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Two blue dice and a Super Bowl dream

Posted January 16, 2013 by Joe Rehana in News

Sam Annable is running out of time.

With Super Bowl Sunday just three weeks away, Annable’s goal of sending a child with a life threatening illness to the game is about to slip away.

Annable, a Peoria Chiefs sales account executive and the son of Goreville resident Scott Annable and grandson of Ed and Shirley Annable, began a series of trades this past July starting with a pair of dice with the goal of turning them into Super Bowl tickets.

“I wanted to do this to give back to the community,” said Annable in an email to the Gazette Monday. “I have never been able to devote time and effort to something so big before, since I was going through college and starting my career. Now that I am settled in with my career and everything, I wanted to give back.”

Annable said he feels fortunate to have landed something of a “dream job” after finishing school and said he felt the need to share his success in a way he never could before. Inspired by the book, “One Red Paperclip,” a story by a Canadian blogger who bartered his way from a single red paperclip to a house in a series of online trades, Annable began with a pair of blue dice, which he was able to quickly trade away for an Alex Rodriquez rookie trading card worth approximately $100.

That was in July.

In pursuit of Super Bowl tickets for an ill child, Sam Annable began a series of trades with a pair of blue dice and is currently in possession of a Honda CB200T motorcycle.

In pursuit of Super Bowl tickets for an ill child, Sam Annable began a series of trades with a pair of blue dice and is currently in possession of a Honda CB200T motorcycle.

Since his first trade, Annable has exchanged each item for that of a greater value and is currently in possession of a Honda CB200T motorcycle.

“The trades have all come in different forms,” said Annable. “Some have been cross country trades that were handled through mail, while others have been in person. I have met and talked with many people from several walks of life. It’s been a great experience so far.”

With time running out, Annable said this has put him into something of a dilemma, he does not have a backup plan to see it through with a direct purchase of Super Bowl tickets and even though the story has garnered a bit of national attention, getting in touch with the NFL to seek assistance is no simple task.

“This has put some emotional stress on me now that I am not close to completing it at all and the game is so close,” said Annable. “I want nothing more than to make it happen for the child.”

Annable confirmed a recipient in November with the help of the Children’s Hospital of Illinois in Peoria who is said to be a “huge Bears fan” and loves sports.  The child is unaware of the activates taking place to send him to the Super Bowl, but his parents know and understand there is a chance the trip will not come through. Annable did not wish to disclose too much about the child, only saying he has undergone extensive cancer treatment and has lost a limb due to his disease.

“There really isn’t much I can do if it doesn’t work out this time around,” said Annable. “I don’t have the means to make it happen myself or I would. I think that if it doesn’t work out this time around I will keep the project going and shoot for next year. There will always be another day and there is no reason to give up when I have gotten so far.”

Annable set up a website ( and a Twitter account dedicated to the cause, which has allowed for online donations he said would go towards airfare and accommodations for the child and the child’s father who would accompany him to the game. Annable may be reached by phone (309-224-9875) or email ( as well.

As for why Annable started his project with a pair of dice, he said, “I got to thinking about how dice represent chance, risk,” Annable said to the Peoria Journal Star. “And I thought about how these really sick children deal with odds, face risk every time they go through surgeries or treatments. I decided I wanted to dedicate a project to send one of them to the Super Bowl.”