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From The Cheap Seats: Season Ticket Decision

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WVU announced last week that season tickets for men's basketball go on sale Monday. When that announcement comes out each year, I usually don't have much to think about. I grumble a little bit about the price going up and then renew my seats. Until a few months ago, I didn't think it would be any different this year, but when you commit to buying season tickets, you have to keep a couple of things in mind: will you be able to actually attend the games and will you have someone to go with?

So why do I actually have to think about renewing this year? A few months ago, pretty unexpectedly, my wife found out she was pregnant with our first child.

For this story to make sense, I need to give you a little background on my family's dynamic. My wife is a WVU alum and fan. She likes to go to a couple of football and basketball games a season, but doesn't live and die with ‘Eer sports like most people reading this do and wouldn't want to commit to going to a full season's worth of games, especially with a newborn.

My dad's a WVU alum too. He's a great guy and we have a lot in common. We love to fix and build things, learn about history and enjoy the outdoors, but when it comes to sports, he has no use for them. To him, they're a waste of time and money, and he just doesn't get why people get so wrapped up in their favorite teams. On the rare occasions that we've dragged him, kicking and screaming, to Mountaineer games, he's brought a book along.

So how did I get so interested in sports? My family is the opposite of most. My Mom is a huge sports fan and in many ways is a much bigger fan than I am. Literally from the day I was born, we've bonded over sports. It started with her holding me in her Mon General Hospital room, as she watched the 1979 All-Star game. Over the years, she taught me to root for the home team and the underdog, to learn the history of our favorite teams, and to yell at officials. She was there for nearly all of my youth and high school games and when the local newspaper stopped paying for a reporter to cover our high school baseball team, she started doing the write-ups for free. If you think she left my errors out of her articles, you've never met her. When my parents moved back to West Virginia, one of the first things I did was take my Mom to a Mountaineer basketball game. It just happened to be one of those nights when John Beilein's offense was working to perfection and we trounced a good Marquette team behind Mike Gansey's eight 3-pointers. She was hooked and we've had season tickets ever since.

Like any other family of Mountaineer fans, once the surprise and thrill of our impending bundle of joy settled in a little, our thoughts turned to how this development related to Mountaineer sports. My wife quickly decided she wanted one of those "Future Mountaineer On Board" maternity shirts and I started thinking about taking our son to his first WVU game.

Of course, one of our first calls was to my parents. In a similar pattern, after we got through the shock and excitement, the conversation turned to the Mountaineers. My Mom said very matter of factly: "Well, I guess that's the end of our season tickets." "Why is that?" both my Dad and I asked at the same time. "Because, you'll have a new baby to take care of and you'll need to stay home," she replied. With no hesitation, my Dad said: "What are you talking about? You dress the kid in something gold and blue, you put him on your lap, and you go to the game." Maybe Dad gets it after all…

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