The family and I braved the elements and a 7 hour same-day round-trip to attend the home game vs. Cincinnati on Friday night. Here are my random musings on what was an awesome game:
- The crowd at the "Neutral Zone" we went to upon arriving in town was a great sign. The store was packed with fans shopping for Cardinal gear prior to the night's game. We spent almost $250.00 but still didn't find anything warm and white.
- Traffic getting into the game was bad. I think a lot of people chose to forgo tailgating because of the weather (I admit to being one of them, say what you will, but I like being married and wasn't going to risk that by requiring my wife to tough it out in the cold any more than was absolutely necessary) and arrived in the hour before game time causing some fans to be late getting to their seats. We made it to ours before kickoff, but only just.
- It was frickin' cold! The rain and wind chilled you straight to the bone. Any attempt to participate in the white-out was quickly abandoned as we layered up in a feeble attempt to keep warm. Did I mention it was cold?
- I never had any doubt we were going to win this football game. In spite of Teddy's less than optimal first half. I just chalked that up to our usual bad half of football and was confident the second half would be our time to shine. After all, we have Teddy Frickin' Bridgewater!
- The crowd was crazy pumped! I read the game thread after returning home. Without incurring the ire of my fellow Chronocloids, let me just say it was a lot easier to sit in the warm comfort of your home and criticize the crowd for not wearing white, not filling seats, not being loud, booing, etc., than it was to actually attend the game and sit through that nasty cold weather shouting until you're hoarse. Particularly in the fourth quarter and through overtime, the crowd brought it! They were dancing, jumping, yelling and getting behind their team. I was proud.
- The seats were not as full after halftime because of two factors. First, the rain that had subsided briefly just before the half started anew almost to the second the third quarter began. And second, it just took that long for a lot of people to get through the lines to get back to their seats. Myself and my son never left our seats from the beginning to the end.
- Not a safety?! Are you frickin' kidding me? I thought Charlie was going to go nuts. I've never seen him that animated. When he was penalized 15 yards, the team's reaction was awesome. I wasn't worried about the 35 yard turnaround as it became obvious right then and there that the team was insanely fired-up and was about to unleash some fury on the "Fearcats".
- It was really really cold.
- At no time did the fans boo the team or the play calling. We booed the refs for several plays after the non-safety call. But the support for the team and the coaches never wavered.
- I knew Devante had pulled that pass in for a touchdown and was screaming at the top of my lungs to review the call. The refs got one right!
- I believe Donovan heard the whistle in overtime, it was clear he was starting to stand up when he snapped the ball. I don't believe it would have been a bad snap otherwise.
- Love seeing the basketball team support the football team. No, Katy, (my daughter) that is not Gorgui.
- The last time I saw Louisville play Cincinnati in person? 2006 at home. Louisville won in the closing seconds by breaking up what would have been a game-winning touchdown pass. That year they took their undefeated record into the final regular-season game against Rutgers in Piscataway. We all know how that turned out. Let's hope history does not repeat.
Enjoy some shots from the game.....