What do you get if you're following an athlete who happens to be one of the most prolific Twitter users of the professional athlete ilk, and he's ignored your replies, tweets, and retweets? If you can get the player's attention, you might just get some NFL Playoff tickets out of the deal.
Just ask Victor Gonzalez, a heavy Twitter user in his own right, who happened to do just that.
Gonzalez is a student in Florida, and has been following Chad Ochocinco, wide receiver for the New England Patriots, on Twitter for two years and as never received a response from a player who's has a reputation for interacting with his followers. On January 8th, Gonzalez posted the following tweet:
@ochocinco Been tweeting you for two years and have not ever gotten a response
Which, after two years of trying, Gonzalez was greeted with the following response:
@Vic13NYY: Been tweeting you for two years and have not ever gotten a responseDamn 2 years? My bad. Want to come to the game saturday? RT
From there, the story exploded. Once the gift was confirmed -- that is, once Gonzalez was shown it was indeed really happening -- the real fun began. You can follow all of Victor's excitement over at his Twitter feed, it would be too much to embed all of it, but here are some of the highlights:
@vic13nyy at 6:30. He tells me exactly what happened via text and phone call with Ochocinco and his assistant.Talking to the lucky
Gonzalez even caught the attention of a random NFL
I bet she was trying to get some tickets, too. All in all, it looks like Victor survived his trip from the warmth of Florida, to the winter conditions Boston has in store for him:
Just landed in Boston! Let the fun begin!
Maybe Gonzalez will survive the trip without seeing the Patriots get Tebow'd, a very real possibility.