The NFL is the No Fun League, which means Jim Irsay's days in it are probably numbered. But he'll make it a fun ride as long as he's around. This past Sunday on Twitter, Irsay, the owner of the Colts, made his followers an offer: first to reply getting closest to the final score of the Ravens-Patriots game, with a one-point cushion for both teams, would win $8,500. One guess, one guess only.
Weird, huh? Here's what's even stranger: when a winner hit, Irsay paid up. In cash.
A fan named Jason made a guess of 27-13 Ravens, missing the final score (28-13) by one. Winner! Soon afterward, Irsay direct-messaged Jason seeking a mailing address. On Tuesday, hey presto: a FedEx package stuffed full of $100 bills showed up, along with a personalized letter from Irsay.
The cash-heavy Irsay also held contests for the San Francisco-Atlanta game ($2000 to the first to pick the winner, quarterback rating winner, and total score) and a "conservative" AFC championship pick ($500 for the winner straight up). We haven't yet heard from those winners, but if you happen to be one, let us know.
We would strongly recommend you consider following Mr. Irsay for the Super Bowl. It could be a profitable afternoon.
-Follow Jay Busbee on Twitter at @jaybusbee. Fair warning: he won't pay you.-
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