RECENTLY, the West Virginia University ticket office staff was presented the additional task of selling 2,100 tickets for Saturday's season opener with Marshall.
No pity needed. As Morgantown-based colleague Dave Hickman tells me, this required minutes of extra labor. OK, maybe an hour.
The ducats were not returned by MU officials. As reported by your trusted servant Wednesday night/Thursday, MU took only 3,200 of 5,300 tickets, selling them exclusively to Big Green Scholarship Foundation donors.
The same policy is in effect for the Thundering Herd's Sept. 29 game at Purdue.
All I had to do was toss out a tweet on the subject, sit back and watch the buffalo fur fly.
"Seems crazy. Why not take all the tickets to put our fans in the seats instead of giving them back and having more of theirs?" tweeted one fan.
Another: "Idiotic. If you can get paying Marshall fans in there, you do it. Big Green member or not."
Two dissenters invoked that 21st century phrase that makes English teachers cringe: "Epic Fail."
But there's the other side, and it was voiced as loudly.
"Great policy," a fan tweeted. "Step up and support the team."
"Why is requiring supporting the Herd an issue?" another one asks. "This is not an issue for other schools including EZU [a jab at WVU, I think]."
This has been one of the consistently heated issues among Marshall fans, even topping the kelly green debate. What is the right answer?
Two quick observations: