Beyond March Madness

On January 22, 2015, in Uncategorized, by admin

We are deep into the conference portions of college basketball seasons.  March Madness is still far away. There is a lot of basketball to be played. But this year, I am looking beyond March Madness.  Oh, I will participate to the extent possible, probably throw back a few beers at the local Twin Peaks, and maybe go to a conference tournament due to its favorable location. Gone this year will be the trips out of town following March Madness; there is simply too much going on. I am already looking to baseball season.  Baseball is the only sport I religiously follow at the professional level…….I follow two teams.  One of these teams stem from my roots and has fed me a feast of humility over the years.  The other had some success, but could not close the deal when they had the opportunity. I follow the Texas Rangers.  Had season tickets a few years back when I lived in the Dallas area. Their heyday came a few years back when they lost to St Louis in the World Series, the loss squarely pegged on the inexperience of this years closer, God help us, Neftali Feliz.  Well a few years pass, a few trades and a few “indiscretions” from the manager, things have changed a lot.  So I would rather focus on my top team…..yes those loveable losing Cubs. Last year, after ten years on the waiting list for season tickets, my name is called. About 6 grand apiece for tickets on the third base line, 17 rows up and under the Wrigley cover (if any of you have not experienced Wrigley Field, put it on your bucket list. Or even, just visit the surrounding bars of Wrigleyville. Such an experience). With 12 large, could I make my money back assuming I would make maybe 3 games all year and maybe give 8-10 games away to family?  I chose to pass.  Hello 40,000 waiting list once again.  I will be dead and in hell when my time comes up again. Painful as it was, I probably would have lost money last year.  The Cubs were awful. But, I would have the same seats again and for years to come until I gave them up.  This year, well my friends, is the year of the Cubs.  Mark it. With a proven name coach and a spend plan that has increased significantly (and I am happy to say their own people brought up through the system now have great contracts….rewarding excellent  performance), I am taking the Cubs to win the division.  Will they get to World Series or win? Well, likely not since they are not used to winning in pressure situations, kind of like my Rangers as discussed above. I wonder what the odds are  in Vegas for the Cubs to win World Series?  Common my right bearing Facebook friends, you know who you are, message me and let me know. I am in.  I will place a good bet for this…..whatever.  At the end of the day, If I am right, I will be crying in my rigatoni that I do not have those seats for the season tickets. For if I am correct here, what was around $76 a game face value, will likely sell for $150-250, depending upon the visiting team. Oh well, I knew it could be an opportunity, but there was pain along the way to get to the payoff.  Who know Theo Epstein would make such brilliant moves on the offseason.  Well I should have, after all, he is the one that manufactured the Boston Red Sox teams out of their drought.

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