Friday, March 13, 2009

Suggestion Box

The Giants and several other NFL teams I hear are charging season tickets holders as much as $20,000 just to have the PRIVILEGE of purchasing season tickets. Example:
For Mezzanine "A" tickets you pay $12,500 "Personal Seat License" fee then you pay $500 a ticket.

How this is not deemed absurd is beyond me. It does not include a blow job. And I realize people out there are buying them so it's not exactly a flawed idea. It's just ballsy to me that on top of paying for the game tickets you have to pay to have the right to pay for those game tickets. Does that even make sense? I am on the waiting list since 2006, and when my time comes I will probably opt for the tip top of the building so I pay the cheapest PSL price ($1000, $85 a ticket, which is yearly btw) . Corresponding link.

My suggestion: Don't charge fans PSL's because guess what, it's the other way around. It's a privilege to you and the team you own that we are supporting them and you should always reward the 12th man.

On the topic of pricing out the fan, the Mets have been slowly doing this in the form of basing ticket prices on who the opponent is. Platinum, Gold, Silver, Bronze, Value. Ticket plans and pricing. So the little guy can go see the Mets play the Nationals but that same fan is shit out of luck if he wants to see the Mets play the Phillies or the Cubs. Makes sense.


My suggestion: A compromise. First of all according to that chart the Brewers and Reds are on the gold ticket prices. Why I don't know. If we are substituting the word gold with the word shit then maybe. But I can't see where you can charge $35 for me to see the REDS come to town (WADR to Keef). Either way this should be 3 categories not 5. Gold, Silver, Bronze. With Gold only being Yankees and the Home opener. Silver and Bronze should be a $3 difference not $5, from Gold to silver I can see the $5. You want regular fans in the house vs. the Phillies and other top teams. Not douches from Lawng Island wearing sweaters tied around their neck.


NBA refs are awful. I know SG harps on this and I am a casual NBA fan who has watched about 25-30 games so far this year. Every game there is 4 or 5 atrocious calls. I mean downright offensive. My suggestion: Fire them all and replace them with local high school refs who actually know the rules of the game and carry themselves like normal people not celebrities.


I was watching the Big East Tournament last night and yes I stayed until the end of that Syracuse game. 6 overtimes. Ended at 1:23am. Now you know I ain't one to Shammy shit or memorialize a game after it just happened but to be honest that might have been the best college basketball game I ever saw. Maybe it was the beer's because lord knows I put those away at an alarming rate but that game had it all. Maybe it was the teams, being a big fan of the conference and tourney but that game had it all. My suggestion: Don't change college basketball. Don't ever fucking change. P.S.- The WVU game was chicken parm good as well.

Freak's got a point. WBC games have been pretty fucking good. It's like do I really need another sporting event to watch. Who am I kidding? I'm an addict. I 'd watch midgets play cribbage. When I drive around if I see some kids shooting hoops or playing softball I always pull over for a minute and check out a few plays. But back to WBC for a minute. The Netherlands thing kind of hit me yesterday on the toilet. After a couple of articles I came to realize how important these games are to the players and countrymen. For once and maybe this is because I'm hungover severely right now but for once it seems as if baseball is being played with the purity and dignity it should always be played at. My suggestion: Try and instill a little bit of that pride, of that camaraderie, of that baseball purity into the MLB again. Do I know how to do this? No, I am no psychiatrist. But it seems like all players care about is hitting escalator clauses in their contracts and how they appear on TV camera's after a big win. Shocker. I know.

Weekend Advice: Barry White, red wine. Head down, ass up.

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Beth said...

Good post EP, I liked your suggestions. (ns)

And the Braves are doing something similar to the Mets about tix for supposed top teams. Our firm does an annual Braves outing where we get a suite and this year wanted to go see the BoSox and they wouldn't allow it unless we got tix to some other game too. Well we bitched and moaned (we've been doing this outing for tons of years) so finally they relented and allowed it, but what a pain.

Beth said...

And I think they're doing the same thing with single game tix for regular seats too. For the Yankees and BoSox you have to buy some sort of package and cant just get 1 game.

