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Well… At Least There Was a Fight

I’ve taken my children to their first professional, of any level, sporting event. While I had planned on that being a Columbus Crew game (MLS soccer), I decided, “Why not Zoidberg?” err… “Why not hockey?” I myself have never been to a hockey game, and the tickets for the game were cheap enough, especially for the seats… a bit cheaper than the soccer tickets will likely be later in the year. I’m a fan of the Columbus Blue Jackets, and by extension and location, their AHL affiliate the Cleveland Monsters. The AHL, for those who may not know, is the American Hockey League, it is the professional league right below the NHL. The Cleveland Monsters won the AHL championship just last year, a short while before the Cavs brought back a major league win for Cleveland. The Monsters haven’t been as great this year…

Anyhow, the boys and I arrived in Cleveland, parked and made our way to the arena, a bit of a long walk, only to discover I didn’t have my wallet. I had left my wallet in the car when I paid parking. So back to the car, then back through the mall and the walkway to the arena. It was now a bit past 7, so we missed the introductions and the start, but it was still the first 5 minutes of the game.

I think our seats were actually pretty nice all things considered.

Our end was the end the Monsters came to first and third periods.

First period and the score was tied at zero. We went and got drinks ($1 each) and hot dogs ($2 each). Second period the Monsters start falling apart and would fall behind 2 to 0. We at least got a fight (sorry, didn’t get a pic of it, in part because it was at the other end of the arena, and because I was busy watching the fight).

Then we got the Monster Hockey Girls.

Third period came, and they’d falter another two points.

Sad to see them lose, and sad it wasn’t as exciting as most hockey games usually are. In retrospect the extra $10 per ticket (if that much) to see the Columbus Blue Jackets in Columbus probably would have been money better spent, but we still had a good time, and hopefully the boys had some good memories made. I, for one, am still a Monsters fan, just wish they were doing better this year.

One side issue, was Sidd was a little sick. He took some children’s Tylenol before we left his house, but he still had a rough cough. Probably dampened his enjoyment a bit… that and as I said, it was a bit slower and less exciting than hockey usually is, even Monster hockey, based on streams I’ve watched, and certainly based on Blue Jacket games I’ve watched.

I certainly will still consider a Blue Jackets game, with or without the boys, but the next real planned event is an outing to the Columbus Crew.

My First Columbus Crew Match

I’ve wanted to go to a Columbus Crew game since they were formed in 1994, but it’s been the last two years as my interest in the sport itself has grown that I’ve really wanted to go, so I basically count the last two years or so of wanting to go as the real deal. Two years of wanting to go and not being able to for a variety of reasons, mostly work related. If I had the time off work, I had the kids and a two plus hour trip each way with young kids… If I didn’t have all those, it was normally really bad weather (as in thunderstorms in the area) or I just didn’t have the funds, and on occasion forgot or was busy with other things, a chance to to some board gaming with the local board game group, an important video game beta test, or whatever, including important things like spending time with loved ones. The point is, for a couple years I’ve really wanted to go but things didn’t work out.

I sadly can’t even really watch the games on TV as my TV doesn’t get that channel. I’d need a cable box for that, and I already spend enough extra on the cable for much needed Internet speed improvements. I can’t use the MLS Live app or anything like that either since I live in an area where the service is available, it is blacked out locally. I did recently find a site that often has the games showing live, though the quality leaves much to be desired. Still better than nothing.

Fast forward to recent events. On Reddit there is a sub-reddit called The Massive. There one of the users gives away extra tickets to the game, and as a bonus they are in the supporter’s section called The Nordecke (for fans of American Football, think of the Dawg Pound for the Browns). I entered, thinking there was little chance of winning, but in the end won anyhow. I finally was going to get to not only see a Columbus Crew match, but it was going to be perfect weather, there were going to be fireworks after the match as it was the 4th of July, and as an extra bonus I’d be in the Nordecke. Hopefully someday I’ll get to pay it forward, and help somebody else who wants to go.

So after spending some time with a loved one, if a bit too little time, I made the three and a half hour trek to Mapfre stadium… Continue reading My First Columbus Crew Match

Thinking of Going to a Football Game This Year

I think Ari and I, and perhaps some friends of ours if I can get them to go, will go to a football… err soccer to us… game this year. That’s right, I am thinking of going down to watch the 2008 MLS Champions, The Columbus Crew. I think in the day we’ll go down early, go to the Zoo or COSI, then head to the game. The original plan is to then head back at night.

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