Sep 1, 2011, 9:00 AM EDT
Remember this? Nate Smith, 11, makes an amazing hockey shot at a fundraiser at Shattuck-St. Mary’s School in Faribault, Minn., winning a $50,000 prize. Unfortunately, it was his twin brother, Nick, who was supposed to take the shot, and now the insurance company for the event — unamused with the family’s modern adaptation of The Prince and the Pauper — is refusing to pay out. No soup for you, kids. Available for your loathing: Odds on Promotions of Reno, Nev., which informed the Smiths on Wednesday that they were not getting the money due to “contractual breaches and legal implications.”
“We greatly respect the eventual honesty of the Smith family,” said Mark Gilmartin, President of Odds On Promotions, in a statement. “Although we’re unable to the pay the claim on Nate’s incredible shot, we are confident our donation will help foster a positive environment for present and future youth hockey in Minnesota.”
Only an insurance company could come up with the term “eventual honesty.”
According to its web site, Odds On Promotions “is underwritten by Praetorian Insurance Company, which is part of QBE® Insurance Group.” So perhaps we should be blaming them. Anyway, not wishing to be totally shredded by the negative publicity meat grinder, Odds On is donating $40,000 to be split between two Minnesota youth hockey groups.This video is no longer available. Click here to watch more NBC Sports videos!
“I think it was pretty generous of them,’’ Pat Smith said. “They probably wouldn’t have had to pay out anything. We’re happy with their decision and happy that a bunch of young kids are going to benefit from it.’’
“It feels bad (not to win the money), said Nate, “but I’m happy that they at least gave something so all the other kids can still play and get gear they can’t afford.’’
It just goes to show you … well, I’m not sure what it shows you. We already knew that insurance companies are evil, and that twins look alike.
ABOUT LAST NIGHT
What you missed during the first day of school …
- Wrestler Matt Hardy says that just because he posted a YouTube video in which he wrote “Goodbye, World” and “September 23, 1974 – August 31, 2011″, that doesn’t mean he’s suicidal.
- LeBron, Carmelo, Chris Paul amazed by magic tricks.
- Mounties seize $12,000 worth of fake Winnipeg Jets jerseys.
TODAY IN MARK TRAIL …
This remake of Rose Marie isn’t very good. Maybe it will pick up when they sing Indian Love Call.
- So long folks, it’s time for me to take off 18
- Man wins full marathon while pushing his daughter in a baby stroller (video) 14
- Lock and load, it’s youth baseball fundraising time: league raffling off AR-15 rifle (video) 8
- Sim Bhullar is a large basketball player, and I mean it. Anybody want a peanut? 0
- What’s with kids and all these death-defying stunts? 674
- Nothing to see here…just a 70-yard field goal by a high-schooler (video) 3
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