Somewhere around the time the L.A. Dodgers were thrashing the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley in Game two of the division series matchup, I started to troll all of the playoff teams' Web sites.
My first thought was that if my schedule allowed it, I would love to see the Chicago White Sox play the Tampa Bay Rays in St. Petersburg, Fla.
But the tickets for those games -- in Chicago and Florida -- were unavailable. Same went for Milwaukee, the L.A. Angels and Philadelphia. Don't even think about Boston or the Cubs.
But, oddly enough, the L.A. Dodgers were offering tickets for the NLCS. This kind of means that no one really thought the Dodgers had a chance against the Cubs, hence their tickets were still for sale.
So in this global economy, I bought two tickets each for their home games 1 and 3, Upper Reserve seats, the cheapest I could find.
Granted, the Dodgers may not get a third home game (would be Game 6) against the Phillies. (If it doesn't happen, I get a refund).
But it didn't matter, because I wasn't planning on going to them anyway. I promptly listed them on an online ticket selling site and by Sunday, I sold both for a very nice profit.
This new hobby started last week when I had an extra ticket for this Sunday's Bears-Falcons game and I didn't want to be stuck $55 for it.
So I listed the tickets, and nearly immediately sold them for the price I wanted. I'm on my fourth 6-game season ticket pack, having sold the bulk of the tickets in those packs and even if I didn't sell another ticket, I'd run a profit for all of them.
I even sold a ticket to the upcoming Virginia-Ga Tech game for a profit although you can still get the tickets for regular price on the school's Web site.
It's been a weird experience. In the past, online ticket sites have been convenient ways for me to get impossible-to-get tickets, such as a game at Wrigley Field.
Whenever I bought playoff tickets, I only thought about securing some for myself and never for other people.
This has taught me some things:
1). There's a segment of people, even in this economy, that are pretty much willing to pay whatever the inflated market value is for a sporting event.
2). There are people not willing to see if they can buy a ticket for the same event for regular price.
If anything, it's been a good way for me to pay attention to goings-on in my city and beyond.