When The Bucs Bust Your Bets

September 11th, 2018

“Michael, come up with the cash for your Saints beatdown tonight. Don’t make us show up at your son’s Little League game.”

Joe was wondering Sunday when the Bucs were up 24 late in their season opener at New Orleans, just how many thousands of folks had their suicide pools blown up in their faces before 5 p.m. on the opening Sunday of the NFL season.

The crushed a lot of people’s hopes and dreams.

It reminded Joe of a friend from Pittsburgh who called Joe up in the press box in the fourth quarter of Josh Freeman’s first home game, an upset over the Packers. Joe’s friend had the Packers in some kind of parlay where if the heavily-favored Packers won, Joe’s buddy would have cashed a $2,400 ticket.

Not a shock that Joe’s friend was about to jump out a window over the Bucs beating the Packers that afternoon.

Well, take Mike Francesa, the pope of New York sports radio heard on WFAN-AM 660. He apparently took to the airwaves of Gotham last week and told folks to mortgage their houses on the Saints. As we know, such a bet didn’t turn out very well.

Apparently, Francesa was getting crushed by callers and Francesa tried to wave off his bad advice by saying he was happy for Bucs backup quarterback and Jets castoff Ryan Fitzpatrick.

Francesa, if you watch the video below, couldn’t believe the Saints lost to a five-win team (didn’t they lose to the same five-win team last December?).

Joe has to confess to be a casual gambler — there was a gentleman at the Bourbon Street Takeover on Saturday who was both offended and angered when Joe mentioned he rarely places more than $10 on the table per game. All but called Joe a loser.

Hey, Joe’s willing to bet big-time money any day so long as those who call Joe cheap or lame are willing to bankroll Joe’s bets without any strings attached.

24 Responses to “When The Bucs Bust Your Bets”

  1. ATrain Says:

    Any Given Sunday

  2. Loyaltotheend Says:

    Educated fans saw the signs

    -Fitz has never had this many weapons on any team before
    – Saints D got lit up in the playoff game against the Vikes and did little to improve the d
    -Division rivals know each other so a 10 Point spread was too high
    – Saints were missing the balance on offense that Ingram gave them

    Media doesn’t do their homework they just seek info to back up their opinions. This fan was not shocked the Bucs won

  3. Phil Says:

    I picked the Ravens in my suicide pool. The guy I work with daughter in law picked the Saints and I told him that wasn’t a good idea but she made the pick anyway. Oh well one less person to worry about in the pool.

  4. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Many scoff at the win vs New Orleans in our last game last year…..but it was very important for this Buc team to know they can beat the Saints…..add that to winning the openers away and you have a prescription for victory.

    I do agree that we should not have deferred to Brees……never give him the ball….and when you are forced to….delay it if you can.

    That was surely a gameplan/Koetter decision……and Monken took it from there.

    The way the Bucs played offense will cause teams nightmares in trying to plan against it.

  5. Not there yet Says:

    didn’t they lose to the same five-win team last December?

    You’ve been saying that same thing all summer long… We’ve listened to you talk about how bad last year’s team was even with all the new pieces and changes now today after a win trying to state invite common sense that you can’t judge a team based on the previous year otherwise what is the draft for but I guess your writing the articles so you can act as if you weren’t thinking the same way.

  6. Godeep66 Says:

    I am in a survivor pool with 125 others. 61 of them were eliminated With the New Orleans pic. Another seven or eliminated by picking Pittsburgh. This weeks survivor pick of the week in Los Angeles chargers over the Buffalo Bills. All the other games look to be very competitive

  7. Godeep66 Says:

    I am in a survivor pool with 125 others. 61 of them were eliminated With the New Orleans pic. Another seven or eliminated by picking Pittsburgh. This weeks survivor pick of the week in Los Angeles chargers over the Buffalo Bills. All the other games look to be very competitive.

  8. Godeep66 Says:


  9. Buccfan37 Says:

    Lmao at these losers thinking New Orleans was going to pummel the Bucs.

