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BCBoltFan
10-27-2005, 09:43 PM
Way to go buddy!

CFL fan kicks million dollar field goal

10/27/2005 9:16:36 PM

TORONTO - Brian Diesbourg, a 25-year old mechanical engineer and avid soccer player from Belle River, Ont., has become Canada's next million-dollar athlete by successfully kicking a 50-yard field goal - worth $1 million - as part of the Wendy's Kick for a Million promotion. The event was televised live on TSN during the network's CFL broadcast featuring Hamilton @ Toronto on Thursday.

''I still can't believe I made the kick. I have never been so nervous, but I knew I had to stay focused on the uprights,'' said Diesbourg. ''This truly is the TSN Turning Point of my life!''

Diesbourg attempted field goals ranging in distance from 20 to 50 yards, with lucrative prizes awarded for each successful kick. After Diesbourg barely missed splitting the uprights at the 20, 30 and 40-yard lines and with the pressure on, he calmly stepped up and made no mistake, successfully kicking from the 50-yard line for the grand prize of $1 million.

''This entire promotion has been a tremendous success for everyone involved. It's nice to see a young, enthusiastic, everyday CFL fan beat the odds and win the million. I think we'll be seeing the kick on highlight reels for years to come,'' said Phil King, President, TSN.

''What an incredible achievement and how proud Brian's family and community must be at this moment. Wendy's is thrilled to present Brian with this incredible grand prize,'' said Desmond Edwards, Wendy's Director of Marketing.

Diesbourg's $1 million kick caps off the first ever Wendy's Kick for a Million contest, which attracted nearly 200,000 entries.

According to contest rules and regulations, the grand prize will be paid out in equal installments over a 40-year period.
http://images.tsn.ca/images/stories/20051027/diesbourg_79929.jpg

Podium
10-27-2005, 09:44 PM
how bout we caption that picture? haha


GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA AALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL

mtxsound
10-27-2005, 10:17 PM
That guy looks like he plays soccer for the Wendy's Wankers. Congrats to that dude. You think he might get Jose Cortez' job?

joelbolt
10-28-2005, 12:56 AM
According to contest rules and regulations, the grand prize will be paid out in equal installments over a 40-year period.If my math is correct, that’s $25K a year. Not sure how they do taxes in Canada but in the US that would be around $14-15k after taxes. (It’s entirely possible the government might want all the tax up front, they did when a friend of mine won the Price is Right Showcase showdown.) Just kind of funny how a million dollars just isn’t what it use to be, especial in $an Diego. Looks like he won’t be quitting his day job, unless you can live on that amount in Canada.

IgorUnchained
10-28-2005, 04:24 AM
If my math is correct, thatís $25K a year. Not sure how they do taxes in Canada but in the US that would be around $14-15k after taxes. (Itís entirely possible the government might want all the tax up front, they did when a friend of mine won the Price is Right Showcase showdown.) Just kind of funny how a million dollars just isnít what it use to be, especial in $an Diego. Looks like he wonít be quitting his day job, unless you can live on that amount in Canada.

Ive lived on less than 14k a year most of my life! Im sure Canada taxes more for something like that.....but he has free medical and so does everyone else, so it is a give and take I would be comfortable with.

Instead of thinking about it as how much he will get over the years, I prefer to think of it as a great paycheck for being a "temporary specialist"
I wonder how his winnings break down into an hourly wage for his time on the field?:D

BCBoltFan
10-28-2005, 08:05 AM
If my math is correct, thatís $25K a year. Not sure how they do taxes in Canada but in the US that would be around $14-15k after taxes. (Itís entirely possible the government might want all the tax up front, they did when a friend of mine won the Price is Right Showcase showdown.) Just kind of funny how a million dollars just isnít what it use to be, especial in $an Diego. Looks like he wonít be quitting his day job, unless you can live on that amount in Canada.
In Canada they don't tax lotto wins, just the interest or money made from the win. I expect this would be the same. You would have to live in a pretty small town, close to the middle of nowhere, to survive on that amount anually, a nice pay boost tho!

OldManCharger
10-28-2005, 10:52 AM
That guy looks like he plays soccer for the Wendy's Wankers. Congrats to that dude. You think he might get Jose Cortez' job?

he was 4 for 4, not bad and he kicked a 50 yarded, he out perfromed Cortez.....he might be worth a shot on some NFL clubs. Besides the guy never practices, makes you think what he could do if he hit the gym and had some training.....he could be a late bloomer...hahahah.

Imagine how nice it would be to hit that FG.

OMC

OldManCharger
10-28-2005, 10:56 AM
In Canada they don't tax lotto wins, just the interest or money made from the win. I expect this would be the same. You would have to live in a pretty small town, close to the middle of nowhere, to survive on that amount anually, a nice pay boost tho!

Who cares, that would be like a 25,000 bonus every year.....the sad thing is nobody can retire on a million anymore, crazy but true.....you gotta make two to have a chance of sitting back. Besides, who wants to sit around all day and get fat anyhow.......retiring is for dead people anyhow. studies say that the average man who retires dies in less than 5 years after retirement, and that includes the all of population age bracket. Its always better to be active and using your brain, what is the alternative, alcholic on a beach somewhere. If you thik about it, its not usually a pretty picture.

