UPDATE: We have a winner. We had over 300 outstanding responses: some funny, some heartfelt, some tragic and everything in between. To be sure, reading some of the responses makes you want to hold your loved ones tight as we never know what the future holds. This was an excruciatingly difficult decision to make, but in the end we decided to award them to a winner named Keith. His submission:
I am nominating myself for the game tickets. The reason is that I’ve been an Alabama fan for years (like the George Teague and David Palmer days), but unfortunately, kind of like the person donating the tickets, a military career has kept me away. I just returned two days ago from my eighth deployment since 2006, three to Afghanistan and the last five have been to Europe. I’m also currently stationed at Fort Bragg so it’s not that far to get to the stadium. I assure you that if I am chosen, these tickets will NOT be resold. I’ll send a photo of my brother-in-law and myself in the seats if needed. It would be a true blessing to see this game as my first in person game experience. I understand there’s probably tons of requests, but I appreciate you considering me for this awesome opportunity. Thank you for your time.
Our donor was very pleased to see that a fellow service member was getting to go. Keith has been overseas eight times in service of our country but has never been to an Alabama game, and it just so happens that they are playing a moderate distance from his station in one of the biggest games of the year. We couldn’t be more pleased to offer him this opportunity, and want to once again thank the donor for his generous act.
Boy, do we have some news for you.
If you were hoping to go to the Alabama at Tennessee game on October 15 but find yourself without tickets, today may be your lucky day! A loyal reader has donated two tickets in the Alabama section that he can no longer use, specifically asking us to match them up with a fan who otherwise would not be able to go. His message:
I have 2 tickets to the Bama @ Tennessee game that I obtained through my TidePride account. I had every intention of going to the game but my “part-time” gig in the military will prevent me from doing so. My proposal:
You and the team at RBR come up with a contest and give these two tickets away. Let me know if you are interested and I can transfer the tickets to you (or your designated member of the team) and you can have a nice little promotion.
I would, of course, wish to remain completely anonymous. Just chalk it up to the good graces of a fellow Bama fanatic.
We will facilitate the transfer to the winning party.
Again, this reader made it clear that he wants the tickets to go to an Alabama fan who otherwise would not be able to go. If you plan to flip them for a profit, please do not make a submission. Proving that we still maintain some faith in humanity, we are going by the honor system here.
So, how can you win?
Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org (hey, we may as well use that mailbox for something, right?) with subject “Tennessee tickets” by Sunday, telling us why you or a person you nominate should be the lucky winner. We will vote as a staff and announce the winner on Monday, keeping you as anonymous as you wish to be (though we will share the content of the winning email.)
It’s really that simple!