What Is Dennis Rodman Doing at the Vatican?
When Dennis Rodman flew to Rome on the heels of his infamous trip to North Korea, were he became super good buddies with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un, we all assumed it was part of Rodman's new career as a rogue diplomat. The Worm, working for world peace and religious harmony.
Rodman revealed his plans for the trip to TMZ:
"I want to be anywhere in the world that I'm needed ... I want to spread a message of peace and love throughout the world."
The real reason for the trip to the Vatican was revealed earlier today when a spokesperson from Irish bookmaker Paddy Power, known for stunt advertising, confirmed that Rodman's trip was organized and paid for by them to drum up attention for the company. Rodman is in Rome, they said, to “spread the gospel of pope betting.”
This is slightly disappointing to anyone who hoped that Rodman actually took an interest in major world events, rather than shilling for a paycheck. He doesn't even sound particularly invested in the Papal Conclave, telling reporters that he has no “mission,” or even a favorite.
He added he doesn’t really care who wins the papal election, just as long as “you believe in what he says and what he does.”
Regardless, Rodman seemed to advocate for Peter Turkson of Ghana becoming the first African Pope. If he had any money on that choice however, Rodman lost.
Moments ago, the conclave chose Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina to be the next Pope. A cardinal who was such a longshot he was barely mentioned by the various bookmakers.
Papal odds may be less reliable than the odds on, say, sporting events but Paddy Power picked the Italian Cardinal Scola saying he had a 25 to 33 percent chance of being elected.
With a history of the Vatican picking a dark horse, the oddsmakers should have done a better job with their picks.
The bigger question - where will Dennis Rodman show up next? Bets anyone?