Once upon a time, parents could make outlandish promises to their kids and not have to worry about honoring them. They could just plead ignorance at a later date.
Alas, the invention of the smart phone has made that impossible.
That was the case for Doug Tammaro, Arizona State’s media relations director for men’s basketball. During a family trip to Italy in August, Tammaro was already thinking about the Sun Devils’ game against Kansas in Allen Fieldhouse, even though it was four months away.
Tammaro promised his 14-year-old daughter Arianna a $500 shopping spree at the mall if Arizona State beat the Jayhawks:
That was clear, right? Tammaro said: “If we win at Kansas, I’ll give you a $500 spending spree at the mall.”
By the way, Tammaro’s message with the video was priceless: “That moment when you might have had too much wine in Italy in August and you tell your Sun Devil daughter if we beat Kansas you will give her $500 to spend at mall (and forgot she had it on video).”
Well, you know what happened. Arizona State cruised to a comfortable 95-85 win over KU, and Arianna must have been the happiest person in the world when the clock at Allen Fieldhouse hit zero. Tammaro told USA Today that he intends to honor his commitment.
Tammaro also tweeted: “Arianna told me in August we were gonna be good. I just wanted to eat in peace and quiet.”
What parent can’t relate to that?