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Washington car dealership paying out $420,000 after Seahawks shutout

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The Giants were eliminated from the playoff chase before Sunday’s game against the Seahawks, so the 23-0 loss only cost them a little more of the pride they’ve been hemorrhaging all season.

It cost a car dealership near Seattle more than that. Jet Chevrolet in Federal Way, Washington ran a promotion offering 12 different people $35,000 each if the Seahawks shut out the Giants with entries doled out to those who bought cars as well as those who just wanted to take a shot on the Seahawks defense. The Giants had not been shut out at home in the regular season since 1995, but there were no points to be found this Sunday.

“This is crazy,” Jim Johnson, one of the owners of the dealership, said, via Darren Rovell of ESPN.com. “We never expected that we’d actually be giving away the money.”

Johnson also said that they wanted to run the promotion the previous week, when the Seahawks lost 19-17 to the 49ers, but couldn’t get the logistics squared away in time. The dealership took out insurance, which cost them $7,000, and they’re waiting to see how the insurance company advises handling the payout of the money.

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41 Responses to “Washington car dealership paying out $420,000 after Seahawks shutout”
  1. letsgotemple says: Dec 16, 2013 9:17 AM

    Hopefully they can still give out Christmas bonuses..

  2. weepingjebus says: Dec 16, 2013 9:18 AM

    As I learned years ago in fantasy football, never bet money on Eli Manning being competent.

  3. goldrush36 says: Dec 16, 2013 9:19 AM

    So the insurance is paying $413,000 and the dealership is paying $7,000 after making the ptomise? Gee I can’t at all imagine why the things are so messed up in the insurance industry

  4. dldove77 says: Dec 16, 2013 9:20 AM

    Carolina shut out the Giants in New York in 2005. (Playoffs)

  5. joemac1114 says: Dec 16, 2013 9:24 AM

    Hey sort of like that electronics store, that was giving away TV’s for Kansas City doing something many years ago. Unexpected and expensive etc.

  6. bigbenownsthenfl says: Dec 16, 2013 9:34 AM

    they should of given out Kleenex for all the crybaby seahawk fans still crying about super bowl XL eventhough they were crushed in all 3 phases of the game!! #cryhawks.

  7. joshob1987 says: Dec 16, 2013 9:50 AM

    @bitchbenownsnfl.
    All 3 phases of the game, you obviously are one of those idiots who only watched for the commercials and didnt watch the game, their offense sucked and roethlisberger has the lowest qb rating of any team in the superbowl. The seahawks were royally screwed by the referees who even freely admitted that after 7 years had passed. The only thing ben owns is refferee dicks in his mouth (and a losing record of course) . GO HAWKS!!

  8. godofwine330 says: Dec 16, 2013 9:51 AM

    Some folks just got an early Christmas present. Good deal.

  9. charger383 says: Dec 16, 2013 9:57 AM

    Don’t offer things like this if you don’t want to pay out

  10. BigAlHeBDMan says: Dec 16, 2013 9:59 AM

    And the difference between this risk and big time gambling is??

  11. norseyapper says: Dec 16, 2013 10:06 AM

    Wow, what a smart move by the dealership. For $7,000 they have received national exposure and you can bet this was the top news story in the in Seattle area. How much is that kind of advertising worth? A whole lot more than 7 grand!

  12. Patskrieg dot com says: Dec 16, 2013 10:10 AM

    $420,000… Eli Manning… the best defense in the league. Ladies and gentleman, your first winner of the Financial Darwin Awards.

  13. seattlesue427 says: Dec 16, 2013 10:12 AM

    @bigbenownsthenfl :
    If you Google “Worst Officiating in NFL History”, the game that universally comes up the Seattle/Pittsburgh Super Bowl farce. Even the refs now admit to “missing calls”. Get a clue! The game was bought and paid for and no STEALER fan should be proud of that “win”.

  14. dukeearl says: Dec 16, 2013 10:15 AM

    bigbenownsthenfl says:
    Dec 16, 2013 9:34 AM
    they should of given out Kleenex for all the crybaby seahawk fans still crying about super bowl XL eventhough they were crushed in all 3 phases of the game!! #cryhawks.
    *****************
    More Steeler fans seem to be talking about that than Seahawk fans.