Keep on working doing something you like, stay fit, and you will live a long and healthy life.

Oh yeah, try to kick the bad addictions, that will help too.

OMC

OldManCharger
10-28-2005, 10:57 AM
Ive lived on less than 14k a year most of my life! Im sure Canada taxes more for something like that.....but he has free medical and so does everyone else, so it is a give and take I would be comfortable with.

Instead of thinking about it as how much he will get over the years, I prefer to think of it as a great paycheck for being a "temporary specialist"
I wonder how his winnings break down into an hourly wage for his time on the field?:D

According to Revenue Canada, which is the Canadian version of the IRS, there are not taxes on Lottery or gambling winnings, only interest if generated from such winnings.

OMC

boltsareback
10-28-2005, 01:29 PM
Caption for the guy who kicked the field goal:

"I think I just lost a finger.....oh well it's worth a million!"

Alibell1
10-29-2005, 11:45 AM
So after taxes that comes out to about $1.63 American? Don't spend it all in one place dude.

BCBoltFan
10-19-2006, 09:15 PM
It's that time of year again.

Szijarto seeks $1 million FG on Friday

Canadian Press 10/19/2006 10:44:12 PM

TORONTO (CP) - Noel Prefontaine's tutelage helped Brian Diesbourg nail a 50-yard field goal for $1 million last year and Bill Szijarto hopes the Toronto Argonauts kicker can do the same thing for him.

"I've got a good feeling about him," Prefontaine said Thursday as he practised with the all-star at the Rogers Centre. "I think he'll be there every step of the way. That's the kind of guy he is."

Szijarto's name was drawn from 1.5 million entries to take part in Wendy's Kick for a Million contest during halftime of Friday's game between the Roughriders and Argos. He huddled with Diesbourg, last year's winner, before the session with Prefontaine and later pondered all the advice.

Szijarto kicked seven field goals from the 20-yard line and one from the 30 but didn't make any attempts from the 40- or 50-yard lines.

Aside from the big prize, a 2006 Chevrolet Avalanche can be had with a good 40-yard kick, a $15,000 Best Buy shopping spree is at stake from 30 yards and a $10,000 selloffvacations.com travel voucher is up for grabs from 20 yards.

Diesbourg was 0-for-3 before he hoofed his boot for a million and said he couldn't have done without Prefontaine.

"He showed me everything that I needed," Diesbourg said.

For his part Prefontaine didn't try to overload the contestants with technical information, fine-tuning their approach rather than revamping it. He says they either have the leg to do it or they don't.

"I pretty much just talked to them about what I do on the field and what I tried to accomplish," he said. "We adjusted Brian. He had no approach and we gave him an approach. You need that stuff, you need the proper equipment and proper ideas to be successful."

Prefontaine was coming out of the Argos locker-room when he saw Diesbourg make his kick and he'd love to see it happen again. Prefontaine rushed over to hug Diesbourg after the kick and the whole team joined in the celebration.

"It was great," he said. "It was just really neat that something like that could happen to somebody."

http://www.tsn.ca/cfl/news_story/?ID=181277&hubname=cfl

TCUFAN5
10-19-2006, 09:27 PM
where can i sign up for this type of thing.. i wanna kick a FG for thousands of dollars

BCBoltFan
10-20-2006, 07:38 PM
Szijarto short on $1-million kick

Canadian Press 10/20/2006 9:22:08 PM

TORONTO (CP) - There was no $1-million payday for Bill Szijarto on Friday.

Szijarto, a 43-year-old IT support specialist from Port Robinson, Ont., missed a 50-yard field goal attempt in the Wendy's Kick for a Million contest at halftime of the Toronto Argonauts-Saskatchewan Roughriders game at Rogers Centre.

A successful boot would have earned Szijarto a lump-sum payment of $1 million.

After connecting from 20 and 30 yards out, Szijarto was short on his 40-yard try. Then, after being forced to stand around for about three minutes due to a commercial break, Szijarto lined up the 50-yard try. He took a 10-yard run up to the kick and seemed to hit it well, but the ball landed a full 10 yards short of the goalposts.

Brian Diesbourg of Belle River, Ont., captured the $1-million stipend in last year's inaugural contest when he made the 50-yard field goal during halftime of an Argos game. Replays of Diesbourg's winning kick - the only one of the four he made - and his stunned look when he realized his kick had barely cleared the crossbar were played all over North America.

However, Wendy's came under criticism for paying Diesbourg $25,000 a year for 40 years rather than giving him the total amount. So the company was prepared to present the six-foot-one, 270-pound Szijarto with a cheque for the entire amount had he connected.

Szijarto's name was randomly drawn from 1.5 million entries, seven times the number of entries over last year's inaugural contest.

But Szijarto didn't go away empty-handed. He received $10,000 in travel vouchers for making the 20-yard kick, then received a $15,000 Best Buy shopping spree for connecting from 30 yards out.

A successful boot from 40 yards would have earned Szijarto a 2007 Chevrolet Avalanche.

http://tsn.ca/cfl/news_story/?ID=181383&hubname=

LadTom21
10-20-2006, 08:05 PM
I saw it live, he was owning the first two kicks.....then he choked.

JCDavey
10-20-2006, 08:22 PM
So after taxes that comes out to about $1.63 American? Don't spend it all in one place dude.
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