It’s been a crazy week here at Wrong Side of the Pond. Traffic has been through the roof on the site, I’ve picked up hundreds of new followers on my various social media platforms, and I’ve even sold a few shirts from the WSOTP Shop. All of those are things that really get my blood racing on their own. But given the news in this post, my heart is pumping like I’m watching the Landon Donovan’s last-gasp winner against Algeria at the World Cup nearly four years ago all over again.
I’m well aware too that for many of you, this is your first time coming across the Wrong Side of the Pond. Hopefully you have had a look around in our short time together. And though I won’t be able to give all of you tickets, here’s hoping that you’ll stick around even if you aren’t selected the winner in the paragraphs to come. Whether it’s to find or contribute to the list of over 260 soccer bars across the US and Canada in the WSOTP Pub Atlas, to prepare for an upcoming away day in the soon-to-expand MLS Stadium Guide, or to read my thoughts on the beautiful game… there’s something for everyone. And not to dangle another carrot in front of you just to keep you around, but I am announcing yet another giveaway tomorrow.
Anyway, now that you’ve been made to endure my pleas to come back and visit the site, let’s get down to the business you’re all really here for.
So, in total, I received just over five hundred entries into the week-long competition — 503 to be specific — and they were surprisingly distributed nearly evenly across all three entry types of Twitter, Facebook and email. Entrants came from 21 different states, and from as far away as Portland, Oregon. The Facebook picture itself has been seen a whopping 10,640 people as I’m writing this. And though I would love to say that I didn’t get any of these, I did receive five separate offers to outright buy the tickets. One guy even had the audacity to offer me just $50 a ticket — less than face value.
But get one with it already, right?
Okay, okay… okay. The winner shown below will receive two free tickets to the US Men’s National Team World Cup Qualifier against Mexico at Columbus Crew Stadium on September 10th, 2013. Please don’t be a Mexico fan, please don’t let it be a Mexico fan…
Congratulations, Jered! It looks like you’ll be joining me and 23,000 others in Columbus exactly one month from today!
Now, as promised in the first post, Jered now has until August 13th at 11:00pm to let me know if he and his guest of choice can attend the match. (Keep in mind that you will need to arrange and pay for all of your own travel and lodging needs to get to the match.) If at that point it is determined he can not attend, or no response has been received, a new winner will be selected from the remaining entrants.
Jered, I’m assuming you’re not crazy enough to pass up US-Mexico tickets… so you can drop me an email or send me a DM on Twitter to confirm your prize. And I look forward to catching you in Columbus!
As for everyone else: many thanks for entering the competition. Keep an eye on this space, though. I’ll do my best to make it worth your while.