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Florida man suffers 3rd-degree burns after losing bet on Packers-Cowboys

He set his Cowboys jersey on fire and then tried to wear it. Bad idea.

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It sucks when your favorite team loses. It’s definitely not serious enough to justify setting yourself on fire, as one Florida man did after losing a bet with his wife that the Cowboys would beat the Packers.

The couple made a bet and established that the loser would burn their team’s jersey. The Packers did win an instant classic over the Cowboys on yet another last-minute touchdown drive led by Aaron Rodgers.

The 27-year-old man set his Cowboys jersey on fire, but then tried to put it on while it was burning. The man had to be rushed to the hospital with third-degree burns, which is truly awful.

From the Sebastian Daily:

At the hospital, deputies spoke with a couple who admitted they were watching the NFL game and agreed to burn the losing team's jersey. However, the man decided to wear the jersey as it was burning.

A witness told Sebastian Daily, "He was set on fire after losing a bet on the Cowboys game … Skin was hanging off his arm and back."

The man suffered third-degree burns on his right arm and right hand and second-degree burns to his back.

There are all kinds of bad ideas coming into play here. For future reference, here’s a handy list of things to avoid as a sports fan.

  1. Don’t make bets with your spouse or significant other. They’ll never let you live it down if you lose.
  2. Don’t set jerseys on fire.
  3. Don’t set yourself on fire.
  4. Don’t set anyone or anything else on fire.
  5. Don’t try to wear something that is already on fire.

It’s not fun when your team loses. It’s a lot less fun when you land in the hospital recovering from third-degree burns because you tried to wear a burning jersey.