    That’s old news, ancient history at this point.

    If that makes you happy, keep telling the story, specially when sitting at home watching the Seahawks compete in this years SuperBowl.

    #steelersareirreleventthisyear

  15. johnelwayishorsefaced says: Dec 16, 2013 10:18 AM

    joshob1987 says:
    Dec 16, 2013 9:50 AM
    @bitchbenownsnfl.
    All 3 phases of the game, you obviously are one of those idiots who only watched for the commercials and didnt watch the game, their offense sucked and roethlisberger has the lowest qb rating of any team in the superbowl. The seahawks were royally screwed by the referees who even freely admitted that after 7 years had passed. The only thing ben owns is refferee dicks in his mouth (and a losing record of course) . GO HAWKS!!

    Wow so we’re allowed to talk about dicks in mouths on PFT now? Funny because my posts regularly get deleted even when they don’t say anything offensive at all. In fact last night mine got deleted because I said the cowgirls are a joke. Are there any guidelines whatsoever or do you guys just delete posts you disagree with or ones from posters you don’t like?

  16. stampnhawk says: Dec 16, 2013 10:19 AM

    I expect Sherman to say something about this, as he and Thomas teamed up to intercept Manning in the last minutes in the Seattle end zone.

    That was the only drive all day the NY got into Seattle territory.

  17. smstonerock says: Dec 16, 2013 10:34 AM

    This is why gambling in generally a bad idea.

  18. r8rsfan says: Dec 16, 2013 10:40 AM

    Eli should offer to pay this.

  19. jchuber says: Dec 16, 2013 10:46 AM

    bigbenownsthenfl must have selective memory loss about the Squealers stealing a super bowl from Seattle.

    1. Squealers didn’t have a first down during first three quarters, and had a 0 on the scoreboard.

    2. At end of game Squealers had almost 100
    yards in total offence.

    3. The squealers only drive was aided by the referees in three controversial calls. Even Tony Aikman, former NFL QB, said Seattle got screwed, because he didn’t see the fowls in slow motion replay.

    4. Mike Holmgren had criticized the entire NFL officiating organization for incompetence on several occasions, and even sent game film to NFL HQ’s. This is how NFL got even.

  20. pretendarchitect says: Dec 16, 2013 10:48 AM

    @all Seahawks fans complaining about the Super Bowl they lost:
    If you google worst officiating in NFL history, that game doesn’t come up. What actually comes up is the fail Mary. Now, let me explain the “bad calls”:
    1. The offensive pass interference. You can’t seriously say this is a bad call, yet you do. The Seahawks player was well guarded by the steelers player, the. He extended his arms, the steelers DB fell backward, and the Seattle WR shot forward and got open. That was a good call.
    2. The end of the half QB sneak TD. This one could actually be considered controversial. Personally, I think Roethlisberger got in. I’ve watched it many times. Either way, there is nowhere close to enough evidence to reverse it.
    3. Missed offsides call/holding call. Seriously, you’re gonna complain about one of those? That happens every game. Anyway, it doesn’t matter because ol’ Hasslebeck threw and interception the very next play.
    4. The low block call on Hasselbeck. Yes. Congratulations. This was actually th wrong call. However, it doesn’t matter because the next play was a 50 yd TD from Randle El to Ward. He still would have made it if it was 60 yards.

    In conclusion, if you lost by eleven and there was only one call that was remotely controversial, shut up. Also, you can’t expect to win if you let a WR have a passer rating of 158.3

  21. sandersmarcus10 says: Dec 16, 2013 10:49 AM

    bigbenownsthenfl says:
    Dec 16, 2013 9:34 AM
    they should of given out Kleenex for all the crybaby seahawk fans still crying about super bowl XL eventhough they were crushed in all 3 phases of the game!! #cryhawks.

    ^^^What the hell are you talking about, what does this have to do with fans winning money from a car dealership in 2013? Come on man!

