Chiefs win; Bears and Colts clash in preseason

Ok, this is very belated. On Thursday evening, the Chiefs clinched a 3 game series with a 2-1 win vs. a good Bandits team. I got there late (3’rd) and sat with Vickie and Harry.

Very good pitching; QC tied it but the Chiefs got a run in the bottom of the 8’th and held on.

Then Saturday: Bears and Colts.

Oh..the Bears won 27-17 on the strength of a strip/fumble return and a sack fumble return; they also had a 58 yard field goal and controlled the action in the second half. The first half, aside from the strip fumble return off of a completed pass, belonged to the Colts. Kelly and Cain looked sharp in the first half; Bray looked good in the second for the Bears.

But really, the game was secondary to the news that went around on social media that Luck had decided to retire.

That lead to a rather unfortunate situation where he got booed as he left the field (in street clothes)

Oh my…I understand being upset..but come on..stay classy Colts fans.

Inequality among fans (though….)

Workout notes: weights only; about .5 miles of walk/jog to loosen the knees for knee stretches. Backed off of squats (kept it VERY light due to light soreness.

rotator cuff, pull ups (5 sets of 10, 1 set of 5, good quality), 10 x 135 bench, 10 x 135 incline, 7 x 170 decline, military (standing) dumbbell: 10 x 50, 10 x 45, 15 x 40. rows: 3 sets of 10 x 110 machine. Plank, crow, headstand..all went ok.

Weight: 189; bloated from soup and TMI…

Fans at big league sports: yes, teams really don’t care about those upper deck tickets:

Those Fan Experience surveys that rate stadiums on how well they cater to the average fan are missing the point: Nobody cares about the average fan. Industry estimates show that 70 to 80 percent of ticket revenue comes from the first 15 to 20 rows, and the industry trend is to limit capacity in order to maximize the money from the premium spots.The rich dudes (and they’re almost always dudes, of course) down low are where the real money is made.

The new Los Angeles football stadium is selling its most exclusive stadium-seat licenses for $100,000 a seat, which gives you access to your own clubhouse that no one else in the stadium can even see inside. The University of Georgia just announced that it will sell alcohol at its football games … but only to fans who give the university $25,000. (Even with that, you can only drink the booze in a specific section that does not have views of the field.) Yankee Stadium was constructed with a concrete moat built in to separate the fat cats from the outer-borough riffraff; the only way to get from the upper deck to those lower-level seats is to jump. The industry term is “social gathering space.”

The incident that generated the article is the one in which a rich fan actually SHOVED an NBA player who was going after a loose ball (we are not talking about a defensive action but someone who was well away from him). This was “entitlement” personified.

And ..this is why the Bears aren’t going to care about the super crowded concourses or the “impossible to get to bathrooms” that those in non-luxury boxes have to use. And no, “United Club/Media Deck” is not “premium” …not bad seats and not bad amenities and I like ’em, but..well, those are NOT “rich people” seats.

Disclaimer: I think that the Colts do a good job catering to the “average fan”; Lucas Oil Stadium offers plenty of bathrooms, concessions, good access…better place to watch a game, I think.

And..this is one reason I love going to Peoria Chiefs games. Yes, it is the minors. Yes, there is no snob appeal anywhere, at all. You get a good view of decent quality baseball ..ok, food options are limited and a bit pricey for this level, but needless to say, I have a good time at their games.

I can recommend minor league games without reservation.