Monday, December 1, 2008

In Which I Am Still Cold

I am sad to report that I didn't have as much fun at the Patriot's game as I had hoped. If it wasn't for the almost-freezing temperatures, the two mile walk from our car to our seats, and the fact that it was raining the entire time, I probably would have enjoyed myself. However, considering I was soaked through before the first quarter was over, that really didn't happen.

Although we had tickets to actual seats, we didn't make our way to them at all. We figured that since we'd be standing for the entire game to avoid getting soggy asses, we just hung out at the standing-room-only section. Here is a picture I snapped from my camera phone:
The players on the field looked like GI Joe-sized, and I had a better view of the game by watching it unfold on the mega-screen at the north end of the stadium. The Patriots played a horrible game despite an excellent start, and totally squandered what could have been an easy win. Even if we hadn't turned the ball over five times, if Randy Moss had caught instead of dropping the passes Cassel threw to him, we might have had a good chance of winning.

We got stuck in some major traffic on the way out of the parking lot. After about two hours we were finally on our way, driving home in the pouring rain. Once we got to Maine, we had to deal with slush and snow, and we almost went off the road about a dozen times before we got home.

As the title of this post reads, I still feel cold. I'm sitting next to the fireplace right now, and the chill is finally starting to go away. I'm taking the rest of today and tomorrow off from things here to work on a couple of projects here at home, but I'll be back on Wednesday.


Heather said...

Blah blah sports. The only thing worse than watching football is watching it in person. Next time, take a few precautions! They make those little hand warmer things to put in your pockets, and long underwear and hunters socks, etc. Raincoat maybe? Or just stay home where it's warm. That's sounds much better. =)

Miss Grace said...

That sucks that the weather wasn't better. I love going to football games, but I've only ever been in the sunshine.

MadWoman said...'d suck at a rugby game :)

Weather is so uncooperative isn't it? Next time, take a garbage bag to sit on and one to wear.

Aunt Becky said...

I'm cold thinking about that. Way to spread the coldness around ;)

Lola said...

Oh, man, that's what God invented whiskey and tailgating for...

If you didn't have that long drive hanging over your heads, you probably would have had more fun. I was thinking about you while I was checking in on the game. Maybe that will warm you up...

Cape Cod Gal said...

You poor baby! One of my guys went last night and today he has a cold. He said everyone was miserable...except the Steelers fans.

Tony said...

Dude, I may be wrong, but I think you're missing the point here - you had a great experience - it may not have been what you expected but you have something you'll remember for the rest of your life. I may have hated it while it happened but after awhile when I thought back on it, I would have thought it was great - we'll see how you feel in time. If nothing else it gave you some blogging material :-)

oh by the way to add to your misery - I memed you, you can do it or not, either way it's all good.

Take care man and hope you feel better.

splodge said...

Hope your nuts have defrosted by now.

Bet your dad was glad of your company - I went to a rugby game at Twickenham once, similar experience, but really enjoyed swigging on the whiskey flask with my good friends and shouting until my throat almost bled.

Moonspun said...

Ah well it was an adventure, right?
Plus, wasn't it a good father/son thing?

Daddy Files said...

Sorry, but the people who are saying "at least you had a great adventure" are dead wrong.

That's the problem with long trips to sporting events. If you're a diehard fan and you're invested in the game, the fun factor for the entire trip depends on the outcome of the game.

If the Patriots had won he wouldn't care about being cold, wet and nearly dying on the ride home. It's all worth it. But they lost. They lost a conference game that puts them at 7-5, tied with the Dolphins, and a game behind the division leading Jets. And with the Colts and Ravens in front of the Pats for the wildcard, this game was a death knell for the Patriots playoff chances.

So in fact, the trip was not worth it. I didn't even go and I'm still lugging around the emotional baggage from Sunday night. I would be on the edge of a bridge if I had driven four hours, walked two miles, stood in the rain, watched them get killed, waited two hours in traffic and then drove home in snow/sleet/slush conditions.

Sorry man, I know how much it sucks to look forward to a game and have it blow. To make you feel better, I drove 16 hours to Indianapolis for the 2006 AFC Championship game just to watch the Patriots blow a huge halftime lead and lose.

Don't worry, Brady will be back next year.

KT said...

sorry it wasn't more fun than it was.

love the new look to the blog. it's been a while since i linked from my reader.

Kat said...

...and this is why I prefer watching MLB live and not NFL

Badass Geek said...

Heather: Oh, I wasn't unprepared at all. I had the long underwear, thick socks, handwarmers, waterproof shoes and jacket, two pairs of gloves... But when you're standing out in the rain for five hours, those precautions don't amount to much.

Miss Grace: Sunshine would have been nice on Sunday.

MadWoman: I'm not complaining about the weather... I've been to a football game in worse weather than what we had on Sunday before.

Aunt Becky: Just doin' what I can to spread the love.

Lola: Oh, I'm all warmed up now!

Cape Cod Gal: The Steelers fans were miserable too, but perhaps less so.

Tony: I'm not missing the point, but yes... It was an experience that I'll remember.

Splodge: I'm proud to say that my nuts are completely thawed now.

Moonspun: It was an adventure, and I always enjoy spending time with my Dad. It wasn't all about the game, it was about quality time.

Daddy Files: Even if we had Brady, I don't know as if that would have changed anything. Between Moss dropping just about every pass he had thrown to him, and that asshat Slater, and not to mention the 5 turnovers, we didn't stand much of a chance.

KT: It was fun, but would have been better sans the rain. Thanks for the compliment on the design!

Kat: Yeah, but NFL games can be estimated to be a certain duration. With MLB, you can be out there forEVER.

Me, You, or Ellie said...

That was a teeth-kicking loss for the Patriots. (hee hee) (sorry, can't help it.)


Employee No. 3699 said...

Sorry that what you looked so forward to ending up sucking. My husband and son have tickets to the Bears game this Thursday. I hope they're able to enjoy it even though the extended forecast is calling for snow and temperatures in the teens.

Badass Geek said...

Me, You, Or Ellie: It sure was... It was a kick in the teeth for the spectators there, too.

Employee No 3699: Oh, that's all part of the experience. I've been to bad-weather games before, and I'm sure I'll go to more of them. I hope the weather works out for your husband and son's game, though.

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