Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Hoosier Hostility

If you watched the San Diego-Indianapolis playoff game this past Sunday (the one in which the Colts' defense could not stop a Charger drive late in the game, with LT and Rivers both out of the game). You might have caught the annual NFL Punt, Pass, and Kick winners being announced in between the 3rd and 4th quarters.

In the girls' category was one New Hampshire girl that had a New England Patriots jersey on and as you might expect, she got booed by some of the Indy fans. It was classless, in my view. But she took it well, and has received a lot attention over it.

In fact, she has some pretty good parting gifts coming to her.

The owner of the Patriots, Robert Kraft, felt badly about the reception the teen got in Indy, so she's getting tickets to the AFC championship game on Sunday.

"Our whole family was invited to the game. We have tickets. They want to take me out on the field as the guest captain for the coin toss. That's pretty exciting," said Anna.

Not a bad deal for getting booed. In fact, maybe I could apply somewhere to get booed for monetary compensation (plus benefits). But it doesn't end there. A local TV station felt bad for her and wanted to make it up to her, as well.

WTHR also wanted to set things right so that Anna and her family have a good impression of Hoosier hospitality, so we're giving her an Indianapolis 500 prize package including VIP tickets to the race, 500 Festival Parade, a chance to go around the oval as well as some shirts and hats. Anna's reaction? "Wow! Thank you so much!"

VIP tickets? I have never sat in a suite there, but from what I hear, it's not a bad experience. These packages aren't cheap either. But beyond it all, she will get to see a better side of Indy, when it's not in football season. It's called Hoosier Hospitality, not Hostility.

Like I said before, this is not a bad deal, just for getting booed. Now where did I put that comedy club application?


Greg said...

The kid's obviously a real sports fan - she smiled when it happened. She knew exactly why she was beeing booed.

LASunsett said...

//She knew exactly why she was beeing booed.//

And she probably expected she would be.

Well, she has a good deal of secondary gains coming to her. The Indy 500 may not sound appealing to people in New England, but once someone comes to the track and experiences it live and in person, they often get hooked.

PS-If you are ever in town here, let me know and I will show you the track. TV does it no justice.

Obob said...

when I bartend, I get complimented on the Hoosier welcome wagon. Even in Carmel. Heck, if she had been in Philly, they would have chased out of town.
Didn't they Santa once?
go Fred