Peter Edwards is a 200-grand grandpa.
And all because, 15 years ago, he had the prescience to place an $80 bet — at 2,500-to-1 odds — that his 18-month-old grandson would one day play for the Welsh national soccer team. Edwards became $200,000 richer on Tuesday when Harry Wilson, 16, made his international debut as an 87th-minute sub against Belgium.
“I’ve retired one year early,” Edwards, 62, told BBC News. “Not bad for a daft bet.”
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Oklahoma suspended Trey Metoyer from the football team after the sophomore receiver was charged with two felony counts of indecent exposure.
Or as Sooners apologists tried to spin it, a busted coverage.
• At Fark.com: “If you had ‘day one of practice’ in the Greg Oden injury pool, you win.”
• At Yahoo.com: “Asked about Irsay comments, Manning passes.”
And from the Truth Is Stranger Than Fiction file comes word that a Kroger spokesman in Houston issued an apology after a tombstone in a Halloween store display had “R.I.P. Matt Schaub’s arm, 2011-2012” written on it.
It’s Steel curtains
Steelers coach Mike Tomlin, on the heels of his team’s 0-4 start, banned all games — such as table tennis and billiards — from the locker room.
“But what about the Madden NFL video game?” wondered Eric Kolenich of the Richmond (Va.) Times-Dispatch. “That could be considered an educational resource.”
The write stuff
• CBS’s David Letterman, on how bad it’s gotten for the NFL’s 0-6 Giants: “Archie Manning, the father of Eli and Peyton, held a press conference earlier today and announced Eli was actually the son of Frank Sinatra.”
• Brad Dickson of the Omaha (Neb.) World-Herald, on Texans fans showing up at QB Matt Schaub’s house to harass him: “You know your season is off to a bad start when you take out the garbage and get sacked.”
• RJ Currie of SportsDeke.com, on AL finalists Boston and Detroit leading the majors this season with a combined 3,191 hits: “They’ve put more men in scoring position than Paris Hilton.”
• Len Berman of ThatsSports.com, after tennis star Caroline Wozniacki denied reports that she and golfer Rory McIlroy have broken up: “Thank goodness. Now we can go back to worrying about the debt ceiling.”
Penalty on the play
Former NFL wide receiver Irving Fryar has been indicted in a mortgage scam.
In other words, prosecutors say, he was taking it from the house.
Dwight Perry: 206-464-8250 or firstname.lastname@example.org