Poor Paul Tagliabue. The former Commissioner did not get in to the NFL Hall of Fame even on his third try.
I mean how much more profitable could he have left the NFL?
On a glorious 65 degree Saturday I took my son to the NFL Experience. Hey how often does the circus, I mean, the Big Game come to town? Tickets were a reasonable $ 18 each, parking $ 10.
A day later – at the Super Bowl, the face value of a ticket is $ 800. And the parking attendant told me that same spot would be $ 50.
Before you could enter the NFL Store tent, they put stickers on your cap and they made you put anything in your hand into a plastic bag and sealed it. God forbid you walked out with something you did not pay full price for.
Like the $ 38 dolphin my son is holding.
I mean tomorrow they even have the TSA (the airport security folks) as part of the game security. Ostensibly because they are good at “behavior detection”. I say because they are good at fluid detection. Anyone try to sneak in a beverage more than 3 oz. Hey, got to get them to pay $ 400 for the tailgate party :)
The only blemish I noticed in his tenure was the price of the Super Bowl ticket actually declined by 20% between 1996 in Phoenix and 1997 in New Orleans.
Hey, at that rate of decline I should be able to take my son to the game next time it comes back to town.
And Paul should be in the Hall of Fame by then.
Steelers outnumbered Cardinal fans 10 to 1 in the crowds today. I over heard one Pittsburgh fan say – we need to have more championships than any other team (they are tied with the Cowboys and 49ers)
There you go again – more greed.
Me, I am bucking for old man Warner. There is something about his get-up-repeatedly-after-getting-knocked-down career which seems more appropriate for our times.