South Kansas City resident Andrew Menzies is one lucky sports fan. In celebration of its 10th anniversary, Time Warner Cable’s Metro Sports awarded the lucky winner the ultimate Kansas City sports fan’s dream -- a flat screen HD TV, Chiefs season tickets, Royals season tickets, Wizards season tickets, Brigade Season tickets and $900.
The stay-at-home dad, who also provides day care for a few other kids, said that money is tight and winning the contest will allow his family to attend a lot of sporting events this year that they never would have been able to afford. “We don’t have a lot of money. We sacrificed to stay home with the kids so we’ll get to do a lot of things we wouldn’t normally get to do. It’s great,” Menzies says.
Menzies has three children including 11-year-old daughter Sierra, who’s a Wizards fan, and 3-year-old son Ian, who loves baseball and is excited about the Royals games. “Some of my best memories growing up are going out to the K with my dad. I can’t wait to start doing that with Ian,” Menzies says. “On any given night, I’ll be able to take Ian to the ball game. That’s priceless.”
Menzies says he’s also ecstatic to see his dream of having Chiefs season tickets come true.
The self-described “huge, huge sports fan” says he learned about the Metro Sports 10th Anniversary Ultimate Kansas City Sports Fan’s Dream contest watching Metro Sports programs. Metro Sports – the nation’s first and still the only sports station of its kind – is the national leader in local sports coverage. Unique in the United States, Metro Sports covers every professional franchise, college and high school within its area, produces daily sportscasts for local CBS affiliate KCTV, and supports its programming by providing nationwide production services.
Once Menzies learned about the 10th anniversary contest, he intently focused on trying to win. “I think the right person won,” he says. “I wanted it bad. I didn’t expect to win but I knew I gave myself the best chance I could.”
To win, he needed to correctly identify, in order, the famous local sports personalities appearing in a special Metro Sports 10th anniversary “On Your Mark, Get Set, Play” spot. The spot was shown on the Metro Sports network and was available on the Metro Sports web site at www.kcmetrosports.com. Entries were accepted through the Metro Sports web site. The winner was randomly drawn from complete, correct entries. There was no limit to the number of entries each person could submit.
Menzies said he entered 150 times on his most productive days, working when the children napped in the afternoon and in the evenings. At his best, he could complete an entry in 50 seconds. He entered the contest every day except one, when he was sick. On the day after the contest ended, Menzies says he noticed Time Warner Cable on his caller ID. “My mind was racing that this was happening,” he says. When his wife came home from work, he told her that he’d won but she didn’t believe him at first. She remained suspicious until he returned from the Metro Sports studio with a $900 check and a new flat-screen HD TV. “She got excited when she saw the TV,” Menzies says.
His wife is not the only one excited. “Lots of people are my friend now,” Menzies jokes. He plans to take family members and friends to games and to share tickets with them for games he’s not attending. “I’m also the ultimate friend,” he grinned.
He’s already begun sharing with family by hosting a Super Bowl party since he’s the first family member to own a flat-screen HD TV. “For Christmas, we got the home theater to go with it,” says Menzies, who added that the $900 cash prize “came in handy.”
A high school athlete who played soccer and ran cross-country at Shawnee Mission South, Menzies says he most anticipates attending Chiefs games including tailgating. “It’s always been a dream of mine to someday have season tickets because I’m a huge Chiefs fan,” he says. And now, thanks to winning the Metro Sports 10th Anniversary Ultimate Kansas City Sports Fan’s Dream contest, his dream has come true.
A book celebrating 10 years of Metro Sports, More than the Score: Kansas City Sports Memories is available at area book stores. Authored by Matt Fulks, the book highlights the best and worst of Kansas City amateur and professional sports. Proceeds from the book will benefit the Metro Sports’ High School Athletic scholarship fund.
Time Warner Cable-Kansas City’s Metro Sports can be found on channel 30 on Time Warner Cable, Sunflower channel 37 in Lawrence, Ks, and on Comcast channels 44 in Missouri and 68 in Kansas.
Time Warner Cable Kansas City is a division of Time Warner Inc. Time Warner Cable offers the most advanced cable television services and the most popular high-speed Internet service to 580,000 homes and thousands of businesses in the seven-county Kansas City metropolitan area. The company also provides digital telephone services to residential customers. Time Warner Cable employs 975 people in its various Kansas City locations.
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