November 28, 2013 Updated: November 28, 2013 at 7:48 pm
Many fans have wondered about that $15 adult admission price for Saturday's Pine Creek-Montrose state 4A football final at Mile High.
I was wondering, too. Seeing high school ticket prices bust through the $10 barrier is a discouraging development. It's not up there with global warming as a serious concern. It's only close. A big family could spend $70 on tickets. Remember, we're talking about a high school game.
I called CHSAA assistant commissioner Bert Borgmann. He explained CHSAA did not set the prices for Saturday's 4A and 5A finals. The prices were set by the promoter of the event, the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame.
"The reality is, that you go to a movie for an hour and a half and it's $10, $11, even $12," Borgmann said. "If you're looking at the entertainment dollar, it's probably in line with things."
Borgmann emphasized the doubleheader aspect of Saturday's finals. A football fan, he said, could spend five hours watching the two games. He's right, But I'm guessing fewer than 50 fans will sit through both games.
I watched last year's 4A final and departed a few moments before the 5A final started. The highlight of the afternoon was watching dozens of Denver South fans, who had just watched the 4A final, tell Valor Christian fans they hoped Valor would lose.
MacArthur would have helped
Injured Air Force receiver/running back Ty MacArthur declines to wonder how he might have improved the Falcons historically awful football season.
"I haven't really gone down that path," he said. "It's not really me."
So let's go down the path for him. The Falcons travel to Fort Collins on Saturday hoping to avoid becoming the first 10-loss team in Air Force football history. It's been a long, brutal season, largely because of an alarmingly generous defense.
MacArthur, a senior, would not have made a radical dent in all the losing. A healthy MacArthur would not have lifted the Falcons to a winning season.
But he might have helped the Falcons win one and maybe even two more games. He might have been the difference between winning and losing at Nevada and New Mexico. MacArthur has sure hands, a rarity among Air Force's current receiving corps. He could have delivered tough, game-altering catches along with long runs.
MacArthur missed most of the season after suffering a concussion against Boise State. It was at least the fourth of his Air Force career. His departure robbed the Falcons of hundreds of rushing and receiving yards.
Coach Troy Calhoun is normally reluctant to praise his players. He showed none of that reluctance when he talked Tuesday about MacArthur.
"He's as big-time a warrior as you'll ever be around," Calhoun said. "And as a good a winner, too."
Watching all those ugly losses was tough on Air Force fans. Almost as tough as not being able to watch MacArthur.
Broncos fans - and I've talked with a legion of them - are worried after Sunday's ultra-exciting, ultra-confusing loss to the Patriots.
The Broncos, who have often looked so mighty, were often disturbingly awful in a second half and overtime collapse that jeopardized the team's home-field advantage in the playoffs.
Remember, the last two Super Bowl champs - the Giants and the Ravens - barely made the playoffs and traveled the hard road through enemy cities to their titles.
What's important in the NFL when you're chasing the ultimate prize is to be healthy and on a hot streak when the regular season ends. It's not so important to be surrounded by home fans in the playoffs.