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Fairfield half-court shot competitor finally gets his free new car

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We've all seen those wacky half-court shots where some poor schlub from the crowd tries to win an amazing prize, but more often than not the ball completely misses the backboard or even fails to reach the rim. When a shot goes in? Well, friends, there's nothing better. And when said shot might not really count? Well, there's nothing worse.

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Our scene: Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport, Conn., where Fairfield was playing Loyola (Md.). Fairfield fan John Queenan won the opportunity to sink a half-court shot for a free car from the Tri-State Chevy dealers. He gripped the ball, took a hop-step forward, and BOOM, bucket! Free car, right?

Not so fast. Queenan didn't immediately win his car, and not just because he didn't call glass before banking his shot off the backboard. If you Zapruder this film, it sure looks like his foot went over the imaginary half-court line, which in theory would negate the shot. Insurance companies review these kinds of shots all the time, whether for half-court heaves or holes-in-one. Investments to protect, you know.

Fortunately for Queenan, the local Chevy dealers stepped up and didn't wait for the insurance company to render its verdict before giving him the car. "It was the right thing to do," said Leo Karl, president of Karl Chevrolet in New Canaan. "We decided to award him the car regardless of what the insurance company does."

So Queenan is the happy owner of a new Cruze ... and a good story for about how he got it. And fortunately, he didn't have to take the route of a Kentucky fan last year and ride a grassroots protest to victory.

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-Follow Jay Busbee on Twitter at @jaybusbee.-

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