Gary Yates, a lifelong Tennessee Volunteers fan living in Denver, purchased four tickets to Saturday's SEC tilt between the Vols and the Florida Gators. After his 27 year-old stepdaughter, Jessica Flanagan, had her date for the game bail on her, Yates was left with an extra $150 ticket on his hands.
Most in Yates' situation would probably just try to resell the spare ticket to recover some cash -- perhaps back on StubHub, where Yates originally purchased the seat. But Yates, an airline pilot, had a better idea: He'd give away the ticket for free on Craigslist in exchange for a replacement date for Flanagan.
And so late Monday night, the ad below was born :
The ad reads:
1 Free ticket for the Tennessee-Florida Football game this Saturday (cost to me, $150) on the 40 for the right gentleman. You must be an attractive, professional, single well educated gentleman, with a good sense of humor, 25-33. You also must not be threatened by an attractive, professional, single well educated lady, (as she is). If you do not qualify, please pass this ad to a friend.
The fine print: I lied! (Sorry...not totally free). Your cost will be a modest dinner, drinks and delightful conversation with her before or after the game.
P.S. (Being a Tennessee Vols fan is not required but is highly desirable)
Only those that respond with pictures and resume will be considered! Be creative!
When reached by FOXSports.com Tuesday, Yates confirmed that the ad is 100 percent legit. He says his family, including his wife Brenda, is flying down for the game -- and also using the trip to check on a retirement home they're building in Punta Gorda. The "winner" of the ad will sit with him, Brenda and Jessica at the game.
Apparently the Craigslist community isn't taking it as a prank, either, because Yates says he's been flooded with feedback in the hours since his ad was posted.