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Truckee resident one of 14 finalists in Super Bowl contest

Kirsten Kuehne has a dream. But she needs to receive a whole lot more votes to achieve it.The Truckee resident was selected as the Week 3 winner of the Ultimate Sunday Night Football Fan Contest on Facebook, with a chance now to win two tickets to Super Bowl XLVI in Indianapolis.“It wouldn't just be a dream come true, this IS my dream. I live and breathe NFL football,” said Kuehne, a preschool teacher at Discovery Preschool in Truckee. “I watch as much football as humanly possible while still having a life.”Kuehne discovered the Super Bowl contest on the Sunday Night Football Facebook page earlier this season. Those who “liked” the page could send in a written story explaining why he or she was the best Sunday Night Football fan of all — which Kuehne believed wholeheartedly she was.A different fan from across the nation was selected each week based on his or her story, for a total of 14 winners. Kuehne learned of her Week 3 win when she received a video message from Sunday Night Football announcers Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth.Now, all 14 of their stories are posted on the Sunday Night Football Facebook page, and anyone who “likes” the page may vote an unlimited number of times (after refreshing the page after each vote). Whoever receives the most votes by Jan. 6 wins two tickets to the Super Bowl on Feb. 5.It won't be a simple task for Kuehne, especially considering one of the weekly winners, a cop named Michelle Wilgus, has received 34 percent of the votes so far. Kuehne is currently hovering around last place, as she's one of six finalists with 2 percent or less of the votes.But that can change quickly, Kuehne said. She just needs to spread the word and get people to vote (votes must be cast from a computer, not a smart phone). Her concern, however, is that her submitted story got hacked so badly in the editing process that it's hardly coherent in its condensed form.“They edited out so much of my story that it doesn't even make sense. I barely sound literate,” she said. “That's why I need Tahoe's help so badly. It's going to be hard to compete with the policewoman (Wilgus), after all.”Kuehne's story included her experience at a Sunday Night Football game last year in San Francisco, where she snuck in two signs to Candlestick Park, one of which read, “No one Beats Chris andamp; Al,” with a big red heart drawn behind “Al,” her hero. The "NBC" aligned vertically. After the game, Kuehne — a Raiders fan who also follows the 49ers — and her husband stuck around and got a chance to meet Collinsworth, who told her her sign was “cute.”If Kuehne does win the trip to the Super Bowl, she said she'll bring her husband along for the once-in-a-lifetime experience.“My only hope is to get Truckee and Tahoe together. Our community is good at coming together for one of our own. I need the town to rally around me,” she said.

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Tahoe Daily Tribune Updated Dec 23, 2011 01:38PM Published Dec 23, 2011 11:20AM Copyright 2011 Tahoe Daily Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.