By Joe Duffy
on Apr 29, 2013 in Featured
The entire world is applauding Jason Collins admission that he is gay. I join the entire world. But I do tend to be more cynical than most. In my job as sports handicapper I have to be right before the fact, not afterwards.
I did not know who would be the first active athlete to admit he’s gay, but I was convinced it would be an aging journeyman and “bubble” player as far as his career is concerned.
I will applaud Collins this time next year if he and his supporters don’t scream, “homophobia” when there is little interest in a career bench warmer off a year in which he averaged 1.1 points per game.
The elephant in the room is I would love to be Collins’ agent right now. He will be the darling of Madison Avenue, Hollywood, and the forthcoming book tour—a book that conveniently enough will be the quickest one ever written.
Quite frankly, his odds of playing next year have just gone from unlikely to David Stern will make sure he is on an NBA roster. But in the unlikely event I am wrong about any of the above, I will continue to applaud Collins. Hero or Stanford educated financial genius?
About the Author
Grandmaster Sports Handicapper Joe Duffy got his start in the sports handicapping industry with the Dial Sports (Communications Team) audiotext network. It was owned by sportswriter, broadcaster and handicapping pioneer Mickey Charles. Dial Sports was the sister company of the popular Sports Network Wire Service.
Upon graduating California University of PA, where he was a play-by-play announcer on student radio station WVCS (now WCAL) and cable channel 29 (now CUTV), he became a full-time sports announcer and handicapper for the Sportsline scorephone network.
He learned from NFL legends coach Hank Stram and broadcasting icon Ray Scott the ins and outs of the sports betting world.
His Amazing Cadillac Club became the most successful 900-number in sports betting history. He left to become the first General Manager of the Freescoreboard scorephone network broadcast all over North America.
His articles have appeared on several dozen websites and hard copy publications.
He is now CEO of OffshoreInsiders.com, the top sports betting site in the world.