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(Belleville News-Democrat)   Senate candidate Claire McCaskill buys 100 Rams tickets, preventing a blackout of their game. She gives the tickets to high school kids and kids from a crisis intervention house   (belleville.com ) divider line
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2006-09-14 12:43:23 PM  
That's cool on multiple fronts.
 
2006-09-14 01:04:01 PM  
Except for the fact that I live in Kansas and have to listen to her farkin' ads here.
 
2006-09-14 01:04:31 PM  
Oh, it is election time.
 
2006-09-14 02:18:50 PM  
I wonder how much all those tickets cost?

And how're all these kids going to get to the game? The bus? That costs money, too. And don't forget parking fees and gas if they drive.

And what, you're not going to at least give them a hot dog and a soft drink? That costs money.

Damn ego-driven politician ends up wasting money for a gift that forces the recipient to spend even MORE money out of their personal coffers to make the initial gift even viable.

I don't get it.

Deeznutz: Oh, it is election time.

That's it! Thanks!
 
2006-09-14 02:30:44 PM  
The Rams? Someone should call Child Protective services for exposing those kids to this kind of obscenity.
 
2006-09-14 02:35:41 PM  
Vote Whore.
 
2006-09-14 02:38:02 PM  
not jsut the rams...its rams vs 49ers...i mean those tickets gotta be what? $1 a person?

/got gore as a RB this week
//he better run like he did against AZ
 
2006-09-14 02:38:11 PM  
Good thing for the kids who got the tickets! What an assine rule the NFL has....
 
2006-09-14 02:38:46 PM  
Wow, one step closer to becoming the new cardinals

/i miss busch
 
2006-09-14 02:41:05 PM  
oops ignore above comment...Denver not 49ers...maybe will be a better game

/didn't RTFA
 
2006-09-14 02:42:16 PM  
thejawo: Yea I can understand a 85% rule or someting like that. But requiring a complete sellout in order to broadcast locally has to be the dumbest thing I've ever heard.
 
2006-09-14 02:42:34 PM  
RocketRod

Dude, here's $5 bucks. Go get yourself laid.

You need to dial it back about 5 notches.
 
2006-09-14 02:43:05 PM  
"and if you vote for me, i can do this with your money next time"
 
2006-09-14 02:45:37 PM  
Usually the advertisers pick up the check on those tickets when it's that close. I didn't think that any teams outside of Phoenix had trouble selling out.
 
2006-09-14 02:46:10 PM  
RocketRod: And how're all these kids going to get to the game? The bus? That costs money, too. And don't forget parking fees and gas if they drive.

And what, you're not going to at least give them a hot dog and a soft drink? That costs money.

Damn ego-driven politician ends up wasting money for a gift that forces the recipient to spend even MORE money out of their personal coffers to make the initial gift even viable.


It wouldn't cost that much to take a bus to the game, like $2 maybe. And not everyone needs to have a hot dog and soda like you, fattie.
 
2006-09-14 02:47:51 PM  
I don't care what party she belongs to, that is just awesome. At least we know there are some politians with good hearts out there.
 
2006-09-14 02:48:27 PM  
The elections are approaching.
 
2006-09-14 02:48:28 PM  
She gives the tickets to high school kids and kids from a crisis intervention house

Monday morning we will probably see the same headline with "What could possibly go wrong?" tacked on to the end.
 
2006-09-14 02:49:03 PM  
Yeah, but the game was a few hundered tickets short of selling out, which means TV blackout. Those 100 tickets went a long way towards getting the game on TV, which means Mr and Mrs Joe Twelvepack got a reason to vote.

Plus it's a cheap way of getting into the local news cycle.

Political gold.
 
2006-09-14 02:50:20 PM  
That takes Talent.
/meh
 
2006-09-14 02:50:36 PM  
A Republican would buy up the tickets but he wouldn't give them to poor people or kids. He would give them to his rich fat cat friends. And the money to buy them would be taxpayer money, not his own. Girl you know it's true.
 
2006-09-14 02:50:39 PM  
excuse me....that was for LAST WEEK
 
2006-09-14 02:51:51 PM  
Wait for it, someone is gonna turn this into a partisian issue and try to tear down a good gesture.

:: scrolls thread ::

RocketRod: I wonder how much all those tickets cost?

And how're all these kids going to get to the game? The bus? That costs money, too. And don't forget parking fees and gas if they drive.


There you go. Congrats on being the first asshat in the thread. If she was running with an (R) next to her name I am sure you would of been shouting: "Look Republicans have hearts LOOOOOK!"
 
2006-09-14 02:53:20 PM  
That takes Talent.
/meh


He was actually offered first go at it and declined.
 
2006-09-14 02:54:17 PM  
I bet my life savings she's not going to do that sort of shiat once she gets elected.
 
2006-09-14 02:55:12 PM  
I hope she decides to do this *EVERY* home game until the election...
 
2006-09-14 02:55:37 PM  
Geez RocketRod. Can you tell me what you think of this glass?

i19.photobucket.com
 
2006-09-14 02:56:20 PM  
Meet the new Senator from Missouri.

/No-Talent Ass Clown
 
2006-09-14 02:57:06 PM  
I hope she knocks Jim Talent's ass out. She's got my vote.
 
2006-09-14 02:58:09 PM  
Pretty frivolous if you asked me. If she throws her money around like that what will she do with taxpayers money?
 
