The Stadium Series Was A Circus Of Frozen Death
I couldn't explain to you the elation that percolated inside me when I caught wind I was going to yesterday's Stadium Series. This trip to Heinz Field was going to be like no other as I was going to my first outdoor hockey game and not only that but it was going to showcase my favorite rivalry in all of sports. I'll admit, my first expectations were initially modest, considering I'd be almost hanging from the rafters in the nosebleeds, but it was the experience that mattered most, right? Tailgate, hang with some friends, share a couple of yucks over a couple of drinks, go to the game, and watch the Penguins win against the subpar Flyers in some 50 degree weather thanks to our good buddy global warming.
Well global warming was a straight-up prick last night by totally ghosting on the city of Pittsburgh to really make everyone really "catch wind" by freezing their extremities off, and to be quite honest, I'm not sure what I was expecting. For some reason, I tend to get myself all riled up into thinking ridiculous occurrences may or will happen when I go to games like this. Like "how great would it be if I met Mario Lemieux?", "Maybe I'll win a raffle and they'll let me drop the puck". or "I'll be able to tolerate the 32 degree forecast in just a jacket, beanie, and hobo gloves."
None of those happened. I froze my balls off throughout the first twenty minutes, hammered a hot chocolate in four of those, and continued to freeze balls until a friend and I left the 500 level to avoid potential death. I weaseled my way down to section 226 where my other friends were sitting to watch the first half of the second period. To find my former sitting compadre, all I had to do was join him in a concession line for 30 minutes so he could get trash nachos that ran him about $9. As the third period started, he ate the nachos and I searched for another hot chocolate. There was no hot chocolate. In turn, we left for warmer pastures, and that happened to be "The Titled Kilt", which also sucked.
But let's go Pens.