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Old 09-23-2009, 09:42 PM  
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Ever gone to a game, and wanted your money back after?

This guy got it... from the Head Coach, no less...

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Tony Seminary is a 1996 graduate of the University of Oregon and a season ticket holder for the Ducks football team. He attended the Boise State game, and witnessed the loss to the Broncos and LeGarrette Blount’s PunchGate up close and personal. After the game, Seminary wrote an email to Chip Kelly, and did what you may have dreamt of doing after traveling to watch your team put in an embarrassing performance on the road: he asked for a refund, and attached an invoice bureaucrat-style. From the original email:

I was so angry with the game (even before the post-game melee) I am sending you an invoice for my trip to Boise. The product on the field Thursday night is not something I was at all proud of, and I feel as though I’m entitled to my money back for the trip. Please see my invoice attached in this email. I will happily send along receipts if need be.

Unlike most fans, he actually wrote this up and sent it. Unlike most coaches, Chip Kelly responded with a personal check written to one Anthony Seminary.

We called Seminary, who runs an IT company in the Portland area. He happily confirmed the story.

“I wasn’t happy with the team’s performance, and it just left a bad taste in my mouth. I think most of the Duck contingent felt the same way, and that was even before the post-game shennanigans. I just felt like I needed to reach out to Coach Kelly and give him my two cents about how I felt about the performance.”

Seminary then emailed Kelly, and did what most fans only talk about doing. He attached an invoice in jest detailing his expenses from the game.

“The invoice was sent in jest. I run a business and I invoice customers, and I have an invoice at my disposal. I just took all the company information and made it out to Tony Seminary, Incorporated. It was definitely sent in jest. Sometimes you send an email, and you just feel better after you sent it? That’s kind of how it felt.”

Then the jesting bluff got called by Chip Kelly.

“When Chip replied and said ‘What is your address?’–that was all he said–I replied with my address, and a few days later I had a check in the mail.”

Seminary was understandably dumbfounded by the response.

“As a sales guy, it’s really hard to shut me up. When I received that check, I was literally speechless.”

The check came from one Charles Kelly, and was made out in the amount of $439 to one Anthony Seminary, the exact amount listed on the invoice for the Boise trip. Here it is:



Seminary did not cash the check, though he did make copies. (He’ll probably frame them.) The original went back to Kelly, along with a thank you note and a business card.

“I think of Coach Kelly as a totally different person now, I have a different bond with him now thanks to what happened. Let’s just say he lost every game as an Oregon coach. You would never hear me calling for his head. It just wouldn’t happen. The guy showed an incredible amount of class”

“I now know why his kids would run through a wall for that guy, because who does what he did, right? That is simply amazing.”

Agreed in total. (For the record, the Oregon media relations department will neither confirm nor deny this, as they “don’t deal with dot-com,” and don’t want to comment on Kelly’s private dealings with fans.)

Seminary would also like to stop a run on football-related invoices peppering the Oregon Athletic department, even if Phil Knight and his mountains of gold bullion could fund the program for the next century. Creating a market for football-based refunds is not and never was what this was about for Seminary.

“If you go down to Autzen Stadium and we lose by three points, please don’t start sending invoices down there. The intent is to show how much of a class act that guy is. What he did is simply amazing, and blew me away.”

“He could lose every game 50-0 and he’d still be my coach, our coach, through thick and thin.”

Chip Kelly, a man of his word, and like his bank, “Nice. Remarkably nice.”

Thanks to Joe.
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Old 09-23-2009, 09:46 PM   #2
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Old 09-23-2009, 09:46 PM   #3
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Repizzle.

Though the jpeg of the actual check was a nice touch.
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Old 09-23-2009, 09:47 PM   #4
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Old 09-23-2009, 09:47 PM   #5
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I should send Pelini a bill for the time I wasted watching that epic pile of fail on Saturday.
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Old 09-23-2009, 09:49 PM   #6
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I should send Pelini a bill for the time I wasted watching that epic pile of fail on Saturday.
Think he'll pro-rate the last 2:00?

