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Out of football, Tice is still in the money

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The man we used to call Meathead apparently knows a thing or two about horses.  Or maybe horse meat.

According to various reports, former Vikings head coach and, most recently, Bears offensive coordinator Mike Tice won more than $100,000 by picking the winners in six straight horse races.

It happened, via Michael C. Wright of, at Del Mar Surfside Race Place in California.  A $128 wager resulted in $100,796.20.

Tice called it “the excitement of my life right now.”  It’s likely even more exciting than reselling Super Bowl tickets.

“I’m a horse guy.  Belmont and Saratoga started, and throughout my football life, I’ve never been able to play them because I’ve always been in training camp,” Tice said.

Fittingly, it’s called a Pick 6.  Even more fittingly, the $100,796.20 offsets (with a little interest) the $100,00 fine Tice paid in 2005 for the Super Bowl scalping scandal.

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17 Responses to “Out of football, Tice is still in the money”
  1. Rick Spielman is a Magician says: Aug 9, 2013 5:10 PM

    Couldn’t have happened to a nicer guy. I’ll be he bought a few rounds of beers with those winnings.

  2. jtbaudendistel says: Aug 9, 2013 5:11 PM

    For every winning gambling story there are a thousand losing stories. How much money you lose prior to this Meathead?

  3. raynman49 says: Aug 9, 2013 5:12 PM

    Life just isn’t fair.

  4. pathsovglory says: Aug 9, 2013 5:20 PM

    quit now while you’re ahead

  5. mdagnew1 says: Aug 9, 2013 5:24 PM

    Of course he did… He’s a Terp!

  6. ken0west says: Aug 9, 2013 5:28 PM

    Only a meathead would play the ponies paramutual style.

  7. esplife03 says: Aug 9, 2013 5:32 PM

    really should donate that money, guy definitely doesn’t need it.

  8. asimonetti88 says: Aug 9, 2013 6:16 PM

    Wow that ticks me off. I’ve never won anything at Del Mar! Good for him though.

  9. nationalmediacansuckit says: Aug 9, 2013 6:23 PM

    Tice called it “the excitement of my life right now.” It’s likely even more exciting than reselling Super Bowl tickets.
    Too Soon. Nevermind that was 8 years ago. Pretty funny

  10. footballfan420 says: Aug 9, 2013 6:23 PM

    Really, pot shots at the guy over the Super Bowl ticket story from 2005??? Didn’t PFT report (via someone else’s reporting) earlier this year that scalping tickets for the Super Bowl is still common place among NFL employees even today?

  11. surfinbird1 says: Aug 9, 2013 6:28 PM

    “I’m a horse guy” No Mike. Elway is a horse guy!

  12. whatjusthapped says: Aug 9, 2013 6:32 PM

    While the common excuse for illegally scalping Superbowl tickets is that everyone is doing it, the fact remains only a Minnesota Viking Head Coach could be stupid enough to actually get caught at it. I’m also pretty sure players get together with hookers from time to time but there is only one episode of players getting caught in mass, Loveboat. In other words, when it comes to moral delinquency, nobody does it quite to the level of the Vikings. Nobody chokes like they do either but we will save that for another time.

  13. Norseman says: Aug 9, 2013 6:48 PM

    Sounds like he can pick horses a whole lot better than he can offensive linemen. Or football plays.

  14. lingsun54 says: Aug 9, 2013 7:35 PM

    I don’t care how much he won. I want to know how much he’s lost. Gambling is for idiots. There’s no way he’s won more money than he lost.

  15. hatesycophants says: Aug 9, 2013 8:28 PM

    Mike Tice has a problem. Michael Jordan does not. The difference is obvious.

  16. valhalla2013 says: Aug 9, 2013 9:49 PM

    I’ve got two tickets to paradise won’t you write the check for head coach Tice…….

  17. 1964bclions says: Aug 11, 2013 8:58 AM

    The name of one of his winning horses was Tebowing.. (I am serious.)

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