As betting on sports continues to rise in popularity, it shouldn’t surprise anybody to hear moose sightings in the suburbs have recently increased in Massachusetts.
For those of you not familiar with the term “Moose,” it has been used for years within the sports betting world to reference a bad beat. It originated within the old school gambling forums more than 15 years ago, and has stuck ever since.
Every Monday, I will highlight the five biggest “mooses” from the weekend across all sports from my perspective (I can’t see everything). If you had the misfortune of betting on three of the five on the list, you will be inducted into the “Sports Action Moose Hall of Fame Club,” get some gear, and potentially win some cash if you are a “Pro” member on the Sports Action App.
Let’s get into the five worst beats of this past weekend.
5. Wright State/Detroit Over 154
Leading 79-73 with 20 seconds left, Wright State’s Justin Mitchell headed to the line for two free throws. Over backers simply needed two more points to at least escape with a push.
Mitchell made the first.
One more point.
Mitchell missed the second.
Panic sets in temporarily for over backers, but Justin Mitchell redeemed himself by sending Detroit’s Josh McFolley to the line with 14 seconds left.
McFolley misses the first.
The second? Doesn’t matter. Lane violation on Detroit.
Don’t worry. Detroit fouled right away.
Still just one more point.
However, Wright State missed the front end. Detroit secured the rebound and missed a three at the buzzer. 80-73 final.
4. Utah +2.5
0.6 seconds away from the window. So close, yet so far from the window.
3. Iowa State +7.5
Iowa State, which led by two at the half and by eight with 3:36 left in the second half, looked as if they would escape with a victory when Donovan Jackson, a 93.9 percent free throw shooter this season, headed to the line looking to increase Iowa State’s one-point lead. After making the first, he missed the second. Oklahoma State grabbed the board and tied it up on the other end with four seconds left. Following a crazy sequence involving a clock malfunction, the refs called for overtime after reviewing the play.
Iowa State tied the game 87-87 with 1:30 to go in the extra frame, but Oklahoma State finished on a 9-0 run to secure a 96-87 win (and 1.5 point cover). Over those final 85 seconds, Iowa State fouled five times and missed all four shot attempts.
2. Wizards -4.5
Washington led by 15 at the end of the third quarter and by double digits with under three minutes left in regulation. However, they did not hold on for a cover, as Tyreke Evans drilled a 27-foot 3-pointer as time expired to cut the Wizards five-point lead to a final margin of two.
Wizards -4.5 pic.twitter.com/UA8zaY2RrG
— The Action Network (@ActionNetworkHQ) January 6, 2018
1. Chiefs/Titans 1H Under 21.5
Leading 14-3 with under two minutes to go in the first half, Kansas City somehow managed to drive 79 yards to score a touchdown with three seconds left to push the first half total over. The Chiefs would not score another point the rest of the game.
I also need to mention the full game over 44, which stayed under by a point because the Titans failed to convert on either of their two second half two-point attempts. Additionally, Kansas City didn’t allow Derrick Henry (the king of late meaningless scores) to waltz into the endzone, which would have kept their postseason chances alive.
SMITH ➡️ ROBINSON 🔥 pic.twitter.com/O5KNX12iFn
— Kansas City Chiefs (@Chiefs) January 6, 2018