Bookies Win Millions, Bettors Lose on Bad Steelers Call

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Bookies Win Millions, Bettors Lose on Bad Steelers Call

An Estimated $64 Million Swing in Favor of Bookies 
 
Las Vegas (November 16, 2008) - The Pittsburgh Steelers were 5 point favorites over the San Diego Chargers on Sunday. As time expired, the Steelers scored a touchdown to put them up by 7, with the extra point pending. Then came a video review. The official initially announced the ruling on the field was upheld and the touchdown counted. But the officiating crew huddled again and changed the call - taking the points off the board without explanation. The game was ended with Pittsburgh the 11 to 10 winner. Pittsburgh bettors lost. After the game, the official admitted that a mistake was made, and the touchdown should have counted.

An estimated 100 million dollars was wagered worldwide on the Pittsburgh/San Diego game, according to RJ Bell of Pregame.com. Approximately 66% of that money was on the Steelers; with only 34% on the Chargers.

"If the touchdown was properly upheld, Steelers bettors would have won about 32 million dollars instead of losing big. This admittedly incorrect call resulted in a 64 million dollar swing in favor of the bookies," said RJ Bell of Pregame.com.

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  • IT IS OVER & DONE WITH ALREADY !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! GET ON W/IT !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Actually, I should have said, will Steelers bettors get revenge LOL

  • Revenge for the Chargers next week?

  • What is troubling to me is if the game was indeed over then the last TD wouldnt have mattered anyway since the Steelers would have won either way so why would the refs even go to the trouble of reviewing it when the winner or loser outcome wouldnt have changed and the game was over. Clearly Shennanigans at play.

  • I'm a card carrying skeptic and anti-conspiracy theorists. But those who've said it's the usual bs are not, I think, aware of a few things.

    1. �An estimated 100 million dollars was wagered worldwide on the Pittsburgh/San Diego game, according to RJ Bell of Pregame.com. Approximately 66% of that money was on the Steelers; with only 34% on the Chargers.

    �If the touchdown was properly upheld, Steelers bettors would have won about 32 million dollars instead of losing big. This admittedly incorrect call resulted in a 64 million dollar swing in favor of the bookies.� said RJ Bell of Pregame.com.

    2. There was a 23-1 penalty yardage disparity in the game (115 Steelers - 5 Chargers) Must be the record, or close to it. It's certainly the most penalty yardage called on the Steelers in six years.

    4. Both of the last two times Steelers touch the ball has officials calling back a Steelers touchdown (which would have matched the spread). Once clearly wrongly (see above). The other's interesting, too. How many times do the refs call a hold that�s iffy at best on the home team's winning touchdown with 30 seconds left in the game?

    5. Chargers get a touchdown via a pass interference penalty that clearly didn't happen. (The commentators point this out.) Receiver runs down the field at safety. Receiver pushes safety. Ball sails 10 yards over receiver's head.

    I don�t have to have an opinion. Just pointing out facts. Draw your own conclusions.

  • NEW YORK (TICKER) - In the wake of a bizarre finish to Sunday's game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and San Diego Chargers, the NFL on Monday said it is looking to take steps to prevent a similar officiating mistake.

    The league also issued a statement Monday to clarify the officials' incorrect ruling on final play of the game, which reversed an apparent touchdown by Pittsburgh safety Troy Polamalu in the Steelers' 11-10 victory.

    While the score would not have affected the outcome, it resulted in chaos on the field and among gamblers worldwide as the officials first ruled it a touchdown and then reversed the decision due to an illegal forward pass.

    NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said in an e-mail to PA SportsTicker that the league is having discussions "with the Competition Committee potential administrative improvements for replay that would help to prevent this type of mistake in the future.'

    On the play in question, which caused an estimated $64 million swing in winning wagers on the contest, San Diego quarterback Philip Rivers flipped a short pass to LaDainian Tomlinson, who turned and flipped a lateral to wide receiver Chris Chambers.

    Chamber then attempted to lateral backward but his errant throw bounced off the turf and was scooped up by Polamalu, who carried it into the end zone for an apparent 17-10 lead.

    However, as the teams lined up for the extra point, the replay official called for a review of the play.

    Following the initial review, referee Scott Green announced the ruling on the field stood and that the touchdown counted. However, the referees huddled again and determined that one of the laterals was an illegal forward pass, which would have ended the play and the game.

    The problem, as Green explained after the game and the NFL expounded upon in its statement, was that the officials applied the ruling to the incorrect lateral.

    "The officiating crew mistakenly determined that the backward pass that Polamalu legally recovered and returned for the touchdown was the pass that was reversed in replay to being forward and illegal,' the league said in the statement. "Therefore, the crew ruled that the ball was dead when it hit the ground and the play was over. (The actual illegal forward pass - Tomlinson to Chambers - did not hit the ground and therefore the play is allowed to continue.)

    "If the situation had been handled properly, the defense (Pittsburgh) would have declined the penalty for an illegal forward pass from Tomlinson to Chambers and taken the touchdown.'

    RJ Bell of Pregame.com, a Las Vegas-based sports information service, estimated that $100 million was bet on the contest, with approximately 66 percent of that money backing the Steelers, who were a five-point favorite.

  • Corruption is everywhere these days. Sorry but nothing is real. I am not watching any more sports. Nothing is real anymore.  Economy is crashing as the golden shoots fly.

  • Can anybody name this tune...

    Take My Touchdown Away

    By Peter St. Cyr

    Watching every motion

    It's the referee's game

    on the 100 yard field.

    The umpire knows no shame

    Fumbling and returning

    To the other side of the field.

    Watching in slow motion

    As you turn around and say

     Take the touchdown away

     Take the touchdown away

    Watching I keep waiting

    Still anticipating seven

    never hesitating

    To become the hated ones

    Punting and returning

    To the end zone on the other side of the field

    Watching in slow motion

    as you turn around and say

     Take the touchdown away

     Take the touchdown away

    Let's go the video tape

    I saw you clip away.

    When the video tape plays I call you

    foul and turn to hear you way

    It's only for the season It's unfair

    Watching in slow motion.

     Take the touchdown away

     Take the touchdown away.

  • unless, something "fishy" happens tonight....the bills should cash in imo!!

  • sure there is, but the books and casinos have so much money they make on a day, one game means nothing to them. a crooked ref maybe. but even than, he would have to be not only crooked but a moron to make THAT THE FIX. lol.

    you steelers backers need to get over it.

  • They called a holding penalty JD when Parker was running in for a TD that would have made the score 15-10, but it was definitely a legitimate call.

  • I'm sure they don't meet in a "bat cave" or anywhere else. You got me laughing my ass off now.  But, come on, Johnny. They all got to "know" each other. Tell me that there isn't someone "in the know"

  • the thing is, if you are going to fix an NFL game that is a MAIN TV GAME, you pick the last play? Or anything that is a booth review? You call an offsides or something.

    honestly, not sure how a "fix" is even debatable.

  • Am not saying VEGAS FIXED IT, but I still think that someone made that call happen to reverse that TD.  No way with the booth/ Refs this was a "BLOWN CALL"  game was OVER outcome already decided. Head Ref already signaled TD, then something happened other then CONFUSION.......