I have run a few competitions In my time in the media space … with mixed results and emotions … The absolute worst is phoning the winner of a magnificent prize like a TV, braai and filled coolerbox, and he or she cannot even remember entering the comp!
But it’s a magnificent feeling telling someone they have won something that is truly special to them, as happened last week …
Reebok were kind enough to offer to us a signed Sharks jersey to give away on the site, and upon the winner, Greg, receiving the awesome prize, he sent us the following mail and photo:
“This is my fiance and I moments after the final on Saturday. Thanks bud. The jersey really means a lot. I never owned a Sharks, or Springbok, jersey. My old man is very old school and he drummed it home that the guys who wore those jerseys had worked their back sides off to earn it and therefore do so with pride. ie: you want it, you work for it, alternatively, don’t make a mockery of what those jerseys stand for. Times have changed and with it the school of thinking. Now it’s all commercial and showing one’s support. However, I dreamt of playing for the banana boys and obviously the Boks. Fate had other plans for me. I support my boys through thick and thin but I have bought into my father’s way of thinking and won’t buy the respective jerseys. I stand for the anthem, I get goose bumps when the guys sprint out the tunnels and where the colours of my team with pride. This jersey will be cherished by me.”
How awesome is that? My eyes still well up when I read it!
So, are you a jersey wearer, or do you also feel like Greg does? I must say, as an ex player, I fall more in the Greg camp, but understand that it is a way of showing your support. Perhaps there should be a marked difference between a player and supporter jersey?
What say you?