Making bets can be a dangerous game. Make the wrong one, and you could find yourself in serious debt. Make the right one, and you're instantly a rich person.
There are plenty of ways to learn how to determine what bets to make as a Miami Dolphins fan. But some individuals evidently have a much grander plan.
According to Darren Rovell, one bettor has placed a total sum of $3,400 on the Miami Dolphins not winning a single game all season long.
The Dolphins odds of going 0-16 have been set at +500, which equates to a 16.7% chance (as stated by SBD). Their best chances to pick up a win will be home games against the Redskins (Week 6), Jets (Week 9), and Bengals (Week 16).
But if those games were happening this weekend, the Miami would be sizable underdogs in each. The Jets starting QB, Sam Darnold, should be back from the mono diagnosis that is currently sidelining him. As a result, it's likely that Miami is more than a field-goal underdog in every game this season.
Nevertheless, making a bet like that belies a confidence that the Dolphins are simply so bad that there's no chance they could beat anyone in 2019. There's proof to support this, as Miami is on course to set a franchise worst in point differential. So far, they've been outscored 102-10 in the first two games, and there are no signs that will improve anytime soon.
"The thing is, I just try to keep a positive mindset through all of it." DT Christian Wilkins said on Wednesday. "The good, the bad, the ugly, I just feel like it is part of the process. Whether I have a good play, a bad play, a good game or a bad game, whether we win or we lose, it’s just all a part of the process. Just have that mindset that it’s just a part of being a pro now. I’m going to be exposed to different things I’ve never been exposed to, be a part of different things I’ve never been a part of. You just have to keep a mindset of you’re here to get better."
It's been tough on the players, hence the mass exodus of talent. Minkah Fitzpatrick, now traded to the Pittsburgh Steelers for a first round pick in 2020, made it clear he wanted to leave Miami. One could speculate it had more to do with the apparent intention to lose than his position, but it's his position that is on the record.
Will things get better in 2019? Unlikely. And GM Chris Grier seems unconcerned with the now, choosing to look at the big picture.
“We’ve talked about building this long-term with sustained success right away, and for us, we’ll be very aggressive." He said. "We’re not going to sit here on a bunch of money or anything. The plan is to build a winner here. No one likes losing. We’ve talked about building a team that’s going to win and compete for championships for a long time instead of being in this one year, and then you fall back for two or three. Again, it is a long-term vision, but we will be aggressive.”
So the future, if all goes well, will be bright. But for now, that bettor seems to be on course for a huge payday. Then again, all it takes is one win for that all to be ruined. So make sure you use discernment and do research before taking that kind of a leap of faith.
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