This is the story of a bold and daring UT Austin sophomore that went the extra mile to watch the historic 2016 Game 7. Micah Poag, born and raised in Fort Worth, TX, was not going to pay the superfluous prices asked to watch this Cavs vs. Warriors game. Instead, he utilized his adept skills in photo editing to secure his free seat.
“I’m pretty good with Photoshop, so Friday night I went ahead and bought a plane ticket with the idea that I’d go to this game and make a press pass and see if it would work,” commented Poag. “Saturday morning I woke up and made this press pass and spent so much time on it I almost missed my flight.”
“I got out of the house around noon to show up to the game extra early because that’s kind of when I knew I could get in. I was there about five hours early, and circled the stadium looking for points of entry.”
The determination to loiter around Oracle Arena paid off, as he was finally able to find an event staff worker just gullible enough to help move his plan forward.
“I kind of stepped up and showed the guard my press pass real quick and she didn’t really say anything and sort of gave me a nod in, and I proceeded to walk past her. When I was about 15 yards past, I heard her say ‘Hey,’ but then I didn’t look back.”
And the rest is history. Of course, Micah had to look the part in order to get past the guard. All he did was think about what a reporter would wear and emulated that style.
“Looking the part is a huge part of it. I think it’s pretty easy when you’re a white kid dressed in khakis with a suit on,” remarked Poag. “I think if you’re confident it helps.”
That confidence took him a long way. That's a legendary story that he is probably telling to his friends in a bar or party scene. Maybe security will start to keep a closer eye on perpetrators trying to sneak a free game.
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