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Going Clubbing

Peter Snyder

Posted on February 23, 2020 19:38

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When 84-year-old Mary Ann Wakefield woke up on Saturday morning, I can almost guarantee you that the last thing that crossed her mind was winning a new car.

 

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Have you ever gone to a sporting event before and during the halftime break, a man over the loudspeaker says "And now, with the chance to win a BRAND new car, please welcome -- !" He then says the name of some presumably lucky winner, with a slathering of heightened enthusiasm. 

This announcement of excitement is usually followed by a fake round of applause by the crowd and an embarrassing attempt by the contestant. Nobody actually wins the new car because that would make too much sense. However, every once in a blue moon, magic will strike and the impossible will suddenly turn into the probable. 

When 84-year-old Mary Ann Wakefield woke up on Saturday morning, I can almost guarantee you that the last thing that crossed her mind was winning a new car. She probably woke up, drank her morning tea, and completed a daily crossword puzzle (I understand this is being stereotypical towards elderly women but it's what my grandma does every morning so I am just going to go with it.)

Wakefield, being the college basketball superfan she is, had evening plans to go down to the Pavillion in Oxford, Mississippi and watch her Ole Miss Rebels compete. What could be more relaxing than a Saturday evening of SEC hoops? 

As the halftime buzzer sounded and both teams headed to their respected locker rooms, Wakefield stepped onto the hardwood, as she knew it was her time to shine. As part of a halftime promotion, Mary Ann was given the opportunity to win a brand new car if she could make a 94-foot putt that scaled the length of the court. What transpired next can only be described as pure bliss. 

BANG! Mary-Ann, or should we say, "Tiger Woods," sunk the putt like it was nothing. As the Oxford faithful celebrated in elation, Wakefield was handed the keys to a brand new 2020 Nissan Altima. What started as a morning with hot tea and crossword puzzles, became a night filled with instant fame and fresh leather. 

Peter Snyder

Posted on February 23, 2020 19:38

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