Oh, you Seattle Seahawks. You hard-hitting scamps, you princes of the Pacific Northwest.
And now that the Pete Carroll’s Boys have to play the rival San Francisco 49ers for a third time this season in next week’s NFC Championship game, they’re becoming the kings of gamesmanship, too.
The team has announced that when NFC title game tickets go on sale tomorrow, January 13, they’re restricting tickets to buyers with credit card billing addresses in six states and California isn’t on the list. Who is? Alaska, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and, of course, Washington. Oh, and also the Canadian provinces of Alberta and British Columbia.
Not that we’re talking about a lot of tickets here – season ticket holders scooped up most so there are likely only a few thousand, if that, to go around. And teams doing everything they can to block opponents’ fans from getting their hands on tickets is nothing new. Teams selling ticket packages – forcing fans to buy tickets to a low-selling game along with tickets to a big rivalry game – has happened plenty, too.
In the end, the move by the Seahawks will do nothing but drive up already high prices for the title tilt on the secondary market. Not that they care because PETE CARROLL IS A PLAYER’S COACH AND HE JUST WINS AND YAY FOR NFL UNIFORMS WITH NEON GREEN!