DALLAS — With Super Bowl XLV two days away, tickets are still available.

Of course, to get one, you might have to sell your house.

The high-end ticket of $270,205 listed on eBay — free shipping, even! — might be at the bombastically high end of the spectrum, but it”s not as though the “more reasonable” figures are any less intimidating, even at dedicated ticket-selling venues. The low end of that spectrum is a trivial sum of $2,197 at

For those who can”t dole out that kind of money, there is the opportunity to buy a ticket to the Party Plaza, adequately described as watching the game on TV outside the stadium. Spectators game enough for that endeavor will part with $350, at a minimum, for the chance to endure 20-degree weather and be in the same zip code as the game.

Even the prospect of turning a profit of those tickets has become its own cottage industry in Dallas, despite the threat of heavy fines for scalping Super Bowl passes from local law enforcement. Earvin Henry, a stationery sales representative from Indiana, in North Texas this week for business, has received a couple of sales pitches himself as he”s traversed downtown Dallas over the past few days.

“Two have asked if I want to buy their tickets so far. I had one fella tell me outside my hotel that he”d give me two tickets to the Super Bowl for my car,” said Henry, who drives a rental Dodge Avenger, “but it”s not my car. And I”m actually not really a big football fan. I don”t think he had real tickets anyway.”


BUTTE-IFUL MEMORIES: Chico”s Aaron Rodgers, through various prompts in media meetings this week, has gotten to mentioning his time at Butte College, and called it the most important year of his young football career.

“I learned a lot about myself that year, being an 18-year-old playing with guys from all over the country and different countries, a 25-year-old center, guys who had been to prison, guys who had been bounce-backs from Division I,” Rodgers said. “I learned a lot about leadership and a lot about myself, so that was an important year.”

On Thursday in Irving, Rodgers again delved into his Butte days, explaining that much of his leadership skill these days comes from a class he took there.

“I learned a lot about how to motivate guys,” Rodgers said. “It was a good time for me to take that class and learn how to be a leader, but also how to figure it out on my own.”

Rodgers explained the class was taught by “the basketball coach who coached for about 40 years,” which is still Russ Critchfield. And Critchfield, too, remembers the semester Rodgers was in his class, “P.E. 2.”

“One of the things we talked about, that Aaron”s addressed before, is that leaders need to be aware that players have different buttons that motivate them,” Critchfield said. “He took it to heart. He learned that in the end, pretty much everybody has to motivate themselves, but you can push them to do it.”

Critchfield recalled that Rodgers, 18 and in the midst of a great year as a Roadrunner, gave off the same vibe back then that his Packer teammates have learned to thrive on today.

“He was very much like you see him now: Very confident, but not overbearing,” Critchfield said. “He has a presence about him that draws people to him and makes them listen. He takes things in and gives them a lot of thought before he determines what he”s going to do. He”s really an excellent student, but not just in the classroom sense. He”s a great kid.”

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