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Jim Irsay gave a Twitter follower $8,500 for guessing Patriots-Ravens score

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Hardly anyone predicted that the Baltimore Ravens would hold the New England Patriots to 13 points and defeat them with relative ease in the AFC Championship Game, let alone correctly guess the score of the game. One lucky (or brilliant) fan did just that, and he is now $8,500 richer because of it.

On Sunday, Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay tweeted that he would give away $8,500 cash to one of his followers who predicted the exact score of the Pats-Ravens game before kickoff. Irsay offered a one-point cushion on either side of the score, and a Colts fan named Jason predicted that Baltimore would win 27-14. The Ravens beat the Patriots, 28-13. On Monday, Jason shared his story on a Phish message board (Fluff Head is a reference to a Phish song) and posted the photo that you see above of the package Irsay sent him.

Jason wasn’t the only person to win a contest stemming from Irsay’s Twitter account on Sunday. The Colts owner also asked his followers to guess the winner of the NFC Championship Game between the San Francisco 49ers and Atlanta Falcons, the quarterback rating of the winning quarterback and the total score of the game. That contest was worth $2,000. He also gave away $500 to a follower who guessed who would win the Patriots-Ravens against the spread, which was New England -7. For any contest that had multiple winners, Irsay drew a name from a hat. It’s unclear if the other winners have received their prizes, but they did receive a congratulatory tweet from Irsay. Our guess is he paid up.

“I think (Irsay) is the best owner in the NFL,” Jason wrote on the forum.

Say what you will about Irsay and his love of tweeting (and himself), but that was one awesome Twitter giveaway. Can he afford it? Of course — he owns an NFL team. That doesn’t mean he has any obligation to going giving his fortune away to complete strangers. He’s probably the only owner that would do something like that.

H/T Deadspin

Chevy dealership giving away free cars if the Redskins shut the Giants out

The New York Giants have one of the better offenses in the NFL. They score more than 27 points per game, which is the fifth-highest total in the league. On Monday night, the Washington Redskins will have their hands full trying to stop Eli Manning, Victor Cruz, Ahmad Bradshaw and the rest of New York’s offensive weapons. If by some miracle the Redskins can keep them off the board completely, some lucky fans will win free cars.

Lindsay Chevrolet of Woodbridge, Va., is running a promotion through Monday that would result in eight free cars being given away if the Redskins shut out the Giants.

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Georgia State runs $10,000 cash voucher drop at game

Georgia State teamed up with a local credit union for a promotional giveaway that was sure to attract students to the struggling football program’s games.

About 400 Georgia State students participated in a cash voucher drop at halftime of the school’s football game against New Hampshire on Saturday. As you can see in the photo above, envelopes containing vouchers for cash were dropped from the rafters.

Students earned the chance to participate in the Georgia’s Own Credit Union $10,000 Cash Drop by attending the Sept. 22 game versus Richmond and taking part in the companion ticket program, the school explained.

The school ran a similar promotion last season but doubled the amount of money available in the cash drop this year.

Students can redeem their cash vouchers at the credit union beginning on Tuesday. We’re guessing they’ll have to open accounts in order to claim the cash, but that still wouldn’t take away from how cool this promotion is.

When your team hasn’t won a game on the season, you have to do anything possible to attract fans. The cash drop was easily our favorite team promotion since this giveaway.

Here’s another look at the cash grab:

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Phillies will still give away Hunter Pence bobbleheads despite trade

Tuesday’s MLB trade deadline gave us a Phillies mini-firesale, with the club shipping two-thirds of its starting outfield westward. Not too long after trading Shane Victorino to the Dodgers, the last-place Phillies sent right fielder Hunter Pence to the Giants. The latter deal, however, poses a problem to the team’s promotions department, which had scheduled a Pence bobblehead giveaway day for Aug. 21’s game against the Reds.

But, fear not, bobblehead aficionados and Hunter Pence fans:

We’ve seen the A’s do this previously with Jason Giambi. The truth is ball clubs get promotional items weeks, sometimes months, in advance of their distribution date, often long before unforeseen roster transactions happen. So, the Phillies somewhere in the doldrums of Citizens Bank Park have thousands of cheap toys that marginally look like Pence readily stashed away, and they are not just going to throw them in the dumpster.

But it still has to be weird for the Phillies to celebrate a guy they unceremoniously shipped away three weeks prior. The Phillies can’t do anything right when it comes to bobbleheads.

H/T Big League Stew
Photo via Jeff Kolakowski

Bryce Harper garden gnome looks nothing like Bryce Harper (Picture)

The Hagerstown Suns, a Single-A affiliate of the Washington Nationals, are honoring former franchise star Bryce Harper with a garden gnome giveaway next month, but if I’m Harper, I’d have mixed feelings about the giveaway.

The image above shows the gnome the team is planning to give away to the first 1,000 fans in attendance for their August 4 game. As you can see, the gnome looks a lot more like Rich Garces than anything else.

I mean seriously, look at that thing. If I asked you to guess which baseball player it resembled I bet you wouldn’t name Bryce Harper even if I gave you 50 guesses.

What did they think? “Hey, let’s just make a generic gnome, slap some eye black and the number 34 on it, and we can call it a Bryce Harper gnome.” This was even more embarrassing than the Tom Brady doll that looked nothing like Tom Brady.

If you want to know what a garden gnome giveaway is supposed to look like, take a look at this bearded Brian Wilson one. That’s how it’s supposed to be done. But hey, at least we applaud the Suns for their effort.

Photo via Hagerstown Suns
H/T D.C. Sports Bog

Giants to give away Rory McIlroy bobblehead dolls (Picture)

If you are unaware of LBS’ highly-publicized man crush on Rory McIlroy, welcome aboard. This is likely either your first time visiting the site or one of only a handful. Although we were much bigger fans when he was still dating ex-girlfriend Holly Sweeney, we’re still very much on board with Rory. That’s why we fully approve of the Giants and their McIlroy bobblehead giveaway, despite the fact that it may be a bit of a stretch.

On June 12 when they host the Astros, the Giants will be holding “Irish Heritage Night.” With McIlroy already in the area that week to defend his U.S. Open championship, the Giants have decided to honor him by giving away the nifty bobbleheads you see in the photo above. It’s rare that you’d see bobbleheads of a golfer given away at a baseball game, but it certainly beats this lame giveaway the Dodgers have planned or this creepy bobblehead the Rays gave out last season. Giants fans should be grateful to be a part of it.

H/T Devil Ball Golf

D-Backs gave away tattoo sleeves in honor of ‘Tatman’ Ryan Roberts (Pictures)

The Arizona Diamondbacks held one of the stranger giveaways of the season on Saturday. In honor of heavily-tattooed infielder Ryan Roberts, the team gave away tattoo sleeves (seen above) to the first 20,000 fans in attendance.

Roberts had a career season for the D-Backs last year, bashing a career-high 19 home runs with 65 RBIs. He began being called “Tatman” because of all his tattoos, and he embraced the nickname. Even the bobblehead in his likeness given away last season featured several tattoos.

Speaking at the team’s “tweetup” before the game on Saturday, Roberts talked about his ink.

“All of ‘em mean something to me and they’re all a big part of my life.”

Below is a look at D-Backs pitcher Daniel Hudson sporting the sleeves:

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