Thursday, January 26, 2012

Okay, this is fugling crazy

I just got an email from Costco. They're offering me discounted tickets to the Super Bowl for the low, low price of -- get this -- $3,000.

Yes, that's right. $3,000 to go watch a buncha fat millionaires play a children's game. Uhm, yeah. Maybe Mitt Romney can afford to blow three grand to watch a buncha fat millionaires play a children's game, but I got better things to do with my money, like, well, anything, actually...

-- Badtux the WTF Penguin


  1. $3K? (Settle, stomach, settle.) There are people who would pay that (or more) to see a ball game??? I, a humble and newly-minted geologist, have enough of an imagination to basically understand the mechanisms of evolution, and the potential mechanisms of abiogenesis, but this... is beyond me.

  2. BTW, my new favorite swearword is "fracking", which refers to injecting water into bedrock to fracture it and thus retrieve the oil locked within; it also, as side effects feverishly denied by oil companies, poisons wells and creates earthquakes in places where even a minor quake can do a lot of damage.

    It's certainly a more appropriate word for swearing than those associated with either sex or digestive output.

  3. @Karen. I've loved 'fracking' as a swear word since the first time I encountered it in the late 70's on Battlestar Gallactica. I was quite pleased that they kept the tradition in the new series (which is worth watching even if you found the original too kitschy. I find myself giggling every time I run across a news story about fracking though.

    As for paying $3k for football tickets. Well, that is a bit out of my price range. I do love watching football although I don't love watching it on TV because there are too many commercials. Maybe I'll record the game and edit them out but most likely I'll just go to a SuperBowl party and socialize during the breaks.

    I see things like football in the same way I see things like art. *I* like Pollack and find merit in his drippy paintings but I wouldn't spend a lot of money on one and can understand perfectly why others might not be into that kind of abstract art.

  4. C'mon, now - let's be honest here.

    You wouldn't go if it was only $3.00.


  5. I would go if it was $3 *and* being played somewhere that I could take BART or Caltrain. Hey, fat men in tights. Nothing homoerotic about that, yo!

    - Badtux the Snarky Penguin

  6. The fact that Costco is offering tickets to the Stupor Bowl tells me the market for them is soft. Perhaps just soft for "bleacher seats" at that astronomical price point -- the $3 tickets would have waddling takers, eh? -- but I don't recall hearing of any marketing pushes for SB tix like this before. I think it's an indicator that the pro sports racket is cracking. The labour actions in the NFL and NBA, forced sale of the Dodgers after the owners mortgaged the house and sold the plumbing fixtures, other business-side failures... The showy part of the "bread and circuses" is losing some lustre. I've long said that we'll know when The Collapse is well underway when big league sports franchises start shutting down.


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