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Pluto offers an inexpensive and memorable gift idea for a sports fan
Commentator Terry Pluto says a great gift idea for a sports fan is tickets to local sporting events -- and avoid the pro games

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Terry Pluto says tickets to University of Akron, Kent State and other college and high school games make perfect gifts.
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Most people looking for a Christmas gift for the sports fans in their lives have pricey options, especially when it comes to tickets to pro games. WKSU commentator Terry Pluto talks to Amanda Rabinowitz about a gift that doesn’t cost a lot and creates special memories.

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Terry Pluto says the holidays are likely to be spent curling up in front of our big screen TVs and watching the games. But he says a better way to enjoy sports this time of year is to turn off the TV and look up a local sports schedule. And he emphasizes "local." 

“Right now, there’s so many sports on TV.  Fine, if you want to watch the Cavs on a 9,000-foot screen at home, that’s OK, too, … but I just think there are other forms of entertainment."

Lasting memories
"My dad would take me to small college games, Baldwin Wallace or [the University of] Akron. That’s not going to cost you $50 or $100 for a game. The gift was the companionship in an intimate setting."

"We lived in Northfield. We’d go watch Akron play at old Memorial Hall or go over to Kent State. It was a half hour to an hour in the car. You end up talking there. But if you’re sitting in front of the TV, it’s a whole other deal. In fact he would probably fall asleep after awhile."

“I got so into it with my father that then I would start looking in the paper and say, 'Cleveland State’s playing; Let’s go see this game.' Or, 'Dad, can we go see that one?' He realized those were within our budget … and he liked it because he felt like he was a dad who could take somebody out."

Winter ball
Terry Pluto says with basketball: "It’s inside, it’s quick … and most the time it’s not real hard to get tickets to these things, and they’re not real expensive. And if you like mid-major basketball, Akron is a powerhouse program, Kent is 8-2, Wooster is always a tremendous Divison III program, they’re fun to watch. Akron's women’s team has been a top MAC program."

“I think some of us who have been O-D-ing on the millionaires, and future millionaires forgot that the original reason we started following sports was probably somewhere along the line in high school, we got attached. It's the simplicity that I really like. It’s the reason I write so many of these high school and small college stories."

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