Giants quarterback Eli Manning’s miscues have been costing his team victories, and on Sunday his inability to get his team in the end zone also cost a local business in Seattle nearly half-a-million dollars.
According to ESPN, Jet Chevrolet, a car dealership in Federal Way, Wash., located 25 miles south of Seattle, had a promotion that if the Seahawks shut out the Giants, 12 people would split $420,000 equally.
Well, five interceptions later, Manning and company found themselves on the wrong end of a 23-0 beating by Seattle, and made those 12 people $35,000 richer.
Interestingly enough Jim Johnson, one of the owners of the dealership, told ESPN that he was stunned by the outcome.
“This is crazy,” said Johnson. “We never expected that we’d actually be giving away the money.”
Fortunately ESPN reports that his company did take out a $7,000 insurance policy before the promotion, limiting the damage from the promotion.
The best part is this promotion was supposed to have run when the Seahawks battled Division Rival San Francisco, who beat Seattle 19-17 last week. ¬†However, the promotion reportedly hit a snag as they worked out some additional details regarding the legalities of the deal, which delayed it a week.
So for 12 lucky people, the Giants were kind enough to lay an egg in what has just been a more than forgettable season for a team that’s won two championships over the past six years.
It was a rough day for New York, who weren’t even able to muster a field goal attempt, let alone a touchdown. ¬†In fact, they only crossed midfield once, with just one red zone trip. ¬†The bad news for the Giants was Manning squandered it, getting picked off in the end zone with just over 4-minutes to go in the contest.
That was his fifth and final pick, and apparently at that point head coach Tom Coughlin had seen enough and pulled him, inserting back-up Curtis Painter. ¬†But by then, it didn’t matter. ¬†Painter took the field with 1:45 to go in the game and moved the Giants from their own 18 out to their 33-yard line before time finally expired.
The odds were in the business’ favor, as the Giants hadn’t been shut out at home since week one of the 1995 season. ¬†Unfortunately, history didn’t help them Sunday.