College football gets started tonight

REFILE – CORRECTING ID Wisconsin Badgers head coach Paul Chryst coaches against the TCU Horned Frogs during the third quarter of the 97th Rose Bowl game in Pasadena, California, January 1, 2011. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson (UNITED STATES – Tags: SPORT FOOTBALL)

After a brutal off-season, college football gets back to business tonight with a bunch of games. Looking at the college football lines, however, we won’t get many great games tonight.

Wisconsin is known for its cupcake schedule in non-conference games, and they get started tonight against UNLV as a 35.5 point favorite. To their credit, they’ve added Oregon State as their second game.

Tomorrow night we have a decent game with TCU as a 4-point road favorite against Baylor.

Then on Saturday we have a ton of games, with Oregon as a 4-point favorite against LSU at Cowboys Stadium and Boise State as a 3.5-point favorite against Georgia in the Georgia Dome as the featured battles.

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Super Bowl XLV ticket prices are high

Everyone knows the Super Bowl is an expensive ticket. But as Calvin Watkins of ESPN writes, this year’s Super Bowl matchup as well as the location (oil-rich Texas) has pushed prices even higher.

Locally, tickets for the Feb. 6 game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Green Bay Packers have an average price range between $2,100 and $8,000, according to Ram Silverman of Golden Tickets.

“They are readily available,” Silverman said. “Things started off pretty high, then it’s gotten steady.”

Silverman said the $200 Party Plaza tickets the NFL put on sale last week are going for about $375, and that price could keep rising as fans without tickets become desperate to be there for the game.

StubHub reports that the average asking price is $3,676. I generally use TicketLuck, which seems to have tickets for a more reasonable price for most events. Their cheapest ticket is around $1,600. An upper level seat at the 30-yard line is going for anywhere between $2,400-$2,600.

It will be interesting to see just how many Packer and Steeler fans actually make it to the game with prices this high.

The 2010 NBA All-Star Game – Brave New World or The Empire Strikes Back ?

DALLAS – So there I was last Friday afternoon in Austin, Texas, a little over 48 hours before the historic 2010 NBA All-Star game would take place just 200 miles away in Dallas. Somewhere around 100,000 tickets were said to be sold, including an unquantified number of $30 Standing Room Only “party passes.” The Great Recession of 2009 had left me nearly flat broke when they went on sale last year though, so I remained ticketless and with little hope. Then I read an interview with Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, where he seemed to up the ante on what this event could be.

I don’t think Cowboys Stadium has really been leveraged as a party destination the way it can. I think people are going to be pleasantly shocked. It’s more designed to be a night club than a destination for a sporting event. And because this is really geared toward fun, I think it’s really going to shine,” Cuban told the Dallas Morning News. “You’re just there to have fun. I think that makes a big difference. No one’s betting on this game. No one’s screaming and yelling. It’s just ‘Are you having fun? Yes or no.’ That makes for better people-watching. That makes for better enjoying of libations and such. It’ll be a lot of fun.”

Cuban was probably engaging in a hype game, but all this talk of unprecedented, newly leveraged fun seemed to demand personal investigation. I hit the Dallas and Austin Craigslist ticket boards, trying to find someone who might unexpectedly have found themselves with a couple of those party passes to sell for face price. Most were asking around $60 apiece, while some pirates sought $100. Then I saw a posting that more of the party passes were now on sale at Ticketmaster.com – one click later, he shoots, he scores! I knew prospects for getting a decent view of the game were slim, but how could any serious NBA fan pass up the chance to attend this historic contest for a mere $30 and a three-hour drive? Not to mention that a California friend had just relocated to Dallas that week for a new job, providing free lodging to boot. It had clearly become a mission from God.

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Time-lapse video of Cowboys Stadium conversion for the NBA All-Star Game

This is a pretty amazing video that shows just how much work went into transforming Cowboys Stadium for the 2010 All-Star Game.

Blogging the Bloggers: The mostly-video edition

NO GUTS NO GLORY reports that the best seats in Cowboys Stadium were actually the worst.

AWFUL ANNOUNCING reports that the NFL told the MLB that Brett Favre is more important than a potential one-game playoff.

– Thanks to THE WORLD OF ISAAC, we have great video of a pair of drunk women fighting with another fan at the Detroit/Minnesota game. I think she’s just upset that Roy Williams was traded. (Update: The original video is down, so I found another version on YouTube.)

– Thanks to SAD FANS, we have this hilarious video of a very upset Clemson fan, with commentary by Chris Fowler.

BALL DON’T LIE found this video of the world’s longest basketball shot. Doctored? You be the judge…

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