By Jeremy Schwartz
Peninsula Daily News
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Mark Ostroot, general sales manager of Price Ford Lincoln at 3311 U.S. Highway 101 east of Port Angeles, said Drake's U-Bake Pizza and Subs will bring the sub sandwiches to the dealership at noon to celebrate the Seahawks' 23-17 win last Sunday.
A sampling of Ghirardelli chocolates fresh from San Francisco also will be provided, Ostroot said, with the sandwich and chocolate free and paid for by Henry Curtis Ford in Petaluma, Calif.
The food comes as the Petaluma dealership's side of a friendly bet on the National Football Conference championship game, Ostroot said.
With the win, the Seahawks move on to play the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XLVIII on Feb. 2 in MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J.
Ostroot said he came up with the idea for the wager after running a “12th Man” promotion on Price Ford Lincoln's Facebook page last week in which the dealership would give away a custom 12th Man T-shirt for every 12 “likes” the Facebook page collected.
The promotion proved so popular that Ostroot said he thought a wager with a San Francisco Bay Area Ford dealer would fit the bill of expanding Seahawks fever and started looking for similarly sized dealers along U.S. Highway 101 in the Bay Area.
Ostroot found Henry Curtis Ford and saw that the dealer's Facebook page was as teeming with 49ers faithful as Price Ford's was with legions of the 12th Man.
“And their sales manager is a big 'Niners fan,” Ostroot said.
So Ostroot called his counterpart Roberto Galvez at Henry Curtis Ford and set up the wager: a sampling of San Francisco food specialities sent to Price Ford if the Seahawks win and the same from the North Olympic Peninsula sent south if Seattle lost.
Ostroot said he planned to include locally caught fish and a sampling of beer and wine made in Port Angeles and Sequim.
“Our goal was to showcase what we had to offer up here on the Olympic Peninsula,” Ostroot said.
Ostroot said he got a call first thing Monday morning from Galvez with what both agreed was a better idea: Henry Curtis Ford would pay for the sandwiches and throw in some Ghirardelli chocolates for dessert.
Looking toward the Super Bowl, Ostroot said he's on the hunt for a Ford dealer in Colorado willing to take a similar wager.
“We're currently seeking out a Colorado dealer,” Ostroot said, “with a sales manager that's a diehard Broncos fan.”
Reporter Jeremy Schwartz can be reached at 360-452-2345, ext. 5074, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.