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Friends and money in Athens

When you buy tickets from a scalper in Athens you have to become friends. And with friends like these ...

Updated: August 17, 2004, 11:50 AM ET
By Jim Caple | Page 2

ATHENS, Greece -- I'm not sure how the scalper knew I was American, but I suspect it was the Minnesota Lynx T-shirt that I was wearing while I stood in line at the ticket booth outside the Helleniko Olympic Complex on Sunday.

"Excuse me, you're from the United States?'' he asked with a slight German accent. "Do you want a ticket to the basketball game?''

No, I'm going to the Greece-Netherlands baseball game.

"Greece? Why? The U.S. is playing basketball ...

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