We’re LIVE from Hawks-Bucks (and tickets for 98 cents?) (Update: make that 89 cents)

It appears the wagon train from Milwaukee made it in time for the game. (Curtis Compton/AJC)

And another thing: There will be no Rocky and Bullwinkle cartoons. (Curtis Compton/AJC)

For those of you not preoccupied with the Dogwood Festival, Freaknik, Braves-Colorado, the Sweetwater 420 Festival or general vegging on an absolutely perfect Saturday, welcome to what many of us look forward to most: playoffs. (Actually, vegging on a Saturday is nice, too. But I wasn’t given that option.)

The Hawks and Milwaukee tip off at 5:30. This is their third straight season in the playoffs but it’s the first time since the late 1990s that expectations have been this high. Two years ago, most were just happy the Hawks reached the postseason. Last year there was some question whether they would make it past Miami in the first round. (Indeed, the series, went seven games.)

These playoffs are different. Players genuinely feel they can go on a memorable run to the finals. That includes getting past probably Orlando in round two and Cleveland in the Eastern Conference finals.

Longshot? Maybe. But that’s how you want players to think.

“Ultimately, if we were to win a championship, the city would be flipped inside out,” guard Joe Johnson said. “I think people here are deserving of it. It’s a long time coming.  It w0uld be amazing. That’s pretty much all I can think about.”

For those who missed it Friday, I wrote a piece with Johnson in which he had some interesting comments about the importance of him coming through in the clutch this postseason. Here’s the link.

One last thing before we get into the pre-game banter. There has been a lot of talk this week about potentially low attendance and slow ticket sales. For what it’s worth, a Hawks’ spokesperson told me tonight’s crowd will be over 17,000 and that the game could sell out (capacity 18,729).

If you’re still thinking of coming to the game, you can probably get in pretty cheaply. I was tipped off by alert reader “Robbie” that tickets were available on StubHub Friday for as low as $4.99. Actually, they’re even lower than that now. Just checked and there are a limited number of  upper bowl seats ranging from 98 cents (you read that correctly) to $6 (and you read that correctly, too).

StubHub does have a $15 game-day, pickup fee (for the entire order) on top of that. But even two tickets at 98 cents plus $15 fee is only $16.96.  Yikes.

(UPDATE: StubHub has dropped some tickets to 89 cents. Not going to update this anymore, but just wanted to bring you up to date.)

158 comments Add your comment

ignition

April 17th, 2010
3:55 pm

Thats ridiculously cheap for Playoff Tickets…

Sour Grapes

April 17th, 2010
3:56 pm

Scott

April 17th, 2010
3:58 pm

Its a shame our fans aren’t supporting this team more…

ignition

April 17th, 2010
4:06 pm

It really is a shame they can’t even sell out the first playoff game…

ignition

April 17th, 2010
4:06 pm

.98 cents is ridiculous..

Derrick

April 17th, 2010
4:08 pm

I’ve always believed that if more games are blacked out or made less available and less often, the building would be full more often. The same (IMO) goes for the Braves. The fewer games you have on tv for “FREE” the more you will have there in person.

The quality of TV now a days with (HI-Def) has really made the need to go to games in person less of a need – especially with all the bad traffic you get hung up in…Thats just me.

GO Hawks..I m hear cheering for you…from the comforts of my home, my adult beverages and I don’t have to worry about “last call for alcohol, high beer prices and cops looking to bust me for drunk driving.

Pi$$onaDAWG

April 17th, 2010
4:12 pm

Give the Tickets away! WHO CARES. Hawks and Thrashers leave town! If the Braves don’t make the playoff then send them packing too. We have the Gwinnett Braves, the Gwinett Gladiators, GT basketball, GT football, GSU basketball, GSU football. Over paid pros ain’t worth watching. If I want to see a blackman working it better be in my front yard for the same price I can pay an Illegal mexican.

Pi$$onaDAWG

April 17th, 2010
4:14 pm

DERRICK you are stupid. Without games on TV selling ADS then the players would get paid like real working americans.

Derrick

April 17th, 2010
4:21 pm

Pi$$onaDAWG …you got some serious issues dude. Real deep issues.

Greg

April 17th, 2010
4:41 pm

GT and GSU athletics….yeah, people come from far and wide to see those two powerhouses.

Pi$$onaDAWG

April 17th, 2010
4:46 pm

Derrick the best part was “Walker My DAWG” was dancing with Barbra Dooley.

Pi$$onaDAWG

April 17th, 2010
4:48 pm

GREG who comes from near and close to see the Thrashers and Hawks?

Pi$$onaDAWG

April 17th, 2010
5:04 pm

Falcons lose this game. I mean the Braves lose this game. Wait the Thrasher lose this game. Wait wait the Thrasher can;t even sniff the playoffs. I got it The HAWKS lose this game and never get out of the 2nd round.

RT

April 17th, 2010
5:08 pm

Piss.. is on a roll today! Seriously dude. With Hewitt as coach people would rather watch a sun dial than have to witness that mess. It does kill you that the over state of Ga would rather watch UGA Football over any other sport. Sat what you want it’s Just the facts

Buzz Aldrin

April 17th, 2010
5:18 pm

Hawks start their Cinderella run this afternoon!

Jeff Schultz

April 17th, 2010
5:18 pm

Ignition– Maybe it’s throwback night?

"Chef" Tim Dix

April 17th, 2010
5:25 pm

Woody’s dome is a 8.75 on the Chef’s gloss scale of ten. Going with the locals in game one.

