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'Bad' NFL call causes trouble for sports books

Nov 18, 2008 5:02 PM

Vaccaro’s View by Jimmy Vaccaro |

Scott Green’s name won’t be remembered as long as disgraced NBA official Tim Donaghy, but he’ll make the Top 5 for sometime to come in the gambling business.

Thanks to Green, the head linesman for the Chargers-Steelers last play fiasco, we paid out our share of parlay card winners, but in most cases the books won. We actually got two breaks as the holding penalty on Willie Parker was questionable at best just a few plays earlier.

I saw a poll on FOX NFL of which from the 46,160 people that responded, 34 percent said pay Chargers tickets, 17 percent said pay Steelers and 49 percent said to refund all bets. My thought to all 46,160 is to find something better to do with your time.

The result is part and parcel to our business if you are receiving or accepting the bet. Go back to how Game 5 of the rain-suspended World Series was interpreted. How about the Robin Ventura no grand slam in 1999 or the Music City Miracle in Tennessee which Buffalo followers still can’t believe.

Go back to the Immaculate Reception where Franco Harris caught a last-play pass in mid-air off a deflection to beat Oakland. By the way, I had the Raiders and got broke with the call.

So just mark it up as a part of sports gambling. By the way, with the score 10-8 San Diego, someone tell Norv Turner that he should have let the Steelers score and take your chances in the final minute. Norv’s decision was as bad as Green’s.