Go to the Globe and Mail homepage

Jump to main navigationJump to main content

AdChoices
Fans walk in the concourse level at Investors Group Field in Winnipeg, Wednesday, June 12, 2013. (Trevor Hagan/THE CANADIAN PRESS)
Fans walk in the concourse level at Investors Group Field in Winnipeg, Wednesday, June 12, 2013. (Trevor Hagan/THE CANADIAN PRESS)

Penalty flag costs Blue Bombers fan $1-million prize Add to ...

A penalty flag cost the Toronto Argonauts a touchdown on Thursday night in Winnipeg.

It also cost a Blue Bombers fan a $1-million prize.

Karen Kuldys of Winnipeg was the contestant for a Safeway/Sobeys $1-million touchdown promotion, needing two kick returns for touchdowns in the CFL game to win the grand prize.

Ryan Lankford ran back a 105-yard kick return for a touchdown on the first play of the game to get her halfway there.

Toronto’s Martese Jackson then ran a 109-yard kick return for a touchdown in the second quarter that should have sealed the deal for Kuldys, but a flag for an illegal block in the back by Toronto’s Llevi Noel negated the touchdown.

It didn’t take long for a “#WhatAboutKaren” hashtag to begin trending on Twitter in Canada, with many fans saying the referees had made a bad call and that Kuldys should get the $1-million.

But Kuldys didn’t leave empty-handed. She won a home theatre package worth $25,000 thanks to Lankford’s touchdown 14 seconds into the game.

The Blue Bombers went on to beat the Argonauts 33-25.

Report Typo/Error

Also on The Globe and Mail

New commissioner says there is ‘room’ for CFL in Toronto (The Canadian Press)

Next story

loading

Trending

loading

Most popular videos »

More from The Globe and Mail

Most popular