This is all wrong:
Look I have two younger brothers, I am on my fifth dog, and I am a proud graduate of an American public elementary school, so I know a thing or two about the old throwing-motion-fumble trick. First of all your footwork’s a mess, and anyway this isn’t the time or situation for it.
In the aftermath Iowa fans are all “eh, let’s go beat up on the Big Ten West.” That leaves us with the mess. A Spartan loss would have kept the bad news train rolling and the foils from getting hopeful. They’re coming.
APPDATE! ITUNES VERSION A GO?
Also coming: my app I keep plugging that will let you sell tickets to each other after finding each other on a map. The good news: iTunes just has to approve that version and then Apple phone users can test it out—if you’ve signed up we’ll let you know when it’s live, hopefully before the MSU game (it’s in iTunes’s hands now).
The bad news is the Android version is still too buggy to risk rolling out right now. That bums me out because I don’t have an iPhone. I’ll try to find somebody to try it out live on Saturday, and if I can maybe we’ll throw a prize in there for the testers or something. If you haven’t done so yet, go to www.tidgetapp.com (lead photo by Patrick Barron) and sign up pre-launch so you can use the app for free We’re at about 850 total but I don’t know how many are Apple vs Android. Goal is at least 1,000 of you by pre-launch.
BEWARE MICHIGAN VS. MICGIGAN
Make sure you can spell 'Michigan' if you're buying tickets for the Wolverines-Spartans matchup — Fakes are being sold
— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) October 3, 2017
Those are some bad fake tickets but there are others people have spotted that aren’t so easily detected. The real tickets don’t have a timestamp on them. Be careful whom you buy from when the scammers are out there. If you’re nervous, try to stay within people you know, or at least people you can track down, or use the ticket resellers—I can tell you from experience that security is most of the ballgame.
MICHIGAN STATE SEATS: TELL ME YOU DIDN’T BUY AT $250
Right, dammit Iowa. Actually they didn’t do that much damage except to the “get me in the building” line. It’s still an expensive ticket, but other nobody seems that particular about where they sit:
|Yard line||8 weeks ago||4 weeks ago||2 weeks ago||Last Week||Current||Face + 50% PSD|
|The 35||$396||$396||$376||$350||$290 (-60)||$405|
|The 25||$370||$360||$333||$336||$278 (-58)||$325|
|Goal line||$249||$243||$360||$267||$268 (+1)||$245|
For not much more than the get-in price you can get a pretty good seat. Those who were trying to recoup Michigan’s high PSD for the midfieldish are going to be out of luck. SeatGeek had a $323 ticket (just one) in Row 58 of Section 2.
And it’s going down. One reason is the market is finally opening up. While worriers on the bye week got some trading done at $250-ish when they announced the start time, and as of Sunday the “let’s get this taken care of” responsible types were buying at $240ish, the “I just realized I don’t want to take my daughter anymore” folks started realizing they have to offload those seats starting yesterday.
By Thursday it’s likely they’ll be joined by another group: the “I don’t want to sit in the wind and rain”-hairs:
My advice here is figure out what you want to pay, and then wait until a good seat opens up at that price point. The get-in should get down to about “$200 but I’ll only sell them to other Michigan fans” in a few days. Be patient, work your contacts, and don’t be afraid to walk away. A buddy and I were haggling on Sunday with a guy who kept trying to bump us to $270 each (direct) for decent corner seats. I bet he’d leap at $240 right now.
Let’s go to the board!
|Midfield||$317 (-92)||$89 (+17)||$524 (-17)||$144 (-2)||$172 (-26)||$151 (+17)||$243 (-13)||$541 (-5)|
|The 35||$290 (-60)||$69 (+15)||$488 (+32)||$94 (+2)||$161 (-)||$133 (+11)||$274 (+35)||$460 (+24)|
|The 25||$278 (-58)||$71 (+6)||$397 (+2)||$88 (+7)||$143 (+24)||$111 (+7)||$229 (-1)||$384 (-)|
|Goalline||$268 (+1)||$66 (+1)||$366 (+37)||$74 (+25)||$121 (+14)||$98 (+20)||$173 (-10)||$305 (-)|
|Endzone||$226 (-21)||$50 (-)||$245 (+16)||$56 (+7)||$115 (+20)||$76 (-2)||$150 (-4)||$304 (+58)|
|Buy?||at $200||at game||thurs b4||at game||for face||at game||now.||at $250|
For the Maryland seats I stopped counting the low seats behind the Maryland bench after readers reported they can’t see from there. The Wisconsin seat was just one but I thought about buying it. Playing Northwestern close and losing more important players to injury soured some Wisconsin fans, but they’re bound to perk up after they trounce Nebraska and remember they’re 5-0 and that last year’s game was (thanks to some wild kicking) really close. Sometimes you come across an angry dude who wants to sell his ticket I guess?
Ohio State’s get-in price leapt up past $300, which is to be expected. The stable prices for better seats suggest that’s an early market bereft of sellers; I wouldn’t buy now, but I would consider an offer from a friend to buy them for face plus half of their PSD.
I added a line at the bottom with my thoughts on when to buy. Rutgers is a dog. Maryland and Minnesota can only go down. IU nobody has ever had problems getting tickets to, and they’re emboldened right now from playing Penn State tight. As for PSU, they think they’re on a march to the playoffs—that fast defense might in fact get them there, but they’re still relying on guard types at the tackles and James Franklin is running the clock. That was just announced as a night game officially so stay the hell away until the excitable PSU fanbase calms down from its Generic Football Abstrate Experience AT NIGHT!!!!! moment.