Series tickets I
Rob Turnipseed of Smyrna, Ga., spent $1,000 on tickets for Game 5 of the World Series, and didn't use them.
Turnipseed considers the tickets, stubs intact, an investment. He's encasing them in plastic, and when the Series ends, plans to sell them to a collector.
"I went to Hank Aaron's game when he broke the home-run record. I was there and had an extra ticket and wound up giving it [away]," Turnipseed explained. "I've always regretted that because it would be worth a fortune now. That's my same thinking here."
Thursday, he bought two tickets from scalpers -- selling them at illegally inflated prices -- and returned home to watch the Braves beat the Minnesota Twins, 14-5, on TV.
8, He hopes he'll get $10,000 for the pair.
Series tickets II
Montana schoolteachers Kaye Ebelt and Barbara Yeakel drove 1,200 miles to see the World Series last week, thinking tickets were waiting for them in Minneapolis.
They were wrong.
But by the time they left town, Ebelt and Yeakel not only attended two World Series games, but also partied with Minnesota Twins owner Carl Pohlad, met the governor of Wisconsin, shook hands with Gregory Peck, got Tommy Lasorda's autograph and hobnobbed with the players.
Ebelt and Yeakel decided to go after the friend assured them she could buy more tickets. Once they got to Minneapolis, they found out she couldn't.
Ebelt and Yeakel grabbed a booth at Hubert's, a restaurant across from the dome, and waited to watch the game on television.
As the afternoon wore on, they decided to go back to the Metrodome to buy more souvenirs. But they didn't want to lose their booth, which was right in front of the TV. They asked a group of people sitting nearby to take their booth and save it until they got back.
That's when their luck started to change.
A man who agreed to save the booth said he was from Anaconda, Mont. And he had a sister who taught in Missoula. And, he was the executive director of the Metrodome, Bill Lester.
Lester not only gave them a personal tour of the dome but was able to get them tickets behind the plate just before game time -- and entree to the postgame celebrity whirl.
Life imitates Saturday Night
If they never said it before, people in Chicago are saying it now. They're saying "Da Bears," as in "The Bears." It's a reference to the Chicago Bears, the city's beloved professional football team.
"Saturday Night Live" has solidified "Da Bears" as a Chicago expression with a recurring skit that features hard-core Bears fans talking about the team in one of the city's sports bars.
The fans are overweight men who drink beer, smoke cigars, eat onion rings and (in an accent somewhat less musical than a pile driver) talk endlessly about "Da Bears."
"Da Bears" is funny and authentic, according to a professor who grew up in Chicago and did his doctoral dissertation on the Chicago accent.
"It is so accurate," said Lee Pederson, who teaches English at Emory University in Atlanta.
Ron Meyer, fired as head coach by the winless Indianapolis Colts: "I was ooohing and aaahing about the brilliant [fall] colors the other day. My wife said, 'But, Ron, this happens every fall.' "