Mike Lantry, 1972
Just one more reason Ohio sucks. Now they don't even need proof to pull over people with Michigan plates.
I took my son to the recent spring game. Before the game I got an email from U of M that pointed me here:
http://www.mgoblue.com/sports/m-footbl/spec-rel/041610aaa.html it says for the Michigan Spring football game "Parking: The lots around Michigan Stadium owned and operated by the University of Michigan are free and open to the public. "
I parked in the same lot I pay to park in for games in the fall. It is owned and operated by the University of Michigan and is near the stadium (but not next to it). According the the note from the University, parking there should be free during the spring game but of course since it was Ann Arbor, I got a ticket anyway.
I appealed to the parking referee and got the following response:
"Thank you for your statements. Your inquiry has been reviewed. It has been decided that the citation in valid. The statement refers to the lots adjacent to the stadium, of which this is not one."
I guess I need to have an argument with what "around" the stadium means. I have no satisfaction from anyone at the U either. Anyone happen to have Brandon's email address?
Why does Ann Arbor continue to piss people off and discourage them from visiting? It's one of the reasons I no longer live there.
Let me start by saying this is not a complaint about the Alumni Association's Football Saturdays ticket program, as I really think it is quite fantastic and I genuinely appreciate it and have enjoyed the seats I have purchased from them over the years.
My frustration comes from this rule:
*To ensure all members receive equal opportunity to participate in the program, order forms received prior to 8 a.m. Eastern time on April 14, 2010, will be considered as if they were received on April 14, 2010, at 5 p.m. Eastern time. We encourage the use of a delivery service that allows you to guarantee delivery on a specific date.
Now, I live in Western Wayne county. I went to a local post office yesterday and spoke with a Postal Service employee. My conversation went something like this:
Me: "Yes, hi, I need this to get to Ann Arbor on Wednesday morning."
USPS: "Well, with Priority Mail, you can get it there tomorrow afternoon, no problem."
Me: "Yes, but that won't work, it can't get there tomorrow, it has to get there on Wednesday morning."
USPS: "Why can't it get there tomorrow?"
Me: "Because it would go to the back of the line if it did?"
USPS: "Well, you could hand deliver it, that would guarantee that it would get there Wednesday morning."
Me: "It's not allowed to be hand delivered."
USPS: "This is way more complicated than it needs to be."
Me: "Yes, yes it is."
So what I ended up doing was setting it up for Priority Mail, but not putting it in the mailbox at the post office until this morning, which will get it to Ann Arbor tomorrow morning, I hope. I hope.
Anyway, my general question to you, MGoWorld is, what is the best delivery service to use that guarantees delivery on a specific date. (I asked this question of the Alumni Association once and they said they couldn't say because it would seem like they were promoting a specific service.)
(Mostly, thank you for letting me get my Kafkaesque Michigan ticket saga out of my system.)
So I get online bright and early before when tickets go on sale at 10am. At 9:55ish I get thrown in a virtual waiting room. Cool, seems like I'm on my way.
So after getting through the virtual waiting room I punch in what I want: 4 tickets in the upper reserve box.
Cool, I get the page that says to type in the weird words so it seems like I'm good. Then suddenly the tickets are gone, apparently I lost out on step before they are reserved. Since I keep getting thrown into the virtual waiting room where every 30 second something refreshes to tell me that the request is unavailable.
Then again I get to the entering the words in. I punch the words in, hopeful I've finally got my tickets. No dice, they disappear.
And now they say that tickets aren't available in my quantity. So, the place isn't sold out. Twice I get to the point where I'm about to get tickets, then boom. Nope.
Screw all the people that buy tickets and go right to stub hub to re-sell them. One of two things should happen: Either stub hub should be illegal or teams should go back to making people wait in line for opening day (at minimum). At least that way real fans will get to buy the tickets.
I'm usually pretty spry when it comes to obtaining Michigan football tickets at a reasonable price. But the task before me is a bit bigger than my expertise:
The day before my wedding is the Bowling Green game (Sept. 25). I'd like to get tickets for the male side of the wedding party (8 including me) plus a few more for out-of-towners. Preferably, I'd like to get the 8 together, but if I have to separate folks I can.
Where do I start? Are there ever that many individual tickets purchaseable after the season tickets go out? Should I just camp out at websites and grab everything in a section?
I didn't get my own tickets this season because between the wedding and honeymoon and work trips and fall sailing I wouldn't use most of 'em. This is good because I can be anywhere in the stadium (instead of searching for all Section 20s), but bad because that's 2 more shares of bench space I need to obtain.
Just called the UM ticket office... no details are available for the Cold War 2 ticket purchase yet... end of February expect first press release and details on pricing and availability. I'm going to also call the alumni association and put a bug in the ear of them to get in on this to offer tickets to local alumni associations first, similar to the football ticket packages.
If anyone hears anything else, please post here.