Early last week I had received an email regarding a contest I had entered to become the director of the NFL's fictional department called Fandemonium.
The title read "Congratulations. You have been selected as a winner in the NFL Director of Fandemonium Contest Presented by Monster.com."
In the age of viruses and scams on the Internet, I refused to believe this email was legitimate.
I was contacted by the director of Monster.com's sports marketing agency to verify the legitimacy of the contest. Having entered countless contests, it was not until I was sent the affidavit to confirm myself as a winner.
The NFL and Monster.com selected 32 first price winners from every NFL city to represent their team in hopes of becoming the director of Fandemonium.
What the winners, myself included, have already won two tickets to all eight regular season home games for the 2009-2010 season of the team of my choice. In addition, other prizes included a merchandise bag, a custom jersey, and a trip for one to New York, NY for three days and two nights during the time period between March 26-28.
My situation is rather unique all around.
Having season tickets last year allowed me to become a community leader for the New York Jets on Bleacherreport.com, but those tickets were not renewed.
Now this competition guarantees me a place in the last season at Giants Stadium. I also will have the luxury of not dealing with jetlag since I live 35-minutes outside of the city.
While in New York, the 32 winners will compete in various stages in the competition including trivia, endzone celebrations, dealing with the media, as well as a sit down with Monster.com and NFL brass.
The lucky winner of the competition will get a signing bonus of $100,000, as well as key roles in the NFL Draft, International Series, Thanksgiving game, Wild card game, Prow bowl, and Superbowl.
You can follow my updates via a specfic Twitter throughout the weekend. I appreciate any words of encouragement.