Well the names have all changed since you hung around,
But those dreams have remained and they're turned around.
Welcome back, welcome back, welcome back."
- Welcome Back Kotter
Yes we're back in business at Sports As Life. So much has happened in the last ten days that, instead of the usual Monday Headlines, I thought I'd do a little bit on each story - or at least all the stories I can remember. So if you were hoping for a Dot, Dot, Dot column today - you're in luck.
... First of all is the Roughrider playoff ticket fiasco. Here's what I know: you have to give season ticket holders, shareholders and flex-pack holders first crack at tickets - there has to be some incentive for buying these things. I imagine season ticket sales are going to increase substantially next year - with more home playoff games seemingly on the horizon people are not going to want to take a chance on missing out again. But here's the rub - there's no way a person should have been allowed to buy up to 6 playoff tickets. That's ridiculous. By limiting each person to 4 tickets the team could have made sure more people had access to tickets. A lower ticket limit would also keep tickets off eBay - as there have been hundreds and hundreds of playoff tickets on there since they went on sale - here are the current listings (hopefully this link will work, eBay links have a tendency to expire).
The eBay problem is tough because there is a market for scalped tickets, so people are going to gouge as much as they can. If the Roughriders want to get serious about electronic ticket scalping they need to revoke the season tickets of anyone caught putting their tickets on eBay. Don't think it can be done? The New England Patriots recently won a court case against online ticket broker StubHub (which is owned by eBay) that forced StubHub to give up the names of everyone buying and selling Patriots tickets - check it out. Obviously you can't do anything about the people that bought the public tickets. But if people are putting their season tickets up for auction - as Tony Kornheiser would say - they should be punished to the fullest extent of the law and their season tickets should be revoked
... How about that hit on Boston's Patrice Bergeron? Hockey sure is fun to watch isn't it? Here it is if you haven't seen it, or if you just need a refresher. If there had been an NHL Headshot of the Week last week, this would have been it without a doubt. What I love about this one is that people were blaming Bergeron for turning into the hit - see paragraph 4 - which he clearly does not. Here is Bob McKenzie's follow-up as well. From what I hear Don Cherry was blaming Bergeron as well, at least in part - further cementing my new found belief that for the good of the game Cherry needs to be put out to pasture (initially I was going to write that Cherry should have his tongue cut out - but decided to soften my stance).
Randy Jones' 2 game suspension probably should have been 5 - but he was a first time offender, so what can you do. You know who isn't a first time? The Philadelphia Flyers. This is the third time this season one of their players has delivered a cheapshot to the head of an opposing player. So here's what the punishment should have been - fine the Flyers organization $50,000 - fine General Manager Paul Holmgren $15,000 - and fine head coach John Stevens $5,000.