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Paterno memorial tickets hit $99K on eBay

Posted on: January 24, 2012 12:56 pm
Edited on: January 24, 2012 4:40 pm
 

Posted by Jerry Hinnen



As expected, demand in State College for tickets to Penn State's planned "A Memorial for Joe" public service at the Nittany Lion basketball team's Bryce-Jordan Arena has been astronomical. Less expected, in this time of mourning, was that some unscrupulous ticket holder would (apparently) attempt to make a quick buck off of Joe Paterno's death.

With officials announcing Tuesday that the event had sold out, an auction appeared on eBay selling two tickets to the memorial service:

 

Bids would reach as high as $99,509 before the website shut down the auction. While many of the bids were likely fake -- and possibly even an attempt to ruin the auction for the seller -- that the total so quickly escalated also shows how badly Paterno's legions of admirers would like to be present at the service ... and, sadly, why the seller (assuming sincerity on his or her part) tried to profit off the service in the first place.

Amanda Coffee, a spokeswoman for eBay Inc., said the site does not "allow the sale of tickets to events in which all tickets are free to the public" and removed multiple ads offering tickets to the memorial.

"I think it's absolutely repulsive that people are taking an event that's supposed to be a celebration of life and trying to use it for monetary profit," Penn State student Emily Ricken told the Associated Press Tuesday. Ricken, like hundreds of others, was waiting in line to view Paterno's closed casket at the campus spiritual center. 

The memorial service tickets were issued via the PSU athletics website on a first-come, first-serve basis. More than 10,000 of the tickets were claimed within the first seven minutes of their availability.

Penn State fans without tickets -- as well as other Paterno admirers from across the country -- will still be able to view the service on the Big Ten Network, which will broadcast it live Thursday at 2 p.m. ET.

Among those offering condolences to the Paterno family Monday were President Barack Obama and his family, who fondly remembered meeting the legendary coach.

Screencap HT: Kegs n' Eggs. Information provided by the AP was used in this report.

For more coverage on Paterno's death (including recent comments by his son, Scott) and the week of mourning in State College, follow our CBSSports.com Penn State RapidReports by Jim Rodenbush.

Comments

Since: Dec 1, 2008
Posted on: January 25, 2012 9:57 am
 

Paterno memorial tickets hit $99K on eBay

Gazillion?  Really?  Shaney, you must be a child.  Please go to Disney.com or Nickledeon.com and play there.  You are too immature for these discussions.  Obviously nobody taught you yet that you shouldn't wish for people to die.  If you are going to talk like that, please don't bring God in to your discussions.  Obviously, you are using him when you want, but ignoring him when you want to threaten. 



Since: Dec 1, 2008
Posted on: January 25, 2012 9:48 am
 

Paterno memorial tickets hit $99K on eBay

Shaney, I can see where that gives you the right to wish that I was dead.  You are simply more proof of how scary the over-faithful can be.  You just gave me more evidence of how scary you people really are.  I mentioned several times in my posts that JoePa has done great things and that it is a shame that that is not what he will be remembered for.  I guess you are too pent up with frustration over this that you cannot even read what I wrote.  Instead you chose to wish I was dead for trying to put some persepective on the situation.  That is pathetic and I certainly hope no kids in your life ever need help.  Try to get some fresh air.  Maybe that will give you some real perspective.  
  
  



Since: Aug 20, 2007
Posted on: January 25, 2012 9:46 am
 

Paterno memorial tickets hit $99K on eBay

The ball boy stated that he went on the road with the team and even Boeheim would walk him to Fines hotel room. 


You make a great argument, except for the fact that the people who made those accusations have since recanted and admitted that they lied.

Don't let things like facts get in the way of your arguments, though.  Moron. 

So back to Boeheim, his asst. coach was active but also Boeheim was referred to as being like a pimp for Fine.
My God.. did you make up that whole sentence by yourself, or did you have help?  Moron. 

 Paterno should have followed up but he felt his university staff trust worthy and that was his biggest fault. However to say he let it continue is false. That is Penn States Football Facility not Joepas Facility. 


Joe Paterno was told about the molestation, and did not call the police.  That was his error, and thats why he was fired.  Teachers, coaches, psychiatrists, etc, are legally bound to report molestation accusations to the police.  He did not.  That is what is indefensible.



