The Super Bowl
Since its start in 1967, the Super Bowl has been the most exciting event football fans have ever experienced.
It isn’t just about the game. It’s about the snack and gathering of friends. It’s about supporting your team and hoping they get that trophy. But what would you do if you were cheated out of the opportunity to see your team play live?
Game Of The Year
This is the one event a year that will have every single NFL fan glued to their screen in anticipation of who will take the cup.
But just imagine what it must feel like to sit on the 30-yard line while your team fights for victory. The thrill must be breathtaking. Now imagine your tickets for that seat are stolen. How would you feel?
Tickets Are Hard To Get
Everyone who has ever tried knows how hard it is to get tickets for the games. And those 30-yard line tickets don’t come cheap.
At about $5,000 a piece, most of us can only dream of sitting that close to our favorite player. But Roger had that chance, and it was taken from him by his boss.
Roger, The Consultant
Roger Williams was a consultant at a firm, and he had control over quite a few accounts. He was a hard worker who took pride in his career. However, Roger’s boss, Tim, didn’t care about his performance all that much.
He was just happy that Roger was getting him new clients, and at the end of the day, he would throw anyone under the bus to keep them.
A Love For The 49ers
But Tim should’ve been more careful when it came to Roger because his actions would lead to dire consequences.
You see, Roger was a huge 49ers fan, and because of that, he made a lot of friends that shared his love of the sport. And one of those friends was a man that shouldn’t be messed with.
His Special Client
One of Roger’s clients was Edmund’s Incorporated, and their CEO was Anthony Edmund’s. He was one of the biggest clients Roger had, and he was someone the company couldn’t afford to lose.
He was also a major 49ers fan, so his relationship with Roger ran much deeper than it seemed. When it came to these two, there was more of a friendship than a business relationship.
What no one at the office knew was that Roger and Anthony were actually close friends. They were so close that their business meetings usually ended with dinner and drinks.
The business side of it was just a mutually beneficial relationship. But Roger was great at his job, and Anthony wanted to show his appreciation for everything Roger had done for his company, so he got him a special gift.
A “Thank You” Gift
Anthony slipped the two Super Bowl tickets into a blank envelope and made his way over to the consulting firm to present them to his friend.
When he arrived, he gave the envelope to Tim and asked him to give it to Roger and to express his gratitude for all the hard work Roger had put in. He had no idea that Tim would do what he did.
It Was An Opportunity
Before giving the envelope to Roger, Tim opened it up to see what was inside and when he saw the two tickets he knew it was the opportunity of a lifetime.
He had been struggling to hook a client, and he thought that presenting them with the tickets would help them reconsider what he had to offer.
Meanwhile, Roger was going about his day, completely unaware of the huge opportunity that had just slipped through his fingers.
But if Roger was at the office, why didn’t Anthony just deliver the envelope in person? Why would he take such a risk by giving the tickets to Tim? Well, he had a plan that went incredibly wrong.
It Was Meant To Be A Surprise
Anthony didn’t want to give Roger the envelope in person because he didn’t want everyone at the company to know what he had done.
He wanted to surprise his friend but not jeopardize their professional relationship. And he had no idea Tim would be dumb enough to steal from a client. But he would find out soon enough.
Watching The Game At Home
It was Saturday, and Roger was prepared for the big game. His snacks were prepared, and a few of his friends had come over.
As the introduction started, Roger wished he had the $5,000 to spend on a ticket. It would’ve been fantastic to see the 49ers up close and personal. But he had to make the best of what he had.
Sadly, the 49ers lost that game, but that didn’t mean Roger didn’t enjoy the show. The 49ers had just managed to get back into the Super Bowl, and that in itself was worth watching.
Even though the loss stung a bit, he still had a great time watching them. If only he knew that it could’ve been a million times better.
A few days later, Roger met Anthony for drinks, and Anthony asked him something that caught him completely off guard.
“Hey, by the way, why didn’t you go to the game? I heard someone else was in your seats.” Roger’s brows furrowed at Anthony’s words, and he told him that he didn’t have tickets. That was when everything came out.
He Had No Idea
Anthony told Roger that his company had tickets for every Super Bowl game, and they weren’t just any tickets. They were 30-yard seats.
He also informed Roger that he had given up his two seats for Roger. Anthony told Roger about the surprise he had planned and that Tim was told to give him the tickets. Roger was speechless for a moment.
The Truth Comes Out
When Roger told Anthony he never received the tickets, his friend was visibly boiling. But being the composed businessman he was, he needed evidence before he said anything else.
