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Thu, Apr 17, 2014

HALE: Random thoughts as Christmas rapidly approaches

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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. -- I use the Christmas theme because if you want to give a gift to a friend or a relative, apparently there is a bargain out there for you.

According to, the cheapest ticket in town is right down the road, where you can go watch an NFL game today for $3. That’s right, a $3 ticket for the Tennessee Titans-Arizona Cardinals game today at LP Field.

Has it really gotten to this? That’s less than a beer at a downtown Nashville pub, for goodness sake.

Wow, the NFL gleam in Nashville has certainly lost its luster. A Titans game used to be a major event. Now it seems like just a ho-hum affair downtown.

Well, as of Thursday morning., you could go to and find a Titans ticket for a paltry $3. It’s literally the cheapest NFL ticket to be found this week.

If you live in Cleveland, Ohio, dig a little deeper. Tickets for today’s game against the Chicago Bears are going for about $5.

And to make matters worse, you’ve got to shell out $35 to watch the Jacksonville Jaguars-Buffalo Bills game. Well, don’t know if that’s necessarily worse or not considering the Titans can’t even beat the lowly Jags at home.

Shows what happens when you’re a mere afterthought in this league.

Is the Price right?

Former Blackman High and Vanderbilt pitcher David Price is apparently on the trading block.

The Tampa Rays know they won’t be able to keep the former Cy Young Award-winning lefty, who can become a free agent in 2015.

The Seattle Mariners, who have already shelled out the farm for second baseman Robinson Cano, are very interested, even though Price’s agent said this week that Seattle is one city where he’s unwilling to sign a contract extension.

Imagine a Price-Sonny Gray (former Smyrna, Vanderbilt pitcher) matchup in a key American League West game in September.

Seems the Mariners won’t be deterred as far as dealing for Price, even if he won’t pitch there for more than two seasons.

Familiar face

There will be a little local flavor in the Armed Forces Bowl on Dec. 30, which features MTSU taking on Navy in Ft. Worth, Texas.

Former Smyrna High standout Parrish Gaines is a two-plus year starter for the Midshipmen at defensive back. He started the final five games of his freshman season and has been in the lineup since.

Last season, Gaines was fifth on the squad with 69 tackles and also had two interceptions. This season he is tied for the team lead with three interceptions and is fourth with 57 tackles (going into Saturday’s game against Army.)

Feel-good story

We need one this time of the year. While it’s nice that you can go watch the Titans game today for such a low price, how bout major kudos to Houston Texans wide receiver Andre Johnson, who dug deep in the wallet this week.

For the seventh straight year, Johnson held his Toys “R” Us Shopping spree for a dozen Houston-area at-risk kids. They each had 80 seconds (80 is Johnson’s jersey number) to scoop up as many toys as they wanted.

Now, that is the spirit of giving.

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