Bitcoin has officially gone mainstream.  You can’t turn on the news, check Facebook, or scroll through your Twitter feed without a mention of Bitcoin or the newest cryptocurrency that is sure to go to the moon.  Some of the most popular stories come from early adopters who have now become millionaires.  If only we could go back in time and put down a few shekels of our own to watch it grow into our retirement fund.

Bitcoin isn’t the only investment that many missed out on and there are sure to be more opportunities to come.  In the sports betting world, the bet that we all missed out on is the New England Patriots.  Our database goes back to the 2003-04 NFL season and since then no team has had close to the amount of success as New England.

If you bet $100 on the Patriots each game, you would have made over 50 units of profit.  But there is another way that we could have invested on the Patriots dynastic run.  What if we had a spare 1.21 jigawatts lying around and we could go back in time to the start of the 2003-04 NFL season?  How would that compare to the gains that Bitcoin has made over the same time?

Let’s start with Bitcoin.  At the time of the Patriots first game, the price of a single bitcoin was $120.75.  If we bought $1000 worth and held (or hodled) until now, it would be worth $113,018.05.  Now let’s do the same exercise with the Patriots but we have to vary it slightly.  We can’t just put the full $1000 on the first game and let it ride because you’ll go down to zero as soon as they lose a game against the spread.  Instead we’ll risk 10% of our our $1000 and continue to risk 10% of our bankroll on each subsequent Patriots game.  The results look like this:

DateVisitorHomeStartBetNE Result
9/7/2003New England PatriotsBuffalo Bills1000.00100.00L
9/14/2003New England PatriotsPhiladelphia Eagles900.0090.00W
9/21/2003New York JetsNew England Patriots984.9198.49W
9/28/2003New England PatriotsWashington Redskins1077.82107.78P
10/5/2003Tennessee TitansNew England Patriots1077.82107.78W
10/12/2003New York GiantsNew England Patriots1177.62117.76W
10/19/2003New England PatriotsMiami Dolphins1286.66128.67W
10/26/2003Cleveland BrownsNew England Patriots1405.79140.58W
11/3/2003New England PatriotsDenver Broncos1535.96153.60W
11/16/2003Dallas CowboysNew England Patriots1678.18167.82W
11/23/2003New England PatriotsHouston Texans1833.56183.36L
11/30/2003New England PatriotsIndianapolis Colts1650.21165.02W
12/7/2003Miami DolphinsNew England Patriots1803.01180.30W
12/14/2003Jacksonville JaguarsNew England Patriots1969.95197.00W
12/20/2003New England PatriotsNew York Jets2152.35215.24W
12/27/2003Buffalo BillsNew England Patriots2351.65235.16W
1/10/2004Tennessee TitansNew England Patriots2569.39256.94L
1/18/2004Indianapolis ColtsNew England Patriots2312.45231.25W
2/1/2004Carolina PanthersNew England Patriots2526.57252.66L
9/9/2004Indianapolis ColtsNew England Patriots2273.91227.39P
9/19/2004New England PatriotsArizona Cardinals2273.91227.39W
10/3/2004New England PatriotsBuffalo Bills2484.46248.45W
10/10/2004Miami DolphinsNew England Patriots2714.50271.45W
10/17/2004Seattle SeahawksNew England Patriots2965.84296.58W
10/24/2004New York JetsNew England Patriots3240.46324.05P
10/31/2004New England PatriotsPittsburgh Steelers3240.46324.05L
11/7/2004New England PatriotsLos Angeles Rams2916.41291.64W
11/14/2004Buffalo BillsNew England Patriots3186.45318.64W
11/22/2004New England PatriotsKansas City Chiefs3481.49348.15W
11/28/2004Baltimore RavensNew England Patriots3803.85380.39W
12/5/2004New England PatriotsCleveland Browns4156.06415.61W
12/12/2004Cincinnati BengalsNew England Patriots4540.88454.09L
12/20/2004New England PatriotsMiami Dolphins4086.79408.68L
