Eagles: Lousy, Yeh, But A Bargain

WILLIAM BENDER / DAILY NEWS STAFF For Ray Devault and Jeff Cappello, the price was right for their Eagles tickets: free.
WILLIAM BENDER / DAILY NEWS STAFF For Ray Devault and Jeff Cappello, the price was right for their Eagles tickets: free.
Posted: November 28, 2012

HISTORY MIGHT show that Andy Reid's Eagles hit rock bottom at 2:15 p.m. Thanksgiving Eve, when Jeff Maile, of Lansdale, went on Craigslist and offered a "great trade" for fans who couldn't stand to watch the team take the field again:

His leftover Halloween candy in exchange for tickets to the Monday night game against the Carolina Panthers.

"I have 23 Snickers bars (fun size), 5 Snickers Almond bars (fun size), and an unopened bag of Charms Blow Pops (assorted flavors)," wrote Maile, 44, who runs a company that does Internet marketing.

The proposition got national media exposure - mostly sportswriters poking fun at the hapless Birds - and a couple of "counteroffers," including a haggler who wanted Maile to sweeten the pot with a "can of tuna (solid white albacore, in water; nongeneric), quality olive oil or balsamic vinegar (unopened); any top-tier marinade or BBQ sauce (also unopened); interesting spices (unopened)."

The real joke? That might be offering too much.

"I just sold them for $15 bucks each. Two upper levels, two lower levels," one frustrated scalper said Monday night outside Lincoln Financial Field.

Tickets had been available online for under $20. For budget-conscious families, college students and others who've long been priced out of attending Eagles games, it was an opportunity to get inside the stadium.

"We go to Phillies and Sixers and stuff, but I don't think we've ever gone to the Eagles together, so we figured this is a good chance," said Garrett Miley, 19, a sophomore at Saint Joseph's University who attended the game with two friends from high school and his college roommate.

"He's not even an Eagles fan," Miley said of his roommate. "He just wanted to go because it's Monday Night Football and it's cheap. He's a Packers fan."

They snagged the tickets on StubHub for $22 each-less than a third of their face value.

Ray Devault, a retired lab technician, and his friend's son, Jeff Cappello, a recent Penn State grad, got a better deal: free. Devault's friend gave him the tickets because the value had dropped so low, it didn't make sense to sell them.

"It's a guys' night out," Devault said. "We're disappointed that the team's not better, but it's good to get together, the social aspect. And I wanted to see the girls ride the bull," he said of Xfinity Live!

"Why not see a Heisman Trophy winner trounce the Eagles?" Cappello added.

Ron Davis, 54, an accountant from Gloucester Township, is dumping all his season tickets - six per game, at a steep loss - in protest of Reid and the Eagles front office.

"We've never sold them. This is the first year we've started doing that," Davis said. "The team looks like they've quit. You don't hear from [owner Jeffrey] Lurie at all about anything, and Reid remains as arrogant as ever."

But, Davis admitted, he can't turn his back on the Birds forever.

"We'll be back again next year," he said.

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