Thursday, March 5, 2015

Fans Still Reeling From Super Bowl Ticket Nightmare

By Geoff Baker, The Seattle Times (TNS)

Her youngest son was in tears and their family’s Super Bowl dream was fading fast as Heidi Van Boven pleaded with a ticket broker to finalize her $25,000 order for two last-minute seats.

Seahawks fan Van Boven, of Grandview in Eastern Washington, woke up Super Bowl Sunday in Phoenix to find an email that four tickets she’d purchased online for more than $12,000 nearly two weeks earlier had fallen through. Frantic, she searched a ticket marketplace that was dramatically inflated by then, snagging two seats for $24,600 from one company and a final pair for $25,500 from yet another so she, her husband, Steve, and sons John and Ryan could attend the game.…

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Is Fourth Grade Too Early For Ultracompetitive Sports?

By Mike Kaszuba, Star Tribune (Minneapolis) (TNS)

The first time Edina’s fourth-grade traveling basketball team — a collection of 9- and 10-year-old boys featuring Caylor, Gage, Tyler, and Torin — was allowed to use a full-court press, they did it with a vengeance.

On a Saturday afternoon in Burnsville, Minn., Edina led 12-2 at halftime and dismantled Cottage Grove, winning 27-8. Quickly, Paul Schmidt gathered his team and looked ahead to the next game, which would soon start. “When we go in the ‘Diamond’ down low, it’s an inverted ‘Diamond’ that we’re running, which is not what we really want.…

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Late Night Roundup: ‘There’s No Place Like Homophobia’

The Daily Show reviewed the last-ditch efforts in Kansas and Alabama to stop the tide of gay equality — with Jon Stewart suggesting the creation of a new word to be named in honor of Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback (R).

Jimmy Kimmel hosted actor Randall Park, discussing what it was like to play Kim Jong-Un in The Interview.

New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick appeared with David Letterman, to whom Belichick deadpanned perfectly through questions about the “Deflate-Gate” scandal from a few weeks ago.…

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