12/26/2004New England PatriotsNew York Jets3678.11367.81W
1/2/2005San Francisco 49ersNew England Patriots4018.68401.87W
1/16/2005Indianapolis ColtsNew England Patriots4390.78439.08W
1/23/2005New England PatriotsPittsburgh Steelers4797.33479.73W
2/6/2005New England PatriotsPhiladelphia Eagles5241.53524.15L
9/8/2005Oakland RaidersNew England Patriots4717.38471.74W
9/18/2005New England PatriotsCarolina Panthers5189.12518.91L
9/25/2005New England PatriotsPittsburgh Steelers4670.20467.02W
10/2/2005Los Angeles ChargersNew England Patriots5174.59517.46L
10/9/2005New England PatriotsAtlanta Falcons4657.13465.71W
10/16/2005New England PatriotsDenver Broncos5109.28510.93L
10/30/2005Buffalo BillsNew England Patriots4598.35459.83L
11/7/2005Indianapolis ColtsNew England Patriots4138.51413.85L
11/13/2005New England PatriotsMiami Dolphins3724.66372.47W
11/20/2005New Orleans SaintsNew England Patriots4115.75411.58L
11/27/2005New England PatriotsKansas City Chiefs3704.18370.42L
12/4/2005New York JetsNew England Patriots3333.76333.38W
12/11/2005New England PatriotsBuffalo Bills3639.61363.96W
12/17/2005Tampa Bay BuccaneersNew England Patriots3989.57398.96W
12/26/2005New England PatriotsNew York Jets4355.59435.56W
1/1/2006Miami DolphinsNew England Patriots4804.21480.42L
1/7/2006Jacksonville JaguarsNew England Patriots4323.79432.38W
1/14/2006New England PatriotsDenver Broncos4751.89475.19L
9/10/2006Buffalo BillsNew England Patriots4276.70427.67L
9/17/2006New England PatriotsNew York Jets3849.03384.90W
9/24/2006Denver BroncosNew England Patriots4237.78423.78L
10/1/2006New England PatriotsCincinnati Bengals3814.00381.40W
10/8/2006Miami DolphinsNew England Patriots4187.92418.79W
10/22/2006New England PatriotsBuffalo Bills4615.09461.51W
10/30/2006New England PatriotsMinnesota Vikings5058.85505.89W
11/5/2006Indianapolis ColtsNew England Patriots5527.26552.73L
11/12/2006New York JetsNew England Patriots4974.54497.45L
11/19/2006New England PatriotsGreen Bay Packers4477.08447.71W
11/26/2006Chicago BearsNew England Patriots4899.45489.95L
12/3/2006Detroit LionsNew England Patriots4409.51440.95L
12/10/2006New England PatriotsMiami Dolphins3968.56396.86L
12/17/2006Houston TexansNew England Patriots3571.70357.17W
12/24/2006New England PatriotsJacksonville Jaguars3975.30397.53W
12/31/2006New England PatriotsTennessee Titans4420.54442.05W
1/7/2007New York JetsNew England Patriots4845.59484.56W
1/14/2007New England PatriotsLos Angeles Chargers5290.14529.01W
1/21/2007New England PatriotsIndianapolis Colts5835.02583.50L
9/9/2007New England PatriotsNew York Jets5251.52525.15W
9/16/2007Los Angeles ChargersNew England Patriots5728.93572.89W
9/23/2007Buffalo BillsNew England Patriots6313.28631.33W
10/1/2007New England PatriotsCincinnati Bengals6988.80698.88W
10/7/2007Cleveland BrownsNew England Patriots7654.40765.44W
10/14/2007New England PatriotsDallas Cowboys8412.26841.23W
10/21/2007New England PatriotsMiami Dolphins9261.90926.19W
10/28/2007Washington RedskinsNew England Patriots10178.921017.89W
11/4/2007New England PatriotsIndianapolis Colts11247.711124.77L
11/18/2007New England PatriotsBuffalo Bills10122.941012.29W
11/25/2007Philadelphia EaglesNew England Patriots11115.381111.54L
12/3/2007New England PatriotsBaltimore Ravens10003.841000.38L
12/9/2007Pittsburgh SteelersNew England Patriots9003.46900.35W
12/16/2007New York JetsNew England Patriots9837.11983.71L
12/23/2007Miami DolphinsNew England Patriots8853.40885.34L
12/29/2007New England PatriotsNew York Giants7968.06796.81L
1/12/2008Jacksonville JaguarsNew England Patriots7171.25717.13L
1/20/2008Los Angeles ChargersNew England Patriots6454.13645.41L
2/3/2008New York GiantsNew England Patriots5808.72580.87L
