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Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: Steep hike reportedly in line for Super Bowl tickets

09.18.13 at 8:02 am ET
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Welcome to Wednesday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

WEDNESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB: Orioles at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Twins at White Sox, 2 p.m. (WGN)
MLB: Rangers at Rays, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
MLB: Dodgers at Diamondbacks, 10 p.m. (ESPN)
NHL preseason: Oilers at Canucks, 10 p.m. (NHL Network)
Soccer: UEFA Champions, Ajax at Barcelona, 2:30 p.m. (FS1)

AROUND THE WEB:

• The upcoming Super Bowl will be as close to Boston as it ever has been — scheduled to be played at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey — but if you’re planning to go, don’t expect to save any money. And if you win the lottery for one of the lowest-priced tickets, don’t plan on trying to resell them.

Shortly after a Wall Street Journal report Tuesday that the league wants to double the prices for the game’s most expensive seats, NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said the league plans to have winners of a 1,000-ticket lottery for the cheapest seats pick up their tickets at the stadium right before entering. Those who win the $500 seats would not be allowed to leave the stadium area, or their tickets would be voided.

“We knocked the price from $650 to $500 and doubled the number of ticket winners,” McCarthy said, via the New York Daily News. “In an effort to ensure these fans actually go to the game and do not resell the tickets, we will for the first time implement a program in which the ticket holders will go to a gate and pick up their tickets as they enter the stadium. They will not be able to pick up the tickets and go into the parking lot.

The top tickets for last season’s Super Bowl in New Orleans went for $1,250. At MetLife, club-level seats in the mezzanine with access to indoor restaurants are slated to sell for $2,600. Seats in the lower bowl will go for $1,500, which is $650 more than comparable seats from last season, pending approval from league owners this week.

• University of Nebraska football coach Bo Pelini, already under fire after his Cornhuskers blew an 18-point lead and lost to UCLA by 20 points on Saturday, was apologetic after audio surfaced of a conversation he had two years ago in which he went on a profane rant about fans of the team.

Prior to his radio show in October 2011, Pelini criticized “fair-weather” fans who left the stadium in the third quarter with Nebraska losing to Ohio State by 21 points. The Cornhuskers rallied for a 34-27 victory.

The fiery Pelini was contrite Tuesday during the Big Ten coaches conference call.

“I think I’ve built up enough points with our fans over the last five years in how I’ve conducted myself, how I’ve run this program and what we’ve done with this program to earn some forgiveness for something that was made in a private setting,” Pelini said. “People will understand this isn’t how I feel about the fans. I’ve said it over and over.”

Athletic director Shawn Eichorst said he was “disheartened” but did not say if Pelini would be disciplined.

Said Pelini after Tuesday’s practice: “I fully anticipate coaching this weekend. I’m the head football coach until someone says different.”

• The lawyers for former Penn State football coach Jerry Sandusky asked a Pennsylvania appeals court for a new trial in his child sexual abuse case, citing a lack of time to prepare and improper jury instructions.

Sandusky, 69, is serving a state prison sentence of 30-60 years after being convicted last year of 45 counts of child sexual abuse.

The three judges appeared skeptical of the claims, noting that Sandusky lawyer Joe Amendola said in an interview that he had not found anything in the case documents that would have changed his approach to trial.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Sept. 18, 1996, Roger Clemens struck out 20 Tigers in the Red Sox’ 4-0 victory in Detroit. Who caught the game for the Sox and drove in two runs?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “I got tired and I needed a break. Now I’m energized and I’m looking forward to it. I feel great.” — Former Bruins goalie Tim Thomas, on starting his comeback bid by working out with the Panthers

STAT OF THE DAY: 37 — Consecutive batters retired by Red Sox closer Koji Uehara before allowing a triple in Tuesday’s 3-2 loss to the Orioles

‘NET RESULTS (mobile users, check the website to see the videos): The Brewers beat the Cubs as Logan Schaefer lays down a walk-off suicide squeeze to score Jeff Bianchi.

A high school football game in Washington state last week ends in mayhem when Skyview, leading 24-23, blocks a field goal on the game’s final play and starts celebrating. However, no one falls on the ball, which was behind the line of scrimmage, so a Columbia River player picks it up and runs it in for the winning touchdown.

Members of the Canadian Football League’s British Columbia Lions dance the Harlem Shuffle during a video review.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Bill Haselman

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Frankie Avalon was born on this day in 1940.

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