mathew won a pair of tickets to the cleveland home and garden show from an am radio station last week. they came with a chance to win $40,000 in home repairs (we dont own a home, but we would have gladly taken the $.) the deal was, you show up to the home and garden show on thursday, pick a ball that has your place in line printed on it. then at 5pm, everybody lines up, and one by one chooses a key and tries to open a door to the winnings. all this was to be aired on the mike trivisano show on wtam 1100.
the mike trivisano is a sports show. all week, mathew has made me listen to it, just in case they mentioned the home and garden show sweepstakes thingie. first of all, i hate sports (mathew doesnt really care for them either, thank god.) but to make it worse, with the steelers winning the superbowl, mike trivisano has been doing nothing all week but broadcasting really negative stuff about them. the steelers are clevelands "arch rivals" even though cleveland hasnt been able to muster a semi-good team since i was in high school (uh oh, i just dated myself.) you would think that with cleveland trying and failing to get to the superbowl for so many years, they would have some empathy for a team that was struggling for years to win the big game to no avail. no way. no, here in cleveland, people are mean sons of bitches, with a flair for spreading misery to all around them. mike trivisano was mirroring that negative sentiment on the air all week, with such sour-grapes fervor, i just had to turn the channel. i mean, its just a game, people, and one that our team didnt even play!
so, we got in line, and had to put up with listening to mike trivisano at the home and garden show while people tried their keys. mike and the crowd start harrassing some kid that was wandering around the show with his parents because he was wearing a steelers jersey--oh, just get over it already! mathew were in the last quarter of the line or so, so we didnt have much chance of winning (there were 99 other people there for the contest.) he sees some brave soul in line wearing a steelers jersey and says to me "if we cant win, i want him to win." "yeah," i said "just to stick it in all these people's asses." eventually we walked up to him and told him that. he was a real nice guy, right about our age. we told him that we really dont care for sports, but that cleveland fans were being so hateful, we just wanted fate to stick it to them. well that guy was about 10 or 15 places ahead of us in line, and wouldn't you know it--he won.
boy was that weird. matt said it kinda felt like it was his fault that we didnt win, which is just plain silly, of course. we shook the guy's hand as we we leaving, and he was just glowing with happiness. i told mathew that everytime that guy thinks about his winning the $40,000 prize that day, he would always think about us, too.