Somewhere, somehow, there has to be someone who got drunk in Vegas last spring and, for a couple laughs, put money down on Tampa Bay to win the World Series at 200-1 odds. Perhaps it was your crazy old Uncle Hector.
Well check it–that old fruit might be a friggin’ millionaire by next week. And that’s something that has Vegas concerned, to a degree:
The situation sports books are facing with the Rays is similar to 1991, when sports books lost millions of dollars on futures bets because of the Atlanta Braves and Minnesota Twins, Kornegay said. Both teams rebounded from last-place showings the year before to reach the World Series. Minnesota won the series in seven games.
“We have learned our lesson that we don’t open these teams at 500-1 until the season starts and we realize what they have and what kind of team they have,” Kornegay said. “This year, I’m going to guess it’s probably in the millions range if you accumulate all the liability across the state.”
If you’re one of the lucky ones, whether you stand to make a killing or enough for a couple rounds at Crossroads, we ask that you please remember your local dumb-ass Sox blogger. Christmas, you know, is right around the corner.