  10. Ludicrous Speed Says:

    … echo… echo… Pinch hitting for Pedro Borbon… Manny Mota… Mota… Mota…

  11. VaTom Says:

    I bet for the first time on any sport at Bovada.com. Small time. I put $75 total down on Sundays game. It was stupid but it was money that I could lose without feeling it. I put $50 theyd win and $25 they cover the spread. I figured the “cover” bet was kinda insurance if it was a close but no cigar day. I won $185 I believe. When I found out Grimes was out I felt pretty hopeless about the bets. I don’t know if I’ll bet again. But it was pretty fun to know that the sports books were gonna pay on those odds. Like at least they were going to have to rethink that lack of respect.

  12. NJBucsFan Says:

    I love it…the Bucs knocked 75% of my survivor pool. All Eagles fans, so they may knock out the rest this up coming week. Never Never Never pick a divisional game in survivor pools if other options are available or it is against the Buffalo Bills.

  13. stpetebucsfan Says:


    As the son of a bookie let me commend your attitude on gambling.

    It should be fun and not ulcer inducing. Whenever I go to the track I budget enough money to bet every race and the daily double….if I’m going to play blackjack I have a fixed budget in mind as well.

    I view these budgets as entertainment money….could spend it on a play or concert or hockey game…sometimes I choose to spend it on gambling for pleasure.

  14. Casey Morgan Says:

    I not only bet on the Bucs +9, I put some on the Moneyline for Bucs to win outright. That paid 3.8 times my bet…

  15. Joe Says:


    Joe’s old man told him that those pretty buildings in Las Vegas were not built on people getting over on the house. Joe has been to Vegas several times and have only wagered on sports and even at that, no more than $10 a bet. Just how Joe rolls. Have never laid a dime on the table for poker, craps, slots or roulette (though an NFL general manager gave Joe two color/number schemes that he swears is easy money).

    If that offends people, too damn bad. Not their money.

  16. unbelievable Says:

    Craps is easy money, especially at a lively table. Best odds to win out of any casino game.

    There are some good color / number techniques on roulette as well that let you kind of hedge your bets. Easy too.

    Those are the only 2 games I’ll play in Vegas. Maybe a hand of blackjack if I’m really feeling it, but I’ve never done well on blackjack.

  17. stpetebucsfan Says:


    You are like my old man always looking for the odds. No doubt what Joe says is true about the house always having the edge but as you suggest they have the least edge in craps.

    Again I guess I’m negative about my gambling prowess…always figuring the house is going to get my money I simply view the cash not as a loss but as money spent having fun.

    I like the action at the crap table but I feel more in “control of my destiny” delusional eh…when I play blackjack. Mostly I can stretch my losses and play longer. LOL

  18. Trench War Says:

    Using Joe’s advice I made those bets on Bovada.com on P.Barber and Djax. It was just too sweet to pass up. Thanks for the heads-up Joe

  19. Rod Munch Says:

    I had the Lions in my knockout league… I mean how can the Lions lose at home against a Jets team starting a rookie QB? 15 seconds into the game I felt great about that pick.

    Oh well, there’s always next year.

  20. BuccoDav Says:

    I agree with you, StPete. I view gambling as entertainment. I never play more than I am willing to lose. If I lose it, I’m done.
    I was on a cruise recently, playing craps. A guy at the table was betting $1000-$1500 a pop. The table wasn’t doing great. Another guy said, “oh, it’s just for fun” when he lost. The first guy snapped at him “you think this is fun? It’s not fun losing like this!” I was thinking, that’s why I don’t bet that way. If it’s not fun, why are you playing. I guess all addictions are a bit$h!

  21. Miguel Grande Says:

    Once I bet about $20 on a Pick Six gimmick where you had to pick the winner of 6 consecutive horse races. After winning the first 4, I was sick to my stomach.

    With about $75,000 on the line, I thought I was developing an ulcer after winning the 5th.

    When my horse came in 2nd in the 6th race I was heartbroken but relieved that my health had returned.

    Gambling is bad for your health.

  22. Dapostman Says:

    What I’ve learned about gambling on the NFL is when you get a division dog early in the season take da points. These teams all know each other and no one knows from last year to the first few games this year how a team is going to play. You think you know but you don’t really know. Take da points!

  23. BUC IT Says:

    Yeah about half of my suicide pool went out! lol. I took Baltimore.

  24. Crystal Says:

    [Now, now. He is a friend of Friends of Joe — Joe]