Let me start by saying this: You have to be an absolute idiot to put $1000 down on a prop bet that calls for the first play of any football game—no less the Super Bowl!—to be a safety. Like, seriously. You have to have absolutely no regard for your bank account. If you're looking to spend the rest of your life eating Ramen noodles and wearing sneakers with holes in them, you bet on the old "first score will be a safety" prop. It's a surefire way to go broke.

Except, well, when it's not. And last night, it suddenly turned into the smartest bet in the building when a guy named Benjamin Lyons sent out a TwitPic indicating that his friend Jona Rechnitz had actually been stupid enough to put $1000—yes, one thousand dollars—down on a Giants safety being the first score of Super Bowl XLVI. And, wouldn't you know, that lucky SOB hit when Tom Brady got flagged for intentional grounding in the end zone during the first quarter. With 50/1 odds, that means he's now $50,000 richer.

Sigh. Sounds like sometimes it pays to be an absolute idiot, huh?

[via Business Insider]

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