September 13, 2006

Free Furniture for Armchair Quarterbacks: Over the Labor Day holiday, all furniture sold by Randy Gonigam's World Furniture Mall in Chicago was sold with a special deal -- the price dropped to $0 if the Bears shut out the Packers in their upcoming Week 1 game. "Four quarters, 206 customers and about $300,000 later, Gonigam is still a little shell-shocked," according to AP. All furniture sold next weekend will be free if the Cubs win the World Series.

posted by rcade to football at 07:31 AM - 9 comments

Pretty crazy. At least Randy was smart enough to insure himself, just in case. So really, he is not out any money, except for the cost of the policy. I wonder how much that was, or if they will insure Randy again?

posted by MrFrisby at 08:14 AM on September 13, 2006

I kind of enjoy reading about an insurance company getting sacked for a loss due to their own bad call. The Packers called some stinkers too, heh heh.

posted by mjkredliner at 08:18 AM on September 13, 2006

He obviousely didn't watch the Packers this preseason.

posted by tron7 at 08:22 AM on September 13, 2006

Naw, some specific insurance companies do cover these risks. Hole-in-one insurance is another biggie (and can be covered for up to $100,000 for some tournaments). No big whoop. The furniture stores in Florida offered the same deal if a Marlin pitcher threw a no hitter. Nobody noticed.

posted by WeedyMcSmokey at 08:25 AM on September 13, 2006

This guy was smart. He had his ass covered just in case but look at what his idea has done for him since. He was on MSNBC last night and God knows how many other shows he has been on. Imagine how much FREE advertising he has gotten from this. That is worth its weight in gold.

posted by dbt302 at 08:39 AM on September 13, 2006

Great publicity stunt! He knew what he was doing. Anyone who calls themselves a huge Bears fan has to probably have a pretty good idea how truly pathetic Favre and the Packers are this year. Even with that being said, a shutout in the NFL (even though there were a couple last week) is pretty tough to come by. Most horrible teams can at least get their puny kicker out on the field to get the goose-egg off the board. On another (slightly) related topic, maybe Brett Favre did actually retire this past off-season.

posted by dyams at 09:41 AM on September 13, 2006

Me thinks Brett was looking for his retirement ottoman

posted by timdawg at 10:27 AM on September 13, 2006

Indeed, defenses on teams that are winning big will sometimes slack off a little bit in the fourth quarter, resulting in a "trash" TD that doen't affect the game's outcome but obviates the blight of a shutout. It's human nature to ease up a little when it doesn't matter all that much, but with some DCs and defensive units, the "no trash scoring EVER" is a big point of pride.

posted by alumshubby at 10:33 AM on September 13, 2006

BTW, folks: How many of you expect Brett Favre to start at noon on New Year's Eve day when the Pack has its rematch with duh Beahs? I'm not saying he'd take a dive, but maybe it'll be time to start giving what's-his-name (Rodgers?) a few snaps instead.

posted by alumshubby at 10:51 AM on September 13, 2006

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