Thursday, October 19, 2006

The Top Pickers vs. the Pack

Sites Want Users to Buy Into the 'Genius' Factor

By Alan Sipress
Washington Post Staff Writer
Thursday, October 19, 2006; Page D01

James Acevedo is a "genius," though he admits no one at the elementary school in Ridgewood, N.J., where he teaches third grade, knows it.

But the Web site where he competes nightly,, was so taken by his record at forecasting sporting events that it included him last month in a newly compiled list of 30 super-achievers culled from about 100,000 members and began selling their "genius picks" to the public.

"It's sort of self-gratifying to find that there's actually something to my gut feeling," said Acevedo, 26.


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