Win Barbecue and Baseball Tickets in Our Haiku Contest

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​We've got three $48 tickets to the Bay Area BBQ Championship on Saturday, July 16, and we're going to give them away!

The 'cue will be cookin' at the Oakland Coliseum before a doubleheader between the Oakland Athletics and the Los Angeles Angels of Disneyland. The lucky winner gets three passes for the barbecue AND three tickets to both games.

Considering the way the A's have played lately, and that the Angels have won 14 of 17, we asked if the winner MUST attend the games. Good news: You can leave at any time, but presumably not before using your five food/drink tickets each.

With apologies to Kurt Suzuki, the real stars will be the 32 barbecue teams, hailing from all over the state. We'd tell you our favorites, but then what would be the point of the competition?

There will be live music from Oakland native and 2004 American Idol 4th-place finisher La Toya London.

"How do I win?" you ask.

Haiku.

Leave a haiku about the event in the comments. We will read them and engage a team of literary experts read them again after having a cocktail, and then pick a winner.

Your haiku may refer to the A's, the barbecue, or both.

Like this:
Oakland Athletics
cannot hit, but barbecue
is always a hit

We'll judge on creativity, seasonal references, accuracy, poignancy, humor, and whatever else seems appropriate. But if you don't have the five-seven-five syllable pattern, you're going to have to pay to see the games.

More event details are here. The haiku deadline is midnight on Wednesday, July 13. On Thursday, July 14, we'll announce the winner.

We would say "Good luck"
but it's a contest of skill
So please do your best

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44 comments
Phillies tickets
Phillies tickets

 This was a very great offer. But I came to know it very late. So I am feeling bad regarding this great offer.

Curious
Curious

So who's the winner?

Dnathe4th
Dnathe4th

Oakland's special sauce,Opponents and meat both fear.NorCal represent.

Gina
Gina

Summer baseball gameRibs, brisket, chicken, pork, -cueStomper wants some too

Michael Smith
Michael Smith

Grilling cheese-burgersThen rooting for Oakland's A'sMakes Life worth living.

They share one questionBar-b-ques and baseball gamesWho's doing 'clean-up?'

Blastula
Blastula

Smoky, spicy meat.BBQ and Oaktown A'stogether at last.

Kellykate
Kellykate

What it do? Some wellSeasoned barbecue may makeGood a bad season

Jon Hughes
Jon Hughes

Empty seats, foul play

Alas, there is hope ahead

Here comes "Moneyball"!

Kendall
Kendall

Giants may win, butI left my heart in OaklandFor the Q there owns

Mike
Mike

I just want to winto eat some good barbecue.hooray for baseball?

Jrigby
Jrigby

the A's rock my worldbut BBQ is yuckyis there veg option?

Michael Stevens
Michael Stevens

Where's the beef, Oakland?If each run paid back a ribWho'd be in first now?

Ting
Ting

Stuffed with crisp smoked meatsSeventh inning stretch turns toAmerican dreams

Joey Marquez
Joey Marquez

Green Team...The Halos swing bywhiffing sound

Ryan S
Ryan S

I'd trade baked beans andsmoke rings for Billy Beane anda world series ring.

Misty Mulhall
Misty Mulhall

take me out to thesummer coals ignite the fieldA's to Grill Masters

Stupid
Stupid

cloudy summer skies,delight of grilled flesh acrossthe tongue. who will win? 

Nakman14
Nakman14

Barbecue, I love

So nice, it does fill me up

In it lies the Force!

Lani Teshima
Lani Teshima

Sizzling sound I hearCould it be from barbie grillOr from Gio's pitch?

Marc
Marc

I don't watch baseball,But will tailgate for the food.Bring 'em all the ribs.

Jessica W.
Jessica W.

Barbecue, BaseballOnly a 'B' in commonI still want tickets

Steve S
Steve S

Cahill, Mos, GioA's pitching massive trioGrab some pine meat, yo

joshuack
joshuack

I like how you saidThe Los Angeles AngelsAre from Disneyland.

Easton C.
Easton C.

barbeque haikuwhere do i begin? I'm not surewell, I guess I'm done

JeskaD
JeskaD

Oakland As fans dreamSwing, hit, home run, cheer - we winBBQ for all

Dave
Dave

I want to win thisBut i am going to CoiI like smoked mutton

Dave
Dave

I want to win thisBut i am going to CoiI like smoked mutton

Jen C.
Jen C.

a’s fans lives are tough but add matsui plus brisketand that equals a win

Kate
Kate

Fuel for GodzillaMeat's protein will provide it500 at last!!

Josh
Josh

I'm new to the Bay,Want to dive in with 'cue andMuch love for the A's

Ryan S
Ryan S

Rickey HendersonSmoked the bases fast, but smokesHis 'cue low and slow.

Kristin P.
Kristin P.

I want some CocoCrisp-y, barbequed pork ribsWho needs Cracker Jacks?

Charis Chan
Charis Chan

Stomper as the ChefEverything tastes of winningLike the Athletics!

Sandra
Sandra

Green field so silent Athletics we cheer proudly Foodies crunch and munch

Joanne Huspek
Joanne Huspek

Does Oakland suck? No...Slathered ribs and chicken bonesLessen baseball pain.

Flow
Flow

If an Elephant

Can Barbecue with a bat

It would be smokin'

Akit
Akit

Our Oakland A'smay not like the Mount Davis,give us back our views

Bryan Hrycko
Bryan Hrycko

Summer barbecueAthletics versus AngelsUnlimited joy

Sara
Sara

Baseball, BarbecueTwo Patriotic PastimesBest with Beer in Hand -Sara

Jon
Jon

The A's leave bad taste

Because of the way they play

The Q is the cure

Joey Marquez
Joey Marquez

sorry i thought this was a myKu not a haiku....  ^_^

Steve S
Steve S

[BBQ VERSION]

Cahill, Mos, GioA's pitching massive trioQue' that pine meat, yo

Easton C.
Easton C.

*REVISED* (can't count!)barbeque haikuwhere to begin? I'm not surewell, I guess I'm done

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