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(Capital News 9)   Guy wins $1M with half court shot at Knicks Game (with video)   (capitalnews9.com) divider line 62
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2002-11-18 11:20:25 AM
$1M and a Dr. Pepper....

Worst. Fark. Cliche. Ever.
 
2002-11-18 11:20:40 AM
I got to shoot at a Knicks game last year...for a Dodge Talon. I knew there was no way in hell I was going to make the shot, so I just went out there waving and blowing kisses to the crowd. It's unbelievably distracting to be standing on the court in Madison Square Garden, trying to make a basket with thousands of waving people behind the hoop.

Anyway, the guy who organizes these things told me only about 1 person a year actually wins anything. I guess this was the guy. Good for him : )
 
2002-11-18 11:21:31 AM
Nuttin but net. Good job dude!
 
2002-11-18 11:22:16 AM
I remember a couple years ago at a Bulls game, this guy made a million dollars from making it from the opposite free-throw line. Now that was a pressure shot.
 
2002-11-18 11:23:29 AM
wtg mate, IRS is on its way...
 
2002-11-18 11:23:50 AM
That was wicked cool.
 
2002-11-18 11:24:19 AM
Knicks suck and should in no way be associated with Dr Pepper.
 
2002-11-18 11:24:41 AM
That was awesome....Knicks are getting his contract together as we speak.
 
2002-11-18 11:25:22 AM
He can use the money for a month of "intimate" massages from "Karyn".
 
2002-11-18 11:25:35 AM
oh goddam
 
2002-11-18 11:25:48 AM
YOU SON OF A !!!

Nice shoot dude
 
2002-11-18 11:26:05 AM
BAR-CLAY For threeeeeeeeeeeee
 
2002-11-18 11:30:39 AM
Boo. He even used two hands. I was making half court shots in high school one handed (just during "study hall" though, no D in my face).
 
2002-11-18 11:30:51 AM
And after taxes that comes out to about $50 bucks. Thanks for playing.

That guy's going to be one massive pain in the ass at the office this week. "Uh, hey, any of you guys happen to see the Knicks game this weekend?"
 
2002-11-18 11:32:04 AM
No he gets to raped by the IRS.
 
2002-11-18 11:32:33 AM
That guy's going to be one massive pain in the ass at the office this week.

Why in the name of christ would he go back to the office?
 
2002-11-18 11:35:06 AM
well said 10/6
 
2002-11-18 11:36:57 AM
whoa. fark error. comment out of order. hilarity ensues.
 
2002-11-18 11:38:04 AM
Why in the name of christ would he go back to the office?

LOL! Damn straight!

I used to make half court shot backwards in High School. Of course.......I don't have a million dollars. ::hangs head in shame::
 
2002-11-18 11:38:11 AM
For those interested how they can afford this kind of contest, rest assured that the people pimping it (be it a radio station, or whatever) aren't the ones making the payout.

In the cases where it's highly unlikely ANYONE will win (as in this case), the sponsor is taking out a 1 million dollar insurance policy for about $10,000 or so. Some contest-oriented equivalent of State Farm will be writing the check.

</contest geek>
 
2002-11-18 11:38:24 AM
I guess this will be the only "win" associated with the Knicks this year.
 
2002-11-18 11:41:29 AM
lucky bastid.
 
2002-11-18 11:41:51 AM
SIDE-NOTE: The folk who win $1 million on the US edition of "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?" don't actually get a million....it's before tax (the IRS take over 35% as a thank you).

That way the government get to screw with the winners (sportsmen, athletes, high income earners....you wonder why they earn so much? Because the taxes are so high no matter who you are even if you won your fortune on the lottery).

....it's the same principle with this fella. Still, I'd like $600,000 even after taxes.

Damm puritanical gambling laws! When is the US going to legalize gambling for all 50 states?!
 
2002-11-18 11:44:31 AM
I don't like my job... so... I'm just not going to go anymore.

You quit?

No. I'm just not going to go anymore

/office space
 
2002-11-18 11:46:36 AM
I remember one shot from about 10 years ago.
The guy knew he was going to be doing it for $1million, so he practiced it over and over again.
His style was the way that I would try:
Face the opposite basket, bend your knees, and heave it backwards over your head with two hands with a high arc. If you practice enough, you can get the timing and muscle memory down pat and sink it at a fairly good rate (25% or so).

The guy goes out to centre court, is told he is to shoot at the basket. He turns around and faces the other way. The announcer says "No, no! The other one!" and he just waves him off. Bends his knees, heaves, and then just stands there, facing away from the basket with one hand in the air, giving the "I'm number one!" salute while the ball is still in the air. He doesn't even turn around to watch the ball. He knows it goes in from the reaction of the crowd.

The NBA/college (can't remember which) players come running off the bench to congratulate him like he's won the championship for him.

It was the most amazing thing I'd ever seen.
 
2002-11-18 11:47:57 AM
11-18-02 11:32:33 AM Tigger
That guy's going to be one massive pain in the ass at the office this week.

Why in the name of christ would he go back to the office?


$600,000 is a lot of money, but unless you've got a stud financial planner, that's gonna go relatively quickly after the house, the sports cars, the vacations, the complimentary bar tabs you pick up for everyone, and all of the friends and long-lost relatives that start suddenly calling to see how you're doing. A million bucks ain't what it used to be. I know I'd still be working for a few more years.
 
2002-11-18 11:49:02 AM
Cool? No, cool would have been if he casually offered to go double or nothing, and then made another. Now that would have been cool.
 
