By Steve Springer
Through a mind-blowing, surprising and pleasing whim of fate, I was selected in October to be the University of Louisville’s contestant in Volvo’s Biggest Fan of the Big East promotion. The company whisked me off to New York, a driver picking me up at dad’s (the observer’s) house, off to the airport, staying overnight at The New Yorker and on to Big East Media Day at Madison Square Garden. A whirlwind trip, but first class in every respect.
A dream come true. My lifelong passion of being a UofL fan and obsession with Big East basketball making it happen. So howâ€™s the contest going?
Well, thanks to all the Louisville fans who have voted for me, I’m currently in the lead in the Big East fan poll with 41% of the total vote in the contest that includes reps from 16 Big East cities. Thanks for getting involved, and I hope you will continue to support a fellow UofL fan.
The fan poll, however, is only one part of the contest, which runs through mid-March. The stakes are huge. In addition to $10,000 donation to the winner’s alma mater and a trip for two to New York for the Big East Finals, the winner of the overall contest will win a brand new naughty Volvo S60.
Over the next four months, Volvo will issue six challenges to contestants to publish blogs (mine will be on Card Game) around the Volvo S60 Biggest Fan promotion. The first one is related toÂ the contest providing my wife Casey and I with a Volvo S60 for the New Year’s weekend and tickets to the University of Louisville-Kentucky basketball game. I will blog about the experience here, as well as make entries on Facebook and do tweets on Twitter. A dream-filled weekend, a wacky, wild, wonderful way to wrap the old year and tip off a new one.
A major part of the challenge is how UofL fans respond to my communications. Please comment and comment often about our favorite team on Card Game, on Facebook (my account is Steve Springer) and on Twitter (@racercard). The judges will be paying close attention to the amount of interaction. So I need lots of friends and followers on those accounts, if you will.
Finally, I can’t tell you how humbled I am to be representing the University of Louisville fan base in this contest. It is an awesome responsibility and I appreciate all of your support. Thanks fellow fans, thanks Volvo, and Go Cards.