Truckee resident one of 14 finalists in Super Bowl contest
December 23, 2011
Kirsten Kuehne has a dream. But she needs to receive a whole lot more votes to achieve it.The Truckee resident was selected as the Week 3 winner of the Ultimate Sunday Night Football Fan Contest on Facebook, with a chance now to win two tickets to Super Bowl XLVI in Indianapolis.andamp;#8220;It wouldn’t just be a dream come true, this IS my dream. I live and breathe NFL football,andamp;#8221; said Kuehne, a preschool teacher at Discovery Preschool in Truckee. andamp;#8220;I watch as much football as humanly possible while still having a life.andamp;#8221;Kuehne discovered the Super Bowl contest on the Sunday Night Football Facebook page earlier this season. Those who andamp;#8220;likedandamp;#8221; the page could send in a written story explaining why he or she was the best Sunday Night Football fan of all andamp;#8212; which Kuehne believed wholeheartedly she was.A different fan from across the nation was selected each week based on his or her story, for a total of 14 winners. Kuehne learned of her Week 3 win when she received a video message from Sunday Night Football announcers Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth.Now, all 14 of their stories are posted on the Sunday Night Football Facebook page, and anyone who andamp;#8220;likesandamp;#8221; the page may vote an unlimited number of times (after refreshing the page after each vote). Whoever receives the most votes by Jan. 6 wins two tickets to the Super Bowl on Feb. 5.It won’t be a simple task for Kuehne, especially considering one of the weekly winners, a cop named Michelle Wilgus, has received 34 percent of the votes so far. Kuehne is currently hovering around last place, as she’s one of six finalists with 2 percent or less of the votes.But that can change quickly, Kuehne said. She just needs to spread the word and get people to vote (votes must be cast from a computer, not a smart phone). Her concern, however, is that her submitted story got hacked so badly in the editing process that it’s hardly coherent in its condensed form.andamp;#8220;They edited out so much of my story that it doesn’t even make sense. I barely sound literate,andamp;#8221; she said. andamp;#8220;That’s why I need Tahoe’s help so badly. It’s going to be hard to compete with the policewoman (Wilgus), after all.andamp;#8221;Kuehne’s story included her experience at a Sunday Night Football game last year in San Francisco, where she snuck in two signs to Candlestick Park, one of which read, andamp;#8220;No one Beats Chris andamp; Al,andamp;#8221; with a big red heart drawn behind andamp;#8220;Al,andamp;#8221; her hero. The “NBC” aligned vertically. After the game, Kuehne andamp;#8212; a Raiders fan who also follows the 49ers andamp;#8212; and her husband stuck around and got a chance to meet Collinsworth, who told her her sign was andamp;#8220;cute.andamp;#8221;If Kuehne does win the trip to the Super Bowl, she said she’ll bring her husband along for the once-in-a-lifetime experience.andamp;#8220;My only hope is to get Truckee and Tahoe together. Our community is good at coming together for one of our own. I need the town to rally around me,andamp;#8221; she said.