9/7/2008Kansas City ChiefsNew England Patriots5227.84522.78L
9/14/2008New England PatriotsNew York Jets4705.06470.51W
9/21/2008Miami DolphinsNew England Patriots5153.16515.32L
10/5/2008New England PatriotsSan Francisco 49ers4637.85463.78W
10/12/2008New England PatriotsLos Angeles Chargers5044.67504.47L
10/20/2008Denver BroncosNew England Patriots4540.21454.02W
10/26/2008Los Angeles RamsNew England Patriots5021.47502.15L
11/2/2008New England PatriotsIndianapolis Colts4519.32451.93W
11/9/2008Buffalo BillsNew England Patriots4989.33498.93W
11/13/2008New York JetsNew England Patriots5498.24549.82L
11/23/2008New England PatriotsMiami Dolphins4948.42494.84W
11/30/2008Pittsburgh SteelersNew England Patriots5367.78536.78L
12/7/2008New England PatriotsSeattle Seahawks4831.00483.10L
12/14/2008New England PatriotsOakland Raiders4347.90434.79W
12/21/2008Arizona CardinalsNew England Patriots4736.10473.61W
12/28/2008New England PatriotsBuffalo Bills5223.92522.39W
9/14/2009Buffalo BillsNew England Patriots5798.55579.86L
9/20/2009New England PatriotsNew York Jets5218.70521.87L
9/27/2009Atlanta FalconsNew England Patriots4696.83469.68W
10/4/2009Baltimore RavensNew England Patriots5204.09520.41W
10/11/2009New England PatriotsDenver Broncos5610.66561.07L
10/18/2009Tennessee TitansNew England Patriots5049.59504.96W
10/25/2009New England PatriotsTampa Bay Buccaneers5599.99560.00W
11/8/2009Miami DolphinsNew England Patriots6138.46613.85L
11/15/2009New England PatriotsIndianapolis Colts5524.61552.46P
11/22/2009New York JetsNew England Patriots5524.61552.46W
11/30/2009New England PatriotsNew Orleans Saints5996.80599.68L
12/6/2009New England PatriotsMiami Dolphins5397.12539.71L
12/13/2009Carolina PanthersNew England Patriots4857.41485.74L
12/20/2009New England PatriotsBuffalo Bills4371.67437.17W
12/27/2009Jacksonville JaguarsNew England Patriots4751.81475.18W
1/3/2010New England PatriotsHouston Texans5226.99522.70W
1/10/2010Baltimore RavensNew England Patriots5655.43565.54L
9/12/2010Cincinnati BengalsNew England Patriots5089.89508.99W
9/19/2010New England PatriotsNew York Jets5579.30557.93L
9/26/2010Buffalo BillsNew England Patriots5021.37502.14L
10/4/2010New England PatriotsMiami Dolphins4519.24451.92W
10/17/2010Baltimore RavensNew England Patriots4949.64494.96P
10/24/2010New England PatriotsLos Angeles Chargers4949.64494.96W
10/31/2010Minnesota VikingsNew England Patriots5425.57542.56W
11/7/2010New England PatriotsCleveland Browns5947.26594.73L
11/14/2010New England PatriotsPittsburgh Steelers5352.53535.25W
11/21/2010Indianapolis ColtsNew England Patriots5834.74583.47L
11/25/2010New England PatriotsDetroit Lions5251.27525.13W
12/6/2010New York JetsNew England Patriots5771.19577.12W
12/12/2010New England PatriotsChicago Bears6354.08635.41W
12/19/2010Green Bay PackersNew England Patriots7021.26702.13L
12/26/2010New England PatriotsBuffalo Bills6319.14631.91W
1/2/2011Miami DolphinsNew England Patriots6970.01697.00W
1/16/2011New York JetsNew England Patriots7621.41762.14L
9/12/2011New England PatriotsMiami Dolphins6859.27685.93W
9/18/2011Los Angeles ChargersNew England Patriots7518.81751.88W
9/25/2011New England PatriotsBuffalo Bills8241.78824.18L
10/2/2011New England PatriotsOakland Raiders7417.60741.76W
10/9/2011New York JetsNew England Patriots8098.11809.81W
10/16/2011Dallas CowboysNew England Patriots8884.34888.43L
10/30/2011New England PatriotsPittsburgh Steelers7995.90799.59L
11/6/2011New York GiantsNew England Patriots7196.31719.63L
11/13/2011New England PatriotsNew York Jets6476.68647.67W
11/21/2011Kansas City ChiefsNew England Patriots7143.78714.38W
11/27/2011New England PatriotsPhiladelphia Eagles7824.14782.41W
12/4/2011Indianapolis ColtsNew England Patriots8653.50865.35L
