Well it looks like Mondays are quickly becoming football days! Let’s see if I can keep that going for a while. I certainly have a few more “football” topics to talk about!
This time I am finally going to talk about THE Arena Bowl!! It’s another long one….beware!
So the morning of the game I crawled out of bed super early (ok like 8am) to meet C in the hallway to give him a good luck hug and kiss. I knew I’d see him in a bit at the fan rally to send them off, but I rather not do all that in front of a bunch of people. So the hotel hallway it was.
After us girls got up and got moving we headed downstairs for the “official” send off. It was a lot of fun. Even though the guys had to be on the bus at a certain time it took about 20 minutes for them all to trickle down the hallway we were at. All of the Rattlers fans formed a line on each side of the door and we got to high five the guys and wish them good luck as the got on the bus. It was silly, but still a lot of fun to do. I think it put a lot of smiles on their faces to know we were all there to cheer them on.
After the sendoff we headed to breakfast and to get ready for the game. Oh man were my nerves going by this point! I was so glad that the game had a 1pm start time. If I had to spend all day waiting I would have been a wreck!
When we got into the arena we were in for a rude awakening. The tickets we had were in the top section of the arena in the corner. These were family tickets. It was terrible. To make matters worse, all of the other teams (the Philadelphia Soul) families had seats on the lower level right next to their bench! That is proof right there that the league really hates the Rattlers. There were empty seats galore in the bottom sections, but they chose to give the Rattlers all tickets in the upper levels.
The game took forever to start….in my mind. The girl who sang the national anthem sang it at a snail’s pace. I was getting so frustrated. Then they started introducing the Philly team. They said his name and he never ran out, forcing the announcers to switch to announcing the Rattlers. How rude is that? The Rattlers should have been announced last since they were the “home team” from having the best record in the league. The Soul players were willing to make the league and staff look bad, just so they could be announced last.
After the fanfare of the KISS celebrity coin toss, which C is always involved in as a captain, the game finally started.
The clock ran out and the Rattlers were champions once again!
It was awesome to get some pictures with C right after the game, even though he is always so nasty sweaty after playing. We got a few with the trophy as well. I tried to take some that were set up the same as some I took last year, just to be able to compare.
After the celebration on the field we headed over to a bar near the arena called the Harry Buffalo, sounds appetizing right? It was here we proceeded to party all night long!
On the way home from Orlando we got to switch our flight to a non-stop and they upgraded us all to the exit row. Woo hoo! We made it to the airport 30 minuted before the boys so we were able to make it to the gate before they arrived and cheer for them with a big crowd.
Oh man, the Arena Bowl was so much fun! I am so glad we got the chance to go again (thanks to the Arizona Rattlers for kicking butt this season) and that C got yet another Championship ring!