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Michigan State Spartan fans use crafty tactics to nab Stanford Rose Bowl tickets

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The Michigan State fan base was hard at work on Monday and Tuesday showcasing their intellectual insight in the wake of their team's athletic prowess on the field after beating Ohio State 34-24 in the Big Ten championship last Saturday.

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Sources revealed on Tuesday that Spartan fans hoping to purchase tickets to the upcoming Rose Bowl between MSU and Stanford had found a loophole in the system that allowed them to purchase tickets in an early bid meant only for Stanford fans and students.

Stanford’s ticket office offered Cardinals' fans a chance to purchase tickets early before the rest of the team’s allotment went on sale to the public. If they put down a $100 deposit (which was later increased to $200) on 2014 season tickets, they’d secure four Rose Bowl game tickets. Michigan State fans found out about this and quickly took advantage of the opportunity and bought up much of the tickets.

Once tickets became available to the general Stanford-loving public, they sold-out in less than four minutes.

Stanford fans were furious that much of the allotted tickets for their fan base went to Michigan State fans, though many MSU fans claim that they just took advantage of a situation that many Stanford fans would have been just as able to take advantage of themselves, had they thought of it first.

In other news, the Spartan Ticket Office has reported that requests for Rose Bowl tickets from Spartan Fund members, university donors, students and season-ticket holders have far exceeded 31,000, much more than the school's 24,000 ticket allotment, announcing that because of this, there will not be a public/alumni sale of MSU-allotted tickets.

It appears that the wait of 26 years is enough to have Michigan State fans just about ready to do anything to get their hands on tickets. Many ticket-selling websites online are demanding at least $1,000 or more for tickets to this year's Rose Bowl.

Bottom Line: If you're hoping to attend the 2014 Rose Bowl, you'd either be plenty rich, or plenty crafty.

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