-- 48-year-old automotive line technician won 'Kickdown Playoff' earlier
today to earn berth in Wendy's Kick for a Million finale --
Media Note: Footage of CFL on TSN halftime show will be available via
satellite Friday night. See below for details.
TORONTO, Oct. 11 /CNW/ - Dave Thompson, 48, of Niagara Falls, ON, is
readying for the kick of his life - a 50-yard field goal worth $1 million (all
figures Canadian). The big event takes place tomorrow (Oct. 12) at halftime
during TSN's live coverage of the Friday Night Football CFL game featuring
Montreal @ Toronto (game starts at 7:30 p.m. ET).
Thompson's name was randomly drawn from more than 1.8 million entrants
for TSN's third annual Wendy's Kick for a Million contest.
Earlier today, Thompson defeated Rod Logan of Dartmouth, NS,
Adrian Kotekar of Scarborough, ON, and Andrew McLeod of Burnaby, BC, in the
first ever prelude to the Wendy's Kick for a Million - the 'Kickdown Playoff',
held at the Rogers Centre in Toronto. Thompson was the only participant to
successfully kick a field goal from the 20-yard line.
On Friday during the Wendy's Kick for a Million halftime show, Thompson
will attempt four field goals ranging in distance from 20 to 50 yards, with
lucrative prizes awarded for each successful kick leading up to the $1 million
grand prize. This year's prizes are as follows:
- 20 yards - $10,000 Best Buy Shopping Spree
- 30 yards - $15,000 SellOffVacations.com Travel Voucher
- 40 yards - 2008 GMC Sierra
- 50 yards - $1,000,000 in a one-time payment
In 2005, the first year of the Wendy's Kick for a Million contest,
25-year-old mechanical engineer Brian Diesbourg of Belle River, ON, split the
uprights from 50 yards to win the $1 million grand prize. Last year,
Bill Szijarto, a 43-year-old IT support specialist from Port Robinson, ON,
nailed field goals from the 20- and 30-yard lines to win prizes totaling
Bio - Dave Thompson
Hometown: Niagara Falls; Age: 48; Height: 6'0"; Weight: 280 pounds
One day after his 48th birthday (Sept. 21), Dave got the present he was
hoping for, when TSN called to tell him he was randomly selected to take part
in Wendy's Kick for a Million. The Niagara Falls native, whose father was in
the Canadian Armed Forces and moved around a lot, was born in Vancouver and
has lived in four countries, five provinces and 12 different homes. Despite
all of the movement, Dave spent 10 years living in Winnipeg (age 14-24) and is
a die-hard Blue Bombers fan. While Dave hasn't played football since his
teens, he enlisted the help of former CFL kicker Dan Giancola, as well as his
son's high school football coach to prepare for the 'Kickdown Playoff'. Dave,
48, is married (for 21 years) and has a 17-year-old son. He currently works as
a line technician at GDX Vehicle Sealing, an automotive outsourcer in Welland,
ON. Dave has entered the Wendy's Kick for a Million contest in previous years,
and this year submitted a total of 267 entries.
Footage of the CFL on TSN Halftime Show and Thompson's kicks will be
available Friday (Oct. 12) from 22:30 to 23:00 ET. The coordinates are as
- Anik F2/3B c-band (111 degrees west)
- Downlink frequency: 3820 Vertical
- Audio: 6.2/6.8 mhz
- Local Toronto broadcasters can access this feed at Toronto TOC. Pegad
has been left to connect to CFTO Tx11
- Uplink: Dome Distribution 416-332-7066
Fans Win Big in Sports Contests
- October 27, 2005 - Brian Diesbourg, a mechanical engineer from
Belle River, ON, kicked a 50-yard field goal to win $1 million (Cdn).
Diesbourg, 25, was randomly selected from 200,000 entries on
www.TSN.ca in TSN's first-ever Wendy's Kick for a Million promotion.
The event was televised live on TSN during halftime of a Hamilton
@ Toronto CFL game.
NFL - Pro Bowl
- February 2, 1997 - Twenty-six-year-old investment banker
Lance Alstodt of New York kicked a 35-yard field goal during halftime
at the Pro Bowl to win $1 million (U.S.). To qualify for the
million-dollar kick, Alstodt successfully kicked consecutive field
goals from 10, 20 and 30 yards during the halftime show.
- February 1, 1998 - Hardware store manager Dennis Crawford of
Cleveland, Tenn., kicked a 35-yard field goal during halftime at the
Pro Bowl to win $1 million (U.S.), as part of Hershey's Million
Dollar Kick sweepstakes. This marked the second consecutive year the
promotion gave away the $1 million grand prize.
MLB All-Star Game
- July 14, 2004 - Tom Gray of Houston threw five strikes through a
target in 30 seconds at the All-Star Game in Houston to win the
$1 million (U.S.) grand prize, as part of the Taco Bell 'Rapid Fire'
- April 14, 1993 - Salesman Don Calhoun was picked out of a crowd at a
Chicago Bulls home game and sank a shot from the opposite free-throw
line (75 feet) to win $1 million (U.S.).
- November 16, 2002 - Keith Bishop, a 31-year-old school bus driver and
father of three from Hudson Falls, NY, sank a half-court shot at the
Philadelphia @ New York game in the New York Mega Millions
$1 Million Shoot-Out Sweepstakes to win the $1 million (U.S.) grand
- October 13, 1994 - Cory Clouse, a 21-year-old student from Cleveland,
OH, sank a half-court shot during Midnight Madness at the University
of Cincinnati basketball game. Clouse won a university scholarship
for one year's tuition, room and board, and was later 'honoured' with
a 1995 ESPY Award for Outrageous Play of the Year.
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