2002-11-18 11:50:24 AM
Not bad for a fat, white guy...

/jealous snide comment
 
2002-11-18 11:55:21 AM
Uglystupid with and keep a healthy amount of money just in case (1/4 stupid, 3/4 healthy split).

....yes, that means you don't get the sportscar but hey, it'd probably get stolen anyway (better than being carjacked in one).

It's getting the money that's hard for over 90% of us (heck, here in England, a guy over a week or so ago won around £10 million from the lottery. A car thief no less but he says he'll go straight....God rewards people in the strangest way.).
 
2002-11-18 11:55:32 AM
Dude, Longview, that's kick-ass.

There's two sides of the human "cool spectrum," I've come to learn recently:

Those who can make unseen backward hoop-shots for a mil while sporting the nonchalance that makes it that much cooler.

vs.

Those who have the last comment on the page for extended periods of time


Just observations, mostly.
~Hatter
 
2002-11-18 11:57:37 AM
You've just gotta love stories like this one. Way to go big guy! Just imagine how that moment felt, right up until the time the IRS takes all the fun out of a once in a lifetime opportunity.
 
2002-11-18 11:57:44 AM
That post didn't go right....I didn't mean to call you stupid btw.

Ugly> The key here is to know your limits.

Set aside some money for you to act all stupid with and keep a healthy amount of money just in case (1/4 stupid, 3/4 healthy split).

....yes, that means you don't get the sportscar but hey, it'd probably get stolen anyway (better than being carjacked in one).

It's getting the money that's hard for over 90% of us (heck, here in England, a guy over a week or so ago won around £10 million from the lottery. A car thief no less but he says he'll go straight....God rewards people in the strangest way.).
 
2002-11-18 11:58:47 AM
I hate the Knicks and the NBA!
Celtics are my NBA team, but college is way better than the NBA!
 
2002-11-18 11:58:49 AM
Tigger:
Why in the name of christ would he go back to the office?
. While $1 million before taxes is hardly chump change, the income that could be generated from it certainly isn't close to replacing my salary. Tigger, are you flipping burgers for a living?
 
2002-11-18 12:00:59 PM
Stereoman:

It's ok, I am ugly and stupid.

Agreed 100% that you should exercise frugality in this situation, but I think that most folks who come across a windfall like this aren't thinking "How can I invest this to take care of myself and my family for the rest of our lives?" but rather, "I'm going to throw the most kick ass party and hire the Chili Peppers" or something along those lines.

Just my prediction, though I'd like the opportunity to show that I can be responsible.
 
2002-11-18 12:01:29 PM
Vetbridge: Cool? No, cool would have been if he casually offered to go double or nothing, and then made another. Now that would have been cool.

Offering to do something at long odds and only getting even money is not cool...it's stupid.

 
2002-11-18 12:04:29 PM
HEY! That guy owes me MONEY!!!
 
2002-11-18 12:05:23 PM
How about a second shot on the premise that it's a million times a million for hitting it and some smaller consolation prize (10,000) for missing.
 
2002-11-18 12:05:43 PM
GEAH...Offering to do something at long odds and only getting even money is not cool...it's stupid.

I know you are, but what am I?
 
2002-11-18 12:06:44 PM
It was better when Urkel did it. Now he was a man's man.
 
2002-11-18 12:08:28 PM
Ronin to 10/6: Ha Ha. Sucka!
 
2002-11-18 12:09:17 PM
GEAH
You are absolutely right that the 600k or so that you would be left with after taxes would not generate enough interest to retire on.

Are you familiar with the concept of light hearted humor?
 
2002-11-18 12:15:25 PM
"The 31-year-old earned the opportunity to take the half court shot after beating 13 other finalists from across the state in Friday's final shoot-out round."

Beating 13 finalists? His hands must hurt, unless he used a baseball bat or tire iron as an implement...

I was also gonna suggest he ask Spreewell for advice, but Spree doesn't beat, he chokes :-)
 
2002-11-18 12:18:31 PM
Wicked.
 
2002-11-18 12:19:59 PM
I agree with the job thing. As a journalist I do not make much (the free comics are a perk above the salary), but I would not quit my job. I would pay off all of my bills like student loans and credit cards and then have some money left over to take the woman someplace nice to propose to her. Nothing fancy. The rest would be invested. Maybe I'll buy a new computer.
 
2002-11-18 12:23:12 PM
$570,000 after taxes
 
2002-11-18 12:37:40 PM
You are absolutely right that the 600k or so that you would be left with after taxes would not generate enough interest to retire on.


I don't know, i mean - $600,000 in a savings bank, at 5% annual interest yields $30,000 in interest. It's enough to live frugally. I mean, you wouldn't have the sports car, but I could deal with living a little low and driving a honda if it meant that I didn't have to do sh!t ever. Or, he could just get a job making $9/hr somewhere in retail or whathaveyou, and work and it works out to about $50,000 a year, which isn't bad, esp. if you're single and childless.
 
2002-11-18 12:44:50 PM
Xiaodown, what bank offers 5% interest these days? Try 3%, if you're lucky.
 
2002-11-18 12:45:08 PM
600k @ 5% is 30k, but that's assuming you live forever. Assuming you only wanted to live to, say, 80, you could be a bit more adventurous. I don't have the time to work it out, but you could afford to eat out once in a while anyway ;)
 
2002-11-18 12:55:45 PM
Xiaodown, don't forget inflation. How much buying power do you think that $30k is going to have 20 years from now?
 
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