ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — It’s a done deal. And yes, I caved — for one game.
The success of the Journal’s Pound Out Cancer fundraiser was huge. My belly isn’t.
After months of being pestered by a Lobo fan to wear a red shirt while covering games, I finally made him a deal. I said I would — for the season finale against TCU, the Mountain West Conference tournament and every game all of next season — if I failed to lose at least 22 pounds during the regular season. However, if I lost the weight, he had to donate $1,000 to the American Cancer Society New Mexico chapter of Coaches Vs. Cancer.
The Journal opened the challenge to the public, but I had to reach the target weight for the ACS to get a dime.
Opening weight: 190. Weight to win: 168.
Final weight — drum roll — 159.
And thanks to donations just this week from Maloof Distributing ($1,500), Rick Siegel of Advanced Presentation Systems ($500) and Graphic Connection president Scott Creagan ($250), we not only reached our goal of $10,000 — we shot all the way past $11,000. And donations are still coming (call 505-262-6011 to contribute).
Thank you, Albuquerque.
And since I lost 31 pounds — more than the required 22 — red was not necessary attire Wednesday during the check presentation to UNM coach Steve Alford for his Coaches Against Cancer Fund, and the ACS’ Emily Tabet and Geraldine Esquivel.
But what the heck. Off came the suit coat.
For one game.
Sorry, booster boy. Next season it’s back to sport coats, suits and ties.