Kid In Anti-Gambling Ad Is Sad Because Dad Bet Everything On Germany

Look, gambling addiction is a serious thing and, really, this anti-gambling spot from the National Council on Problem Gambling only proves the point. In it, several young boys sit around yakking about the World Cup and who they want to win. Each kid has a favorite—one likes Brazil, another likes Argentina and… »7/09/14 11:12am7/09/14 11:12am


McQueary Gambling Allegations Put 19-Year-Old Game In New Light

In 1995, Mike McQueary threw a touchdown late in garbage time of a Penn State blowout over Rutgers. Then-Rutgers coach Doug Graber and Joe Paterno got into a shouting match after the game because Graber thought Paterno was running up the score. The touchdown put the 20-point-favorite Nittany Lions up 59-34. None of… »3/05/14 7:03pm3/05/14 7:03pm

Man Buys Ticket To Game 1 Of World Series For $6 On StubHub

That's right, reader Erik went on StubHub today and purchased a ticket to Game 1 of the World Series at Fenway Park for $6. The seat, located in right field box 97, was listed at $3.00. Presumably the seller screwed up (at the very least) the decimal placement on the listing because the cheapest ticket in that section »10/21/13 8:25pm10/21/13 8:25pm

Chris Duhon Vs. Rec Leaguer: An Indicted Art Mogul's $50K Bad Beat

I've never been invited to one of those high-end poker games hosted by Helly Nahmad's pals, but I do know he's a gambling man. My sole encounter with Nahmad—who, along with a Star Wars cantina's worth of goons and sharpers, was recently indicted for allegedly operating a gambling and money-laundering operation out of… »4/18/13 2:30pm4/18/13 2:30pm

Troy Hennum, The Softball Coach Who Used His Players To Pick Up Girls, Has A Side Job Handicapping Sports

We told you on Friday about Troy Hennum the newly-hired and quickly-fired softball coach at Roosevelt high school in Seattle. He used his athletes to help score him dates with other girls in a self-described "genius" use of his coaching position. He was also let go from a previous position for sending inappropriate… »3/10/13 6:15pm3/10/13 6:15pm

The Betting Public Killed Las Vegas Sportsbooks In The 2012 NFL Season

So the NFL did its ouroboros thing again this year. Lots of parity. Or so it would seem. But 2012 mostly just brought us a handful of excellent teams—Football Outsiders says three of the 12 best teams since 1991 (Seahawks, Broncos, and Patriots)—and some supremely terrible ones. The result is that, according to the … »1/02/13 5:20pm1/02/13 5:20pm

Everything You Need To Know About Sarah Phillips, Former ESPN Columnist And Social-Media Scammer

Last week, we published a long story about Sarah Phillips, the ESPN columnist who, among other things, used her connections to the Worldwide Leader to hijack a teenager's Facebook venture. The story developed quickly from there, getting progressively more complicated as more tipsters came forward with their own Sarah… »5/11/12 12:18pm5/11/12 12:18pm

Source: Sarah Phillips Steered Business To A Bookie Who Was Probably Nilesh Prasad

So far, we know that former ESPN columnist Sarah Phillips and her partner, Nilesh Prasad, hijacked a 19-year-old's Facebook page, misrepresented their connections to ESPN, and engaged in some sort of minor-league hustle at a Corvallis, Ore., T-Mobile store. To that list, let's add another, more serious allegation:… »5/08/12 10:08am5/08/12 10:08am

Man Agrees To Drink An Entire Bottle Of Tabasco If Tebow Loses To The Patriots, Pukes

Amateur cinematography aside, this is an oddly compelling watch. Textbook storytelling, actually. The tension slowly builds—A hero's quest, will he actually do it? I don't think he's going to do it—rising action—he's getting ready, he may actually do it— climax—oh my god he did it!—and then, denouement. »1/15/12 11:45am1/15/12 11:45am

Weatherman Vowed To Wear Wife's Colts Panties If They Lost To The Patriots

Jim Kosek, an eager piece of on-air talent for AccuWeather in central Pennsylvania, apparently likes to start sentences with "Anyhoo." Which is especially rich when the sentence goes on to describe his wife's fandom for the Indianapolis Colts and how he'll wear her panties to work if they lost their Week 13 game,… »12/06/11 8:30pm12/06/11 8:30pm