Bet 8

Duration ? years (02002-???)

“The US men's soccer team will win the World Cup before the Red Sox win the World Series.”

Mike Elliot


Ted Danson

STAKES $2,000

will go to Vaccine Fund of the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization if Elliot wins,
or The American Oceans Campaign if Danson wins.

Elliot's Argument

As immigration and technology continue to make the US a more international nation, so the quality of its soccer team will continue to increase. Already, American teenagers can hold their own with players from more established countries, while players like Claudio Reyna and Kasey Keller have become acknowledged international stars. The Curse of the Bambino, on the other hand, is one of those mystical truths that are beyond the reach of human intervention. Cheers, Ted.

Danson's Argument

The Red Sox have had such bad luck in the 20th century, I have to believe that in the new millennium it can only get better. Besides, statistically, scoring goals is harder than hitting a home run, and in the World Cup, you have the whole WORLD against you, in baseball, but the Red Sox only really have to beat the Yankees.