Ray: Carl Coles (Mailbox, last Sunday) expressed the sentiments of many Ohio State football season-ticket holders. We pay well over market price for most games in order to attend a couple of "premium" games. I will take OSU at its word that income from football must increase in order to fund the nonrevenue sports.
Ray: Carl Coles (Mailbox, last Sunday) expressed the sentiments of many Ohio State football season-ticket holders. We pay well over market price for most games in order to attend a couple of “ premium” games. I will take OSU at its word that income from football must increase in order to fund the nonrevenue sports.
The question that begs to be asked, however, is why they don’t charge a “premium” for seat location rather than individual games. Every major sports and/or entertainment venue that I know has a sliding scale in which better seats cost more than less-desirable ones. Given this fact, does it make sense that OSU charges the same price for an A-deck seat on the 40-yard line as for an end-zone seat in C deck?
Since it is the far more standard practice to charge premiums for location rather than individual games, why isn’t seat location the primary focus for increasing revenues? It would take about 15 minutes to re-price tickets based on a seating chart. I’m sure the OSU ticket office knows this, so there has to be a reason why they have dismissed the more common and fairer way to handle this.
— Dennis Driscoll, Upper Arlington
Dennis: Yet another thoughtful response to the policies regarding the OSU ticket-price increases; clearly, this is an itch that many readers are finding difficult to scratch. I don’t yet know the answers to your questions, but we’ll certainly ask.
Ray: Ohio winters tend to be long and gray, but this winter seemed to be longer and grayer than most.
Perhaps it was due to all of the negative energy surrounding sports: Lance Armstrong finally admitting to what most people already suspected; Ryan Freel apparently unable to cope with a life without baseball; the Baseball Hall of Fame unwilling to ignore the cheating and lying involving drug-enhanced performance chose to pass on this year’s list of eligible candidates; the pathetic Pete Rose “reality” show; and the passing of Stan Musial and Earl Weaver seemed to cast a pall over the past four months.
But everything is about to change, now that pitchers and catchers are starting to arrive at the spring-training camps. This is a far more accurate sign that spring is almost upon us than checking to see if a rodent saw his/her shadow.
— Jim Lanfear, Baltimore
Jim: I suppose it’s good to know that some people can be moved by the return of baseball. Myself, I haven’t been so romantic about the game since they started saying, “Man, I love the smell of HGH in the morning.”
Mr. Stein: Over the years, Cleveland has proved itself to be the worst professional sports city in the universe.
Cleveland’s last World Series championship was in 1948. The Indians were 68-94 last year and will be lucky to improve on that in 2013, even with the addition of one of the best managers in baseball.
The Browns’ last NFL championship was in 1964, and they are one of only four NFL teams to never play in the Super Bowl. Their record was 5-11 in 2012 and might improve this year with new ownership and coaches, but making the playoffs will be extremely difficult with Baltimore and Pittsburgh in their division.
The Cavaliers are currently in last place in their division and are the second-worst team in the NBA.
All Cleveland needs is an NHL team that can uphold the Cleveland tradition.
— Jerry J. Hurt, Newark
Jerry: On the one hand, I urge you to recall the late Cleveland Barons, who were worse than the Blue Jackets in their two NHL seasons. On the other hand, I agree that it’s been a hard-knock life for Cleveland sports fans lately, but at least they’re passionate about their teams. Unlike, say, Atlanta.
Ray: I will never understand the sentiment that most women don’t connect strongly to sports. To me, better than any chick flick are the stories about athletes that highlight faith, overcoming obstacles, camaraderie and generosity. No one does these human-interest pieces better than The Dispatch.
I loved Rob Oller’s (Feb. 9) story about Evan Turner flying into Columbus to surprise the young man from New Albany he had mentored, on his senior night. Thanks for your coverage that doesn’t just give facts and stats, but also gives a reminder of the heart and spirit of the athlete. A much-deserved well-done to your staff!
— Kelly Lewis, Powell
Kelly: I sincerely thank you for acknowledging the work of my man Oller and our photographer friend Mike Munden, and I’ll assume you saw that Rob struck again last week with his story about the Ohio State wrestler who cared for his brother. In the end, we know, the good stories win.
Ray: Couldn’t the camera guy have waited a few more minutes before he snapped the picture used on the Dispatch front page (Thursday) for the Woody Hayes statue dedication?
We all know that Woody wasn’t a “saint,” but hanging him in effigy? Really? I found that photo to be in poor taste. Maybe the shutterbug is related to the Clemson player Woody punched.
— Carl Bloecher, Upper Arlington
Carl: No ill intent on our part, though I’m not sure how else one would move an 800-pound bronze replica of the Wood man. And there are plenty of readers, certainly, who can remember when Hayes really was hanged in effigy.
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Ray Stein is sports editor of The Dispatch.