Using Las Vegas spreads as an indicator of the expected outcome, a group of economists tracked reported incidents of family violence in areas loyal to a particular team. When the hometown favorite lost unexpectedly, reports of domestic violence went up 8 percent. And particularly wrenching losses, like in a playoff game, made it worse.
Another thing they found: unexpected wins do not decrease the reports of domestic violence significantly.
So this past weekend, in which the Steelers and Bengals lost, was probably a bad weekend for some people.