(What, you thought she was interested in your personality?)
Disturbing sports-related news out of Philadelphia today, Potato Nation. It seems a hardcore female Phillies fan in need of tickets to a World Series game offered to get a little too hardcore in exchange for them, and wound up getting busted by some cops with no appreciation of what it really means to love a team. 43-year-old Susan Finkelstein allegedly posted a Craigslist ad rife with innuendo as to what she’d be willing to do to see the Phillies in the World Series, and when undercover officers responded she “offered to perform various sex acts in exchange for World Series tickets.”
The first thing we did upon hearing about this was to delete our Craigslist ad in which we promised to do “n e thing” for UFC 106 tickets, as long as it didn’t involve taking our shirts off (don’t act like we’re the only ones who are self-conscious about back hair). But the second thing we did was to stop and think about the serious ramifications that arrests like this could have on the MMA industry. Anyone who’s ever been to a live UFC event knows that there are a lot of halter-tops on display, and they don’t all belong to wives and long-term girlfriends. No, some of those women are friends or even acquaintances that male ticketholders are hoping to sleep with. Sometimes they might even be friends of friends, or hot bartenders who mentioned in passing once how much they’d like to go to an event. To punish these women for their opportunism is wrong, and it could cut live gate revenues in half.
People perform sex acts for tickets to sporting events. That’s just a fact. Some may be more explicit about it than others, but that doesn’t mean they should go to jail. It just means they need to learn a little subtlety.