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ESPN college hoops analyst becomes DoorDash driver to pay off gambling debts


According to a report from Barrett Sports Media, ESPN college basketball analyst Dan Dakich has become a DoorDash delivery driver to pay off his gambling debts.

Dakich racked up a bunch of debt by recklessly betting on college basketball games during the 2021 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament.

By being careless with his money, Dakich broke one of the rules that he has preached for years. That rule? Respect the value of a dollar.

“I come from iron and steel workers, teachers, and I lost sight of the value of a dollar,” said Dakich. “I woke up at 5:30 in the morning and I told my wife I had to make it up. Seriously, I went to the hardware store about a mile from my house and applied for a job, because I wanted to make the money back. I owe my family and I lost the value of a dollar.”

“They said Dan is this real?” Dakich said. “I go, yeah. Then my stepson is doing Grubhub and I found out I could make around $25 an hour. He told me to do GrubHub or DoorDash so I started doing it. I had to punish myself, you don’t just piss money away. My wife called me an idiot and said I didn’t have to do it but I wanted to because I’ve preached the value of a dollar to so many people.”

“One Saturday I played golf on the other side of town and said, you know what, I’m going to DoorDash my way home,” Dakich said. “I went and picked up Buffalo Wild Wings. I pull up in this neighborhood and there’s three guys in their 30’s, they have kids in this young family neighborhood. They’re drinking, they’re having a blast, they’ve got no shirts on and they’re riding Big Wheels down their driveway. So I pull up with a bag of food from Buffalo Wild Wings and they’re like, ‘Hey Dan! We listen every day!’ I handed them the food and they said, ‘No shit, you’re actually doing this?’ I said, yeah, I have to teach myself the value of a dollar. One of the guys whipped out 100 dollars and said, Dan, that’s good stuff, I’m all in on that and gave it to me as a tip.”

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Written by W.G. Brady

W.G. Brady is a Detroit-based journalist who has been covering the Detroit sports scene for Detroit Sports Nation for several years. He is in his early 30s and has a wealth of experience in the industry. Throughout his career, W.G. has established himself as a respected and knowledgeable journalist known for his in-depth coverage of the teams and athletes in Detroit. With a keen eye for detail and a passion for sports, W.G. has become a go-to source for fans and readers looking for the latest news and analysis on the Detroit sports scene. He has a good reputation in the sports community and is respected for his unbiased coverage of sports events. W.G. is known for his ability to uncover hidden stories and provide unique perspectives on the teams and athletes he covers. He has a good understanding of the city of Detroit and its sports culture, which he uses to inform his reporting and analysis. He continues to be a respected journalist in the Detroit sports industry.

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