20th October 2008

Pizza Man or Nostradamus Reincarnate

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John Keiley is a simple small business owner out in Denver, CO.

He HATES the Red Sox and the Yankees.   

Painted on the storefront of Johnny’s New York Pizza & Pasta shop in the Denver suburb of Lakewood:

“Free pizza for the world if the Rays win the World Series.”

Sounds crazy, especially in Colorado. People come in and ask him all the time, “why did you pick the Rays?”

But he has his reasons. And he might be on to something.

He made his first such deal in June 2007, offering free pizza in the unlikely event his hometown Rockies swept the Yankees.

They did, and Keiley gave away 2,500 pizzas — at a cost of about $12,000.

As football season kicked off, he figured he would do it again: Free pizza if any NFL team went 16-0. The New England Patriots did. So on a Sunday in January, Keiley gave away about 1,500 pizzas.

Back in July he was impressed watching on ESPN as the Rays rallied to beat and sweep the Red Sox. He called a childhood buddy from New York (they were Mets fans), George Vricos, who now lives in Clearwater. The more he heard about the Rays, the more he liked. So he made his latest offer.

“I’m rooting for the Rays,” he said. “And if the Red Sox and Yankees don’t get in the playoffs, that would be heaven.”

Well… One thing is for sure… If the Rays win the series I’ll be looking to John’s prediction next year and betting on it, HEAVILY!

(Source: St Petersburg Times)

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