BACK-A-BRACKET SWEEPSTAKES WINNER ANNOUNCED…ON HIS BIRTHDAY!…AND SURPRISED BY TOM BROWNING!
With the conclusion of the Louisville Cardinals’ National Championship run in the NCAA Tournament, so too came the end of the first ever Reds.Com Back-A-Bracket Sweepstakes.
Eight people from the Reds organization (Todd Frazier, Mat Latos, J.J. Hoover, Zack Cozart, Billy Hatcher, Billy Hamilton, Tom Browning and yours truly) each filled out a 2013 NCAA basketball bracket for the sweepstakes challenge. The brackets were posted and the fans were asked to choose a bracket that had the best chance of “winning.” The winning fan would receive 4 infield box seats to a future Reds game with the opportunity to see the Reds take batting practice from the field.
When it was all said and done, Tom Browning edged me out by a measly 2 points to finish in first place.
Of the gazillions upon gazillions of people who chose Browning’s bracket, one was selected as the random winner of the sweepstakes – Troy Anderson of Scottsville, KY. Troy chose Browning’s bracket simply because he’s a big fan of his. Well, it paid off.
On Friday, I asked for a phone interview with Troy with the idea that we’d talk about his being selected as the sweepstakes winner. He didn’t know I was going to have Tom Browning on the other end of the line. It was a great surprise for Troy, and to top it all off, it was his birthday!
Click on the file below to listen to the phone call…