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It could be considered a political ticket

Senator offers to trade -- in jest -- his seat in the North Carolina legislature for tickets to the North Carolina-Duke men's basketball game.

February 11, 2009|Robyn Norwood

There are 9,314 seats in Cameron Indoor Stadium -- not counting the ones Mike Krzyzewski, Dick Vitale and the players sit in -- and some people would sell their souls for tickets to tonight's North Carolina-Duke showdown.

Then there is Eddie Goodall, the Republican state senator who offered on EBay to trade his seat in the North Carolina legislature for tickets. In jest. We think.

"I'm not sure how it works, but I'm just going by what Gov. [Rod] Blagojevich did as a guideline," Goodall told the Charlotte Observer, referring to the former Illinois governor. "He made me aware that these seats are valuable."

If Goodall somehow makes it into Cameron tonight, it doesn't sound as if he'll be pulling for Duke Coach Krzyzewski's lads. Goodall attended North Carolina in 1965 before transferring to North Carolina Charlotte.

He expected to watch the game from his hotel room in Raleigh, he told the Observer. And he said he really was kidding.

"If politicians could laugh at themselves more," he said, "people would laugh at them less."

Trivia time

Between them, North Carolina and Duke have appeared in 31 Final Fours. Which year did they reach the Final Four together?

She signs autographs too

The par-tay for NBA All-Star weekend in Phoenix is going to be big, but even an All-Star can get lost in the crowd.

Amber Reedy, an Arizona State senior who works as decoration -- or, um, a party hostess -- at area events, will toil at the VitaminWater Nash Bash with Steve Nash as host at the Mondrian Scottsdale on Friday. (Minimum donation: $1,300. Dinner: $13,000.)

Reedy told the Arizona Republic about the time she ran into Phoenix Suns star Amare Stoudemire at an event and asked the All-Star to take a picture -- of her, posing with her friends.

"I had no clue who that was," she said. "He looked at me weird. And everyone was like, 'What are you doing?' "

Trivia answer

In 1991. Duke won the NCAA title, defeating a Kansas team that beat North Carolina in the semifinals.

And finally

Arizona State men's basketball Coach Herb Sendek graduated summa cum laude from Carnegie Mellon, but he didn't sound like the campus genius Tuesday while answering a question about choosing a conference most valuable player.

"The debate will always rage, Kobe or LeBron. In college, there will be those names every year," Sendek said.

Kobe Bryant and LeBron James, of course, never went to college.

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robynnorwood@verizon.net

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