El Padrino said...

it's a tired act, i would be ok with it if they didnt involve top teams to be division opponents

if you want to do a NL EAST ticket plan then fine but dont cherry pick the phillies games, they are our biggest rival now

El Padrino said...

five 22oz big boy heineken = headache

El Padrino said...

outback had a nice set up last night, Ranger game, WBC game, big east tourney, cavs/suns.

Jugdish said...

Last year the Red Sox and Yankees both came to Houston, probably for the first time ever. They jacked up prices and handled the tickets the same way they did when the World Series was here.

El Padrino said...

that's shitty jug

Jugdish said...

Also hungover

Hooters + beer league softball game + acoustic concert last night = greasy breakfast + titty bar lunch today

Jugdish said...

Titty bar lunch has a $3 cover, give them a 20 dollar bill and they give you 17 ones back...suite

Blue said...

if you want opening day tickets here, you have to buy season tickets or a 4 game package...fucking lame.


and they'll still sell out opening day, because it's opening day

El Padrino said...

jug rules

El Padrino said...

i want bacon so bad

Blue said...

i have no idea how the BCS can't watch the excitement and hype that the NCAA tourney creates and not think they could replicate that with football.

Jugdish said...

if you want opening day tickets here, you have to buy season tickets or a 4 game package...fucking lame.


they do that here too. Opening day tix sell out fast...but they hold some and try to get you to buy some mini ticket plans. I got a call the other day about that.

Blue said...

"i want bacon so bad"

i'm surprised that nobody has attempted to make fish bacon for catholics

Blue said...

the broncos don't do the PSL thing. I'd never heard of that at the NFL level, most colleges (that tix are in demand) do that, and it's a "donation" to the scholarship fund.

Jugdish said...

i'm surprised that nobody has attempted to make fish bacon for catholics



facon


that is genius!

Jugdish said...

and it's a "donation" to the scholarship fund.



I hate the "convenience charge" for tickets when you order. That's not convenient for me.

El Padrino said...

"the broncos don't do the PSL thing. I'd never heard of that at the NFL level, most colleges (that tix are in demand) do that, and it's a "donation" to the scholarship fund."

cowboys for sure, not sure if anyone else do it

El Padrino said...

mmmm fish bacon

tem said...

good post, PSLs have been around for years. Ohio State has had them for at least 10 years for football and basketball games (non student seats).

tem said...

although you can sell your PSL for buckeyes games. Ohio State keeps X% of it and you keep Y%. So if you bought your PSL way back when and kept it for a lot of years then sold it you might get more than your money back, because the PSL price goes up every year.

For Ohio State the PSL is a one time fee.

Blue said...

i think of a lot of fish stuff during lent, and then forget by the end of april

tem said...

six 23oz miller lites = beer farts

tem said...

"Titty bar lunch has a $3 cover, give them a 20 dollar bill and they give you 17 ones back...suite"


titty bars here now don't give you $1s at all. they would have given you 8 $2 bills and then either 4 quarters or a silver dollar.

Blue said...

ah, the old silver dollar trick...make it rain with the silver dollars

kodiac said...

Great post (ns); high quality posts all around these days on LOV

Jugdish said...

at some point today I am going to work...dammit

Blue said...

LoV bracket

id: 60610
pw: ibtc

Blue said...

and yes, i'm going to post that every day until the tourney starts

Blue said...

i'm waiting for shamhoff and SG to join our group

Blue said...

maybe even SP and JW

Jugdish said...

or KC

Blue said...

perhaps even Mills

Jugdish said...

KC is actually one of Andy's personalities.

Blue said...

so was mills/weazy

Blue said...

and maybe even beth

tem said...

maybe even tem.

tem said...

friday the 13th again.

didn't we just have one last month?

Jugdish said...

yes, its a remake

tem said...

that's a quick turnaround.

Blue said...

fucking ashleymadison.com

holyshit they send a lot of emails

Blue said...

it's quite obvious i never check the ptp gmail account

tem said...

you should update that shit.

lazy bum.

tem said...

put some unemployed person in charge of it.

Blue said...

if i could ever hire a dude, i'd put him in charge of it...or a hot lesbian

Jugdish said...

mize is starting his own site called mequonpoon.com, but its not going very well

Blue said...

our hot new receptionist is from Sconnie. she didn't know meiz though

Jugdish said...

