You’ve probably heard about this “ALL IN” challenge that was organized by Fanatics and Sixers owner Michael Rubin, which is a digital fundraiser created for COVID-19 relief. Celebrities from the sports, music, and entertainment worlds are offering up once-in-a-lifetime experiences or donating possessions that are made available for online bidding, with proceeds going to hunger-focused charities.
Some of these auctions and contests are really gnarly. We’re talking about opportunities to appear in movies, receive batting lessons from A-Rod, or get Justin Bieber to sing at your house.
Right now, as of April 16th, we the Crossing Broad staff have ranked the top five entries for each category as follows:
1. Tampa Bay Home Opener, Game Jersey and Dinner with Brady
Current bid: $140,000
After 20 historic years with the powerhouse known as the New England Patriots, Tom Brady is packing his bags and leaving the chilly shores of New England for the warm, picturesque beaches of Tampa Bay. As a fan, you’ve watched him dominate the NFL with his six Super Bowl titles, four Super Bowl MVP awards and many more impressive accolades. Now you can watch him take his talent down south. You’ll get to join Tom in this historic and unprecedented experience by attending (with a friend) his first game with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, followed by dinner or a private workout with Tom himself after the game. But that’s not all! After every awe-inspiring moment with this modern legend, you’ll get to take home his first game-used uniform and cleats to display and cherish with your other Brady memorabilia. A moment like this doesn’t happen often in sports, and now you can be a piece of it and all its glory. 100% of the money raised through this Game/Auction will go directly to Feeding America, Meals On Wheels, World Central Kitchen and No Kid Hungry.
I mean, wow. Seriously? This is going to be a massive media event as Tom plays his first game with the Bucs.
I’d go for the private workout with Brady, then during the second set of squats, remind him about that one time he dropped the pass in Super Bowl 52.
2. Have Super Bowl LII Champion Nick Foles Speak at Your Event
Current bid: $10,000
You want Philly Philly? Yeah, let’s do it. Nick Foles will forever be immortalized in Philadelphia Eagles lore for his fourth-down touchdown catch in Super Bowl LII. Now you can dial up your own Philly Special when Foles joins YOUR team. The former backup-turned-Super Bowl MVP has seen his share of ups and downs, and he wants to share that experience at a corporate function or church event of your choosing. Learn about leadership, perseverance and overcoming adversity from Nick Foles. 100% of the money raised through this Game/Auction will go directly to Feeding America, Meals On Wheels, World Central Kitchen and No Kid Hungry.
I saw Foles speak at some church up in Souderton. It was very motivational, kind of made you want to stop being a lazy schlub, get off the couch, and do something with your life. Imagine having Nick come into your office or douchey corporate event and make it interesting and exciting. Great opportunity here.
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3. Golf And Dinner With Peyton Manning In Your Hometown
current bid: $85,000
Peyton Manning, NFL legend and avid golfer, wants to team up with YOU and two friends for a round of golf at YOUR home course. Voted most-loved sports media personality and crushing it on his Nationwide spots, Peyton will no doubt be an awesome trash-talker who can psych out the rest of the foursome on any given Sunday. After golf, you and 10 of your friends will talk ball and dine with Peyton at one of your favorite restaurants to help support local businesses in your area. Celebrated for 18 memorable years in the NFL, Manning is committed to giving back through philanthropy and fundraising. That’s why #18 is one of the greatest and is ALL IN to bring it back to you and your community. 100% of the money raised through this Game/Auction will go directly to Feeding America, Meals On Wheels, World Central Kitchen and No Kid Hungry.
The possibilities here are endless. What if somebody from Delco won this bid? You could play 18 holes at Rolling Green and then head over to the Applebees on MacDade Boulevard afterward.
4. Play a 3-on-3 Pick Up Game with Shaq and 4 of Your Friends
current bid: $17,500.00
He goes by Superman, the Big Diesel, and about a dozen other self-proclaimed nicknames that he came up with over the years. But all you need to know is – it’s Shaq. The living legend is inviting ONE winner and 4 of their friends to the hardcourt for the most physically daunting pickup game you can imagine. Shaquille O’Neal has gone ALL-IN, and he’ll dust off those massive sneakers of his for a game of 3-on-3 with you and four (4) others. Don’t worry, you and your buddies won’t have to draw straws to decide who has to check Shaq in the post. Each of you will get the chance, because Shaq will be switching teams to keep things fair. After all, he’s a 4-time NBA champion, 3-time Finals MVP and on almost everybody’s GOAT short list. You probably won’t have the size advantage against the 7-foot-2 Goliath, so make sure you work on those finesse moves before hitting the court. 100% of the money raised through this Game/Auction will go directly to Feeding America, Meals On Wheels, World Central Kitchen and No Kid Hungry.
Remember NFL quarterback Marc Bulger? I played 3v3 against his sisters in college and lost 16-1. I think both ended up being WNBA draft picks.
5. Double Date With Zach And Julie Ertz – Dinner And Courtside At Sixers
current bid: $15,500.00
Everybody knows America’s pro-athlete power couple, right? Zach Ertz, Super Bowl LII champion, and his wife, Julie, USWNT Player of the Year and World Cup champion. They want to double date with you plus one. Start the night out with dinner at the couple’s favorite Philly restaurant. Then for dessert? How about COURTSIDE seats to the Sixers game at the Wells Fargo Center? This is the recipe for the perfect date night. 100% of the money raised through this Game/Auction will go directly to Feeding America, Meals On Wheels, World Central Kitchen and No Kid Hungry.
America’s best sports couple, by far. They’d probably be really fun to hang out with.
