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Politicos make wagers on KU's Orange Bowl

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One week from today, the Kansas Jayhawks will take the field in the Orange Bowl.In preparation, local political leaders are making friendly wagers on the outcome of the game. Mayor [Sue Hack][1] and the Lawrence City Commission bet Blacksburg, Va., Mayor [Ron Rordam][2] and the Blacksburg Town Council that the losing city must wear the opposing team's hat to the Jan. 8 commission or council meeting."I told our players, we don't look good in your colors, so we hope you look good in Kansas red and blue," Hack said via phone this morning to Rordam.Hack and Rordam said that though neither would be making the trip to Miami, both were excited that their teams had advanced to such a prestigious bowl."I appreciate you being willing to make this friendly wager," Rordam said.It's not just the mayors, however, that are placing bets on the outcome of the game. A spokeswoman for [Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius][3] said she had made a wager with [Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine][4].The winner in that wager won't just get to revel in the humiliation of his political counterpart. Instead, if the Jayhawks win, Sebelius will get to enjoy a Virginia ham. And should the Hokies win, Kaine will get to sample some choice cuts of Kansas beef.But confirming that these wagers aren't confined to politicians, the leader of the Kansas and Richmond race tracks also placed [a wager.][5]Should the Hokies win there, Kansas Speedway President Jeff Boerger, a Kansas graduate, will provide all the employees at Richmond International Raceway with Kansas steaks and sunflower seeds. Should the Jayhawks win, it's Virginia ham and peanuts for all the Kansas track employees from Richmond President Doug Fritz, a Virginia Tech alum.For more on this story, and to see scenes from this morning's teleconference between Hack and Rordam, tune in to 6News at 6. [1]: http://www.ci.lawrence.ks.us/commissioners/hack [2]: http://www.blacksburg.gov/government/town_council/biography.php [3]: http://www.governor.ks.gov/ [4]: http://www.governor.virginia.gov/ [5]: http://www.richmond.com/sports-leisure/23178

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Jeff Kilgore 6 years, 3 months ago

There will be a great contingent of KU fans at the Orange Bowl! Everyone I know is getting excited about it, and if we don't buy every ticket, so what? It's so exciting to play in a BCS game! Our team is plenty exciting, we know they're not that good--they're GREAT!!!!!!

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Gootsie 6 years, 3 months ago

What a loser. Can't even write his own material - has to cut and paste.

And I agree - that Ticket Solutions place should never again have a KU fan as a client.

Yes, distance and time of year are big deterrents. So many snowbirds are there anyway because of the time of year. Those of us who are fortunate enough to go will yell our hearts out. You all just be sure to be at the fieldhouse to welcome our winning team back! They will appreciate it.

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logicsound04 6 years, 3 months ago

I seriously doubt that the Orange Bowl is measuring the success of this year's bowl by looking at how fast tickets are nabbed.

There are so many disparate factors (teams involved, bowl location, bowl location relative to the teams involved, total tickets available for the bowl, the availability of flights to the bowl, etc)

Blacksburg, VA to Miami: 904 mi. Lawrence, KS to Miami: 1,503 mi. Average distance between bowl and participating teams: 1,203.5 mi.

Columbia, MO to Dallas: 600 mi. Fayetteville, AR to Dallas: 332 mi. Average distance between bowl and participating teams: 466 mi.

In other words, the teams in the Cotton bowl are, on average, 3 times closer than the participants in the Orange bowl. KU is 2.5 times as far from its bowl as Misery is from its bowl, so any comparison of the two based on the speediness of ticket sales displays a severe lack of understanding of the total issue.

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dirkleisure 6 years, 3 months ago

MU fan's source? The Columbia Tribune.

http://columbiatribune.com/2007/Dec/20071217News005.asp

The Columbia Tribune, December 17th. So, you know, that's relevant.

Sorry, MUtard, but if Mizzou was playing in Miami, you all would've had to hitch up your mules weeks ago just to make it down there. Since the game is in Dallas, you can just hop a freight train.

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scenebooster 6 years, 3 months ago

""The Kansas people just aren't going," Lindmark said. "I think the Kansas people know that their team isn't really all that good."

Way to make sure that no Jayhawk fans ever come to your store or use your services, moron.

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davidsmom 6 years, 4 months ago

The KU Athletics site said a couple of weeks ago that tickets were sold out to the Orange Bowl. If the ticket broker is stuck, then it's because he doesn't have a good travel package to offer. Even a $29.00 ticket is worthless if you can't get there and find accomodations. If the Orange Bowl was Jan. 1st and in Dallas, we'd be able to go...take one extra day off work and drive down and back. But since it's Jan 3rd, and in Miami, logistics make it too inconvenient and expensive. It has nothing to do with KU fans not wanting to go.

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Eride 6 years, 4 months ago

Wasn't there an article showing that KU sold out all of their alloted tickets weeks ago? WAY before Virginia Tech did?

Soooo... bogus MU BS from OP I guess...

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yme 6 years, 4 months ago

MU blah, blah, blah, Cotton Bowl, blah, blah, blah.

That whole analysis is bogus. Compare trips, dates, times, etc it is much easier for Mooo fans to go to Dallas. I would love to go to Miami, but work/expense prevent me, however had it been Dallas, I would have been there. Had it been reversed, the tickets to the Cotton Bowl would have still been going for more and MU fans would be answering why they weren't going to Miami. Mooo folks just need to stop whinning and hope they don't get kicked by the 'Backs, although I am wearing red and shouting Suey on Jan. 1.

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MUKUOUFan 6 years, 4 months ago

If the demand for tickets is any indicator, Orange Bowl officials might be second-guessing their controversial decision to invite the Kansas Jayhawks instead of the Missouri Tigers.

Tickets to see Missouri play Arkansas in the Cotton Bowl sold out less than 24 hours after they went on sale a few weeks ago, and online scalpers are fetching $150 to $500 per ticket for the Jan. 1 game in Dallas.

Randy Cohen, CEO of Ticket City.com, said the Cotton Bowl has been one of his company's top five best-selling tickets.

"This is a monster game," said Cohen, whose Austin, Texas-based company buys season tickets from big venues and resells them over the Internet. "Missouri hasn't been to a bowl of this magnitude in quite some time."

The Orange Bowl, meanwhile, is in much less demand. Tickets to the Jan. 7 game in Miami are still available on KU's Web site. Online ticket vendors are selling seats for the game between Kansas and Virginia Tech at a fraction of their $125 face value.

Russ Lindmark, owner of Ticket Solutions in Overland Park, Kan., said Orange Bowl ticket sales have been "terrible" and the lack of interest in the game has caused prices to plummet to $29 each.

"The Kansas people just aren't going," Lindmark said. "I think the Kansas people know that their team isn't really all that good."

The Orange Bowl's decision to invite Kansas over Missouri has been widely criticized. The Tigers beat the Jayhawks 36-28 on Nov. 24 in Kansas City to win the Big 12 North Division.

MU's only losses in an 11-2 season both came from Oklahoma, a team Kansas (11-1) did not play. Missouri ranked sixth in the final Bowl Championship Series standings; Kansas was eighth.

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