The issue of season ticket holders selling tickets has been an issue for a long time. This issue strikes at the chord of what the responsibilities of a fan are. I have said for a long time that season ticket holders are investors, and deserve the return on their investment that all other investors are due. Should they determine that there is greater value in their tickets by selling them, they have every right to do so. Such is an investment.
However, I have also said that whether you are a season ticket holder or not, all “fans” are actually part of an organization. An investment doesn’t have to come in the form of season tickets; it can come merely in emotion, passion, and other levels of monetary investment. However, calling yourself a “fan” of a team isn’t just a chance to say you’re part of the team; there are actual rules and responsibilities as well.
One of those “rules” is how a “fan” handles their tickets. It is my belief that a “fan” knows that while there is a monetary value of their season ticket investment, they also know that the investment is about more than money.
On Monday night, I understand that it will be very tempting for season ticket holders to sell their tickets and not suffer through what will almost certainly be an embarrassment of national proportions. I will even spare you the holier than thou “I would go just for the chance to possibly see history” crap. Monday night is going to be brutal. If you choose to pass on going to the game, I fully understand. However, I think that the way in which Ravens fans choose to handle their ticket sales is very important.
Many of you are well within the financial parameters to donate your tickets. You know who you are. PLEASE donate your tickets to someone who would enjoy the opportunity. Those of you who are not as well off, PLEASE do your best to sell your tickets to someone in your circle of friends; someone who wants to see the Ravens.
I know that PLENTY of Patriots fans will be able to buy tickets through ticket brokers and scalpers. This isn’t about keeping every Pats fan out of M&T Bank Stadium. They’re going to be there. This is an issue of Ravens fans needing to decide whether or not they are truly FANS, or whether they are simply investors. What are you?
Let’s see what everyone else has to say….
Best of WNST’s Monday Blogs:
Nestor Aparicio says Ravens freefall was evident in San Diego
Keith Melchior expects plenty of Pats fans at M&T
Much like me, even Bob Haynie can’t help but think about the draft
Nestor Aparicio compares Pittsburgh last night to Baltimore next week
Glenn Clark (voted “Greatest Man Alive” by multiple organizations) has Maryland 8th in ACC Power Rankings, headed to SF
The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Ravens weren’t completely healthy in loss to Chargers
The Official Site’s Josh Lukin says trip to Cali wasn’t all about having fun
The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says McClain almost didn’t get his 1st TD ball back
Patriots Official Site’s Erik Scalavino says Belichick only thinking about Baltimore
The Sun’s Mike Preston says Ravens need to think young……even Troy Smith young
The Sun’s Jamison Hensley concerned about QB situation, Clayton, Heap, J.O., and Neuheisel
The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Boller will still be starter next week
The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says things are bad now, but ‘future could be bright for Ravens’
The Sun’s Bill Ordine says Ravens played as team—just really bad team
The Sun’s Don Markus recaps Billick presser, says AD talking to Baltimore media Wednesday
The Sun’s Don Markus says Belichick doesn’t care that Ravens are 4-7 (I however SERIOUSLY care that Ravens are 4-7)
The Sun’s Sheil Kapadia says Anderson, Lewis, Taylor amongst ex-Ravens who had good Week 12’s
The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Ravens have much to overcome vs. Pats
The Sun’s Don Markus and Edward Lee say secondary issues have been MAJOR issue
The Examiner’s Matt Palmer says Billick understands why team is so frustrated
The Examiner’s Gary Lambrecht says plenty of blame to go around for Ravens
The Examiner’s Tony Giro says Ravens’ early jerseys were not pretty
Aaron Wilson says Boller still “the man”
Boston Herald’s Karen Guregian says AD and 52 have buried hatchet
Boston Globe’s Mike Reiss says Pats had regular work day despite win Sunday
The Loss Column’s Justin Blome is willing to offer Ravens cash for catching football
Baltimore Beatdown’s “Rexx” says loss still painful even if we knew it was coming
Ravens Gab’s Matt Loede looks at Ravens’ historic slump
Bleacher Report’s John Newman has Ravens 26th in Power Rankings
The NFL Guru doesn’t think Billick will be around much longer
Bleacher Report’s “Turd Ferguson” doesn’t think Ravens will offer much resistance to Pats
Ravens Touchdown’s “Stephen” says Ravens went from first to last QUICKLY
The Ebony Bird surprised by communications issues in Ravens ‘D’
Fanhouse’s Ryan Wilson says McNair probably didn’t want to start against Pats anyway
Fanhouse’s Ryan Wilson says Ravens may not win again until ‘Phins
Fanhouse’s Ryan Wilson wonders if Ravens could just go ahead and forfeit Pats game
Fanhouse’s Josh Alper says you know it’s bad when Ravens can’t even play ‘D’
Fanhouse’s JJ Cooper wonders if Pats are playing rope-a-dope
The Official Site says Terps get 4 All-ACC honors
The Sun’s Matt Bracken looks at how future Terps did this weekend
The Sun’s Milton Kent wasn’t impressed by Baltz Saturday
The Sun’s “Mr. Flip” enjoyed Terps ‘getting business’ Saturday
