Around the Web: Expensive playoff tickets, Lutz’s BAC released, more

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Could you afford to attend the SEC Championship, a College Football Playoff semifinal game, and a CFP national championship game?  Alabama fans are known for travelling well, but if the Tide plays in all three of these contests it would cost a small fortune just for tickets.  Factor in gas for the Tiffin Motor Home, food, and other expenses, and you would probably need to be the CEO of a Fortune 500 company to make it to each game.

The upcoming playoff is historical and exciting, but there is something to be said for the old days.  For the average fan it was far more feasible to go to a few home games, hopefully the SEC Championship, and then plan one trip to a bowl game.


Here is an interesting article about the struggle for the five major conferences to set their own rules.   There are hundreds of schools involved in Division I college athletics.  Only a small percentage of them, mostly schools in the so-called Power 5 conferences, generate substantial revenue and keep the whole enterprise of big time college athletics afloat.


How far do the big schools have to bend over backwards to make things “fair” for the little guys?  There are tons of rules regulating everything from the size of media guides to apparently, how much icing can be put on a cookie cake.

It would suit me fine if the Power 5 broke away from the NCAA completely, which may happen one day.


Finally, the news that Philip Lutzenkirchen was legally intoxicated at the time of the car crash that killed him comes as no big surprise.   The insanely high level of blood alcohol content he registered is.

The driver of the vehicle had a blood alcohol content of .17.  Lutzenkirchen, who was a backseat passenger, had a BAC of.377.  The legal limit in most states is .08.  Two other passengers survived the crash and were not tested for alcohol.

The passing of a beloved football player, who was known as a good teammate and upstanding citizen, is still sad despite the circumstances.  It should serve as a cautionary tale that one single lapse in judgment can be fatal.