  22. shlort says: Dec 16, 2013 10:53 AM

    goldrush36 says:Dec 16, 2013 9:19 AM

    So the insurance is paying $413,000 and the dealership is paying $7,000 after making the ptomise? Gee I can’t at all imagine why the things are so messed up in the insurance industry
    ________________________________

    Insurance companies make tons of money off of promotions like that. The dealership paid 7 grand to buy a policy in case there was a payout. 100 other dealerships paid 7 grand last week for give away promotions last week. The insurance company made big bucks, don’t think they lost a dime.

  23. ratsfoiledagain says: Dec 16, 2013 11:03 AM

    bigbenownsthenfl says:
    Dec 16, 2013 9:34 AM

    they should of given out Kleenex for all the crybaby seahawk fans still crying about super bowl XL eventhough they were crushed in all 3 phases of the game!! #cryhawks.
    ***********
    It seems anytime SB40 is brought up it’s mostly non Seahawk fans that originate the topic. Go figure…

  24. kingcrusher says: Dec 16, 2013 11:04 AM

    Insurance companies do this. It’s like the half-court shot for a million bucks. It’s not he organization that pays that. They buy an insurance for $10,000, and if the person misses, they still pay that insurance, the insurance companies make a mint off of those kind of things. But sometimes, the ball goes in, and the person wins (whatever the prize may be).
    The sad thing is, the insurance companies often try to find a way out of paying it if they have to. When the guy hit the half-court shot, they refused to pay it because his toe went a half inch over the line when he shot.
    So the whole thought of seeing how they pay it out simply means, “We’ll see if the insurance company will pony up”.

  25. dbones750 says: Dec 16, 2013 11:04 AM

    At least something good came of this goose-egg.

  26. flexx91 says: Dec 16, 2013 11:12 AM

    Now a few more unsuspecting and uneducated car buyers will be paying at or near MSRP on their new vehicle purchases. And no free oil changes in 2014.

  27. eastofmissball says: Dec 16, 2013 11:15 AM

    Sir… We are going to throw in the undercoating for free and 3 free oil changes. Awesome. But Delivery fee on the vehicle will be $34.999

  28. opiedamus says: Dec 16, 2013 11:16 AM

    As someone that worked for this type of insurance
    Company, the only thing that is in doubt, is how
    the payment will be doled out. The statistical odds
    of an NFL shutout is what determines the premium.
    Will just depend on whether it is a lump sum or
    Multi year payout.

  29. newjerseygiants says: Dec 16, 2013 11:29 AM

    I’ll bet $420,000 the insurance company finds a way to weasel out of paying.

  30. thebirdofprey2 says: Dec 16, 2013 11:53 AM

    pretendarchitect says: Dec 16, 2013 10:48 AM

    @all Seahawks fans complaining about the Super Bowl they lost:
    If you google worst officiating in NFL history, that game doesn’t come up. What actually comes up is the fail Mary. Now, let me explain the “bad calls”:
    1. The offensive pass interference. You can’t seriously say this is a bad call, yet you do. The Seahawks player was well guarded by the steelers player, the. He extended his arms, the steelers DB fell backward, and the Seattle WR shot forward and got open. That was a good call.
    2. The end of the half QB sneak TD. This one could actually be considered controversial. Personally, I think Roethlisberger got in. I’ve watched it many times. Either way, there is nowhere close to enough evidence to reverse it.
    3. Missed offsides call/holding call. Seriously, you’re gonna complain about one of those? That happens every game. Anyway, it doesn’t matter because ol’ Hasslebeck threw and interception the very next play.
    4. The low block call on Hasselbeck. Yes. Congratulations. This was actually th wrong call. However, it doesn’t matter because the next play was a 50 yd TD from Randle El to Ward. He still would have made it if it was 60 yards.

    In conclusion, if you lost by eleven and there was only one call that was remotely controversial, shut up. Also, you can’t expect to win if you let a WR have a passer rating of 158.3

    ————————————————-

    Seattle fans are over it. We have no doubt this Wilson led team with this # 1 rated defense who is 3rd or 4th youngest in the NFL is going to be competing for Super Bowls the next 8-10 years.

    All your points are moot when the referee of the Super Bowl game that the Steelers won came out publicly and apologized for blowing multiple calls in the game that affected the outcome. That game is generally regarded as the biggest official blunder in sports.