Annapolis Capital’s John McNamara says Terps don’t know bowl destination, but ready to start practicing
Washington Post’s Marc Carig says Terps could get even better bowl news if Hokies and Eagles somehow end up in BCS
Washington Post’s Adam Kilgore looks at 1st Team All-ACC Terps Henderson and Moore
Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Philistin probably snubbed
Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Terps edge GT in about every category possible when it comes to Bowl consideration
Terrapin Times’ Mark Clem looks at Isaiah Williams’ transition from track star to stud wideout (must subscribe)
Terrapin Times’ Dan Painter scouts future Terps Davin Meggett and Tavon Austin (must subscribe)
The Diamondback’s Andrew Zuckerman says Turner’s rushing changed everything
The Diamondback’s Andrew Zuckerman says Ralph credits Crummey for keeping Terps afloat
Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Terps aren’t amongst 40 best teams in country
Turtle Soup’s Jeremy Gold wonders why Gary has let so many top talents get out of Maryland
Scout.com’s Dave Telep looks at Terp hopeful Ater Majok (must subscribe)
Terrapin Times’ Dan Painter looks at future recruiting (must subscribe)
TERRAPINS WOMEN’S BASKETBALL:
The Official Site previews Maryland-Pitt
The Official Site offers complete Maryland-Pitt game release
Washington Times’ Mike Fratto says Frese wanted things tougher for Terps this season
Annapolis Capital’s Bill Wagner says Senior Lineman Gabbard almost went to ACC before choosing Academy
The Examiner’s Ron Snyder wonders if Johnson could really leave Navy this time
Army Official Site previews Saturday’s game
Army Official Site offers complete Army-Navy game release
ArmySports says Army would benefit if Johnson leaves Navy (must subscribe)
MT. ST. MARY’S BASKETBALL:
The Official Site says ‘Eers still winless after loss to American
Carroll County Times’ Bob Blubaugh recaps ‘ugly’ 66-45 loss to American
Frederick News Post’s Stan Goldberg says ‘Eers off to worst start since 03-04
Inside Lacrosse names Rabil, Peyser Tewaarton candidates
MLB Official Site’s Jack O’Connell says Baines and Brady amongst names on 2008 HOF ballot
The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin hints there’s something to Tejada rumors
The Sun’s Roch Kubatko says Fanfest March 29 at Camden Yards
The Sun’s Roch Kubatko says O’s trying to establish themselves in Curacao
Orioles Hangout’s John Domen names Joe Mahoney organization’s Number 21 prospect
MLB Trade Rumors says ESPN Deportes thinks O’s & Royals are frontrunners for Jose Guillen (Really? WHY?)
If you know Spanish, try this………ESPN Deportes’ Enrique Rojas says O’s and Royals are Guillen frontrunners
MLB Trade Rumors says two players needed for Tejada deal
The Sun’s Pramit Mohapatra says Baltimore middleweight Tenyeh Dixon one step closer to UFC’s “Ultimate Fighter”
SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:
-I don’t want this to turn into a Ravens vs. AD theme week; but I can’t help but wonder how AD is feeling right now. Obviously the Patriots are clearly one of the best teams in NFL history; but AD is not receiving anything near the level of respect and praise-or even the number of snaps per game-he saw in Baltimore. AD would never say he wished he hadn’t gone to New England; and as long as they win the Super Bowl this year; he will be able to say he made the absolute 100 percent correct decision. But if the Pats were to somehow slip up on the way to the title, do you think AD would wonder if maybe he should have gone somewhere else? And I don’t mean Baltimore; he obviously did the right thing by jumping ship. But maybe AD would have been better suited somewhere like Indy? Just a thought.
-I forgot to mention this yesterday, but as I was watching Vernon Davis catch a TD for the Niners in their win over the Cards-it struck me that VD, LaMont Jordan, and Josh Wilson all scored TD’s Sunday in wins for their teams. Shawne Merriman also had a big day……do you think this was the biggest Sunday in University of Maryland NFL history? I’ll recap the rest later in the week.
-Dave Philistin DID get hosed. As has been commented many times on blogs and message boards today; there IS an issue in the ACC of the voting media being too centrally located in North Carolina. They all knew Erin Henderson even before the season began, but no one knew about Philistin. With the Terps going just 6-6; Philistin did not have the chance to prove his worth to the rest of the league’s media.
-Jeremy Gold opens a HUGE can of worms with his questions about Gary’s recruiting. Gary HASN’T always brought in the top talent in the state of Maryland. But you have to accept that with Gary. Gary wants HIS guys. He doesn’t want the Beasleys. He doesn’t want to have to coach a kid whose head is always in the Pros. Remember John Gilchrist? As soon as his head left the program, Gary wanted nothing to do with him. Gary is a Coach who wants to make sure that no one is above him. He doesn’t get these guys because he’s trying to get HIS guys. Its totally possible that other coaches could keep the best talent from the state of Maryland AT Maryland, but we accept Gary because his way has worked, and because we’d rather have Gary than Herb Sendek, Matt Doherty, Larry Schyatt, Pete Gillen, Dave Odom, or many of the other ACC Coaches who have come and gone.
-Why in GOD’S NAME would the O’s be interested in Jose Guillen? Someone who reads Spanish-please explain this story to me; because right now it just seems absolutely STUPID.
Talk to you tomorrow.