Earlier this afternoon, our arts editor, Andrew Beaujon, forwarded me this e-mail, quoted below in full:
Dear Redskins Fan,
Due to Player/Sponsor Ticket Returns, a limited number of General Admission tickets are available for the Redskins vs. Packers game on October 10th. Ticket prices start at $44 (plus tax). If you are interested in purchasing tickets for the Redskins vs. Packers game, at face value, please click here. Inside the Beltway parking is also available. For more information, contact the Redskins Ticket Office at 301-276-6033.
Due to the limited number of tickets, we expect that they will be sold out quickly.
The Washington Redskins
1600 FedEx Way
Landover, MD 20785
Now, this is not the first time that the Redskins have done this, and I certainly wouldn't put it past the team to use the old "tickets sold" trick to pump up attendance figures. Case in point: the announced attendance at the Texans game in Week 2 was 88,240. If there were actually 88,240 people in those stands September 19, I'll cover my shoe in A-1 sauce and eat it prior to the next taping of Fuego/Frio.
Now, obviously there's still plenty of time for these tickets to be sold prior to the NFL's 72-hour blackout rule (if Sunday's game isn't sold out by 1 p.m. Thursday, the game will be blacked out in the D.C. area). But the fact that there are unsold tickets for Sunday's game is genuinely perplexing to me. The Redskins, after all, are in first place and undefeated in the NFC East. They're facing a box-office team that a lot of people (including me) have picked to make the Super Bowl, with a loyal and well-traveled fan base to boot. The ingredients are all there for a packed house (like the Dallas game actually was in Week 1).
So the question is, how many tickets are actually left, and why on Earth haven't they been snapped up?