Mr. Turnip-Green Jeans

April 17th, 2010
5:28 pm

Hope they don’t play like Cinderella.

Pi$$onaDAWG

April 17th, 2010
5:32 pm

CHOKE time Go Hawks.

Jeff Schultz

April 17th, 2010
5:34 pm

Mr. Turnip — Drove into the lot. Didn’t see any pumpkin carriages.

Pi$$onaDAWG

April 17th, 2010
5:40 pm

We are winning!!

Jeff Schultz

April 17th, 2010
5:42 pm

Hawks 12-6… Horford already has 6.

Buzz Aldrin

April 17th, 2010
5:43 pm

Fantastic start 15-6!

Jeff Schultz

April 17th, 2010
5:43 pm

Scott Skiles not a happy coach after that steal and Bibby 3. … 15-6, timeout, Bucks.

Pi$$onaDAWG

April 17th, 2010
5:43 pm

Cut 30 games out of the baseball season. Cut 35 games out of the Basketball season. Cut 25 games out of the Hockey season. Quit trying to pimp the fans for more money for bad/ meaningless games.

Willy

April 17th, 2010
5:44 pm

P’ Dawg, you’re pathetic. Not only are you a racist moron, but your poor social skills have you relegated you to following blogs on issues you admittedly care nothing about. How sad is that? I mean, I hate MLB, but I’m still half interested and I sure as hell don’t blame the problems on the white fools (Selig and the owners) that have all but ruined the game for me. As for the NBA, though Stern does his best to screw things up, there is a semblance of a salary cap and fair playing field. So, there is always the potential for a team like the Pistons a few years ago to rise up and play some proper ball. I like Atlanta’s game, for the most part, and I’m rooting for our boys.

It’s gotta be a whole lot more fun than being a Yankees fan!

Pi$$onaDAWG

April 17th, 2010
5:45 pm

KING James didn’t play the other night but My ticket still cost the same. If the players need to rest for the playoff then play fewer games and make the STARS play.

Pi$$onaDAWG

April 17th, 2010
5:49 pm

Nice shot but do we really need to sit through 3-5 of these games?

Pi$$onaDAWG

April 17th, 2010
5:49 pm

Nice D in the middle

Pi$$onaDAWG

April 17th, 2010
5:51 pm

JC in the house. Making time MR. 6th MAN.

Pi$$onaDAWG

April 17th, 2010
5:53 pm

Mets @ Cards still 0-0 in the 6th. Mets have runners on 1 & 2 with 2 outs Top of the 6th.

Pi$$onaDAWG

April 17th, 2010
5:53 pm

Mets @ Cards still 0-0 in the 6th. Mets have runners on 1 & 2 with 2 outs Top of the 6th.

Pi$$onaDAWG

April 17th, 2010
5:55 pm

nice back in for the shot.

Pi$$onaDAWG

April 17th, 2010
5:56 pm

Mets retired still 0-0 in the bottom of the 6th Cards at bat.

Jeff Schultz

April 17th, 2010
5:57 pm

Blowing it open now … 29-12. At what point do they cancel the second half?

Pi$$onaDAWG

April 17th, 2010
5:57 pm

Hawks should winn this one by 20.

Jeff Schultz

April 17th, 2010
5:58 pm

31-12 and Skiles is screaming at the refs. Dude, it’s not the refs. It’s your team.

Pi$$onaDAWG

April 17th, 2010
5:59 pm

Now the Hawks fall asleep and relax some. This is so bad. Again why do they play so many games to have this crap be a playoff game?

Pi$$onaDAWG

April 17th, 2010
6:00 pm

Jeff are you or Mark going to be at Tech This Saturday.

Jeff Schultz

April 17th, 2010
6:01 pm

End of one: 34-17 … Pi$$: It’s only “crap” if you’re from Muskegon, not from Marietta.

Buzz Aldrin

April 17th, 2010
6:01 pm

I expect to see Zaza run the point for the final minute of the half just to rub salt in the wounded Bucks.

Rev Rick

April 17th, 2010
6:03 pm

I think it’s over in four and I’m not just saying this because they are blowing the Bucks out right now. They aren’t that good. Sure they finished strong without Bogut at the end, but the Hawks are definitely hungry and more talented.

The only concern is Jennings running all over us. Teague’s going to have to log more minutes because Bibby, Craw, and JJ are all too slow to keep up with him.

Pi$$onaDAWG

April 17th, 2010
6:04 pm

Good one Jeff!!!!

Pi$$onaDAWG

April 17th, 2010
6:06 pm

Nice 7-0 run Bucks

Pi$$onaDAWG

April 17th, 2010
6:07 pm

Time to watch more Mets v Cards. This game is over and just have to check back to see the margin of victory.

Jeff Schultz

April 17th, 2010
6:07 pm

Pi$$ — at Tech for what?

Jeff Schultz

April 17th, 2010
6:08 pm

Pi$$ — had to delete your last comment. Hate to ban anybody tonight but I will if necessary. No race baiting.

Washaun

April 17th, 2010
6:10 pm

I wish we played like this consistently. I guarantee you we will take them too lightly in game 2 and barely win. We definitely can’t play like this on the road. Something about the playoff crowd seems to get them going.

How full is it Jeff?

Pi$$onaDAWG

April 17th, 2010
6:11 pm

There is a Party at Ben Roslethburger’s House at Reynolds Plantation tonight. BYOB unless you are blonde and underage. Tell the guard at the gate “LAWSUIT”. It is the password for tonight.

Pi$$onaDAWG

April 17th, 2010
6:11 pm

OK jeff I understand sorry went too far