1. Michael Rubin’s “Ultimate Sports Fan Experience”
This isn’t a once-in-a-lifetime experience, it’s a once-in-TEN-lifetimes experience! You’re getting tickets, travel and lodging for every sports championship! You’re going to the World Series. You’re going to the College Football Playoff National Championship game. You’re going to the NBA Finals, the Stanley Cup Finals and the Final Four. You’re going to the Masters Tournament, the men’s and women’s U.S. Open Tennis Championships, the Daytona 500 and the Olympics. And best of all, you and 20 friends are living the suite life for the Super Bowl after joining in the Fanatics party and tailgate with famous athletes and celebrities! You’ll also receive a $100,000 gift card to spend at Fanatics to get you geared up for a lifetime. There’s no better experience for the ultimate sports fan! 100% of the money raised through this Game/Auction will go directly to Feeding America, Meals On Wheels, World Central Kitchen and No Kid Hungry.
This is ridiculous. Huge Michael Rubin flex right here. You’d be crossing off 75% of your bucket list if you won this thing.
2. Walk On Role In A Scorsese Film With Leonardo DiCaprio and Robert DeNiro
Lights! Camera! Action! You could be hearing these famous words straight from Martin Scorsese himself when you join Leonardo DiCaprio for a day on the set of their new film with Robert De Niro, Killers of the Flower Moon. This dynamic director-actor duo has left audiences speechless with incredible films including The Aviator, The Departed, Shutter Island and The Wolf of Wall Street. It won’t be the drug-fueled routine that Jordan Belfort was familiar with, but you certainly won’t have to worry about undercover cops and delusional mental patients when you embark on this exciting adventure with Leo and Marty. You can experience the magic of watching one of these blockbuster films being made from the front row. You’ll be able to feel like a part of this huge production with a walk-on role, lunch with Leo and the crew, and you’ll even get some acting tips from Scorsese himself. Whether you’re an aspiring filmmaker or actor, or just a huge fan of these artistic geniuses, this experience will make you feel like the king or queen of the world! 100% of the money raised through this Game/Auction will go directly to Feeding America, Meals On Wheels, World Central Kitchen and No Kid Hungry.
Priceless. Imagine telling your friends you appeared in a Martin Scorsese movie with DiCaprio and DeNiro. That’s a story you tell every single person you meet.
3. Design, Call A Play At Philadelphia Eagles Preseason Game
Attention all aspiring playcallers and offensive gurus. Enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to design and call a play in a Philadelphia Eagles preseason game, including attending training camp practices, working with offensive coaches and learning playcalling concepts. This isn’t a regular team either. It’ll be made up of Super Bowl LII champions, and you’ll be getting the first look at new trades and draft picks who have joined the team. See your play in action will make all the time you’ve spent yelling at your TV during football season so worth it. 100% of the money raised through this Game/Auction will go directly to Feeding America, Meals On Wheels, World Central Kitchen and No Kid Hungry.
This is really fun and creative. I’d do a flea flicker to Donovan McNabb, and he’s got a wide-open receiver about 20 yards down the field but throws the ball directly into the ground instead. A worm burner.
4. Throw Out The First Pitch At The Next World Series
The American League Champions stand along the first base line. The National League Champions are on the third base line. Millions of fans across the world are anxiously waiting for the start of the Fall Classic. This is your moment: Throw out the first pitch at the World Series. Major League Baseball will roll out the red carpet for you and one lucky guest at the biggest stage in the sport. You’ll be brought out onto the diamond and do the honors in front of the world. Start things off with a bang by tossing one right down the middle, or at least try not to join the likes of 50 Cent on those “worst first pitches in history” compilations. After all, it’s the World Series – the toss you make will be remembered. 100% of the money raised through this Game/Auction will go directly to Feeding America, Meals On Wheels, World Central Kitchen and No Kid Hungry.
The only thing better than this would be to have Jose Altuve in the batter’s box, and you get a chance to bean him.
5. Golf At Pebble Beach With Justin Timberlake And Bill Murray
The crowd has gone deadly silent…Cinderella story, out of nowhere, a former greenskeeper and a former *NSYNC member are about to join a foursome with YOU at Pebble Beach! Just imagine (just imagine, just imagine), Bill Murray, Justin Timberlake, you and one friend playing the round of a lifetime at the iconic Pebble Beach Golf Links in Monterey, California. Regulars at the Pebble Beach Pro-Am, Bill and JT are no slouches on the links and will show you around the famous course that has made U.S. Open champions out of Jack Nicklaus, Tom Watson and Tiger Woods. Your round starts with a nerve-racking opening tee shot. The shot you’ve been looking forward to all your life will bring some butterflies, but no worries, it’s one of the simplest on the course. The antics of Bill and JT will ease your nerves on the front nine as you approach some of the most infamous holes in golf. Will your approach shot clear the cliff on No. 6? On No. 7, the shortest hole on the PGA Tour awaits you. Perched on cliffs above the Pacific Ocean, you’ll fight the wind and maybe place a friendly wager with Bill and JT to see which one of you gets closest to the pin. But be forewarned, JT was inches away from a hole-in-one at the 2017 Pro-Am. On the iconic 17th, you can replicate Watson’s infamous chip shot to win the 1982 U.S. Open. Don’t miss left on No. 18, or you’ll be crying a river. Too far right, and you’ll need to slice it around the Cypress just like Tiger did in 2000. No matter how many birdies and bogeys are on the scorecard, 18 holes of unbelievable golf and uncontrollable laughter await you at Pebble Beach. 100% of the money raised through this Game/Auction will go directly to Feeding America, Meals On Wheels, World Central Kitchen and No Kid Hungry.
“Hey man, so this one time I played golf with Justin Timberlake and Bill Murray.”
The stories you could tell from this experience would be something else. The golf would make up about 5% of the entertainment and talking to Murray would make up the other 95%.