Paul Finebaum backing out of promise to take Auburn fan to BCS National Championship game

Mandatory Credit: Kevin Liles-USA TODAY Sports

It was still very early in the season when the caller, identified as Joshua Smitherman, posed the question. It was way before the Iron Bowl, and  it had to have been before November 7th, possibly in October even. Smitherman asks Finebaum if there is any chance a one-loss Auburn team could leapfrog an undefeated team to make it into the National Championship game.

Finebaum asks which teams are undefeated in this hypothetical situation and the caller suggests Florida State and Oregon. Of course Oregon lost to Stanford on November 7th.

Finebaum says no, they could potentially leapfrog an undefeated Ohio State team though. Finebaum then volunteers this offer: “I’ll make you this promise Josh, and I shouldn’t be doing this. If Auburn does all that, and gets into the National Championship game I’ll take you to Pasadena.”

He says he’ll hold Finebaum to it and he Finebaum says he’ll take him. Well it happened, and now Smitherman is saying on his Facebook page that Finebaum is backing out.

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Hat tip:

[UPDATE:] Finebaum came through and got Smitherman tickets.

Topics: Auburn Tigers

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  • neverleft

    if you listen to the call the deal actually seems to be if 1 loss auburn leapfrogged an undefeated team he would take him, while auburn is in the nc the leapfrogging scenario did not play out. i think technically finebaum is in the right here.

  • bluegarage

    Paul has a way of sticking his foot in his mouth! But I do like listening to him.


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