Anthony told Roger to do a little digging and see what he could find, which Roger agreed to. But neither of them knew what Tim was really up to.
Over the next few days, Roger kept his ears wide open while at the office, but nothing popped up. There was no gossip about the Super Bowl or the tickets Anthony gave to Tim.
If they wanted answers, Roger would have to up his game. He’d need to start asking questions, and he knew exactly who to go to.
A Lead From The Secretary
The secretaries knew everything, and that was where Roger would start. He asked around a bit, but none of them were willing to reveal anything,
Roger was about to give up when Emma pulled him aside and told him that Tim had given the tickets to a potential client he was trying to win over.
Roger was used to office politics and didn’t usually let it get under his skin, but this time his blood was boiling. He loved the 49ers and would’ve given his right arm to be in those seats.
Roger wished he could take revenge, but Tim was his boss, and if he did anything wrong, he would lose his job. But that didn’t mean he would back down. He’d just have to be cautious.
The Life-Altering Text
Once Roger calmed down a bit, he sent Anthony a text with everything he had discovered. This time Anthony wasn’t as cool as he was before.
He replied with, “ARE YOU KIDDING ME??” A few seconds later, another text came through saying, “Pretend I never told you. Let me handle it.” Roger smiled. That was exactly what he needed.
Over the next few days, Anthony kept Roger updated about his plan, but he was vague when it came to what exactly it was that he planned on doing.
All Roger knew was that Tim wouldn’t get away with what he did and that Anthony expected both Roger and Tim to be in his office the following week.
A Week Later
A week later, Tim and Roger were boarding a plane to New York, where Antony was waiting for them. During the flight, Anthony’s plan was all Roger could think about.
He wondered what his cunning friend had up his sleeve and how it would affect their business relationship. Would he terminate his contract with the company?
Line Of Questioning
When Tim and Roger arrived, Anthony introduced them to a woman called Angelica. Roger was confused, especially when Anthony told Angelica she must’ve met Roger already as he was at the Super Bowl game.
It was only then that the trick started sinking in. Angelica said she didn’t remember Roger and that two people from Olpharia Inc. were sitting in the seats he mentioned.
Tim Was Uncomfortable
Tim swallowed the lump in his throat and motioned for Roger to cover for him. Roger shook his head, at which point Tim started stumbling over his own words.
Anthony turned to Tim with a look of utter confusion. He then told Tim that he had personally handed him the envelope containing the tickets and asked him to give it to Roger.
Tim was trapped in a corner and did everything he could to cover his own behind. He even went as far as to say that Roger couldn’t make it, and then he accused Roger of giving the tickets to someone else.
And after that, he had the audacity to turn to Roger with pleading eyes. Anthony smirked as he gathered Tim’s things and handed them to him.
The Real Plan
But that was just scratching the surface of Anthony’s plan. He now had all the evidence he needed to prove that Tim had indeed stolen the ticket, and he was furious about that.
He would make the man pay for deceiving him like that, and he would make sure his friend didn’t suffer in the process.
Trying To Cover His Tracks
Barely containing his fury, Anthony said, “Tim, those tickets were a personal thank-you gift from me to Roger. Did you give them to another client?”
“Oh, uhm, maybe something got mixed up in the office?” Tim said, even though it was clear that he wasn’t getting out of this. Anthony remained quiet for a moment and then turned to Roger.
“Apparently, I need to show my appreciation in another way,” Anthony said. “Would you like to join us for lunch?” Tim immediately accepted the offer, obviously wanting to do damage control, but he was in for a surprise.
“I need to evaluate our relationship. Please go back home and expect to hear from us next week,” Anthony said, his tone as cold as ice.
On their way to the restaurant, Roger received a text from Tim, pleading for his help. And that was when Anthony revealed his true revenge.
He replied with his demands. He wanted to be reimbursed for the Super Bowl tickets as well as the lunch they had at a very expensive restaurant. He wanted Roger to receive a direct apology, and he wanted the company to apologize to Edmund’s Incorporated for what they considered to be theft. And Tim was to be removed from their project. But things didn’t end there.
In The End
The news spread through the company like wildfire, and Roger came out looking like a hero. Tim was removed from the project and lost all his profits, and he was forced to pay back all the invoices related to the case.
Roger left the company a few months later, and shortly after his departure, Anthony terminated his contract with them. They lost their biggest client because Tim wanted to steal a couple of Super Bowl tickets.
In order to protect the privacy of those depicted, some names, locations, and identifying characteristics have been changed and are products of the author’s imagination. Any resemblances to actual events or places or persons, living or dead, are entirely coincidental.