Iverson Wants Olympic Gold

Iverson Wants Olympic Gold

Love him or hate him, you have to respect A.I.'s heart.  In an age where big shots like Kobe and Shaq decide they'd rather take a vacation than bring home a gold for the U.S., A.I. seeks to bring gold back to Philly. ESPN:

   "He wants to win a gold medal," said Colangelo, the chairman
and CEO of the Suns. "He said that very clearly. He said if asked,
he would be honored."

   Colangelo, solely in charge of developing the pool of players
invited to the team's training camp, plans to meet later this week
with Shaquille O'Neal, Dwyane Wade and Tim Duncan. The Suns host
the Miami Heat on Friday night and the San Antonio Spurs on

   Colangelo said he had never spoken at length with Iverson and
wondered how the talk would go.

   "He looked me right in the eye and said it would be an honor
for him," Colangelo said. "It was a very positive experience."

Could you imagine a line up of A.I., Wade, LeBron, Duncan, and Shaq.  Throw in Kobe as your sixth man and the only team that could beat the U.S. would be themselves.  That's a dream team.  I realize that not too many people care a whole lot about basketball in the Olympics, but the U.S. is a powerhouse in hoops and allowing other countries to beat us is rather embarrassing.

TicketIQ: Penn State to face USC in most expensive Rose Bowl this decade

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TicketIQ: Penn State to face USC in most expensive Rose Bowl this decade

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Penn State is headed to the Rose Bowl Game, and it will cost a pretty penny to be on hand in Pasadena on January 2.

With a statement win over Wisconsin in the Big Ten Championship Game Penn State clinched their first Rose Bowl berth since 2009. The No. 5 school in the nation will face No. 9 USC in a rematch from seven years ago. Such a long absence for both schools in the bowl game is driving resale ticket prices to new heights, so much so that the Rose Bowl Game will be the most expensive bowl game this season – including the two Semifinal games.

On TicketIQ, an event ticket search engine that pools tickets and data from over 90 percent of the secondary market, the average resale price for Rose Bowl Game tickets is now $804. Not only does that make it the most expensive Rose Bowl since at least 2010, but also the priciest bowl game of the last seven seasons. If looking just to get in on January 2 the cheapest tickets are now priced from $346 each.

The showdown between Penn State and USC is so expensive that it will be more than twice the average price of both Semifinal games. As it stands now the resale average for Peach Bowl tickets between Alabama and Washington at Georgia Dome is $389 with a get-in price of $185. Clemson and Ohio State will clash in the Fiesta Bowl to the tune of a $241 average and $71 get-in price.

Prices are so high for this year’s game in Pasadena that they rival the 2015 National Championship Game. The first-ever Championship Game under the new College Football Playoff system, that year’s game between Ohio State and Oregon averaged a $858 ticket and $317 get-in price.

While Penn State fans, students and alumni raced to snag tickets during the general on sale, prices were quick to skyrocket on the secondary market following the school’s invitation to the Rose Bowl Game. On Saturday afternoon, several hours before the Big Ten Championship kickoff, Rose Bowl tickets were averaging under $600, marking a nearly 40 percent increase since that time. The cheapest resale ticket price has jumped more than $100 since Saturday, climbing from its $245 price tag since.