Man bets against Saints, gets his TV shot to bits

A Louisiana man who bet against the New Orleans Saints has lost

his 60-inch high-definition, flat-screen TV to a backyard firing

squad, but he also became an Internet star.

Wayne A. Spring told his friends that if New Orleans beat the

Washington Redskins on Sunday, anyone who wanted could come to his

house and shoot his television.

“I was a Saints fan, but used to be they never could win and I

admit I was a fair-weather fan,” Spring said on Thursday. “And

there was all that ‘Who-Datting’ going on, online, so I just

decided to go against the grain.”

Things were looking good until the Saints tied the game and sent

it into overtime.

Spring, a nurse who owns a medical staffing company, said as

soon as the undefeated Saints kicked the winning field goal, his

phone started ringing.

About a dozen Saints fans, toting firearms and a case of beer,

showed up at his home in Albany, some 50 miles northwest of New

Orleans, and shot up his TV in the back yard.

Spring put the video on YouTube and says it has had over 145,000

hits in three days.

“I was amazed,” Spring said. “I’ve put stuff on YouTube


About three years ago, he said, he posted a video of a jet

engine on a bicycle, “and it took two years to get 80,000 hits on

that one.”

After the barrage of gunshots, Spring joked, “I ain’t checked

on my neighbors. I guess they’re all right, but I ain’t seen them

lately either.”

Spring said he actually lives in a fairly isolated area.

Authorities said the TV shooting apparently didn’t break any


“But I would say mixing booze and firearms is not a good

thing,” said Lt. Doug Cain of the Louisiana State Police.

Spring said he would not be betting against the Saints


“I’ll be watching the game this weekend on a 13-inch black and

white set,” he said. “I’ve learned my lesson.”