Wow. Wow, wow WOW! Well, my ticket for this
afternoon's game could not really have been much better. I really
was just about on the 50-yard line:
2nd and 5 from the 50 (Packers 0 - Seahawks 3; first play of the
I was nervous as time ticked down toward kickoff,
not only because this was the Playoffs, but because I was waiting in
the Will Call line (along with 10,000 of my closest friends) in the
freezing cold for two hours, S L O W L Y crawling toward the ticket
windows (of which there were THREE!). I was within several
yards of the front of the line by the time the Apache helicopters
did their flyover at the end of The Star-Spangled Banner. I
missed the first score -- just as well, as it was a Seahawks field
goal -- but did get to my seat having missed only about nine minutes
of the game.
I figure I got my money's worth, though, what with
the extra five minutes of overtime added in at the end.
And what an overtime. A nail-biter. The "Cardiac
Pack" was indeed back. Coolest of all? Al Harris intercepted that
ball right in front of me. Just about where you see the down
marker with the "2" on it in the picture above. See the big guy
standing at the 40 on the left? That's Holmgren. The fans in my
section loved seeing him doubled over in pain on the sideline after
that play. He managed to have several little sweet-talk sessions
with the officials throughout the game, all without having a timeout
called against his team.
Next Sunday, it's on to Philly! I honestly believe
we can win that game. If Ahman can run through their "defense" the
way he did back in the Monday night game, and our secondary can win
their man coverage battles, we should have it made. In the
meantime, we'll hope for the Panthers to beat the Rams on Saturday
so that -- if we do win -- we'll get to play outdoors on grass, the
way football was meant to be played.
Hm... Philly isn't that far from NYC. Maybe I can
talk Mom and Dad into dropping me off!