Here’s a story from the Las Vegas Sun that you won’t enjoy reading but it’s worthy of your respect. It’s about UConn winning the national championship, so get out now if it’s still ‘too soon’ and you can’t stomach it.
A group of 12 UConn fraternity brothers threw $100 each on UConn to win the title at 50-1 back in November after the first regular season game. Of course, the bet paid off, so they headed back to Vegas over Memorial Day Weekend to collect with intentions of spending a good chunk of the $60,000 before coming home.
“As long as I bring back at least $100 to know I broke even,” one of the guys said.
The craziest part is they didn’t even consider hedging their bet when UConn reached the championship game against Kentucky. Another one of the guys said Kentucky “was nothing” and had no problems staying all-in on the Huskies.
His sister’s boyfriend told him, “Listen to me: I’m happy you won, but if you ever have $60,000 on the line ever again, you freaking hedge the bet.”
This story is particularly upsetting to me because I had the same conversation with my friends when Kentucky entered the NCAA tournament at 40-1. We had the same thought process: throw in $100 each and blow it all in one weekend in Vegas to celebrate UK’s ninth championship.
At least someone got to enjoy it, although it sucks to be the one guy of the group who didn’t throw in $100 in the beginning. They left him at home, poor guy.