But one lawmaker used his time at the House microphone to air his gripe: Colts fans didn’t get enough good-visibility seats.
Colts fans were stuck in the upper-deck end zone, groused Rep. Steve Buyer, R-4th, because “all the prime seats in the Super Bowl go to all the other (team) owners” who trade them in attempts to attract a Super Bowl to their city. “They trade seats for votes.”
As a result, he said, “fans of the teams that get to play the Super Bowl really don’t get to see much of their team at a Super Bowl,” while spectators “who don’t really like either team” get the best stadium real estate.
Buyer attended the Super Bowl when the Colts offered Indiana politicians the chance to buy (at face value) about 450 of the 13,000 tickets the team was allotted.
I've met Buyer twice, once when I was in law school and once during an Indiana Leadership Forum trip to D.C. after he was elected to Congress. On both occasions, he made a very bad impression with me. On the second occasion in D.C., he insulted me in front of a large group for asking him a straight-forward question about Congress' pay and pension system. For some reason, he thought I was saying he was overpaid, missing the whole point of my question, which was a criticism of the manner in which changes to pay and pensions had been accomplished. This incident is further confirmation of my low opinion of him.
On another note, a quote attributed to U.S. Rep. Julia Carson (D) may leave her constituents shaking their heads as well. Paying tribute to the Colts and Dungy, Carson said of her distict: “See, we have good things in my district. They’re not all drive-by shootings.” That's nice to know.