Posted: 1/9/2012 9:11:29 PM
So I went to the game at Mile High yesterday, and even though I didn’t have a wager on the game, by about the middle of the 4th
quarter I was thinking about how easily Denver will have the 8.5-pt spread covered, and Steelers
bettors may as well tear up their betting slips (and of course it turned out
to be the case). Afterwards, however, I was thinking that if you held a
ticket with Pittsburgh minus the 8.5 points you actually had a long shot
of winning your wager, even in the 4th
quarter with Pittsburgh in a big hole. I came up with a hypothetical
scenario, and want to see if anyone has an opinion on this (serious)
Assume you had a wager on the Steelers,
laying the -8.5 pts vs the Broncos. At what point during the game did
your betting ticket become irreversibly worthless?
A. A. With 13:10 left in the 4th quarter, when Prater’s field goal put the Broncos up 23-13.
B. At the instant Regulation time ended, with the score tied 23-23.
C. When the Broncos won the OT coin toss and elected to receive
D. D. When D. Thomas crossed the threshold of the end zone to officially end the game 29-23 in OT.
N E. None of the Above.
Given the “new” Playoff OT rules, I believe the
correct answer to be “C”, when the Broncos won the OT coin toss and
elected to receive. At this point, it was safe to tear up the ticket (in
other words, had the Steelers won the coin toss,
they still had an outside chance of covering the 8.5 points).