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Bears shutout = free furniture

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by Perry White, Sep 12, 2006.

  1. Perry White

    Perry White Active Member

    Feel-good story of the day: http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060912/ap_on_sp_fo_ne/fbn_bears_furniture_1

    Kendall County furniture store owner and "huge Bears fan" Randy Gonigam got tired of players bragging about their defense, so he decided to put his money where their mouths are. Over Labor Day weekend, Gonigam's World Furniture Mall in Plano offered customers free furniture — up to $10,000 — if the Bears shut out the Green Bay Packers in their season opener. Four quarters, 206 customers and about $300,000 later, Gonigam is still a little shell-shocked.
    But the fact that it was a long shot didn't keep him from insuring the store for up to $300,000 worth of furniture with a company that specializes in insuring prize reimbursements.
    Customer and expectant mother Kathleen Spayer, 40, of Sugar Grove went back into the store Monday to make sure her $5,000 master bedroom suite was really free.

    "It's the luckiest year of my life," she said.

    Plano is about 45 miles southwest of Chicago.
  2. Claws for Concern

    Claws for Concern Active Member

    Do the Bears players get anything for the win?
  3. joe king

    joe king Active Member

    Yeah, they get to keep their jobs, complete with fat, multi-million dollar contracts.
  4. Ace

    Ace Well-Known Member

    That's cool. Some insurance dude is gonna get canned for providing that policy when the Bears were playing the crummy Packers, though.
  5. kingcreole

    kingcreole Active Member

    Kansas City did that a while back against the Chargers. Won something like 34-0. A couple of times late in the game, San Diego was inside the KC 10 but opted to go for the touchdown instead of an easy field goal. I'm sure someone at the furniture store was screaming:

  6. Claws for Concern

    Claws for Concern Active Member

    The guy was on Countdown with KO last night. Good free pub for sure.
  7. alleyallen

    alleyallen Guest

    Wonder if he's still as big a Bears fan now. Neat story, though.
  8. farmerjerome

    farmerjerome Active Member

    As a Bears fan, I love this guy.

    As a fan of free stuff, I love this guy.
  9. Riddick

    Riddick Active Member

    The cool thing is, if you live in a city with a good team and this sort of promotion pops up again, especially against the Packers, you might roll the dice and see if you get lucky. I know I would.
  10. Perry White

    Perry White Active Member

    History unlikely to repeat itself: http://www.deadspin.com/sports/nfl/never-ever-bet-on-the-texans-200880.php

    "[Gallery Furniture] is running a promotion this week that awards anyone who buys more than $3,000 worth of furniture will receive it free if ... the Texans beat the Colts this week"
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