It is one thing for a player to risk money on a bet. Getting your gonads on the line is quite a different matter.
"Cousin Sal" Iacono – best known for his appearances on "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" Hosted by his actual cousin Jimmy – falls into the gonadal hazard category.
During a 2017 episode of his "Cousin Sal's Sure Thing," a video series posting soccer betting tips on Facebook, Iacono, also a "Kimmel" writer, was so confident that the NFL Seattle Seahawks the Atlanta would defeat hawks, he added a sweetener.
"I said if I'm wrong I would be willing to let (my buddy) Johnny Knoxville pound me in the nuts," Iacono, 49, and a married father of three, told The Post. “But moments later, Johnny jumped with the gun. He hit me in the groin long before the game started. "
Iacono turned in pain and breathlessly asked Knoxville to read the rest of his tips.
This wasn't the only time sports betting has posed a physical threat to Iacono. As mentioned in his new treatise "You Can't All Lose: Stories of a Degenerate Gambler and His Ridiculous Friends" (Twelve), the former real estate attorney once made a bet with "Live!" Office friends. The Los Angeles Lakers played the Boston Celtics for the 2010 NBA Championship, and Iacono and two others wanted to find a trio willing to put a stupid bet against them: whoever went on the losing side would go through a cycle of steroids.
"Nobody would take the bet," said Iacono, a Brooklynite who now lives in LA. “So we came up with another idea. The three of us would get botox injections in our foreheads if the finals ran for the entire seven games. "
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They lost and wanted to do the deed on a moving double decker bus. "But the doctor who administered the shots said it could be bad if we hit a pothole" – which could potentially cause the needle to go wrong and lead to blindness. “Instead, we did it on the roof of a building. We wanted to get it on the (Kimmel) show, but a lawyer went crazy. He added, "You idiots did this for free."
Sometimes Iacono's gambling losses are monetary and physical. Such was the case when he, superstar boss David Chang and sports analyst Bill Simmons were playing after a meal at Chang's Momofuku restaurant in Las Vegas. After losing thousands to blackjack, Chang suggested they try their luck at craps.
But there was one fold: Chang likes to bet on the so-called "Don't Pass Line" where you bet on the house to win and lose other players. Iacono and Simmons played like Chang. "People get angry when you make them lose," said Iacono. “This one guy was so mad that he started hitting us with the dice. We left the table with welts. It was a loss all round. "
He also brought Chang into his fantasy football league, which has a special rule that the season winner can ban anyone for the coming year.
Iacono is a writer on his cousin Jimmy Kimmel's (left) show.Instagram
When "Mad Men" was the hottest show on TV, its star got the boot. "Jon Hamm, I think, just seemed like the funniest person (to throw out)," said Iacono.
After Hamm rushed from the set to the upcoming season's draft in a private room above an LA bar, he ordered a beer. “He was kicked out, had his drink and left the bar cool in classic Don Draper style. Over the next few days, Hamm said: "I don't need you as a loser." He returned the next season.
Iacono will bet on almost anything. He and Adam Corolla bet on the results of "Dancing with the Stars" and lost a bet that Pete Townshend would smash his guitar if The Who played the 2010 Super Bowl halftime show. ("He put it down gently like it was a precious beanie baby, and he was worried about bending the label.")
And then there was the 2017 Oscars. “My cousin Jimmy was the host; I had to write for the show and that should have been euphoria, but I'll bet on a parlay ”- a bet he had to correctly predict four winners.
"Cousin" Sal IaconoJohn Chapple
He had three in his pocket when Best Picture showed up. Iacono chose "La La Land" – which was first mistakenly called the winner. Iacono believed he'd cracked $ 3,500 before "Moonlight" actually won.
One thing he avoids: online poker. "I wouldn't have time for my kids," said Iacono, "and the divorce would cost me more than I could do at poker."