Photo: Oregon is smelling scratch-and-sniff season tickets

Seemingly as long as sports have existed, the ticket has been an essential part of the game day experience. You purchase a seat inside the arena, and the arena in turn gives you a ticket as proof of that purchase. 

The ticket is a keepsake, and tangible aspect of sport's aura. If something memorable happens, you can take your ticket home and frame it. If your favorite team's season goes belly up, you can burn your season tickets. But the actual ticket is going extinct in favor of print-at-home tickets or virtual tickets, all in the name of saving costs.

Good luck trying to frame your iPhone when Justin Verlander throws a perfect game.

In a continuation of their policy of doing everything differently, Oregon not only still provides actual tickets to its season ticket holders, it throws in something to make its tickets special. Forget saving costs, Oregon spends money on its tickets.

In the past, Oregon added pigskin texture or hologram elements to its tickets. This year? Scratch-and-sniff.

Oregon tickets

Watch the Ducks, and then sniff your way to the nearest Carl's Jr.

(HT CBS Sports)

Video: Pete Lembo awards a walk on offensive lineman with a scholarship


Awarding walk-ons with scholarships is one of those situations where the delivery method is not nearly as important as the end result. The bottom line at the end of the day is you're forever changing the life of one of your players.

That's what makes this video from Ball State so powerful. Before wrapping up a meeting, head coach Pete Lembo hands walk-on junior offensive lineman Nick Plavchak an envelope with his name on it. As he rips it open, someone hilariously asks "Is it a parking ticket?", but instead, in that envelope sits a hand written letter informing Plavchak that he's now a full scholarship member of the team.

As an emotional Plavchak stands up to read the letter to his teammates (who are all happily celebrating the news) and give coach Lembo a heartfelt "thank you", take a mental picture of coach Lembo's face and expression. That's a great representation of a coach that cares deeply about every man on his roster.

This kind of stuff never gets old.

Bob Stoops' kicker tweeted a picture of the special teams playbook last night

With the beginning of fall camp right around the corner, the Oklahoma coaching staff pushed out their playbooks to players yesterday via iPads.

Sooner kicker Michael Hunnicutt shared a peek at his playbook via his Twitter account yesterday, and it's a doozy.

Here's what the coaching staff loaded up for him to study:

No word yet on if Stoops is considering disciplinary action for the leaking of a playbook via social media.

Watch Notre Dame's field transform in 60 seconds

Watch the Notre Dame playing surface go from hosting the graduation ceremony on natural grass, to bulldozers and dirt, and finally to the finished product of the new turf playing surface.

This is mesmerizing.

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