Regrets, I've had a few
But then again, too few to mention
Actually, I have a lot. Too many to mention here, but one was not hiring Matt Youmans when I had the chance. It was probably in the mid-90s. I was the sports editor of the Chicago Sun-Times and Matt, a sports reporter with a paper in northwest Indiana, was interviewing to be the Notre Dame beat writer.
I didn’t hire him and Matt, as he told me years later, decided at that point it was time to leave the Chicago area and start fresh. He moved to Las Vegas to write for the Las Vegas Review-Journal and covered UNLV, the Raiders and sports betting over the next 17 years.
I can take solace in my poor judgment because we were reunited for the launch of VSiN in 2017. Today we are all the beneficiaries of his wisdom on sports betting and, of course, his connoisseurship of fast food.
I’m especially excited about two new endeavors from Matt.
He came up with the idea of the Circa Friday Football Invitational with 16 handicappers vying for $25,000. Week 1 results have been posted. Catch the Week 2 contest picks on Saturday Bet Prep (midnight ET Friday) or the Saturday morning VSiN Pro email.
The other is a weekly piece for VSiN.com in which he will offer the 10 lessons he learned from the NFL action over the weekend.
As for the opening week, Matt writes, “The truth is Week 1 is often a lie. There is plenty of time to make up for a bad first impression. The Packers will rebound, but they are not going to win the division by five games as they did last year. I bet on Minnesota and hoped for the best. What I learned is the Vikings, mostly due to a coaching change, are legit this season.”
Matt also learned some things about Bill Belichick, Mike Tomlin, Trey Lance, Justin Fields, the Texans, the Eagles, the Cowboys, the Giants and the Derek Carr-Davante Adams reunion.
Regrets? I hope Matt helps us all have fewer on Sundays.
P.S. The Circa Sports Survivor contest started with 6,133 entries. With the Broncos' loss Monday night taking out another 569 in Week 1, 2,685 entries remain vying for the $6.1 million prize. Ouch!