Thursday, September 29, 2011

Loyal - or not?

Reports in the public prints and media indicate Coach Bielema and his minions are disenchanted with Badgers fans who’ve sold their tickets to Saturday night’s game to Nebraska fans.  Something like “loyal Badgers fans wouldn’t do that”.


At this writing, Thursday noon, according to StubHub, nosebleed seats are going for around 200 bucks; good seats are ranging from 300 to 700 bucks; all the way up to 4 seats at Varsity Club Level 1 going for a cool 1200 bucks apiece. 

The UW Football brain trust is implying (if not outright saying) that selling your tickets to a Nebraska fan is disloyal.

Commentators are saying this would NEVER happen in places like Alabama, Florida, Oklahoma, and Texas, where football is more religion than sport.

Many years ago, I decided the best seat in the house for the “big game”, no matter what the sport, is in my huge overstuffed recliner in the media room of our home, watching in hi-def on the 65-inch screen and listening through a 300-watt 5.1 sound system which can create sound so massive I alert the US Geological Survey’s National Earthquake Information Center when I’m going to move the volume past “5” on the indicator. 

So I have no issue with those Badgers fans who’ve decided to trade in their game tickets for a mortgage payment.

Loyalty, schmoyalty.  It’s the free market in action.


  1. "Loyalty, schmoyalty. It’s the free market in action."

    Pretty much what the athletic department told long time season ticket holders when they instituted their active donor requirement to qualify to continue as season ticket holders.

  2. Let's not forget when Coach Bielema chastised Badger fans for only wearing red shirts and not also red pants to the games. That's when I stopped going to the stadium -- I'm a football fan, not a cult member.

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