Basically, You're Not Going to the Winter Classic Unless You Overpay Out the Wazoo

Basically, You're Not Going to the Winter Classic Unless You Overpay Out the Wazoo

The good puck junkies over at Puck Daddy have a post today titled "How Flyers fans are getting screwed for Winter Classic tickets" which does a fantastic job explaining how Flyers fans are getting screwed for Winter Classic tickets. Also, you're probably not going to the Winter Classic.

Unless, of course, you want to pay out the wazoo on StubHub or the like.

We're not going to rehash everything Greg Wyshynski outlines, because really he nails all the major points, they key of which is the fact that season ticket holders who want to purchase their tickets to the Winter Classic will also be forced to buy tickets to the exciting alumni game as well as the riveting Phantoms game. This not only puts an extra burden on these season ticket holders but it also keeps others who very much wanted to see any game on the Citizens Bank Park ice out of the front gates.

It's a bummer for those who initially drooled at the prospect of watching the orange and black play the Rangers outdoors in South Philadelphia. That dream has died for most fans. Unless you've been saving up crazy loot for the secondary ticket market.

If you want to get into more of the nitty gritty, check out Puck Daddy's post, but we'll give you his jokes:

We know that Bridgestone is the title sponsor for the Classic, but is it too late to switch to Diebold, considering this game is just one giant ATM machine for the NHL and the teams competing in it?

Hell, even the documentary series leading up to the game is on pay
cable (not that we're [expletive] complaining about [expletive]).

[expletive].

Instant Replay: No. 1 Villanova 78, Providence 68

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Instant Replay: No. 1 Villanova 78, Providence 68

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Seniors Josh Hart and Kris Jenkins combined for 44 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists and No. 1 Villanova held off Providence, 78-68, in a Big East game at the Wells Fargo Center Saturday afternoon.
 
Villanova extended a four-point halftime lead to as much as 20 points before hot-shooting Providence closed to within nine with five minutes left. Villanova then went on a 13-3 run to put the game out of reach.
 
Hart had 25 points, five rebounds and four assists for the Wildcats, and Jenkins added 19 points, four boards and four assists. Both shot over 50 percent.
 
Sophomore Mikal Bridges scored 15 points, matching his Big East career high, and also had three rebounds and three assists, and Jalen Brunson contributed 13 points to go with three rebounds and four assists.
 
Providence stayed in the game by shooting 13 for 26 from three against the No. 3 three-point shooting defense in Division 1.
 
What it means
Villanova improved to 19-1 overall and 7-1 and in first place in the Big East. The Wildcats have won five in a row since losing at Butler on Jan. 4.
 
Providence fell to 13-8 and 3-5 in the conference and 1-6 on the road. The Friars have lost six of eight since an 11-2 start.
 
Villanova is now 47-34 all-time at the Wells Fargo Center but 14-2 in its last 16 games at the South Philly arena.
 
Stat of the day
Providence shot better from three (50 percent) than two (44 percent). The Friars made 13 threes and just nine two-pointers.

Turning point
Providence trailed by just four at halftime at 35-31, but Bridges opened the second half with a steal and fast-break reverse layup and a jumper from the top of the key to start an 8-0 run that gave Villanova a 12-point lead. The Friars never got any close than eight points the rest of the game.
 
By the numbers
• Providence’s 50 percent shooting from three is the highest against ‘Nova since North Carolina shot 65 percent in the national championship game on April 4 in Houston.

• Villanova’s bench scored just two points.

• Providence’s 13 threes are the most by a Big East team against Villanova since Doug McDermott and Creighton had 21 in a 28-point win three years ago this week.

• Rodney Bullock led Providence with 17 points (3 for 5 from three), Jalen Lindsey added 14 (4 for 7 from three) and Isaiah Jackson came off the bench to score 12 (3 for 3 from three).

• Darryl Reynolds' last two double-digit rebound games have both been against Providence.
 
What's next
Villanova travels to Milwaukee for a Tuesday night game against Marquette. The Golden Eagles are 12-6 overall and 3-3 in the Big East with a game later Saturday at Creighton.
 
Villanova has won nine straight games against Marquette, since the Golden Eagles — then ranked No. 17 — came back from 18 points down to win 82-78 at the Wells Fargo Center in January 2012.