Ryan Howard's struggles have been quite horrible lately. And Bill Conlin does a real nice job documenting the range of differing opinions on The Big Guy's penchant for walking back to the dugout with his head down. Put me in the Mitch Williams school of philosophy:
I direct the "Just Leave Him Alone . . . " folks to Mitch Williams,
who is a passionate advocate of that approach. The Wild Thing is
unwavering in his belief that you don't just have back-to-back seasons
of 58 and 47 homers with a total of 285 RBI by accident. This is a
brutally honest guy, by the way, who in 15 years has not attempted to
deflect an ounce of blame for that pitch he made to Joe Carter
in Game 6 of the Phillies' most recent World Series. "He'll figure it
out," Mitch says, "just like he did the last 2 years."
I kind of feel like Howard is getting a bit of a pass. The Flyers playoff run and the Sixers brief playoff appearance has taken some of the spotlight away from Ryan and his amazing strikeout numbers.
Honestly, there's probably only one solution: Ryan Howard needs another vacation.
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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.