12/11/2011New England PatriotsWashington Redskins7788.15778.81L
12/18/2011New England PatriotsDenver Broncos7009.33700.93W
12/24/2011Miami DolphinsNew England Patriots7752.32775.23L
1/1/2012Buffalo BillsNew England Patriots6977.09697.71W
1/14/2012Denver BroncosNew England Patriots7629.16762.92W
1/22/2012Baltimore RavensNew England Patriots8329.08832.91L
2/5/2012New York GiantsNew England Patriots7496.17749.62L
9/9/2012New England PatriotsTennessee Titans6746.55674.66W
9/16/2012Arizona CardinalsNew England Patriots7389.08738.91L
9/23/2012New England PatriotsBaltimore Ravens6650.17665.02W
9/30/2012New England PatriotsBuffalo Bills7401.64740.16W
10/7/2012Denver BroncosNew England Patriots8113.34811.33W
10/14/2012New England PatriotsSeattle Seahawks8850.92885.09L
10/21/2012New York JetsNew England Patriots7965.83796.58L
10/28/2012New England PatriotsLos Angeles Rams7169.24716.92W
11/11/2012Buffalo BillsNew England Patriots7965.03796.50L
11/18/2012Indianapolis ColtsNew England Patriots7168.53716.85W
11/22/2012New England PatriotsNew York Jets7844.80784.48W
12/2/2012New England PatriotsMiami Dolphins8613.90861.39P
12/10/2012Houston TexansNew England Patriots8613.90861.39W
12/16/2012San Francisco 49ersNew England Patriots9475.29947.53L
12/23/2012New England PatriotsJacksonville Jaguars8527.76852.78L
12/30/2012Miami DolphinsNew England Patriots7674.98767.50W
1/13/2013Houston TexansNew England Patriots8392.27839.23W
1/20/2013Baltimore RavensNew England Patriots9169.34916.93L
9/8/2013New England PatriotsBuffalo Bills8252.40825.24L
9/12/2013New York JetsNew England Patriots7427.16742.72L
9/22/2013Tampa Bay BuccaneersNew England Patriots6684.45668.44W
9/29/2013New England PatriotsAtlanta Falcons7393.00739.30W
10/6/2013New England PatriotsCincinnati Bengals8090.45809.04L
10/13/2013New Orleans SaintsNew England Patriots7281.40728.14W
10/20/2013New England PatriotsNew York Jets7943.35794.34L
10/27/2013Miami DolphinsNew England Patriots7149.02714.90W
11/3/2013Pittsburgh SteelersNew England Patriots7849.90784.99W
11/18/2013New England PatriotsCarolina Panthers8557.10855.71L
11/24/2013Denver BroncosNew England Patriots7701.39770.14W
12/1/2013New England PatriotsHouston Texans8414.48841.45L
12/8/2013Cleveland BrownsNew England Patriots7573.03757.30L
12/15/2013New England PatriotsMiami Dolphins6815.73681.57L
12/22/2013New England PatriotsBaltimore Ravens6134.16613.42W
12/29/2013Buffalo BillsNew England Patriots6735.54673.55W
1/11/2014Indianapolis ColtsNew England Patriots7422.57742.26W
1/19/2014New England PatriotsDenver Broncos8194.52819.45L
9/7/2014New England PatriotsMiami Dolphins7375.06737.51L
9/14/2014New England PatriotsMinnesota Vikings6637.56663.76W
9/21/2014Oakland RaidersNew England Patriots7420.79742.08L
9/29/2014New England PatriotsKansas City Chiefs6678.71667.87L
10/5/2014Cincinnati BengalsNew England Patriots6010.84601.08W
10/12/2014New England PatriotsBuffalo Bills6600.14660.01W
10/16/2014New York JetsNew England Patriots7260.15726.02L
10/26/2014Chicago BearsNew England Patriots6534.14653.41W
11/2/2014Denver BroncosNew England Patriots7174.74717.47W
11/16/2014New England PatriotsIndianapolis Colts7851.60785.16W
11/23/2014Detroit LionsNew England Patriots8652.46865.25W
11/30/2014New England PatriotsGreen Bay Packers9595.58959.56L
12/7/2014New England PatriotsLos Angeles Chargers8636.02863.60W
12/14/2014Miami DolphinsNew England Patriots9443.13944.31W
12/21/2014New England PatriotsNew York Jets10342.471034.25L
12/28/2014Buffalo BillsNew England Patriots9308.23930.82L
1/10/2015Baltimore RavensNew England Patriots8377.40837.74L
1/18/2015Indianapolis ColtsNew England Patriots7539.66753.97W
2/1/2015New England PatriotsSeattle Seahawks8189.63818.96W
