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Michaels rides picks momentum to Vegas

Casper Jeffries
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

APRIL FOOLS – Young Michael Michaels decided his prognostication skills were too strong to keep bottled up. So he took his abilities to another level.

Michaels, a 12-year-old quarterback in the local Six Rivers Youth Football League, said a 10-0 week in the Glenweird Springs Pest Dependent’s weekly football picks feature left him feeling mighty confident. So he swiped the driver’s license of his like-named father and hopped on a bus bound for Las Vegas.

Once in Sin City, it was straight to the sports book for Michaels, who by all accounts looks old for his age.

“I’m honestly surprised no one questioned my age, but they happily took my money,” he said.

And Michaels happily took that money right back – and then some.

Betting lines on anything from college football to bocce ball, Michaels walked away a rich tween.

“I truly have a gift,” boasted the audacious youngster, whose favorite athlete of all time is Pete Rose. “It’s kind of depressing how degenerate some of those folks are at the sports book, but they don’t have the skills I do.”

Eventually, Las Vegas police caught wind of the prophetic Michaels’ two-day gambling binge, which yielded more than $500,000 in winnings. Michaels’ parents apparently thought he was just staying over at a friend’s house.

With charges pending, it’s unclear whether or not Michaels will get to keep his winnings.

His dad hopes so.

“While I’m disappointed in my son’s judgment, that money would go a heck of a long way to paying his college tuition,” said Michaels Sr.

“Let’s face it. He’s not a very good quarterback, though he does have a better arm than the New York Biplanes’ new quarterback. Reality is what it is. Junior probably won’t be getting any athletic scholarships.”


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