Did Vegas Just Get Away with Murder? I Think So...

Andrew PhillipsCorrespondent IFebruary 21, 2009

Did Vegas just get away with murder? It seems that way...


(Austin, TX)- Tonight, the No. 2 Oklahoma Sooners headed to Austin to take on the Longhorns from Texas. The line was set to an ominous Texas -1. Meaning a 17-8 Texas team was favored to BEAT the number No. 2 team in the nation.

There was much talk about the game, and about this strange spread before the game. Fans and bettors alike were clamoring that OU should have been favored by at least three, even though it was a rivalry game.

Something just did not add up. People put in their bets. The public was all over OU. Then Vegas got away with murder.

Midway through the first half, the leading candidate for Player of the Year honors Blake Griffin went up for a simple lay up, and got brushed on the nose by a Longhorn elbow. It looked fairly harmless; perhaps a bloody nose and a poke in the eye.

Not a big deal right? Wrong. Never-mind the fact that two questionable fouls were called on Griffin by the refs within the first few minutes, with the first coming a the :10 second mark.

Blake Griffin did not suffer a concussion. Or a probable concussion for that matter. A 28:1 Texas team GIVING up points to a team poised to be the new No. 1 team in the country?

I don't think so. Griffin flopped, the refs did their "job", and the Vegas strip promptly cleaned up like clockwork. Wrong.