I will have every other Monday off at the new job...suite. I'm looking forward to that.

tem said...

why did she leave sconnie?

Blue said...

i even asked her if she knew deke, andy, deluxe, beth, mills, and kc.

nope, nope, nope, maybe, nope, nope

but she does know Gordy

El Padrino said...

but jug dont you have to work on sat?

Blue said...

"why did she leave sconnie?"

some stalker dude with multiple personalities kept bothering her.

Jugdish said...

did she know Andy or deluxe?

Jugdish said...

but jug dont you have to work on sat?


one weekend a month, normally the first weekend of each month. I'll always have the monday after off.

tem said...

jug can do ptp work on monday then.

Blue said...

"did she know Andy or deluxe?"

nope, nope

Blue said...

DIA now the 4th busiest airport in the US.

awsome*

Blue said...

Jon Stewart destroyed Jim Cramer last night...destroyed him

Blue said...

in case you care

Blue said...

it's not the whole interview, but it's a pretty good snippet.

if you watch that and still ♥ Jim Cramer...i prey* for your soul

tem said...

why would anyone like jim cramer anyway?

Blue said...

the full interview

if you care

tem said...

nobody cares.

Blue said...

probably not

Jugdish said...

can't go to youtube at work

Blue said...

can you go to dailyshow?

El Padrino said...

i like cramer, still do

prey for my soul

Blue said...

either way, my respekt for jon stewart increased...

El Padrino said...

i gotta check out the video later though, when i can hear it

Jugdish said...

I'll check it out later too.

Blue said...

the dailyshow.com has the better video, it's uncensored, makes it a lot better.

kodiac said...

i even asked her if she knew deke, andy, deluxe, beth, mills, and kc.

nope, nope, nope, maybe, nope, nope

I lived in WI for a few years myself; I'm sure she knows me, I'm kind of a big deal

Steve said...

"Jon Stewart"

He doesn't get enough props. I guess cause it's such a goofy show and very loosely based on the facts.

But when he gets people like Cramer on the show, he gives a hard interview. He does his homework.

I can't believe the guy agreed to it. The rest of CNBC wrote him off as a comedian...Cramer should have done the same.

When ya lay with he dogs...

El Padrino said...

do you have many leather bound books?

Beth said...

I care, I find the Stewart-Cramer fight fascinating for some reason.

spaceman spiff said...

"When I drive around if I see some kids shooting hoops or playing softball I always pull over for a minute and check out a few plays."

stop it

Blue said...

"I care, I find the Stewart-Cramer fight fascinating for some reason."

it definitely makes for good TV

Blue said...

and i'll give props to Cramer, he hung in there...he obviously had no idea what he was getting into with the interview.

spaceman spiff said...

"On February 12th, Continental flight 3407 crashed on its way from New Jersey to Buffalo, killing all 49 people on board and one person on the ground.
DJ AM, real name Adam Goldberg, was booked on the (Continental) flight but canceled and drove instead, after having a bad feeling about the flight. "

grim reaper really wants this guy, a drunk driver should be t-boning him soon, bank on it

El Padrino said...

"stop it"

good call, sometimes would have been better

Blue said...

DJ AM should just stay off of plains*

El Padrino said...

"grim reaper really wants this guy, a drunk driver should be t-boning him soon, bank on it"

spiff that's a false report, MTV.com reported earlier that this was not true

spaceman spiff said...

"false report"

was fun while it lasted

El Padrino said...

allow me to retort

Blue said...

snopes it

Jugdish said...

one hour until boobie and brisket time

kodiac said...

"Jon Stewart"

He doesn't get enough props. I guess cause it's such a goofy show and very loosely based on the facts.

But when he gets people like Cramer on the show, he gives a hard interview. He does his homework.

-agreed; but FWIW I always have, and still do like Cramer. He is smart, very entertaining, and seems to be a pretty good guy. I think he's an easy target for Dems, and becoming kind of a fall guy for CNBC as a whole. Definitely mad props for him having the stones to appear on the Daily Show.

spaceman spiff said...

seinfeld peeps on curb

suite

Keith S said...

"I'd watch midgets play cribbage."


Well, people do like to hang out with people similar to themselves

spaceman spiff said...

