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Bad Beats

   by Ben Burns - 09/24/2008

One man’s heartbreaker is another man’s heartthrob.

But this is a column for weepers to reflect, so you were on the correct side of these wagers, you may want to count your money somewhere else.

For the rest of us, let's look at a couple of the painful memories from this past weekend.

LSU at Auburn

LSU backers may argue this wasn’t a bad beat. Like beauty, bad beats are in the eye of the beholder. But since I had a big play on Auburn in this game, I personally found it to be pretty ugly.

Auburn carried the momentum into halftime with a 14-3 lead, but found itself down 20-14 in the second half. The Tigers scored the go-ahead score with roughly six minutes remaining to make it 21-20. The clock ticked down and LSU had the ball well within field-goal range and barely over a minute remaining.

At that point, it appeared likely that they would try to kill as much clock as possible and then attempt a game-winning field goal to win 23-21.That would have suited me just fine with Auburn at +3. (The +3 was a favorable line played earlier in the week though and the majority of other Auburn backers had either +2 or +2.5.)

The dagger came on first down when Jarrett Lee threw an 18-yard TD pass and LSU would go on to miss the 2-point convert and win by five points.

Tampa Bay at Chicago

I know the Bears were a popular pick and received two different emails asking me to include this game in this week's column.

For the second straight week, the Bears took a lead into the fourth quarter. It appeared they’d learned their lesson from the previous week after blowing a late lead to Carolina and they extended that lead to 24-14 against the Bucs.

Cue the dagger.

Former Bear Brian Griese led his new team to a huge fourth-quarter comeback and the Bucs scored the game-tying touchdown with seven seconds left in regulation.

Several mistakes hurt the Bears in overtime and the Bucs came away with the 3-point victory.

Griese attempted a franchise-record 67 passes (completed 38) and threw for more than 400 yards.

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