The national hysteria for Brett Favre's return to the NFL hasn't yet extended to the local ticket-buying public.
Panthers director of ticket sales Phil Youtsey said Tuesday afternoon he hadn't gotten a single call during the day for Vikings tickets. Minnesota comes here on Dec. 20.
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Youtsey said there were only around 500 tickets left for that game to begin with, but there's been no land rush for the remaining seats.
The Panthers sold their home games against Buffalo, Washington and Philadelphia (even before Vick) in the first few hours.
There are fewer than 500 tickets left for the Atlanta game, fewer than 600 for Miami, around 2,000 for Tampa Bay and 3,000 for New Orleans.
-- Speaking of Favre, got a funny story from a friend, which illustrates how crazy this business can be sometimes.
Was talking to Alex Marvez of foxsports.com last Wednesday. He was heading to Philadelphia to write about Tom Brady's return. Then Michael Vick fell in his lap, and he was there for the next two days covering the press conference and first practice. I offered to airlift in supplies.
So he gets a quick break back at his South Florida home, and then departs early this morning for a pre-planned trip to the West Coast, to cover the Oakland-San Francisco scrimmages. Of course, coach Tom Cable (allegedly) went Steve Smith on one of his assistants, giving the workouts the necessary mayhem factor.
But he connects in Minneapolis on his way to the Bay. Checks his messages between flights, boss says to head to Mankato instead to check in on the new old QB there.
Alex is an incredible reporter and writer, not to mention a mentor and friend, but if he heads my way anytime soon, I'm out.