WAM.BOOM.POW

Jugdish said...

Well, people do like to hang out with people similar to themselves


hilarity

Keith S said...

WADR EP, if you didn't see that one coming, your* a fool

Jugdish said...

He stays away from midget tossing events.

El Padrino said...

i put that in the post just for you, i expected nothing less

ToddPacker said...

"seinfeld peeps on curb

suite"


nice

ToddPacker said...

i went to the fla/ark game last night.... missed the 6 ot game in the big east tourney on the drive home... i should have pulled over and hit bar to watch it... the hightlights were incredible

Blue said...

yep, here come the 'cuse again, getting everyone excited for their first round flame-out in the tourney

ToddPacker said...

"i have no idea how the BCS can't watch the excitement and hype that the NCAA tourney creates and not think they could replicate that with football."

great point

Keith S said...

""i have no idea how the BCS can't watch the excitement and hype that the NCAA tourney creates and not think they could replicate that with football."

great point"


Agreed, although I think their view is more about money than the excitement it could bring.

ToddPacker said...

"I will have every other Monday off at the new job...suite. I'm looking forward to that."

i now have every other friday off... i end up working from home on those days though... still better than going to work

El Padrino said...

tp it was awesome, and i just watched the highlights, it wasnt the beer that game was incredible

Jugdish said...

Agreed, although I think their view is more about money than the excitement it could bring.



I thought the same thing, but a lot of times the excitement will generate money.

Jugdish said...

i now have every other friday off... i end up working from home on those days though... still better than going to work


I hope to avoid that.

Keith S said...

"but a lot of times the excitement will generate money."

Ah, like the strip club

Jugdish said...

Ah, like the strip club


exactly...I'm heading there now.

Wouldn't it be more exciting to see a strip off instead of ranking all the strippers in some computer? I think so.

Blue said...

all it takes is one great upset in the tourney and people would be hooked.

if it turned out like the stupid women's NCAA tourney, nobody would watch

El Padrino said...

jug this joint, is like a diner with strippers?

i could never muster the fortitude to order food at a legit strip club

Jugdish said...

its a buffet under some weird red lighting. I know I'll be eating some sort of meat, but that's about it. $3 cover and free buffet.

Blue said...

the diamond cabaret here in Denver has a great steak lunch special...supposedly a lot of business types take clients there for lunch.

Keith S said...

yeah, "supposedly"

Blue said...

i've actually never been to the diamond cab (ns). too expensive for me, i like the cheep strippers who have tatoos and bruises

isiah thomas said...

Jon Stewart destroyed Jim Cramer last night...destroyed him

I was shocked Cramer was such a shrinking violet last night.

Stewart brought up great points about CNBC but trying to paint Cramer as the face of what's wrong with CNBC and this MBS mess is wrong and grandstanding. These issuses and questions need to be brought up though.

This started from Stewart taking a clip of Cramers show out of context fwiw. (though they did find correct clips to clown later)

isiah thomas said...

still have a chubby from the game last night, holy smokes that was good watching.

I tuned in with 2 mins left, I thought the Cuse was down before Devendork's shot, thought the game was over when they said no good.

6 OT's....crazy

isiah thomas said...

I think he's an easy target for Dems, and becoming kind of a fall guy for CNBC as a whole.


I'm pretty sure Cramer is a Democrat, no? Am I wrong here?

ToddPacker said...

"I'm pretty sure Cramer is a Democrat, no? Am I wrong here?"

he was on stern a few times... i think he said he was an independent

isiah thomas said...

I thought the best thing out of the entire interview was what Stewart brought up about CNBC really not acting like a stand-alone network and basically dumping gas on this fire.

where was the investigative work? where was the true journalism, insight and expertise?

lotta moving pieces to this thing.

isiah thomas said...

TP - FLA in or out?

isiah thomas said...

Howard Stern charged

you know that guy did anything he could to bang that ho, now he's paying the price

El Padrino said...

yeah he's dirt that guy

isiah thomas said...

kod, read this earlier in the week.

re: Cramer on this mess

tem said...

"jug this joint, is like a diner with strippers?"

we have a place called kahoots around here. it is like applebees, except there are strippers on stage too.

isiah thomas said...

