UPDATE: In a recent article by The Daily Mail, Elia's reported ex girlfriend, Sokhon Sen, denies this ever happened. She says the two were never together and there were no Super Bowl tickets in question. She also claims Elia made up the story for attention on Twitter.
Jason Elia, a TV writer from Nashville, claims he was dumped by his girlfriend when she found out he had cancer, according to an interview on ESPN 97.5 radio in Houston. But even worse, his ex is now laying claim to his tickets for the upcoming Super Bowl XLVI game. From the recording of the show:
Elia: "Well, I had an ex-girlfriend who I could really call some curse words but I think they're on that list that I can't say. I bought them for her, and she broke up with me because she found out I had cancer, so..."
Host: "Wait, wait, you're burying the lead. She broke up with you why?"
Elia: "Because I have cancer. She said it was too much stress for her to handle to have a boyfriend with a chronic disease."
Elia, who was recently diagnosed with bladder cancer, says his prognosis for recovery is 87 per cent positive, according to NBC Sports. His girlfriend now claims to be the rightful owner of the tickets because he had originally bought them for her.
What's a man to do? Take your problems to Twitter, of course. Elia held an online contest, promising to give his tickets to the person who can get him the most followers (he's up to 13,000 as of Monday).
At the time of the radio interview, Elia said the leader was a webcam model from Las Vegas who had gathered 250 Twitter followers for him by offering free Skype shows.
Elia and his ex dated for five months and he was planning to purpose to her, he told the radio show. He also joked about giving away the ring and credit to Kay Jewelers online.
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Thought a sneak peek was a unique way to get Super Bowl tickets? Here are some other people who would go just as far -- or further -- for a chance to sit in that football stadium.
In 2007, mother-to-be Jennifer Gordon offered to paint a company's logo on her baby bump for Super Bowl XLVI tickets. The winner? UBid.com.
In 2007, Sarah Spain posted an eBay ad offering to accompany someone to the Super Bowl. Someone was obviously reading -- AXE offered to provide Spain with three tickets and hold a nationwide contest to find her lucky date. Since then, she's landed a gig at mouthpiecesports.com and a commercial spot with Bears kick returner/wide receiver Devin Hester.
Last year, this man posted an ad on Craigslist allowing one lucky person to name his child for two Super Bowl tickets. Of course, a name like Batman Fartypants would not fly.
In 2008, a dentist in Randolph, New Jersey offered a free "$10, 000 cosmetic smile makeover" for two Super Bowl tickets, according to NJ.com.
One New York Craigslist ad in 2008, offered a lifetime supply of ice cream from Cold Stone Creamery in exchange for two Super Bowl tickets.
His quote just says it all, "I have a very cold...actually, an ice cold!! 12 pack of bud light..that I am willing to trade for two tickets to the superbowl. This 12 pack is not like other 12 packs, it was purchased at the biggest dive liquor store in Lowell, Mass. Everyone can relate to an ice cold 12 pack..it's been there for us whenever we need it.....I have no use for this 12 pack anymore....i've moved up to 18 packs now...but that's a different story...anyways...hit me up if interested!!"
At least this Indianapolis resident has options. According to this person's Craigslist ad, he or she is willing to trade a camper, boat or work van for Sunday's big game.