The Athletic Reporter
September 12, 2005 Sports News the Way You Want It. Completely Made Up. Issue 127
 
Man Who Gave Away 1980 Olympic Hockey Tickets Finally Breaks Silence
Originally posted 3/14/2005

Strawn, who also staunchly claims he "was never that big a Kurt Russell fan to begin with."
by Tom Gemelke, Athletic Reporter staff writer

UTICA, NY - The recent commemoration of the 25th anniversary of the 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team's gold medal-winning performance meant a time for celebration for most, except for Sam Strawn.

Strawn, who is now a shift supervisor at a McDonalds in Utica, New York, sold his tickets at face value prior to the Olympics because he didn't think the Americans had a shot. The "Athletic Reporter" is the first North American media outlet to gain an interview with the world's most infamous ticket scalper.

"Listen, hindsight's 20/20, man," said Strawn. "You've gotta bunch of skinny college punks from Minnesota with no facial hair. They lose to the Rooskies 10-3 in a warm-up game before the Games. Like you thought they had a shot. Plus, how else was I supposed to pay for college?"

Strawn wouldn't say how much the tickets sold for. When word of his ticket gaffe spread, deans of law schools Strawn applied to get into blacklisted him.

"It takes an idiot of the greatest magnitude to pass on a chance the defining sports moment of our country's history," said Jerry Alloway, dean of admissions at the Northwest Minnesota State University law school. "His LSAT score was quite high, but if he's going to exercise asinine judgment like that when it comes to hockey tickets, what will happen in a court of law? We wanted nothing to do with him."

The Americans, of course, went on to shock the Russians 4-3 in a medal round game and went on to beat Finland for the gold medal in what is widely considered to be the greatest moment in the history of American sports.

Strawn admits it's been a difficult road ever since.

"You know life has pretty much kicked you in the nuts when your job at McDonalds is only the second-worst thing that's ever happened to you. I sold a Big Mac to a dude the other day who performed a rendition of ABC announcer Al Michael's 'do you believe in miracles' call. Jackass."

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