13 October, 2008

I can't stand Pittsburgh!

What is this? After a lifetime of rooting for teams from the city of my birth, I'm no longer a fan? Teams wearing uniforms sporting Panthers, Pirates, Penguins or Steelers no longer count? Gone like the Spirit, Phantoms, Pipers, and Rens?

Okay, truth is the title should read more like this, "I can't stand, Pittsburgh!" (note the comma). I am after all a Pittsburgh fan-for-life, and that's not about to change. And I'm a true Pittsburgh sports fan too, not one of those bogus Pittsburgh fans, who instead of rooting for Pitt, they pull for a certain college located in a converted cow pasture up in Centre County. But anyhow, what prompted me to write this blog was a quick perusal, just out of curiosity, of Pittsburgh Penguins ticket prices.

It floored me to read that you can buy Standing-Room-Only tickets for
$50! Fifty bucks to watch a game and you don't even get a seat! How far out of whack do things have to get before fans finally rebel? Unfortunately, I don't think there is a limit. Speaking of limits, there is also available for $50 a ticket called "Limited View". I wonder what the view is limited to—the snack bars and souvenir stands?.

You can imagine how astronomically expensive are the other tickets; the ones where you actually get a seat. Unreal! And perhaps there are teams in the NHL that charge even more than the Pens do. It doesn't matter, many years ago, hockey—at the major league level at least—became a TV-only sport for this sports fan.

But if I had to choose between Limited View or Standing-Room-Only I think I'd opt for the SRO, because Limited View could also mean that the seats are so far away from the ice that view of the puck is limited to those fans who bothered to bring binoculars or a telescope with them.

It just boggles the mind. Fifty bucks...no seat... and people STAND for this!!!!
(Maybe if you hurry to the restroom before the period ends you can sit on the can for a spell...if, of course, you beat the stampede getting there.).

~PITTSBURGH starts with PITT!~

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