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41 percent of students say they participate in bets

With 24 seconds left in the fourth its 64 to 63 in the semi finals of the Kentucky v.s. Wisconsin game and Kentucky is in full comeback mode and is looking one step closer to an undefeated season.

“I jumped to my feet, I was ecstatic,” sophomore Kyler Koetter said. “I knew that there was no way Kentucky could lose now. I was convinced that Kentucky won the game and I won 20 bucks. All seemed good.”

But in those last 24 seconds the Wisconsin Badgers went seven for eight at the line to give the Badgers a 71 to 64 win over Kentucky.

“They were supposed to be unbeatable,” Kyler said. “Just seven points short of the Championship. I was broken hearted. It was hard enough watching them lose but giving up $20 along with that was torture.”

The Dallas Cowboys traveled to Green Bay for the divisional playoff game in January with a road record of 8-0.

“This was our year,” sophomore Matthew Ozment said. “The Cowboys were dominant on the road all year long. The Cowboys had the momentum from just beating out the Lions the game before. All odds were in our favor. There was no way we’d lose. I was so confident I placed a bet for 50 bucks.”

The Cowboys had a 14 point lead going into halftime and maintained that lead until 9:10 left in the fourth quarter. Green Bay scored, putting the score to 21-26. With four minutes left in the game, the Cowboys needed to get the first down to have a chance at winning. Romo throws it up to Bryant to get the first down and succesfully moved the ball to the one-yard line.

“I went from sitting on the couch in fear to jumping up to my feet with excitement.” Matthew said. “I was pumped. I got the money from my friend and couldn’t wait for the Championship.”

But then the catch was reviewed and went down to be known as one of the most controversial calls in sports history. It was reversed and labeled as incomplete. Green Bay won.

“I was in disbelief on the call being reversed.” Matthew said. “I couldn’t believe it, I didn’t want to believe it. I was waiting to be woken up and told it was all a dream. With the $50 still in my hand my friend took it back, and I sat back down on the couch in anger.”

A survey shows that 41 percent of Rider High School students place bets against friends and family over big sporting events. May 1st was one of the biggest days in sports history. One of the bigger events going on that day was the Mayweather-Pacquiao fight. It was considered to be the ‘fight of the century’. Coming into the fight, Manny Pacquiao had a record of 57-5. He was taking on the Undefeated Reigning Champ Floyd Mayweather who had a record of 47 -0.

“I knew Mayweather could win this fight no problem,” sophomore Jakob Glover said. “Pacquiao was too old to take on Mayweather.”

Jakob was right as Mayweather ended up walking away with the win, increasing his record to 48-0.    “It may not of been the fight of the century, but it was the easiest ten bucks I’ve ever made” Jakob said. “Placing bets are all fun and games, as long as you win.”