High-school sprinter accepts Ted Ginn’s offer

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34-year-old Saints receiver Ted Ginn has expressed a willingness to wager $10,000 on himself in a race against anyone. Someone nearly half Ginn’s age has accepted.

Matthew Boling, a high-school sprinter from Texas responded to the PFT tweet announcing Ginn’s offer with one word: “Bet.”

Ginn specified that the race would be from “pole to pole,” and I don’t know enough about track to know what that means. Now that Boling has accepted, maybe we’ll find out.

It remains highly unlikely that something like this will happen, but as slow-time content goes it would be a lot more compelling than NFL Network’s Top 100 players of 2019.

69 responses to “High-school sprinter accepts Ted Ginn’s offer

  1. “It remains highly unlikely that something like this will happen, but as slow-time content goes it would be a lot more compelling than NFL Network’s Top 100 players of 2019.”
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    Amen to that.

  2. Can any HS athlete accept cash payment for a race and retain NCAA eligibility?

    Donate the $10k to charity, I guess.

  3. I think its cool a HS kid is all over it

    The NCAA will be all over this so maybe it needs to happen “at night”

  4. kd75 says:
    May 18, 2019 at 3:53 pm

    Can any HS athlete accept cash payment for a race and retain NCAA eligibility?

    Donate the $10k to charity, I guess.
    ——————–
    If the kid wins, the money can go towards his scholarship. Or, if he gets a scholarship on his own merits, the money can be put aside so he can’t get it until his college eligibility is over.

  5. Do you people realize that this kid, Boling, just set the National HS 100M record? At 10.13 seconds. That would have placed him in the Top 10 at the last Olympics.

  6. Can a child under 18 legally make a wager in Texas or Louisiana? Gambling usually starts at 18. And could Ginn be charged with corrupting a minor?

  7. Lol…if you haven’t seen this kids track videos, you’re SERIOUSLY kidding yourself if you think that old timer Ted Ginn would win.

    Boling would have won, made a sandwich, and taken out the garbage by the time Ginn crossed the finish line.

  8. Boling turns 19 on 6/20/19 so legally he CAN bet and there are ways to preserve his collegiate eligibility. His fastest time was 9.98 in the 100M, making him the 2nd fastest Under-20 US sprinter ever. Bring it on, Ted, or dial it back.

  9. “pole to pole” is telephone pole to telephone pole on a residential street.

    Also known as the perfect end zone distance to anyone that grew up playing Nerf football.

    Ah, the nostalgia.

  10. Thinking that Ted was talking about NFL players, but I could be wrong. Obviously, there’s sprinters that can run past him.

  11. This kid would blow him away, not even close. Watch him rum, the 100 meters not even his race, watch him in the 400 and long jump. He just started running the 100 meters, kid is blazing fast. He would of finished top 5 or 6 in Olympics and he is only 18, again, he would blow Ginn away, big time, watch his senior highlights.

  12. Or…hear me out
    The kid is joking since that would make him ineligible to go to Georgia and run track like he wants to do.

    Its just a tweet

  13. Ginn’s fastest way back when was 10.2 hand timed. Hard to think at 34 and not having run track for 20 years he’s any faster now… unless he visits Ben Johnson for some go-fast pills.

  14. “Pole to pole” is 8595 miles, but Ginn’s context, talking about “light pole” is probably urban street lighting – distances between them is typically 30 to 50 yds depending on size/lumens.

  15. Pretty sure the kid can keep it since the event would be outside the scope of organized amateur or professional sports. It’s a wager between two individuals.

  16. If only Ginn knew that catching is also necessary to be an actual receiver. Got stone for hands.

  17. Boling destroys him in any legit Track race…. 60m indoors, 100m outdoors, 200m etc…

    However a “pole to pole” is suspect…

    A Good track “starter” can beat anybody on the planet for decades…

    Hell Houston McTear could destroy any human alive for the first 20-40 yards back in the day well into his 40s….

    Not saying Ginn has that kind of block explosion, but that statement about “pole to pole” leaves too much to the imagination

  18. devindenv says:

    May 18, 2019 at 4:11 pm

    Do you people realize that this kid, Boling, just set the National HS 100M record? At 10.13 seconds. That would have placed him in the Top 10 at the last Olympics.

    ——-

    He ran a 9.98

  19. I can’t imagine the kid could do the bet, keep the money, and retain his amateur status. He would “earning” the money due to his running ability. The NCAA didn’t allow Jeremy Bloom to be eligible for football, due to taking some endorsement money for his skiing. I cannot imagine they would be cool with this. If they were, it would open the door for any booster to make a “bet”, and let him pay off any college recruit when they lost said bet.

  20. He will be too scared. They need 100 of their kind together to have the guts to do anything

  21. Except he’s not in the NFL…
    Which was the point of Ginn…
    And he would lose his eligiblity…
    And , as much as I am rooting for Bollings career, ( I am a former track athlete)
    It kind of a punk move by him and I hope he loses…it’s about NFL players

  22. Wow you people are ridiculous: a high school kid accepted a challenge- most of you are over the top with the comments- grow up / shut up live life cuz most of you can barely get of the couch

  23. nfella says:

    That kid ran a 9.98 100M. That is faster than fast. I think he can take Ginn all day long.

    That time wasn’t official because it was wind aided. He later set the national record at 10.13. That’s pretty fast.

    It would be interesting to see but father time isn’t on Ginn’s side. Keep in mind, Ginn qualified for Olympic trials in the 100m hurdles in high school. He set the record (13.40) for that event at OSU and beat everyone by almost a full hurdle.

    Still, it would be interesting to watch. You just never know.

  24. They’ll work out a charity event, I’m sure. I wouldn’t expect Ginn to win, but I think he and Boling will find a way to make this a positive for everyone. Ginn would likely stand a good chance against almost anyone alive, but this Boling kid is top 1% of human history type of fast.

  25. Pole to pole…. A forty to fifty yard dash? Considering the kid is a phenom at middle distance and just recently started doing the long dash (100 yds), I like Ginn’s chances over the shorter distance.

  26. He set the national record for the 100 m dash at 10.13. 100 meters equals 110 yards. the kid would blow his doors off in a race.

  27. The 9.98 was wind-aided. 10.13 is still fast enough to beat any man in the NFL is the 100. Boling wins.

  28. 1. “Bet” is not a gambling term.

    2. “Pole to pole” means racing in the street.

  29. Ginn ran a 4.37 at the combine in 2007. Isabella and Campbell ran 4.31 a couple of weeks ago. Does old man teddy really think he is faster than those guys now?
    Get a new act Ginn.

  30. The Saints and the NFL will NEVER allow this to happen. I would assume the NCAA would not be all that thrilled. If this does happen, hope the kid 1) has the cash and 2) gets a contract drawn up. We saw the last time an NFL bet a twitter follower and never paid off. Aaron Rodgers ripped one of his followers who was saying Ryan Braun was dirty. Rodgers said he “Knew for a fact” Braun was clean and would bet a years salary.

  31. vaphinfan says:
    May 19, 2019 at 4:41 pm
    Pipe down young buck. Humble yourself.
    __________
    Wait, the talented 18-year-old needs to humble himself? Not the washer up receiver betting $10,000 on himself to be the fastest man in America?

  32. Like many in this world, Ginn obviously has an inflated opinion of himself. He’s still one of the fastest players in the NFL at 34, but of course there are any number of both football players and track sprinters who could defeat him in a foot race.

  33. So this kid races Ginn, the event makes $. The Kid looses his NCAA eligibility. I think Ginn meant NFL players.

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