I'm not talking about the Chiefs game today, which was difficult to watch. They had 200 yards before they got any points on the board, then the game was over. Geez. I shudder to think I almost went and paid money to see that in person. I would have gotten rained on while walking home, too.
Tonight we had the most competitive hockey game of our season thus far, despite the crappy ice surface conditions. Our game started 20 minutes late, then I figured out why. It was too warm in there. It was the second period before the puddles of water froze up. If it's too warm in the building, why would they put down more water anyway? Why not just shave it? Anyway, there were a lot of penalties in this game, because it got heated. We were down 2 to 4 with 2 minutes left in the game and managed to get 2 to tie it up. We won in the shootout. Exciting stuff, if you were there. I have been giving away the free pitchers of beer that each team gets to the "We Cheer for Beer" folks, and they cheered for us. It seemed to make a difference in our game. I'd rather have them cheering for us than against us, so I always run up to the bar and make the transaction to purchase their loyalty. Nobody on our team drinks after the game these days, anyway, because most of the team drives all the way from Whiteman Air Force Base. This group of 20-somethings wear these gray hoodies emblazoned with "WE CHEER FOR BEER" and they have a poster which they tape to the glass with a heading that says "Our loyalty can be bought." It has all the team names and a rubber stamp in the shape of a rooster for each pitcher of beer they've received from each team. "The Refs" are also listed, but have apparently not bought any beer for them, because they cheer very heartily against the refs. If no kids are present, the cheers are positively crude, and they get belly laughs from me for a few of them. It's pure entertainment, and the drunker they get, the louder they get. I give them style points for creatively drinking for free every Sunday while getting to see some hockey in the process. If you decide to come to one of my games on Sunday, please sit near the "We Cheer for Beer" section for maximum entertainment value.