2006-09-14 03:01:23 PM  
Damn people, cynical much? I've only been to one NFL game (I'm Canadian) and I had a great time. WHo cares if it was somewhat politically motivated? Everyone gets some thing out of this - the kids, the candidate, the local fans, the team itself...Fark doesn't always have to be a menagerie of cynical dorks killing kittens in their parents basement. Hope the disadvantaged children enjoy the football game and consider it a higlight of their childhood. The critics, well...DIAF. I'm sure anyone whose commented negatively on this hasn't done anything to help out anybody lately...that would cut into their farking time.
 
2006-09-14 03:03:09 PM  
Pretty frivolous if you asked me. If she throws her money around like that what will she do with taxpayers money?

She spent it on something voters care deeply about: Seeing NFL football. And seeing as she's the challenger in her race: rock on, McCaskill.

(Note: McCaskill in the most recent poll is often within the margin of error in polls against incumbent Jim Talent, though usually coming in behind Talent. This act does in fact have the possibility of swinging the seat her way.)
 
2006-09-14 03:04:00 PM  
Oh, wait, no, not usually behind Talent. The polls are actually pretty seesaw.
 
2006-09-14 03:04:08 PM  
Only on fark will you find people that consider giving stuff away a negative. Some people really need to relax.
 
2006-09-14 03:04:52 PM  
A smart political move.
 
2006-09-14 03:08:34 PM  
Laugh_at_Conservatives

A smart political move.

I was leaning towards shrewd or canny.
 
2006-09-14 03:09:33 PM  
I guess she couldn't give them to voting age people. But the "gift" of not having the game blacked out is probably nominally illegal. She needs Ellis Rubin.
 
2006-09-14 03:15:06 PM  
I don't think it's necessarily relevant whether she did this out of the kindness of her heart. It was a creative and memorable move that required her to think relatively quickly and that didn't involve slinging mud at her opponent. Wish we had more politicians like that.
 
2006-09-14 03:18:04 PM  
Gosling
It probably was a good move on her part and it may win her the election but it would not win my vote. But then I don't live there so she couldn't care less about what I think.

If a candidate giving away tickets to a football game is what drives you to vote for them then you should just leave the voting to people who actually follow the issues.

She probably gets a lot of "I would vote for her now" people who don't really bother to vote.
 
2006-09-14 03:23:42 PM  
I had never heard of the "blackout rule" before reading this article - keep this in mind, there wasn't a football team in the city I grew up in until I was in high school (yes, I do come from St. Louis). What a stupid f'ing extortion scheme if there ever was one.

And don't say it's all about making sure the team makes enough money, people who really wanted to play football could be found at less than half the price. I have no sympathies for the poor old sports team owners.
 
2006-09-14 03:26:44 PM  
I have no sympathies for the poor old sports team owners.

Me neither, but I do have sympathy for all the restaurants, vendors and other related businesses that need asses in seats. Cities spend a ton on sports teams not because they love the teams but because of the local economic impact of a game.
 
2006-09-14 03:29:00 PM  
dj_relish: Geez RocketRod. Can you tell me what you think of this glass?


It's twice as big as it needs to be for the water available.

Next.
 
2006-09-14 03:29:22 PM  
Major Thomb: Only on fark will you find people that consider giving stuff away a negative. Some people really need to relax.


Up here in Central new york, they were blasting the candidates that had bought state fair tickets and given them out. People seem to want to find anything to hang the other side on. it's pathetic.
 
2006-09-14 03:29:45 PM  
danlpoon
Cities spend a ton on sports teams not because they love the teams but because of the local economic impact of a game.

Even that is wildly overstated. Especially around the time the team wants the public to pay for their new stadium.
 
2006-09-14 03:32:09 PM  
moops: Meet the new Senator from Missouri.

/No-Talent Ass Clown


wait did I miss something in this thread? when did michael bolton become the senator for missouri?
 
2006-09-14 03:32:38 PM  
Hero tag more appropriate here.
 
2006-09-14 03:35:11 PM  
Even that is wildly overstated. Especially around the time the team wants the public to pay for their new stadium.

Depends on the situation, The Devil Rays, as bad as they are, did good things for downtown St. Pete. But Seattle has diffrent opinion, I think.

A Stadium is like a badge of victory. If you get one, you're on the way up. If you lose one, hello decline. So I'm not sure it's wrong for a City to have a sports team simply because it can afford it.
 
2006-09-14 03:35:54 PM  
Quick1: It wouldn't cost that much to take a bus to the game, like $2 maybe. And not everyone needs to have a hot dog and soda like you, fattie.

YOU try taking a bunch of kids to a game and NOT making sure they're fed. Hell, ask any parent who's tried to do the same.

/used to have to organize "charity ticket" fieldtrips to Dodger Stadium
//always ended up costing ME a lot of out-of-pocket
///but I wasn't there to make me feel good
//Oh, and I live on Los Angeles... I have no idea what these "tickets to a professional football game" are, or what a decent public transit system is.
 
2006-09-14 03:41:30 PM  
Talent vs. Mclaskill
coming in november
ipitomy of red vs. blue
what color is misery?
 
2006-09-14 03:43:35 PM  
She probably gets a lot of "I would vote for her now" people who don't really bother to vote.

In this particular election, that might be enough to give her the win.
 
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