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Friday, January 30, 2009

Friday morning

Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin and Cardinals head coach Ken Whisenhunt held their final press conferences of the week Friday morning, much, I'm sure, to both men's pleasure.

I can't speak for Whisenhunt, but I know that Tomlin has spoken to the media every day – except last Sunday - since beating the Baltimore in the AFC Championship.

They've got to be talked out.

© Speaking of talking, I'll be on Fox 970-AM tonight live from Tank's Tap Room here in Tampa from 8:30 to 10 p.m. with Tim Benz. Our segment will follow one by Gerry Dulac and Joe Bendel.

Tank's is a Steelers bar here that's owned by a guy from Johnstown. It should be hopping tonight.

© I finally saw my first fans in Arizona Cardinals jerseys last night. I haven't seen a ton of Steelers fans here yet, but it had been 100-to-one before last night.

© People are saying economics are playing a factor in the lack of fans here. I think it had more to do with the weather in Pittsburgh this week. People just couldn't get out of town.

That said, there are still plenty of tickets available for this game and they should start going at discount rates soon.

© We had our first major rainfall here in Tampa last night. The monsoon-like rain lasted a couple of hours.

It wouldn't be a Steelers game this season without some poor weather.

It's in the 50s here today and threatening rain again.


Anonymous said...

Dale --

Where do you expect the ticket prices to be falling to and is that there in tampa, or online?

Dale Lolley said...

The NFL has a ticket center on their on-line site. But I believe those are still going for face value or above - for now.

Saturday and Sunday, there will be people around selling them - although a huge influx of Steelers fans could keep prices up on Saturday.

But people aren't going to want to get stuck with them on Sunday.

Dale Lolley said...

League officials say the best way to avoid fake tickets is to get them through these locations:

Ticketmaster, the NFL’s ticket exchange or through NFL On Location, .

If you buy them off somebody on the street, look for these two things:

© A stadium logo printed with heat sensitive ink is a security measure the league has used for several years. It will disappear when you put your finger over it, then reappear as it cools.

© A hologram on the back of the tickets features several logos when viewed from different angles.

Anonymous said...

Hooter Girls... really!!!!

I'm shocked by the 2 of you!!