. lead and the ball with only 1.2secs left inbounding from their own baseline and i have 2.5 points to spare for the win so i can survive a foul and 2 made shots. Inbound all the way to half court to Billups who is completely uncovered--clock suspiciously starts about half second late--NO attempt to contest the shot is made--he somehow has time to take a dribble set his feet and square to the basket and gets to about 4 ft. shy of the 3 line before draining a meaningless 3 to push the game over. No official review on the shot. I crumple on floor.
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Posted by drluc
5 years ago

July 28 '06...Ross Gload of the white sox the biggest choke in the majors dropped a grand slam against the O's in Camden yards in the top of the ninth to win it 6-2...i had the O's for a nickel at -1.5 also had a grand on the Mav's when they blew a 27 point lead IN THE 4th QUARTER to the Lakers on Dec. 19 '02.....still hurts to think about it..
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Posted by dub831
5 years ago

i know all of us long term betters all endure our share of tough beats, but me personally would like to share with you the two worst beats that i have endured. i was an unlucky better on the tampa rays last year in the world series when the game was tied 2-2 an was delayed overnight an all phillies backers paid out, the other worst beat i had was this past NFL football season i had the texans an jaguars under 48.5 with 4 mins to go an there was 4 touchdowns in 4 minutes, it was unbelievable..kind of funny though that as much time an effort goes into this..in sports the unthinkable always can happen an thats why we all love it.
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Posted by dub831
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"i know all of us long term betters all endure our share of tough beats, but me personally would like to share with you the two worst beats that i have endured. i was an unlucky better on the tampa rays last year in the world series when the game was ..."