“My dog ate my homework” is probably the oldest excuse in the book, but for one Seattle golf fan it turned out to be the truth. This story actually blows my mind. So this guy wins four coveted tickets to the Masters in an online lottery, and the night before his flight leaves for the tournament his dog eats all four tickets. If you can believe it, the guy makes his dog barf up the tickets and pieces them back together. I am intentionally not including photos of the vomit and the post-thrown-up tickets, but suffice it to say this dude pieced together about 70% of each ticket from the mess. That’s dedication. Greg Botelho of CNN reported,
“As Russ Berkman understood it, desperate times call for desperate measures.
And when your Swiss mountain dog gobbles up your Masters tickets, that means getting out the hydrogen peroxide and getting ready to sift through your canine’s vomit.
That’s the choice the Seattle resident made after a fit of panic when he realized Saturday night that his beloved canine Sierra had eaten his and his friends’ four passes to the prestigious Augusta, Georgia, golf tournament.
“Laying on the hardwood floor was just the strings from (the tickets)” as he came in from a short trip outside, Berkman recalled. “I knew.”
With just a few hours to go before he boarded his 6 a.m. Sunday flight east, he called his girlfriend, who recommended he give Sierra some low-concentration hydrogen peroxide solution, which many recognize as a safe way to get a dog to vomit.”
To read the rest of the story about how Berkman salvages his precious Masters tickets from his dog’s barf click here.
Apparently the folks over at Augusta National believed Berkman’s story and honored his tickets by printing him out a new set. Pictures of Berkman’s dog, Sierra, the chewed-up, re-pieced tickets, and even the mound of barf have hit the internet. And personally, I think that August should honor this dedicated guy with some tickets to next season’s tournament for everything he went through to salvage this year’s tickets. That, my friends, is a true sports fan.