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Man hits ridiculous halfcourt shot during West Chester U. halftime contest, but won’t get his $10,000

Feb 16, 2014, 9:22 PM EDT

So it turns out this man may not get the $10,000 he deserves, due to something called “rules.” But that doesn’t make it any less awesome.

We’ve all seen the layup, free throw, 3-pointer, halfcourt heave contest at a basketball game. This guy took it to a new level.

This tweet from a 6ABC photographer included the YouTube clip above. He later said that the man won’t get his $10,000 because rules state he has to hit the shot on the first attempt.

Rules are rules, and these things are usually handled by an insurance company that will only pay out prizes if the rules are followed exactly (same as that free hole-in-one car at every golf outing). But the sheer fact that he even got a second shot off before the clock ran out is worth something, right?

Temple University and Phoenixville High School grad Kevin Negandhi of ESPN thinks he should get paid anyway. We can’t help but agree.

  1. 2sentz - Feb 16, 2014 at 9:33 PM

    Absolutely pay the man! You got a cot dam play clock going! What did the promoters think would happen if he made it before 0? And pay him quick so you get all the PR value and don’t look like begrudging douchebags.

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  2. Cuban - Feb 16, 2014 at 9:40 PM

    Lane violation on the FT too

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  3. Brian - Feb 16, 2014 at 10:55 PM

    Looks like something fishy went on with the clock, even if it was his second shot, he didn’t get the shot off.

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    • 2sentz - Feb 17, 2014 at 8:51 AM

      I thought that too at first. But remember play clocks display tenths of seconds in final minute, and the tenths are obstructed in this video. When the “1″ second turns to a “0″ there’s still 9/10ths running off clock. That’s why the buzzer sounds much later than the “0″ showing up. The dude was behind the line and made the shot clean.

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      • sfsu - Feb 17, 2014 at 8:04 PM

        Except the buzzer sounded exactly when it turned to 0. There are no tenths on this clock. The issue is whether the clock started on time, which is difficult to tell, because when there are 24.1 seconds left, the clock still reads 25.

  4. BenE. - Feb 17, 2014 at 11:00 AM

    BREAKING: Local College Rips Off Student to Save a Buck.

    Pay him.

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  5. willh888 - Feb 17, 2014 at 11:08 AM

    I understand these terms and conditions, without ever reading them.

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    • BenE. - Feb 17, 2014 at 8:57 PM

      That attitude is gonna make you the last man in the human centiPad, will.

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      • willh888 - Feb 17, 2014 at 10:01 PM

        I had to look it up.

        And now i want to un-look it up

  6. jprchiefs - Feb 17, 2014 at 11:13 AM

    If he was supposed to make it on first attempt Y was the announcer continueing the countdown, they should have stopped it after the first shot missed, I’m calling BS

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    • 2sentz - Feb 17, 2014 at 11:24 AM

      And moreover why did announcer (ie guy out there to ensure rules are followed) closely track the second shot and then signal the shot was good? Did nobody involved with the contest know any of the rules? I still say give him somethin’.

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      • willh888 - Feb 17, 2014 at 11:47 AM

        Well the biggest scam in all of America is paying 35+ per year for a diploma (not necessarily education). You’re better off buying 4 bmw’s, renting them out to Team Ruffy down there in West Chester and make way more than you ever could with an undergrad degree. Best part about this 10 grand story is the fact that it’s barely enough to buy a yearly meal plan for several months of squirting fire water from your ass.

  7. Arlene - Feb 17, 2014 at 2:00 PM

    He deserves the money….they need to SHOW the rule stating that!! Also, send the video to ELLEN…she will pay him in a heartbeat!!!

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  8. death from above - Feb 18, 2014 at 8:25 AM

    Ah good old West Chester…

    where your GPA is only exceeded by your BAC

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