NFL games can be quite pricy for fans. Except when you're in St. Louis, and the World Series is in town.
It's a perfect storm of events, and the St. Louis Cardinals' victory in Game 2 of the World Series ensures that it will go at least five games. And that means that if the Cardinals win the next two games, Monday night could be a Series-clinching evening in St. Louis.
And that's a big uh-oh for the St. Louis Rams. Remember them? Now we understand why they might have kicked the tires on ol' Brett Favre earlier this week — how else are they going to fill seats for their home game on "Monday Night Football" down the street against the Seattle Seahawks?
A quick check at StubHub gives us our answer: Dirt-cheap prices.
Tickets for the game are going for as low as $8 (!!) up in the rafters. Ok, so "great" seats might be a stretch, but even lower-bowl end zone tickets are going in the $30 range.
Still, hard to imagine anything approximating a full house at the Ed Jones. Our prediction for attendance: That cat who holds up the "D + Fence" sign at every Rams game, plus about 38 of his friends.
We can't decide if this is a good or a bad thing for new starting quarterback Kellen Clemens. If he does well, who will notice? If he struggles, though, he might escape under the cloak of obscurity.
We've had some bad primetime games this NFL season, including this past Monday's dud between the Minnesota Vikings and New York Giants, and the Week 8 slate appears especially insipid right now. But this might be one of the more sparsely attended Monday night games in some time.
Our crack Yahoo research team (read: Dr. Saturday's Nick Bromberg and me) have gone back over recent years, and the closest thing to a WS-MNF, same-city overlap we could find was Game 7 of the 1986 World Series taking place between the Boston Red Sox and New York Mets, with the New York Giants beating the Washington Redskins about 22 miles away. Not stunning: Baseball crushed NFL in the ratings for that one, 38.9 to 8.8.
Little need to look at the local TV marks on Monday. We know how that one will rate.
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