Since: Apr 14, 2009
Posted on: January 25, 2012 9:43 am
 

Paterno memorial tickets hit $99K on eBay

@YouGottaFight, Actually he did do more, he also told the head of the campus police department and it is quite a large police department. What more could he have done? Child molestation are serious allegations and unless it happens right in front of a person as it did for McQuery you can't just go around accusing people. Joe did everything he should have. He took the information given to him and told the head of the school and the head of campus security. It's not his job to police the police and make sure that they made an arrest. For all he knew they could have been investigating. Hey all I was saying in my post is that for people to say that Joe sat there and allowed kids to get raped is ludacrious. He never knowingly allowed kids to get raped or had a hand in it at all.  And as far as my personal life goes, yes, I do have children, three of them and I happen to be a great father, as unfortunate as child molestation is, I pray it never happens to anybody, no less than my children. As far as my criminal involvement goes, it's non existant. I do not break the law, so I never have to worry about reporting it to anybody.



Since: Jan 26, 2010
Posted on: January 25, 2012 9:40 am
 

Paterno memorial tickets hit $99K on eBay

To Stuckinnj4: Its judgmental  idiots like you that make me ask God why he allows you jerks to take your next breath. Joe did not molest anyone, Joe did not assist in letting anyone get hurt and further more Joe DID...let me repeat it for all you hating sanctimonious morons... DID go to the head of the campus police. So all you block heads that are so pompous and feel that you are so rightous in everything you say and do should look at your own pathetic lives and see how many people you have done something for and I bet a gazillion dollars that it wouldn't even come to 1/100th of the lives that Joe has touched.



Since: Dec 1, 2008
Posted on: January 25, 2012 9:10 am
 

Paterno memorial tickets hit $99K on eBay

It sickens my stomach to read so many posts by the PSU over-faithful who refuses to admit that JoePa can do anything wrong.  I understand trying to respect the dead or someone you may look to as a hero, but your aruguments that he did absolutely nothing wrong, or that he did everything he could is absolutely scary.  If someone accused another person of abusing my child, I would hope that anyone that knew anything about it, would work until they knew whether or not it was going on.  If they didn't, everyone that knew anything at all and did nothing would have me to deal with afterwards. 

Again, JoePa himself admitted that he didn't do enough and that he was sorry. I can accept that from him to know that he can be forgiven.  It took a lot of guts for him to say that.  But for people to even look past his own comments shows your refusal to ever admit that anything PSU can be wrong.  That is what sickens me.

I think that anyone generalizing all of PSU in this situation are certainly wrong.  The problem was the 'groupthink' way of thinking by too many people associated with the situation that refused to do anything because they were in fear of hurting the image of the university and football program.  The problem is not with everyone that has anything to do with the university, but only with the ones that were running the football program for not doing anything. 

Like I said in my prior post, nobody should forget about the many, many great things that he did in his life, but he will be remembered for the one thing that he didn't do.  Like it or not, that is a fact.  I personally think it is a shame.  

I never liked JoePa even before the scandal (mostly for football reasons), but I am able to look at his life and respect him for everything else he accomplished.  However, that one mistake will always bring everything else down.



Since: Mar 13, 2008
Posted on: January 25, 2012 7:55 am
 

Paterno memorial tickets hit $99K on eBay

RIP JoePa love ya




Since: Jan 25, 2012
Posted on: January 25, 2012 7:13 am
 

Paterno memorial tickets hit $99K on eBay

You wanna talk about sickos? Lets talk about your beloved basketball coach Jim Boeheim. Not only was Fine and asst. coach but he was an active coach when his charges were filed, Boeheim spoke out in support of Fine. Paterno yes could have done more but Sandusky was not even on staff so that should have fallen to the university. Paterno should have followed up but he felt his university staff trust worthy and that was his biggest fault. However to say he let it continue is false. That is Penn States Football Facility not Joepas Facility. So back to Boeheim, his asst. coach was active but also Boeheim was referred to as being like a pimp for Fine. The ball boy stated that he went on the road with the team and even Boeheim would walk him to Fines hotel room. Paterno found out in 2002 and reported it, however the syracuse sexual abuse went back as far as the early 80s to the present. So before saying anything about another university or coach look inside your own and asks are we any better. Jim Boeheim will get his day it court for Fines trial and I hope to god Syracuse steps up and has the balls to fire him. But because there only program will lose money they will hold out till he is found guilty of being Fines PIMP>



Since: Dec 8, 2006
Posted on: January 25, 2012 6:00 am
 

Paterno memorial tickets hit $99K on eBay

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Since: Oct 18, 2009
Posted on: January 25, 2012 2:41 am
 

Paterno memorial tickets hit $99K on eBay

"Lumping all Penn State fans, students, and graduates in with Sandusky is just as sick and demented as Sandusky himself..."

Really? Making a sweeping generalization is equal to what Sandusky did? Do you see why nobody is taking JoePa defenders seriously? 


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