Why can't he make the game, I didn't ask, but speculate- work, life, family obligation. What makes a season ticket holder give up his ticket to the classic? He transfers the tickets to me, trusting that I'll put a check in the mail.
You can tell he's excited about the game, he forwards an email ad for the 'Riderville Labour Day Caberet', 'you might be interested' he types. I imagine he'll be thinking about us on the day of the game, from wherever he is watching the pale TV translation.