Jeff and Sandy Rogers of Redmond trail second and third, respectively, in their extended family football pool. First place belongs to their...
Jeff and Sandy Rogers of Redmond trail second and third, respectively, in their extended family football pool.
First place belongs to their son, Brenden. Their 4-year-old son.
“He picks NFL against the spread and hasn’t lost a game all season long,” said Jeff Rogers.
Each of the 25 family members, all into sports big-time, threw $15 cash in the pot and picked up $3,000 — in play money. A dozen have dropped out because they’ve lost everything. Meanwhile, Brenden’s bankroll keeps growing.
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Rogers sits down with Brenden the day before games and reads the teams. Brenden chooses the winner. He suggests an amount to bet — once as much as $4,000 of the play dough.
“I talked him out of it because it would have taken most of his bankroll if he lost,” Rogers said. “I cost him money because he won. So far he has picked 13 games correctly and had one tie. This is an incredible number when you figure the odds.”
Does Brenden watch the games on television? Nope; he’s into Power Rangers and cartoons.
Typically, at the end of the season, the winner of the family pool buys dinner. I foresee a run on McDonald’s Happy Meals.
Sorry, he won’t pick the winner of Sunday’s Seahawks game until later today.
Papering the Eastside
In February, Joe Kennedy started publishing the Eastside Business Monthly.
Kennedy knows business — from the inside. The 1981 Bellevue High School graduate has been a real-estate broker, accountant, crab fisherman in Alaska, aviation broker, owned an aerial burial service, operated a limousine service, been a plant manager and owned and published a business journal in Southern California.
“I’m not proud of it, but I have probably had more jobs than anyone you have ever met,” Kennedy said.
Picking up Pace
Skip Rowley of Issaquah has been recruiting partygoers. He’s chair of the Performing Arts Center Eastside (PACE) board.
The group’s goal is to hold 100 parties for PACE. While the parties are not fundraisers, the hope is to spread the word and build a base of support.
Sally Jarvis recently held a party in Issaquah. Maxine Barnard, vice chairwoman of PACE’s board, cohosted.
Give it away
The Pogacha Restaurant in Issaquah celebrated its third anniversary by giving away money — $3,700.
Owners Brad and Lisa Cassidy and Steve King donated 25 percent of the dinner sales for five consecutive Mondays to local charities. This year’s beneficiaries were Friends of the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery, Issaquah and Skyline high-school booster clubs, the Providence Marianwood nonprofit nursing home, and Toys for Kids, a project started by Mariners announcer Rick Rizzs.
One last grin
The bumper sticker on the black pickup in Redmond was direct.
“Yes, this is my truck.
No, I won’t help you move.”
Sherry Grindeland: 206-515-5633 or firstname.lastname@example.org