The Charlotte Checkers are having a contest to name fan of the year. The prizes are awesome and I would love to win. All I have to do is write an essay of 200 words or less answering the question: “If you were talking to someone that had never been to a Checkers game before, what would you tell them to get them to join you?” Not so hard at face value. The problem is I have so many different ways to go about this. Do I take a marketing approach or try to be clever and write out my answer in the form of a script? Maybe I try to get artsy or perhaps I just talk about why the Checkers are the best team in town. Over the next couple posts I will be exploring a few of these different ideas that are rolling around in my head and taking any advice people want to give. Hopefully one of these stands out and gives me the win.

This is my second attempt.  It’s a lot like the first try, in that it makes the same points but it does so in a much less formal manner.  It allows me to actually give more examples and I don’t think it’s missing any of the major points in my head about why a person should go to a Checkers hockey game.

Why go to a Checkers game?  Are you serious?  Why wouldn’t you?

Tickets less than $15.  Cheap beer.  Eyeball races.  A fluffy white bear wearing shorts!  And Wilson!!

Still not convinced?

What if you could win a bud light prize pack, win a ride on the zamboni, or a “manly makeover?”  Would you go then?  How about you work on your aim and try to win fifty or more dollars in the “chuck-a-puck.”  Be sure to keep an eye on twitter while there for quick promotions and contests.  You may be lucky enough to win a free koozie or even seats between the benches!

I dare you to find a place that offers bottomless popcorn for less than $7.  You won’t find that at a Bobcats or Panthers game.

You know another thing you won’t find at a Bobcats or Panthers game?  A team with more wins than losses, or a team sitting in second place halfway through the season.  The Checkers actually give you a sense of pride in Charlotte sports.

Ok.  I have one last point to convince you.  It only takes one word.  Checkmates.  Man o’ man….Checkmates.

So.  You in?

Kind of a fun, low key, conversational approach. I think I’m leaning towards this one at this point, but there are more to come so keep checking back.

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