Hi, my name is Michael Wolf. My wife, Jean and I are the inventors of FIRST-N-TEN. This has been quite the journey. I would like to give you a short history of FIRST-N-TEN. It started at a 4th of July party in 2014. We were playing the typical outdoor games. I had forgotten how competitive these "JUST FOR FUN" games can be. Fast forward a couple of months. I was walking into our local supermarket and there it was – like a huge yellow beacon – was a giant goal post. After standing there forever, an idea started to take shape.
I have to admit, I have seen a goal post thousands of time before without any previous epiphany, but on this day, it was all forming in my mind. I ran home, grabbed a pad of paper and started drawing my idea. As I was flipping pages, I was coming up with rules, diagrams and how to score points. I was a little crazed at this point, so after I had come up for air, I asked Jean what she thought about the idea. Her reply was “Where’s the groceries?” So, I had to go back to the store for the groceries, but not until I had put down on paper everything I could think of about the game.
Jean still thought I was a little crazy at first, but as she watched the design go from a goal post attached to a five gallon bucket, to a piece a plywood, to the current design, we both started to realize that the game had real potential. What made this game go from“real potential"to reality was when we saw people play the game. With the help from a friend we made several prototypes and we invited friends and family to play the game. EVERYONE LOVED IT! From our 10 year old grandkids to all our adult friends (60ish). Even those watching had a great time.
The key piece of the puzzle came with our PATENT-PENDING 5-PIN DESIGN that supports the game. This 5-pin piece holds the 4 legs and the post pole. Add the crossbar and the 2 uprights and you have a completed design. All of it in a nice compact 4" X10" X 20" box that only weighs 7.5 pounds. This game is made from furniture grade PVC pipe and fittings which provide tremendous strength with a high gloss and UV resistant finish so your game under normal use and care will last for years.
We live in Buffalo, New York which is a huge football town. Can you imagine how much fun this would be at your next tale-gate party, as well as picnics, backyard fun or anytime fun. The game is small enough to go anywhere. Thank you for your time to read about FIRST-N-TEN's short history. I hope you, your family and friends enjoy many hours playing FIRST-N-TEN at your next tailgate party, picnic or backyard fun.
...and remember, It’s not just for football anymore!
When: Friday, June 2nd at 5:30pm
Where: Buffalo RiverWorks - 359 Ganson St, Buffalo, NY 14203
Why: To support Roswell Parks, Carly’s Club
Cost: $20 per 2 player team + $2 processing fee