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December 15, 2017

WSLS Bowl Pool

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Just like regular season, we are doing confidence picks.  Games close at kickoff, so there are a bunch of games you'll miss out on tomorrow.

TW

WSLS Ep. 122: Georgia's Going to the Rose Bowl, Y'all

We bore Scott to tears talking about Bowl Season.

Here's a whole bunch of interesting links, as promised:
Southern Tab Cigars:
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December 10, 2017

You Mad Bro? Catch in SEC Championship

Love it.

Photo courtesy of Jim Hipple

December 9, 2017

Rose Bowl Tickets and Pricing

Now that UGA has released their tickets and the Rose Bowl has given scalpers/Ticketmaster another chance to power grab all the released and sold a few remaining tickets, the secondary market is your friend.  The get in price has remained pretty constant at about $250. On a ~$175 face value ticket, that isn't terrible. 

As you can see, Georgia will sit facing the press box, which is on the East side of the Rose Bowl. Bring your sunglasses as we'll have the sun in our face. 

Funny thing about the Rose Bowl, end zone seats are lettered backwards from K-A (K basically at field level), then from 1-77 going up. It appears the seat back sections on the side lines start at row 1-7 depending on the section. From everything I've heard, the better seats are above the lettered rows, and if you are behind the benches, up around row 25-45. The ring walkway around the stadium is around row 30. I've also heard the end zone lettered seats are great, at least while the teams are playing towards your end zone.

I still think there are going to be a lot of Dawg fans in Pasadena, but given the lower allotment to the schools (13K each), as well as the sales to the locals and scalpers Web 3.0 entrepreneurs, hold backs for corporate groups, and the pre-announcement sales, getting a ticket isn't a given unless you are willing to show up with cash and hope or go ahead and bite the bullet through aftermarket.

December 8, 2017

You Can Only Hope to Contain Kirby Smart

Sometimes, I think Scott Sinclair has the hardest sideline job in football.
Photo courtesy of Jim Hipple
There is nothing about this picture that I don't love. Even Aaron Feld is perfectly framed here.  By the way, any doubt one of the lesser heralded upgrades with Smart's hire is featured in the picture?

December 6, 2017

Updates on Rose Bowl Seating

From the official Rose Bowl website:

TICKET INFORMATION
A limited number of remaining tickets for the 2018 College Football Playoff Semifinal at the 104th Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual will go on sale Wednesday, December 6 at 9 a.m. PT/ 12 p.m. ET. Tickets will be available online or by calling Ticketmaster at 1-800-653-8000. Oklahoma will occupy the west sideline (press box side) and have their colors painted in the north endzone, while Georgia will occupy the east sideline and have their colors painted in the south endzone. A maximum of four tickets per person will be available during the Rose Bowl Game ticket pre-sale. Individual ticket prices start at $185 plus Ticketmaster handling fees.


December 5, 2017

Tournament of Roses Parade

While it isn't my cup of tea, I'm told that part of the full experience of the Rose Bowl is the Tournament of Roses Parade, which starts at 8am Pacific on January 1st. With the Rose Bowl kickoff slated for 2pm Pacific, it feels like it would cut into tailgating time. Like I said, not my cup of tea.

Still, if you decide to go, here is the route map from the Tournament of Roses website:

It is also important to note that LA is a driving city. Be sure to note the road closures and whatnot in your planning to get to the game on the 1st.

Check out that website. Apparently, you are allowed to volunteer to decorate the floats and can view them being made, as well as view them post game and on the 2nd at Victory Park in Pasadena.

T

December 4, 2017

Alabama is Favorite to Win Championship; UGA vs OU is a Pick'em

Vegas money is a funny thing. Lines and quotes courtesy of Bovada.

Odds to win the 2018 College Football Championship         
Alabama                                   9/5                            
Clemson                                   5/2
Oklahoma                                 11/4                          
Georgia                                    10/3

College Football Playoff Lines
Alabama           -1½
Clemson           +1½     

Georgia            PICK
Oklahoma         PICK

“With both the College playoff games at essentially a coin toss that is exactly how the early money is coming in 50/50. However, as my experience tells me we will most likely need Georgia by game time, and the Bama game who knows. I expect a lot of Tide money late.”
Kevin Bradley, Sportsbook Manager, Bovada.lv       


Rose Bowl Tickets and Packages

Flights are sky high (see what I did?) right now, but prices for tickets to the game are doing ok.  We have a couple of options if you don't get them through Hartman.

PrimeSport is a premium hospitality provider
You may have noticed StubHub is also a partner again, so you can always check the banner or the links on the main page to see what they are going for there.  

In talking to my LA friends, there are no real bad seats in the Rose Bowl, but lower isn't always better because the slope is flatter in the lowest part of the bowl.  Also, the end zone seats are all bench, but it is the Rose Bowl, so if they did a flyover with the Spruce Goose, I'd be ok with it.

WSLS Ep. 121 - SEC Champions

Y'all. We are going to the Rose Bowl.
 

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December 3, 2017

Rose or Sugar?

It's one or the other. 

For my money, let's go to Pasadena. We have a path to the Sugar Bowl in nearly ever season.  We haven't been in the running to go to the Rose Bowl but once in the last 70+ years.  Plus, we've never played Oklahoma.

Yesterday was one of those other worldly days.  I spent several hours after the game randomly exclaiming some variation of 'Holy Crap!' due to the memory of the SEC Championship Game sneaking up on me.

Admit it, you did, too.

TW

December 2, 2017

SEC Championship Game Preview

You've heard me go on about line play and coaching. You know we have to play against demons and history.

All that is left is to go do the damn thing.

Go Dawgs.



December 1, 2017

Some Things Never Change (and an update on SEC Champ Game Tix)

As you probably know, the market for tickets to the SEC Championship Game has remained strongly in favor of the seller. I remember writing something for the 2012 game and what prices did, thinking they were falling early in the week, so I looked through the ole GSB archives to find, yes, they were falling earlier in the week.

Little did I know I would find the gift that keeps on giving:

Never change, Tennessee. Never change.

By the way, the get in price is down around $400 as of this morning, with lowers in the upper $600's.
With only about 20% of the traffic on ticket broker sites coming from Alabama, there is a good chance tomorrow's crowd will be leaning towards Georgia.

T
 
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