Somebody once told me that when someone does you good, you’ll tell a couple of people. They also said when someone does you wrong you’ll tell a hundred. The good thing about being a blogger is I can reach out and spread the good word to a lot more than a hundred people :)…which leads me perfectly into the saga of the Key Club winner.
Rockpile Ranter, known nationally as a loyal Colorado Rockies and Denver Nugget fan. Today is a sad day. I never thought winning a prize could turn out to be such an experience.
I’ll give you a quick refresher.
I received an email from the
Nuggets Rep associated somehow with the Denver Nuggets telling me I’ve won the monthly Key Bank Key Club drawing.
2. I was informed that I had won dinner for myself and four guests at the Ridgeline Club at the Pepsi Center.
I also was told that had I won 5 tickets to the game and a Q and A session with a Nuggets Rep. I was really happy. The entire prize was valued at $800.00 so the e-mail stated. It also said I would have to sign an Affidavit of Eligibility because of the value of the prize.
3. I hopped online to check out the menu for the Ridgeline Club. It was a limited menu and I couldn’t eat anything on it.
4. I informed the Nuggets Rep about my situation and asked if I possibly could get an autographed Melo or Billups jersey instead of the dinner, and if possible a few tickets anywhere.
Am I out of line here? The dinner is valued at 304.00 according to “their” breakdown.
That’s about what a “REAL” NBA jersey not a cheap REPLICA jersey autographed by Billups would be worth. That’s a fair swap in my eyes. The original prize included five club level tickets. All I asked for was a couple of seats anywhere in the Pepsi Center.
To make a long story short (If you want to read the original emails go back a few entries).
If I refused the $800.00 prize and took the substitute prize, it would be the REPLICA Billups jersey and that’s it, no tickets to the game on the 20th, or any game.
I thought about it and decided an autographed Billups jersey would be cool and I wouldn’t have to claim that on my taxes. So I wrote Nuggets Rep back and said I would like to get the autographed jersey instead. I asked if I could have it in white and size 52, my size.
Guess what? Here’s what they responded with:
I actually already have the jersey to send you. It’s an alternative road jersey replica jersey, size XL. Thanks!
Huh, what do you mean XL? Are you telling me that all I get out of this whole $800.00 prize package is a Billups jersey that won’t even fit me? To add insult to injury, it’s not a REAL jersey. Oh and it’s not signed, here’s what she said about that:
I cannot take your jersey to have it signed by Chauncey Billups. We do not have access to the Nuggets Players. We receive all our autographed merchandise from Basketball Operations at the beginning of the season and cannot submit personal requests.
Let me just say, I don’t recognize the word “cannot”….. I prefer can’t.
If the jersey arrived autographed by Billups, the size wouldn’t matter because I would just frame it. But I would still want it to be a REAL jersey not a REPLICA jersey.
So in my eyes, I feel like I’m being punished and given a raw deal because of my weird diet.
Let me tell you my friends, this whole deal sucks. Nuggets, I bragged you up even when you didn’t deserve it last year.
I watch every game I can, and I attend about 10-15 games a year.
It’s day seven for me without a cigarette. I’m making it y’all. Today (other than this Key Bank headache), has been my best day so far.
In the end it’s not the Nuggets fault. It will fall totally on Key Bank with whom I was fond of until this fiasco.
I’ll take my lumps but never play me for a chump. As always, I look for a happy ending to all of this. If Key Bank steps up to the plate on this one I’ll give them serious props.
But if they drop the ball, well you all know what’s next. Hope I don’t have to go there…
UPDATE: I just received this email from the Nuggets Rep:
KeyBank has your information and the emails you’ve sent to me. They will contact you directly. The jersey is autographed.
Wow, well that answers that question, sort of.
Now is this the REPLICA jersey we’re talking about or the REAL one. Because I priced the particular jersey that you want to give to me and it cost 45 dollars on the Nuggets website because its a REPLICA…REPLICA = NOT REAL in case you don’t understand Jersey lingo.
Here’s a link to the: Nuggets jersey page. Check out the prices on the replica jerseys. Sound to me like they’re getting off really easy. NBA replica jerseys are just plain crap. They sell them at Wal-Mart. Why you wanna play the Ranter like a chump?
$45 vs $800, come on and admit it Key Bank, even you’ve got to think that’s kind of cheap??
I want all of you to know I’m just trying to get what I think is fair, wouldn’t you. I just want to feel like a winner and go see my favorite team play a basketball game?
Key Bank, I trust you’ll do the right thing here. I’ll be at game on Tuesday either way, but I’d prefer it be “on your dime”.
Jimmy’ Curran’s over at Baseball,The Yankees, and Life… has a great idea of dedicating your blog ranking to a player with that particular number. I dedicate my 8th place ranking to #17 Todd Helton. Just take the eight and add the five times he was an All-Star (2000-04) and the four times he won the Silver Slugger award (2000-03 the most out of all MLB first basemen). That adds up to 17. Don’t you love my math 🙂
Here’s a link to my: Nuggets autographs