OK, I just want to take some of your valuable time to tell you a little about one of the clients for whom I'm doing work -- their business is quite possibly the coolest thing ever. Essentially, they provide a way for a fan to get tickets to things like the Rose Bowl or the Super Bowl at just a little over face value.
The client is The Ticket Reserve, Inc. (and it's a private company, so no, you can't buy their stock on any market). The website is http://www.theticketreserve.com Essentially, they sell contingent futures for sports tickets. If your future hits, then you get the right to purchase a ticket for the event at face value.
Allow me to give an example. Say you were a die-hard Redskins fan who had a lot of faith in your team at the beginning of the season. So you purchased 2 futures for "Redskins in Super Bowl" at $20 each, which is what they cost back then. If they were to go to the Super Bowl, you would get to purchase two Super Bowl tickets at face value - if they didn't, you lose the $40.
And, as an added bonus, the futures are tradable on the Company's site up until the point when they are either fulfilled or cannot be fulfilled - it functions like a market in the futures of sports teams.
I'm just really stoked about this client right now -- this is an awesome idea, and they're doing an excellent job growing their business. It's so cool that I don't even mind that I blew $100 on 4 now-worthless futures that the Raiders would go to the SuperBowl (what can I say -- Randy Moss and Lamont Jordan were exciting free agent acquisitions).
I know there are some die-hard sports fans on here, so I thought I would share. Enjoy.