During the BCS National Championship on Monday night, it looked like Auburn alum Mark Skiba was sitting on a winning ticket. Before the 2013 college football season started, Skiba put $100 on his Tigers to win the BCS title at 500/1 odds. The ticket was set to win him $50,000 if Auburn could defeat Florida State. So last night, he was in Las Vegas watching the game here:
Tonight's living room... pic.twitter.com/Mi7KXl5stE— Mark Skiba (@markjskiba) January 7, 2014
However, the night did not go as planned for him. As you no doubt know by now, Auburn jumped out to a 21-3 lead on Florida State in the first half. But they eventually lost to the Seminoles 34-31 thanks to a crazy Jameis Winston jump pass that sealed the game at the end. It was one of the best BCS National Championships ever. That is, unless you're Skiba. Skiba did manage to take home $2000, thanks to a bet that he put in during the game:
One last thing - I caught FSU at Even money early in the game for $2K. So that should make some of you feel better— Mark Skiba (@markjskiba) January 7, 2014
But no matter how you slice it, he missed out on winning $50K last night due to Auburn's porous defense. And Twitter responded by…well, being nice. Sure, some college football fans killed Skiba on Twitter for being too greedy and not hedging his bet prior to the game in order to guarantee that he would win a significant amount of money:
But for the most part, people felt bad for him on Twitter following the game last night:
This guy last January put $100 down for Auburn to win the National Championship in Vegas...it would of paid $50,000 he was that close.— Gabriel Campuzano (@Campuzano60) January 7, 2014
I heard some guy bet 100 dollars BEFORE the NCAAF season started for Auburn to win the National Championship. 100 dollars to win 50,000! Ugh— Johnnie Anselmo (@Anselmo_JA) January 7, 2014
A guy was gonna win $50,000 on a $100 dollar bet last year that auburn would win the championship this year. The odds were 500:1. That sucks— Neal Stehling (@nealstehling) January 7, 2014
Fortunately, Skiba didn't seem too broken up about missing out on the money and even joked with people and responded to them on Twitter.
@Karmatura No worries babe. Fun ride.— Mark Skiba (@markjskiba) January 7, 2014
We don't know that we would have been able to do the same. YOU JUST LOST $50K, DUDE! DOESN'T THAT SUCK?
It does suck. But if nothing else, Skiba did get to enjoy one hell of a ride this season. From Auburn's crazy win over Georiga to their thrilling victory over Alabama, Skiba was invested both financially and emotionally in his Tigers every single step of the way. And while $50,000 obviously would have been nice, the experience that he was able to enjoy over the course of the last few months has been priceless.