With all the distractions that players face before the Super Bowl, the biggest might be tickets.
Everyone wants some, and there aren’t enough to go around.
Cardinals players received their Super Bowl tickets after practice today, and the tough task of deciding who receives them began, according to the Arizona Republic, which reported on the scene in Tempe, Ariz.:
- Each player received two complimentary tickets and the option to buy up to 13 more for $800 or $1,000 apiece. Problem is, most friends and relatives assume the Cardinals receive an unlimited supply. Requests come from every corner of their lives, past and present. From those who are close and from those who are distant.
- “Oh, you know, you’re my cousin from your Daddy’s side,” cornerback Eric Green said in a mock voice.
- “I got a call from someone I have never even met,” cornerback Matt Ware said. “Never stood face-to-face with that person in my life.”
- Coach Ken Whisenhunt advised his team to distribute the tickets quickly, and if possible have someone else handle the entire ordeal. His reasoning: No one needs such a distraction once the team plane lands Monday in Tampa.
- “I made my mom do all the dirty work,” Green said. “She made her own list. She gave thumbs up or thumbs down. So, yeah, there were probably a lot of people upset with us, but hey, they didn’t want to come to any of the other games.”
For those players who really want more tickets, there’s always Ticket Exchange on Ticketmaster.com. But they’d better be for some really good family or friends: Right now, the cheapest tickets are going for $1,475 apiece.