When Maryland became one of the latest states to legalize sports betting last month, Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan wanted to get in on the action.
So on Dec. 9, 2021, Hogan placed the state's first bet at MGM National Harbor, right outside of Washington D.C., to commemorate the moment. (BetMGM is a Yahoo Sports partner.)
The governor put in a $50 wager on a potential Super Bowl LVI matchup between the Washington Football Team and Baltimore Ravens that would have paid out more than $20,000 — in the process uttering Washington’s racist former moniker.
Gov. Larry Hogan (R-MD) makes the first legal sports bet in his state, which became the 11th state to legalize sports betting in 2021:
“This is the Washington Redskins to win the NFC. Baltimore Ravens to win the AFC. So an all Maryland Super Bowl out in LA.” pic.twitter.com/a8cVLNy7eN
— The Recount (@therecount) December 9, 2021
The bet is not working out. The two teams that play their home games in Maryland have gone a combined 0-8 since Hogan’s wager and toppled out of the playoff picture.
Washington's woeful turn
Hogan's bet took place before Week 14, when Washington was sitting at 6-6 as the sixth seed in the NFC. The team then had four straight weeks of NFC East matchups, alternating between the Dallas Cowboys and Philadelphia Eagles on the schedule.
Week 15 saw the Washington-Philadelphia matchup pushed to Tuesday due to a COVID-19 outbreak. Starting QB Taylor Heinicke and backup Kyle Allen did not clear COVID-19 protocols and were ruled out. Practice squad QB Garrett Gilbert got the nod under center, and .
Baltimore's bad breaks
In early December, the 8-4 Ravens had much better prospects of holding up their end of the bargain for Hogan's bet, but a Week 14 matchup against the Cleveland Browns changed the trajectory of their season.
Starting QB Lamar Jackon left the game early due to an ankle injury and backup QB Tyler Huntley was tossed into action. Baltimore was down 24-3, but Huntley brought the Ravens within one score late. However, the Ravens couldn't convert on a fourth down with under a minute left and fell 24-22.
Jackson's ankle injury held him out of contests against the Green Bay Packers and Cincinnati Bengals. Prior to the game against the Bengals, Huntley was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list and QB Josh Johnson got the start. The Ravens lost both games — one in controversial fashion after .
Huntley returned in the Week 17 loss against the Los Angeles Rams which, like many Ravens' games this season, was decided on the last possession.
Baltimore now sits at 8-8, 10th in a crowded AFC playoff hunt, and must win vs. the Pittsburgh Steelers and hope for losses from the Los Angeles Chargers, Indianapolis Colts and Miami Dolphins to sneak in the postseason.
Was Hogan's bet the cause of the downfall between the two teams vying for playoff spots? Obviously not, but one can only wonder what could have happened if the bet was never placed.