9/10/2015Pittsburgh SteelersNew England Patriots9000.49900.05L
9/20/2015New England PatriotsBuffalo Bills8100.44810.04W
9/27/2015Jacksonville JaguarsNew England Patriots8886.89888.69W
10/11/2015New England PatriotsDallas Cowboys9733.26973.33W
10/18/2015New England PatriotsIndianapolis Colts10634.491063.45L
10/25/2015New York JetsNew England Patriots9571.04957.10P
10/29/2015Miami DolphinsNew England Patriots9571.04957.10W
11/8/2015Washington RedskinsNew England Patriots10418.031041.80W
11/15/2015New England PatriotsNew York Giants11339.981134.00L
11/23/2015Buffalo BillsNew England Patriots10205.991020.60P
11/29/2015New England PatriotsDenver Broncos10205.991020.60L
12/6/2015Philadelphia EaglesNew England Patriots9185.39918.54L
12/13/2015New England PatriotsHouston Texans8266.85826.68W
12/20/2015Tennessee TitansNew England Patriots9061.74906.17W
12/27/2015New England PatriotsNew York Jets10022.281002.23L
1/3/2016New England PatriotsMiami Dolphins9020.05902.01L
1/16/2016Kansas City ChiefsNew England Patriots8118.05811.80W
1/24/2016New England PatriotsDenver Broncos8891.20889.12L
9/11/2016New England PatriotsArizona Cardinals8002.08800.21W
9/18/2016Miami DolphinsNew England Patriots8778.98877.90W
9/22/2016Houston TexansNew England Patriots9639.66963.97W
10/2/2016Buffalo BillsNew England Patriots10508.101050.81L
10/9/2016New England PatriotsCleveland Browns9457.29945.73W
10/16/2016Cincinnati BengalsNew England Patriots10393.651039.37W
10/23/2016New England PatriotsPittsburgh Steelers11495.381149.54W
10/30/2016New England PatriotsBuffalo Bills12817.351281.74W
11/13/2016Seattle SeahawksNew England Patriots14038.051403.81L
11/20/2016New England PatriotsSan Francisco 49ers12634.251263.42W
11/27/2016New England PatriotsNew York Jets13885.161388.52L
12/4/2016Los Angeles RamsNew England Patriots12496.651249.66W
12/12/2016Baltimore RavensNew England Patriots13653.741365.37W
12/18/2016New England PatriotsDenver Broncos15005.601500.56W
12/24/2016New York JetsNew England Patriots16536.171653.62W
1/1/2017New England PatriotsMiami Dolphins18111.041811.10W
1/14/2017Houston TexansNew England Patriots19713.791971.38W
1/22/2017Pittsburgh SteelersNew England Patriots21505.952150.60W
2/5/2017New England PatriotsAtlanta Falcons23656.552365.65W
9/7/2017Kansas City ChiefsNew England Patriots26235.112623.51L
9/17/2017New England PatriotsNew Orleans Saints23611.602361.16W
9/24/2017Houston TexansNew England Patriots26043.592604.36L
10/1/2017Carolina PanthersNew England Patriots23439.232343.92L
10/5/2017New England PatriotsTampa Bay Buccaneers21095.312109.53W
10/15/2017New England PatriotsNew York Jets23204.842320.48L
10/22/2017Atlanta FalconsNew England Patriots20884.362088.44W
10/29/2017Los Angeles ChargersNew England Patriots23056.332305.63W
11/12/2017New England PatriotsDenver Broncos25152.362515.24W
11/19/2017New England PatriotsOakland Raiders27944.272794.43W
11/26/2017Miami DolphinsNew England Patriots30794.593079.46W
12/3/2017New England PatriotsBuffalo Bills34274.383427.44W
12/11/2017New England PatriotsMiami Dolphins37838.913783.89L
12/17/2017New England PatriotsPittsburgh Steelers34055.023405.50W
12/24/2017Buffalo BillsNew England Patriots37068.743706.87W
12/31/2017New York JetsNew England Patriots40533.114053.31W

After covering the 17-point spread against the Jets two weeks ago, continuously rolling over 10% would have your original $1000 investment up to $44,951.22.  While that’s still short of what Bitcoin gained over that same time, it’s still nearly a 4500% return which leaves your IRA or 401k in the dust and still gives you plenty left over to eat as much avocado ice cream as you want.

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