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World Series Ticket Raffle

You have to be a disabled Iraq War Veteran to win.

Ryan Roth and Lucas Howell are co-sponsoring a raffle this Saturday. The prize is a ticket into game 3 of the World Series, and the beneficiary will be some fine veteran of the Iraq War. They’ll be holding the raffle at a to-be-determined drinking establishment in downtown Denver just before the game.

These guys are a couple of extremely bright software engineers who also like to get a few beers in their gullet now and then. This means meeting Ryan, Lucas and the rest of their crew is a safe, fun bet for the weekend – you should join them!

Details will be forthcoming throughout the day, and will be posted here – they are looking for a few extra tickets to give away as well. I won’t be anywhere near a baseball stadium on Saturday, but I think the whole bit is a great idea for a great cause. I’m strong-arming my next door neighbor (who I happen to know is hiding some extra tickets from his fiance) via IM now.

World Series ticket buying = World Class failure

I received a call yesterday asking if I would mind trying to buy some tickets to the World Series. Of course not. But as everyone now knows, the online ticket sales were a complete bust.

Received a call today requesting the same, and once again the servers simply bomb after just a few of the cute little “countdown” refreshes. Meanwhile, I get a chance to read this language at the bottom of the screen and wound up wondering why anyone would want to patronize major league baseball anyway:

The following are trademarks or service marks of Major League Baseball entities and may be used only with permission of Major League Baseball Properties, Inc. or the relevant Major League Baseball entity: Major League, Major League Baseball, MLB, the silhouetted batter logo, World Series, National League, American League, Division Series, League Championship Series, All-Star Game, and the names, nicknames, logos, uniform designs, color combinations, and slogans designating the Major League Baseball clubs and entities, and their respective mascots, events and exhibitions.

Besides being littered with everyday dictionary words, it sounds downright ominous…almost threatening. Is this organization going to bust you for wearing purple and black, or red and black, if they don’t get a license fee? Or maybe they’ll plant microphones throughout the stadium and charge you for breathing one of the terms above?

Of course, I caught that garbage before the server pushed a timout…


This is either a terrible dream, or the joke of the decade. Either way, it’s a world class failure.

UPDATE: I retract everything, since the fiasco is now being blamed on hackers. Good rule to follow – when your planning is piss poor, meaning you don’t provide enough bandwidth, load balancing, and server capacity to meet the needs of an easily expected mad rush, just blame some hackers. Maybe baseball should stake claim to the word “internet” and then use the licensing proceeds to engage a more suitable service provider.