  31. bigbenownsthenfl says: Dec 16, 2013 12:21 PM

    so you say seattle fans are over it then go on to say how the referees blew calls and the game is regarded as the biggest official blunder in sports!! hahaha #butthurt..

  32. johnnyprc says: Dec 16, 2013 12:30 PM

    How the heck does a dealership get insurance like that????….isn’t that a form of gambling?

    …somehow I doubt the people will get the money that easy, as the insurance company will find some legal loophole. I do hope the dealership honors its deal regardless.

  33. hawkforlife says: Dec 16, 2013 12:58 PM

    Funny Steeler fans here. Did you not see the stands yesterday at Heinz Field that were maybe half full. If your team is Gods team or you have the best fans in the world, where were they?

  34. tved12 says: Dec 16, 2013 1:21 PM

    “seattlesue427 says:
    Dec 16, 2013 10:12 AM
    @bigbenownsthenfl :
    If you Google “Worst Officiating in NFL History”, the game that universally comes up the Seattle/Pittsburgh Super Bowl farce. Even the refs now admit to “missing calls”. Get a clue! The game was bought and paid for and no STEALER fan should be proud of that “win”.”

    Did you actually Google that? I took your exact phrase and that game wasn’t even on the first page of results.

    I’m a Vikings fan so I really don’t care about the argument, but you should check your facts bud…

  35. pftstory says: Dec 16, 2013 2:59 PM

    Lord we have some jaded people here.
    If the insurance compaines regularly stiff the winners on this type of promotion, the “car dealerships” would stop having them. As the bad publicity they would receive would be damaging. They would not get away with “its the insurance companies fault.”
    Sure if the insurance co can find a legit out, they will take it, as they should. Chicago had a full court $1 million shot. Entrant was asked, have you ever been paid to play basketball. He said no. Later it was found he played semi-pro. Clear violation of the entry rules. Insurance co did not pay. The contest sponsor ended up recruiting local businesses to assist in paying the prize. They didn’t want the bad pub.
    So again if this happened all the time, people would not have the contests.

    How so many people decided this event meshed with the Sea/Pit SB is odd.
    But I’ll join in the fun and say again, if you could not support the replacement officials for one season, so we could get rid of the “real refs” (and the system that allows them to exist) that we always complain about, you have little room to complain.
    We had our chance to get rid of them and the inability to see them held accountable for bad calls. Sure it would not have gone back and fixed this SB, but we could have had stronger ones now. But too many fans cried and moaned and couldn’t suffer through one season and supported managements efforts

  36. mackcarrington says: Dec 16, 2013 3:46 PM

    That dealership will now be charging $400 for floormats and $700 for luggage racks.

  37. realitycheckbaby says: Dec 16, 2013 7:33 PM

    Google worst officiated super bowl and see what comes up.

  38. seadawgs72 says: Dec 17, 2013 12:09 AM

    The whole concept of insurance is a scam. It made sense in the old days when it wasn’t mandated but now that it is we pay huge sums for all different types of coverage that protect us & others from events that may or may not happen. How the hell did we all fall for this?

  39. bigdave22 says: Dec 17, 2013 12:27 AM

    The princess Steelers lead the all time series with Seattle 9-8, however the Seahawks have outscored the princess Steelers by an average of 17 -14.7 per game and also the Seahawks have the biggest margin of victory of 30 – 0 in 1986. I was at the game in Seattle in 2003 that Seattle won 23-16. Oh yes the yellow towels where out there proudly cheering the princess Steelers on to defeat! Awesome!

  40. bigbluefan1 says: Dec 17, 2013 7:50 AM

    Its a chevy dealer in other words Goverment Motors.
    So not to fear our tax dollars will cover the loss just luck they have for all the crummy products that have come out of Detroit

  41. tigerpork says: Dec 17, 2013 10:56 AM

    norseyapper says:
    Dec 16, 2013 10:06 AM
    Wow, what a smart move by the dealership. For $7,000 they have received national exposure and you can bet this was the top news story in the in Seattle area. How much is that kind of advertising worth? A whole lot more than 7 grand!

    ====================================

    But if the Giants scored just a field goal…the dealership wouldn’t gain anything from spending the $7k. It’s a gamble still.

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