Wednesday, May 16, 2007

going...going...

Tickets went on sale today for residents in England.  And then, later in the day, more tickets were put on sale in Europe.  They sold out of those in 90 minutes.  Thus far, that accounts for about 40,000 of the tickets.
 
As stated earlier, 15,000 will be offered to the corporate sponsors.
 
And, there's another block being witheld for sale in England next month.
 
So, 55,000 of the 90,000 (61%) are already sold to people in Europe.  And "the other block" is probably 20,000, but that's just my speculation.
 
The Dolphins have assured all season ticket holders that they will have the opportunity to purchase the same number of seats they have on their account.  Let's assume there are about 50,000 seats sold through season tickets.  There are at least 55,000 tickets accounted for, and maybe as many as 75,000 will be sold.  That only leaves around 15,000 at the least (and 35,000 at the most) tickets available.  How will they handle that?
 
As I mentioned before, the NFL expects 10,000 from the US, probably 3,500 from the Giants and about 6,500 from the Phins. 
 
I expect these to intersect by the Phins offering the $180 tickets, along with some other perks for a premium price, like, lets say, $250 per seat, and that's before hotel, and airfare. Of the 50,000 seats, only a small number of people would be interested in spending that kind of money.
 
....what I'm trying to say here, Dolphins fans, is that we're screwed.  This "home game" will be seen by fans in Europe, and a few wealthy individuals here.
 
But, then, given how other team's fans invade our stadium regularly, I expect it won't be that much different than any other game.

What sets some coaches apart

I read the interview with Scott Mitchell over on the Dolphins website. 
 
Here was one exchange:
What was it like to play for Don Shula? “I didn’t really fully appreciate how good of a coach he was until after I left Miami. We did the same thing every day. We had the same schedule, it never changed, and it probably never changed the whole time he was there throughout his entire career. He really didn’t ever run a play in the game that he just didn’t have a 100 percent confidence in that he hadn’t practiced that you know was going to work. He put a lot of onus on the quarterback having responsibility. You were responsible to get the team into a good play. From day one he said call your own plays in practice ... I didn’t even know any of the plays and I had to call my own plays and he did that for two reasons: to make you learn the offense but also to call the plays you had confidence in and I didn’t really fully appreciate all those things until I went other places and other people just didn’t do those things and how complicated they made things and how hard and how they really took that instinct out of you and just made you more of a robot-type thing. You had to learn new offenses almost every week. He just drilled the fundamentals into you and you just did the same thing over and over. It could become boring but it was very effective and he brought out the best in his players.”

What struck me was the way he came to understand Shula and what made Shula successful.  Its no wonder Shula was a success in football, and left the game as the all-time winningest coach.  And it also strikes me that a comment I made a while ago about Bill Belichick rings through here as well: he teaches fundamentals and that gives him an edge.
 
 
...on a totally unrelated note, Scott now lives in Orlando.  I had a feeling that might happen.  He was allocated to the Orlando Thunder of the World League back in 1992, and as I recall, he really enjoyed playing there and had always said he wanted to make it his home...

London calling

The NFL has projected that only about 10,000 fans will travel from the US to the Dolphins-Giants game.
 
What they failed to say was that this is the number of tickets allocated to the Giants and Dolphins fans.  The Giants have reported getting 3,500 ticket requests, so that leaves just 6,500 for Dolphins fans, right? 
 
There are 15,000 seats allocated in the stadium for business investors, and the rest will go to locals.
 
The NFL believes this will be a success, and with ticket prices between $90 - $180, it should be profitable.