Fan gets the Super Bowl date with Genie Bouchard, wait for second

Genie Bouchard paid a Super Bowl bet he made with a random amateur, John Goehrke, taking him to see the Brooklyn Nets with seats on the field at the Barclays Center on Wednesday night
To play tennis terminology, John Goehrke of Vernon Hills expects his blind date with Genie Bouchard to become a 20-year-old love affair.

Bouchard made a good bet with Goehrke, a 20-year-old college from the University of Missouri, who took him to watch the Nets and Bucks play in New York on Wednesday night. Now, the lucky Patriots fan of the world can make a fortune again.

"When we left the arena, TMZ chased us and asked if there would be a second date, and she said, 'Yes, sure,'" Goehrke told Inc. "I do not know how much truth is. But I hope she's telling the truth ".





It all started in the middle of the Super Bowl, when Falcons looked sure to beat the Patriots, Bouchard tweeted: "I knew the Falcons would win, by the way." Geohrke tweeted, "If the patriots win, let's go on a date?" Bouchard, probably feeling quite confident about a Falcons victory at that time, replied "Sure."

But the most improbable scenario became possible when the Patriots made the biggest rally in Super Bowl history, erasing a 28-3 deficit in the third quarter to beat the Falcons 34-28 in overtime.

All eyes turned to Bouchard, even with some national media asking if she was going to go with the date. He later confirmed on Twitter that he would.

Going forward last week, Goehrke had not heard from Bouchard or his representatives, so a little skepticism entered.

"So I woke up one morning and got a notification (from Twitter) that she sent me emails." I could have had her agent call me or send me a message, but she said something first. "

Bouchard put him in touch with his agent and the agent made hotel arrangements and flights for him, on his dime. Goehrke bought some new clothes for the date and then early Wednesday morning, flew from Columbia, Missouri (with a stopover in Chicago) and arrived in New York around noon. Bouchard was in town that day to promote his appearance in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition.

He later met a repoter from NBA Entertainment, who interviewed him, and headed to the Bouchard hotel. "They went up and did a little interview with her before they got off, we met, I had a little gift (earrings) for her and then we got in the car and went to the stadium together with the NBA media guy," Goehrke said.

"I just met my" Super Bowl Twitter Date "John On our way to the game @BrooklynNets @ Punslayintwoods," Bouchard tweeted at that time along with a selfie with Goehrke on the trip to the Barclays Center.




Goehrke said he had the time of his life. "She was very genuine and nice ... she really looked like she was enjoying herself."

"I was only with her for a few hours, but the time we spent together was really good," he said. "Obviously I want to see her sometime in the future and it seemed like she did, too, if we could do that job that would be incredible."

On Thursday, Goehrke was back on campus and his social media account was filling with new contacts. For now, he plans to see her play on the court in the near future, right from the stands, with no expectations of knowing her. "I want to see her play," he said.

During Sunday's Grammy Awards, Bouchard joked that future would-be fans had no hope of repeating Goehrke's feat. "Do not make bets tonight #GRAMMYs," Bouchard tweeted with a smiling emoji.
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