It was incredible: the stuff urban legends are made of. The game? Nope. Most of the play on the court was just plain wrong. No, I am talking about the process to GET INTO the game.
So, it was like this: Wendell (did I tell you that I convinced Wendell to drive down to join me?) and I had been cruising all around the perimeter of the Georgia Dome, subtly seeking a ticket seller with a good heart. The hype surrounding the game was emotional: FLA fans wanted to see their beloved Gators win the back-2-back; and OSU fans are just plain fanatical anyway (despite their typically disappointing displays in championships). Buyers far outstripped sellers, and the sellers available were asking outrageous money ($200+) for horrible seats. Not a formula for on-the-fly success.
By 8:45PM (9:21 tip off), we were near the point of retiring to a local bar to watch the game, when — as we jaywalked from the CNN Sky Deck parking across to the Phipps complex — an SUV (loaded with bumper stickers like “my daughter is an honor student at Alpharetta Middle School, etc) pulled directly in front of us and the woman inside thrust a handful of tickets out the window screaming, “I NEED TO SELL THESE TICKETS RIGHT NOW,MY MOTHER IS SICK AND I NEED TO GO HOME!” We were three feet away, so I reached out and took the tickets, at the same time asking her how much. “I really need to get going…” she sobbed, “,I guess $300,” Quickly glancing down to make sure the tickets had teh hologram on them, I peeled off some Benji’s and Jacksons to complete the sale. She glanced at the folded cash I had handed her, turned and looked down the street in front of her, and sped off. Examining the tickets, there were four seats together in section 238 on the Club level, with a view from the back corner of the court, yet high enough to see the whole playing area. “Christ, W,these are easily worth $300 APIECE!” I said.
“Maybe that’s what she meant,” he said. Hmmmmmmmmmmm
Regardless, within five minutes we had sold the two extra tickets for $200,A PIECE! A hundred bucks profit and we had pretty good seats for the NCAA Championship game,now THAT”S A COOL STORY!
The rest is history, as are the Buckeyes. I face another year of GATORS (smells like chicken, tastes like skunk) BOASTING. But it’s all good,
–UNK T and W
It’s all an April hoax, MF,
We got closed out and watched it at CCT. But it COULDA happened!