Because I'm guessing you had little complaints until one of your DB's decided to take a nap.
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Old 09-23-2009, 09:57 PM   #7
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Think he'll pro-rate the last 2:00?

Because I'm guessing you had little complaints until one of your DB's decided to take a nap.
Yeah, I wasn't complaining when they started off by giving up a long return on the opening kickoff, then allowing VT to convert on a 3rd and 20 and the drive resulting in a touchdown. I also wasn't complaining when they couldn't punch it in on 1st and goal inside the 5. Or the second first and goal inside the 5 that ended up a 3rd and goal at the 35 yd line that ended up with a punt. Or not being able to get a ****ing first down so the defense didn't need to go back on the field with a goddamn minute of the game with us clinging to a 5 point lead.

And I'm sure I'm forgetting a few things I wasn't complaining about.
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Old 09-23-2009, 10:00 PM   #8
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Yeah, I wasn't complaining when they started off by giving up a long return on the opening kickoff, then allowing VT to convert on a 3rd and 20 and the drive resulting in a touchdown. I also wasn't complaining when they couldn't punch it in on 1st and goal inside the 5. Or the second first and goal inside the 5 that ended up a 3rd and goal at the 35 yd line that ended up with a punt. Or not being able to get a ****ing first down so the defense didn't need to go back on the field with a goddamn minute of the game with us clinging to a 5 point lead.
Wow, and I thought Chiefs fans were tough.

You had the ****ing lead, on the road, against a ranked opponent with less than 2:00, and you're bitching about the rest of the game?

You're NEBRASKA. Not Florida. Temper the expectations.
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Old 09-23-2009, 10:02 PM   #9
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Wow, and I thought Chiefs fans were tough.

You had the ****ing lead, on the road, against a ranked opponent with less than 2:00, and you're bitching about the rest of the game?

You're NEBRASKA. Not Florida. Temper the expectations.
Oh, now you've done it. I dunno about Bug.... but you may have brought the wrath of Sam Hall and Billay down upon your head.
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Old 09-23-2009, 10:04 PM   #10
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Wow, and I thought Chiefs fans were tough.

You had the ****ing lead, on the road, against a ranked opponent with less than 2:00, and you're bitching about the rest of the game?

You're NEBRASKA. Not Florida. Temper the expectations.
You're just DARING billay to make an appearance here.
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Old 09-23-2009, 10:04 PM   #11
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Old 09-23-2009, 10:05 PM   #12
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Oh, now you've done it. I dunno about Bug.... but you may have brought the wrath of Sam Hall and Billay down upon your head.
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You're just DARING billay to make an appearance here.
Loren's cool.

But yeah, that was an obvious slam at Sam and Sam Jr.
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Old 09-23-2009, 10:08 PM   #13
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Oh, now you've done it. I dunno about Bug.... but you may have brought the wrath of Sam Hall and Billay down upon your head.
Heh. Great minds.

Bug is a reasonable, albeit passionate, Nebraska fan. He lives in the now with the Huskers, a rare ability with Nebraska fan (at least the ones around here, for the most part). I like Bug, so I feel a little guilty when I talk bad about his team, for his sake and the sake of other fans like him. But I get over it.
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Old 09-23-2009, 10:09 PM   #14
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Wow, and I thought Chiefs fans were tough.

You had the ****ing lead, on the road, against a ranked opponent with less than 2:00, and you're bitching about the rest of the game?

You're NEBRASKA. Not Florida. Temper the expectations.
Of course I'm bitching about the rest of the game, those events are what led up to the door being left open for VT to steal a win. It never should've happened, NU had plenty of chances to put the game away and squandered them all.
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Heh. Great minds.

Bug is the only reasonable, albeit passionate, Nebraska fan. He lives in the now with the Huskers, a rare ability with Nebraska fan (at least the ones around here, for the most part). I like Bug, so I feel a little guilty when I talk bad about his team, for his sake and the sake of other fans like him. But I get over it.
FYP.
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