WH Reporter Gambles With His Pride

By Betsy Rothstein Comment

A bet’s a bet.

And The Hill‘s White House correspondent Sam Youngman felt the sting of having to admit that White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs had the better team at Tuesday’s presser. In fact, the scribe had to say it out loud after losing a sports bet to Gibbs over the weekend. The bet was on the Kentucky-Auburn football game. The loser had to declare the opposing team superior during the briefing.

Youngman said at the press conference: “Per our agreement from last week, the Auburn University Tigers are a superior football program to the University of Kentucky Wildcats.”

The aftermath wasn’t pretty. “It hurt me, but a bet is a bet,” Youngman, a fanatic when it comes to Kentucky basketball, said.  “And I would eat my own ass with a spork before I’d say that about Kentucky basketball.”