While countless baseball fans say they’d do “anything” for World Series tickets, a “desperate” Philadelphia fan apparently means it.
Susan Finkelstein, 43, was arrested Tuesday for offering to exchange sex for two tickets to Game 3 of the World Series between her beloved Phillies and New York Yankees.
Finkelstein reportedly posted the following headline on craigslist.com, “DESPERATE BLONDE NEEDS WS TIX!,” followed by the ad, “Diehard Phillies fan — gorgeous tall buxom blonde — in desperate need of two World Series Tickets. Price negotiable — I’m the creative type! Maybe we can help each other!”
Bensalem (Pa.) Township police said they contacted Finkelstein after spotting her ad and alleged she solicited an undercover officer to perform various sex acts in exchange for the tickets.
Finkelstein is charged with a misdemeanor count of prostitution, but her attorney, Bill Brennan, said she’s innocent and the entire incident has been a misunderstanding.
“You have a die-hard Phillies fan that uses a colloquial phrase and says ‘I’ll do anything for tickets!’ and she’s arrested,” he said. “Can’t figure out how there’s criminal activity here.”
Finkelstein has a preliminary court hearing scheduled for Dec. 3, but she’ll get her happy ending before then as Philadelphia radio station Wired 96.5 presented her and her husband of 12 years, John, with free tickets to Game 3.
Finkelstein said she’s “seen or listened to part or all of every game this season.”
• FAVRE FURTHER FANS FLAMES — As if Vikings quarterback Brett Favre isn’t already despised enough by many fans of the Packers, his former team, for joining their NFC Central rivals, he now has drawn the ire of his former Green Bay teammates as well in advance of Sunday’s showdown at Lambeau Field.
Favre said the Vikings are “the best team I’ve ever been on.” The comment is a major slight to the 1996 Packers team that he led to victory in Super Bowl XXXI.
“To say that the team he’s on now, after seven games, is better than the ’96 team — that’s just preposterous,” former Green Bay safety LeRoy Butler told the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. “Not only did we have the No. 1 defense in 1996, but we had No. 1 special teams.”
• HILTON BEHIND HEX — Paris Hilton revealed to Life & Style magazine that she is the person who hired “Pepe the witch” to cast a spell on Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo, the world’s highest-paid soccer player who incurred an ankle injury shortly after getting cursed.
Pepe told Spanish publication AS that the woman who asked him to place a hex on Ronaldo was a “jilted lover,” “non-European,” and a “very wealthy heiress from a well-known family.”
Hilton, who apparently had her heart broken by Ronaldo, told the celebrity gossip magazine “I can’t stand it when someone is mean.”
Guess hiring a witch to curse someone is a kind gesture.
“I want a man anyway, not someone who runs about like a little girl,” she said. “He’s a wimp!”
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