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Best bet of Super Bowl Sunday

If I was going to start betting on sports, this is exactly how I’d do it.

According to offshore bookmaker Bovada, one gambler put down $2 on an extraordinarily improbable parlay and walked away with $1,131.58.

The bettor, identified only as Nate, bet at odds of +2,000 that there wouldn’t be a single touchdown in the first half of the Super Bowl and at +2,599 that Tom Brady’s first pass of the game would be picked off. Parlayed together, he got odds of +56,579.

So when that exact scenario played out, Nate won $1,131.58. From betting the change in his pocket. 

I said I’d make this kind of bet, but I’d never actually make this bet. I never would have believed that the game could be a defensive struggle. I definitely would have bet on Brady to throw a pick, though, since I was rooting for that to happen anyway. 

Very, very spicy gossip from Windhorst

Brian Windhorst is basically saying the Pelicans had no intention of trading Anthony Davis to the Lakers and decided to string L.A. along as revenge for tampering with Davis. And the result is everyone on the Lakers got freaked out that they were going to be traded and now the team is in total disarray. Brilliant move. 

Five putts, almost $9,000

You’re not supposed to be able to hit five putts in a row from increasing distances on a rug that spends all of its time rolled up in the bowels of the arena, but this Jazz fan managed to read the breaks in the old astroturf and walk away with $8,850. Even the crowd noise didn’t bother him.

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