I met a lot of cool people at all of the sporting events this year. I met a few in Baltimore on Sunday. I especially remember eating after the game at a Chili's near our (By "our," I mean my friend Chris and me) hotel, and meeting Mackenzie and Nick, from Longwood University, in Virginia. They were nice enough to laugh at all my silliness. Nick even tried a "Well, you know, Susan..."--which is my rendition of the New York Yankees' radio guy, John Sterling--and Mackenzie did an outstanding Inappropriate Slap. (Don't ask.) Funniest moment was when I told Nick that he was overachieving with such a pretty girl with him--and he agreed with me! The smart ones know when they're overachieving. (I'm always overachieving.) She's going to be an elementary school teacher (the world always needs good teachers) and Nick's going to be something in the law, either a lawyer or a policeman. Good luck to both of them, and if you're reading the blog, guys, please comment or email me! The email is to the right of this entry, below my other pages. (And I'm upset that I didn't take their picture, while I did take the picture of the other cool people I spoke to, below.)
--Others I met in Baltimore include a Santa / Grinch cameraman:
And a very cool Ravens fan / Santa who was such a good guy that he deserved better. He was such a solid fan that he was one of the few Ravens fans to stay to the bitter end. And what did he get? Two garbage-time touchdowns scored against his team. Here he is taking a beard break:
--And, if you've never been there, here are a few pics of M & T Bank Stadium. I was pretty high up, but I had such a great view that I was able to see every single play of the game, a rare occurrence at any football stadium. (And the fireworks before the game were cool, too.) I saw each play so well that I correctly overruled the refs on some plays, even in the Ravens' favor. That shows you how brutally bad the refs were that night. And for the record, Ravens fans know the first name of one of the refs personally--that's how often, they say, he has screwed them over. So, the pics:
--I watched a Patriots game on December 22nd, sans jacket, and with my sleeves rolled up. It was sixty-one degrees at game time. Sure, it rained all the way back, but there were only a few scattered drops during the game itself. What a great night!
A great, big, hearty thank-you to my friend Chris for inviting me along, and for driving me a total of about 13 hours, to and fro--including 6 1/2 hours in a pouring rain the entire time back. Thanks for all the Fenway games, too!