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Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Mike Napoli wins $100 from Dirk Nowitzki for Italy’s Euro 2012 win over Germany

If Twitter were never invented, Mike Napoli may be out of $100 today. Fortunately it was, which means rivalries and trash talking across professional sports can exist and we have yet another medium by which to gamble. What started out as friendly smack talk on Twitter earlier this week between Napoli and Dirk Nowitzki turned into Dirk owing Napoli $100 after Italy beat Germany in the semifinals of Euro 2012 on Thursday afternoon.

Before the match, Napoli tweeted at Dirk that the Italians were “taking your Germans down today.” Italy went up 2-0 early in the match, and here are some of the tweets that followed between the two — a few of which include a sports psychology consultant (@think2win). Thanks to the Dallas Morning News for pointing out the exchange.

Sounds like Dirk is going to pay up. Whatever you do, Dirk, don’t turn around and play a prank on Napoli using Twitter. He really, really, really hates when people do that.

Photo credits: Christopher Hanewinckel-US PRESSWIRE, Richard Rowe-US PRESSWIRE

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