I know he's not everyone's cup of tea announcer wise, but I like the wasy Sean McDunnough* calls a game.

always have

isiah thomas said...

kod, Minny holding tight vs Moo U

isiah thomas said...

half day today

and you know this! MANNNNNN!

isiah thomas said...

and nice post EP, that is some solid work.

I wouldn't be surprised to see PSL's become greatly reduced or eliminated for some teams if this economy stays in ze crapper.

The Skins charge a fucking arm and a leg for tix as is, I got emails during last season about unsold tix. They fucking wanted 3K a pop for "club level". I've sat in the club level there and while great seats with great ammenities, 3K - go fuck yourself danny.

spaceman spiff said...

smogging the car today, wish i could give a flank stare when seeing 'smog test'

isiah thomas said...

in 20 years the Big East has only had 6 Final 4 teams. is this true?

Cowheard* is banging on this

ToddPacker said...

"TP - FLA in or out"

gotta beat auburn tonight

isiah thomas said...

hey Pittsburgh, git your sofas and mattresses of yer porch

isiah thomas said...

Q: I saw that the Saints terminated a contract from the reserve/retired list for Rickey Jackson on Feb. 13 this year. What is that about? Rickey's been retired for 14 years. Mike, Boutte.

A: Mike, this transaction slipped past me so I went to Greg Bensel, the Saints vice president of communications, for an answer. Here's Greg's explanation: "This in fact actually happened recently. When a player retires he goes on the club's reserve list. In case he comes out of retirement to play, the team retains his rights this way. Obviously Rickey was not coming out of retirement, but he -- along with others -- was on this list. They stay on the list until the team officially waives them off. We were just clearing off the list of reserves. We didn't even realize he was still on the list until recently." So, as you can see, Mike, this was nothing more than a simple housecleaning measure.

isiah thomas said...

this place fucking sucks today

ToddPacker said...

minn hanging with mich state... musburger sounds like he needs a nap

El Padrino said...

nursing hangovers

El Padrino said...

"in 20 years the Big East has only had 6 Final 4 teams. is this true?"

no clue, it's possible though

ToddPacker said...

"hey Pittsburgh, git your sofas and mattresses of yer porch"

funny

tem said...

"in 20 years the Big East has only had 6 Final 4 teams. is this true?"

yeah...but the big east has only been 16 teams big for like 4 years.

his 4 teams don't give credit for anything louisville or cincinnati did during that time...or any other team that wasn't in the big east.

Blue said...

and probably doesn't give credit to the teams that left the Big Least for the ACC...if they ever made a run

isiah thomas said...

even before expanding the Big East had some storied programs - Cuse, G-Town, UConn, Nova, St. Johns, Seton Hall, etc.

6 FF in 20 years seems pretty dang low

tem said...

"and probably doesn't give credit to the teams that left the Big Least for the ACC...if they ever made a run"

i don't think there were any that did, but someone at werk* was splainin this to me and apparently he is convinced that cowherd would have counted a BC run to final four if one had happened.

El Padrino said...

so 50 cent the rapper and Rick Ross (another rapper) were feuding so 50 cent got rick rosses baby mama and fucked her. And recorded it. And put it on the internet. That's what they call in tennis, Game Set Match.

you lose Rick, you lose

El Padrino said...

nsfw but i fully expect spiff to see it, the nudity is blurred

tem said...

big east was like a 9 school conference 20 years ago.

isiah thomas said...

Fiddy don't play dat.

Getting balls deep in the ho of the dood you're feuding with is the move of a stone cone killer.

isiah thomas said...

and who is Rick Ross?

ToddPacker said...

"minn hanging with mich state..."

not any more

El Padrino said...

zeke it's an era thing

st johns has been awful for more than 10 years now, same with seton hall

El Padrino said...

big fat rapper

isiah thomas said...

zeke it's an era thing

oh fo sho, just thought they'd have more than that.

ACC had like 20 or something.

El Padrino said...

rick ross

isiah thomas said...

BWW and GT on tap for next thursday

DET

El Padrino said...

6 is low

isiah thomas said...

Rick Ross looks like James Toney with a beard

isiah thomas said...

