Are you ready for some football?

How I spent my evening last night.

As usual…click all pix to make bigger

My son’s wife bought him tickets to the Colts/Redskins game as a graduation gift last spring.  I don’t know how much she paid for them, but they obviously weren’t cheap because they were pretty awesome seats.

We were on the ten yard line on the visitor’s side (we are, of course, Colts fans, so this was fitting) about 14 rows from the sideline.

Wow.

Bob Costas doing his pregame show.

This picture was from our seats. We actually went down to the bottom of the section and got better pictures of him, but I wanted to show the view we had from our seats.

The Colts sideline from our seats.

Payton Manning, doing his thing.

The pictures came out OK, but not great. It wasn’t quite bright enough in there to have the shutter speeds fast enough to really catch the action clearly so body parts in motion at the time the picture was snapped may appear a bit blurry.

The patented “Stretch Play” to Joseph Addai.

McNabb, two steps from getting his clock cleaned by Dwight Freeney.

Final Score: Colts 27, Redskins 24.

The Colts tried very hard to give it away at the end, but the defense pulled through and squeaked out the “W”.

I was actually very surprised how many Colts fans there were. We ran into this crew tailgating in the parking lot on the way in.

This guy is what actually drew our attention to them. You can see him in the background of the above picture but he’s kind of dark because of the back lighting. Apparently, he made the trip from Indianapolis with some hard core fans.

This interesting couple was seated right next to us. For some reason, he seemed to enjoy the game much more than she did…I wonder how his evening went after the game?

We had a great time, got a chance for some rare Father/Son bonding, and got to celebrate a Colts victory…what a great way to spend a Sunday evening.

My son drove. He and his wife recently bought a brand new car, complete with all the newfangled dodads and thingamajigs like a feature on the instrument panel that gives a realtime readout of average fuel economy.

We were sitting in traffic trying to get out of the parking lot, just idling and not moving when he mentioned that his fuel economy was going down pretty quickly.

“Well…that makes sense”, says I; “We not moving but we’re burning gas, so realistically, we’re getting zero miles per gallon at the moment.

Sure enough, after sitting there long enough, the average fuel economy took a pretty significant hit.

I don’t care how efficient you’re engine is, when you’re not moving, you’re fuel economy is going to suck.

It only took us about 45 minutes to get out of the parking area so it wasn’t too awful bad…but I can’t imagine having to deal with that more than once a year or so.

After the drive back from DC (I-95 traffic isn’t too bad in the middle of the night) we ended up back home at about 4am. And, of course, I had to be at work at 7:30 this morning so I’m a bit punchy right now.

Oh well…it was worth it.

5 thoughts on “Are you ready for some football?

  1. Paint me green (with envy). Then, paint me two-toned blue for the Titans tonight! =)

    I haven't been to a pro game since the Colts were in Baltimore. Saw them play the Lions back in the day, with my Dad.

  2. This is only the Second NFL game I've ever been to.

    We didn't have a local team when I was growing up, the Colts didn't move to Indy until after I was in the Navy.

    The first was Eagles vs Redskins in the same stadium on a Monday night a few years ago. Interestingly, Donovan McNabb was the quarterback for the Eagles in that game.

    That game we saw from the nosebleed seats. It was good because you could see the whole field almost like watching the game on TV, but I really enjoyed being close to the action last night, even though the view wasn't great when they were on the other end of the field.

    It's a lot of fun to be at the game live, but I can't see spending that kind of money on a regular basis for entertainment. It's definitely a "special occasion" kind of thing.

  3. Where are the cheerleaders?!?!

    Good times though, and great pics. The only game NFL game I ever went to was at the very top of RFK stadium; literally, the highest seats you could get. Being there is way cool though.

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