As we find the bad beats throughout the year, we have to have a way to quantify how bad of a beat it really was. I have developed two totally non scientific scales. They are the bad beat rating & the degenerate level, which you can read about here.
As far as the bad beat rating goes, we rate this from 1 to 10. A 1 would be if the spread was -3 points for the team you bet on and they were losing by 20pts most of the game, basically nothing to see here. With no heartbreak involved, you knew what to expect the majority of the game. Let’s talk about the flip side. A 10 would be losing a bet because the team you picked to cover the spread lost on a fumble attempting to lateral it’s way down the field. Yeah, this actually happened in the Chiefs vs Redskins matchup earlier in the year. The Skins were given +7 points and the Chiefs kicked the ball to them down only up 3 points with no time on the clock. Chiefs returned a fumble for a TD with no time left on the clock. This is the definition of a 10/10 for a bad beat. You can watch the video here.
We will keep track of this metric for each bad beat of the day/night.