Cuse (year they won it)
G-town (what was this 2 years ago)
Uconn (a few times)

who else was it, anyone got the details?

isiah thomas said...

not any more

thanks for the jinx TP

tem said...

bible

tem said...

would be 9 if you count the teams that are currently in the big east making it when they were in some other conference.

9 is still not a lot.

isiah thomas said...

Blessed be

ToddPacker said...

"not any more

thanks for the jinx TP"


sorry... maybe too soon, but mich st will win

tem said...

and if you said 25 years instead of 20 years you'd be saying 16 teams instead of 9.

1985 was 3 big east teams.

ToddPacker said...

1987 big east had 2 in FF

El Padrino said...

WVU made the final four couple years back with Pittsnogle no?

El Padrino said...

87' like Tp said that was Providence and Cuse

El Padrino said...

but that would be past the 20 year thing cowherd was railing on, that little fuckface

tem said...

no final 4 for pittsnog.

only elite 8.

i wonder how many elite 8 teams the big east has had in the last 20yrs.

El Padrino said...

if he would have said 25 years, he would have no argument

84 gtown
85, st johns
87 prov/cuse

isiah thomas said...

Elite 8 only for them

tem said...

i like the fact that cowherd brought the stat up, but it is somewhat misleading.

big east wasn't 16 teams for that whole time.

big east was awesome in bball in the mid 80s and then now, but not in between (so much).

so the stat is cool, but really useless if he is trying to say the big east is weak this year.

1989 doesn't have much to do with who the good teams are now.

isiah thomas said...

UNC losing

isiah thomas said...

I switched to Rome shortly after he brought it up, so not sure where he went with it.

tem said...

guy at werk said cowherd used it to "prove" that the big east is overrated this year.

tem said...

"and then now"


*tip the cap

ToddPacker said...

rome > cowherd

isiah thomas said...

if the Big East is overrated then he has to say all of College hoops is weak and overrated this season - Pac-10 isn't good, diddo the Big 10 (average), SEC sucks and the Big 12 has a few good teams.

Big East is the best this season.

Meiz said...

I'm getting puking drunk tonight

El Padrino said...

i agree, big east is the best conference right now

ToddPacker said...

"UNC losing"

unc up 1 now... 1:13 left

isiah thomas said...

youtube it

El Padrino said...

"I'm getting puking drunk tonight"

solid plan

El Padrino said...

hokies up 1, .53

ToddPacker said...

va tech down 1 with 30 seconds left

El Padrino said...

So, Jonah Hill is working with Sony Pictures to write and executive produce a feature film based on the old Fox program (and Johnny Depp career starter) ‘21 Jump Street.’

isiah thomas said...

what the fuck happened to movies?

is it too much to come up with something fucking original?

"twenny-one jummmmmp streeeeet!"

El Padrino said...

i just shot a paper ball into my recycle bin and Hasheen Thabeet just blocked it

isiah thomas said...

I feel bad for the Niba* team that will draft him in the top 5.

ToddPacker said...

bad call... unc will win

isiah thomas said...

another bubble team bites the dust

isiah thomas said...

RIP Ken-tuck-ee

wft happened to them?

Meiz said...

"youtube it"


I'll try

ToddPacker said...

seth greenberg body slammed his jacket

isiah thomas said...

coaches reactions like that are always quality.

ToddPacker said...

va tech down 3 with 3.5 to go

isiah thomas said...

The Office seemed pretty funny last night

*ding dong*

Blue said...

"RIP Ken-tuck-ee

wft happened to them?"

i think it's pronounced billy gillespie

isiah thomas said...

ESPN online has had that game as a "final" for like 5 mins.

wft espn

isiah thomas said...

that had it as "final" at 77-76....wft

Blue said...

"The Office seemed pretty funny last night"

it worked for me

Meiz said...

"*ding dong*"


Who's there?

isiah thomas said...

i think it's pronounced billy gillespie

aitch

talk about striking when the iron was hot - after that run A&M had.

isn't he a drunk?

he was probably bombed and/or hungover when they called

*phone rings*

"hello.....*hiccup*....kentucky.....uhhh yeah I'll take it" hangs up laughing and takes another shot.

isiah thomas said...

ESPn has it as a final again

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