Erin Tobin made a half-court basketball shot during halftime of a Siena College men's basketball game on Feb. 16 at the Times Union Center in Albany, New York, and walked away with a proposal (video below).
Tobin was unaware her boyfriend, Steve Duckett, was at the game dressed as a Dunkin’ Donuts mascot. Dunkin’ Donuts was offering a $500 store gift card to a fan who could make the basket, reports the Times Union.
After Tobin sank the shot, Duckett removed his "Cuppie" coffee cup costume, got down on one knee and proposed. The happy couple embraced for a kiss.
"I was jumping up and down after hitting the shot since my brother said he’d give me 50 dollars if I even hit the rim," Tobin said in a press release. "And then I turn around expecting a gift card from Dunkin’ Donuts and there he was on his knees and I didn’t have any words."
Duckett recalled the moment his now-fiancee made the basket: "Oh, no! And then I said to myself, of course she would hit the shot."
Another unusual marriage proposal happened in December 2016 in Mobile, Alabama.
Daiwon McPherson and his biker friends staged a pretend arrest with the police so he could propose to his girlfriend, Shawna Blackmon.
"She knows my every move -- I can never surprise her," McPherson told AL.com.
McPherson stood up Blackmon for a date, and didn't answer his phone.
Blackmon was told by McPherson's biker buddies that McPherson was armed and being being chased by the local police.
"Friday is bike night ... it was believable," Blackmon recalled. Her boyfriend had previously been arrested for fleeing the police.
Blackmon was directed to a gas station where she saw police cars with their lights on.
"I thought he was going to jail!" Blackmon recalled.
Instead, McPherson presented his shocked girlfriend with a ring box and asked her to marry him.
"It never crossed my mind," Blackmon said. "I had no idea."
McPherson, who talked to the police about doing the stunt the day before, said, "They were all for it!"
The Mobile police made sure all their officers knew it was a fake call.
"I really wanted to bring the bike life and the police together," McPherson added.
"I appreciate the way he did it," Blackmon stated. "Here we are, ending the year engaged!"