Wednesday, February 24, 2010
How I won a football card contest twice, even though I don't follow football
I recently won a football card contest. Twice.
Let me clarify something first, though. By "not following football" I mean that I'm not a fan and I don't sit and watch games. But I DO know what's going on in the sport most of the time. It's a requirement of my job. Every day I pour through story after story featuring sports that could disappear this instant without a word of regret from me (I'm looking at you, golf). So, information is bound to sneak into the ol' noggin. There is a reason why I know just about every NASCAR name without ever watching a single NASCAR race.
So, yeah, I know football. Just don't ask me to enter a fantasy league.
That little bit of knowledge enabled me to win Cobb and Halladay's Super Bowl contest last month. I beat out a bunch of football fans to take the top prize. I believe I came closest to guessing the total number of points in the game.
My prize was some super fancy football cards. A number of people got a kick out of a baseball guy like me winning football stuff.
It's true, I don't care about any football card, even if it's the fanciest, most expensive item that was ever created. So, I stepped aside and let the football fans win the football cards.
Strangely, that act meant I won the contest twice. First, Joe of Cobb and Halladay found some baseball cards to substitute for the football cards. Secondly, B A Benny of B A Benny's Baseball Card Buffet also sent me some cards because my stepping aside won him some Jets card he wanted (personally, I still haven't gotten over Mark Gastineau so I don't enjoy the Jets much).
Now that is one fine contest victory!
I'll start out with my original prize winnings and then go into what B A Benny sent.
The Lincecum biography card was sent to me, I'm guessing, because Lincecum pitched against the Dodgers in this game. But the Giants won the game. I am officially against recognizing Giants victories on cardboard.
Maybe you should think about that, Bowman.
All right, on to BA Benny's very generous gesture of sending me cards, too.
So, a big thanks to B A Benny and to Joe for allowing me to post a bunch of baseball cards after winning a football contest.
It just might give me enough incentive to enter any college basketball pool on the horizon. My luck in that thing has got to change. I'm due.