$99 Gets You a Phone Call
Over at Grantland, Rembert Browne has an in-depth look at Thuzio, a service by Tiki Barber that allows fans to connect with some of their favorite athletes of yore (and a few current ones) for a price. Here’s some of the more active things you could pay for:
Wrestle with wrestler Ellis Coleman: $500, and there’s NO TIME LIMIT.
Box with former boxer Randy Neumann: $500.
Water ski with water skier Camille Duvall: $250.
Sail with sailor Dawn Riley, on her sailboat because she’s got it like that, and she’ll probably cook for you since that’s how she rolls: $3,000
Fence with fencer Soren Thompson: $400
Run with runner Dean Karnazes: $1,500-$2,500
Squash with squasher Chris Walker: $500 (I know they’re not called “squashers,” but I had a good thing going with the, er, scheme, OK?)
You could choose to pay for other less intense experiences as well, like a 10-minute phone call with a former Lakers star for $99. This reminds me of those 1–900 numbers from the ’80s and ’90s that people would call to get a prerecorded message from celebrities. I’m not sure there’s anyone I’d pay money to hang out with, and I’d feel better about this venture if the money people paid went to the charities of the athlete’s choice. Is there anyone you’d spend hundreds if not thousands to hang out with? You can pay $100 to hang out with me and talk about money. Just kidding. I’m free.