Vancouver, B.C. (October 6, 2012) – Winnipeg's Richard Pope has kicked his way into the semifinal of this year's Wendy's Kick for a Million. The 35-year-old multimedia editor emerged victorious in the Western Canada quarter-final during halftime of the Calgary vs. B.C. game at B.C. Place earlier tonight.
Pope defeated Keith McClelland of Calgary to advance to the Wendy's Kick for a Million semifinal, which takes place on October 18 at Rogers Centre.
Pope's opponent in the semifinal will be determined on Thanksgiving Monday, October 8, at the Eastern Canada quarter-final between Burlington, ON's Dave Swanston and Bedford, NS' Steve MacNeil during halftime of the Saskatchewan at Toronto game at Rogers Centre.
Pope defeated McClelland by a final score of 85 to 60 to advance to the next round. Both participants were given four kicks from distances of their choice, ranging from 15 to 50 yards. McClelland and Pope were awarded points equal to the distance (i.e.: 15 yards = 15 points) for each successful field goal, with their final kick being a Wendy's Double and worth double the points.
McClelland kicked off the competition with two successful field goals from 20 yards out, while Pope was 1-for-2 from the 25 yard line. On their third attempt, McClelland and Pope split the uprights from 20 and 30 yards respectively. For his final kick, McClelland went back to the 25 yard line and was short. Pope moved up to the 15 yard line for his final attempt and was good, tallying 30 points on the Wendy's Double kick and outscoring McClelland to move on to the Wendy's Kick for a Million semifinal.
On October 18, Pope and the winner of the Eastern Canada quarter-final will go head-to-head in the Wendy's Kick for a Million semifinal, which follows the same format as the quarter-finals. The participant with the most points at the end of the semifinal will advance to the final the following evening, and get the chance to kick a 50-yard field goal for $1 million. The semifinal event will be available in its entirety on-demand at TSN.ca.
On October 19, the one remaining participant will attempt to win outstanding prizes by kicking field goals from 20-, 30-, 40-, and 50-yards, live on TSN, during halftime of the CFL ON TSN: WENDY'S FRIDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL broadcast featuring Winnipeg at Toronto (game starts at 7 p.m. ET). The prizes for this year's Wendy's Kick for a Million final are:
• 20 Yards – $25,000 Gift Card from The Source
• 30 Yards – Nissan Titan Crew PRO-4X
• 40 Yards – $100,000 cash
• 50 Yards – $1 million in a one-time payout – or, if the 50-yard attempt falls short, $1,000 for every yard the ball is kicked in the air.
Wendy's is an official partner of the Canadian Football League.
Western Canada Semifinalist – Richard Pope
Richard is a 35-year-old multimedia editor at the Winnipeg Sun. The Winnipeg, MB native attended Assiniboine Community College in Brandon, MB and graduated with a media production certificate. Along with having a creative side, Richard considers himself a pretty good athlete. A good chunk of his week is spent playing recreational soccer, hockey and softball. This past summer he also participated in his first marathon, running the relay leg in the Manitoba Marathon. The CFL fan is a proud supporter of both the Winnipeg Blue Bombers and Saskatchewan Roughriders – although he confesses that the Roughriders is his top team and Chris Getzlaf is his favourite player. Richard's strategy for Wendy's Kick for a Million is practice makes perfect. He plans to enlist the help of Winnipeg Blue Bombers' Justin Palardy and past Blue Bomber kicker Troy Westwood. Richard is pumped to be a part of Wendy's Kick for a Million after submitting 1,047 entries.