Saturday, August 26, 2006
Back to the Bears
Dan and I are co-owners of 4 Bears season tickets. Dan drives all the way here to Chicago from Madison so he doesn't make the journey for pre-season games, which is understandable, and sends the tickets to me.
I broke down and purchased parking this year with the help of my friend Brian who found the parking pass and negotiated it to $700, which I thought was a good price (he is a much better negotiator than I am). This was my first game with the new parking rules.
You can see on the top picture that they block off the parking with the "gold" or whatever parkers getting the front of the lot and all of us old-school south lot parkers on the other side. These spots were vacant but when I came back to leave they were all full so I guess people who came late to the game and bought the spots parked there.
My brother came and bought a grill that we ended up leaving behind... it was very complicated considering all it was - just a plain 'ol grill. But it did the job for burgers and hot dogs. Dan has a much more powerful gas grill he just bought.
The weather was very hot - it is August in Chicago - and the Bears offense was TERRIBLE. Lots of people, myself included, were booing by about the end of the second half and calling for them to pull out Rex and put in Griese. The nadir of our pathetic performance came near the end of the first half when, on 4th down near the end zone, we brought out the kicking team, but then the Cardinals called a time out (??), and then we took out our kicking team and brought in our regular offense, and then they tried to run the ball and got stuffed near the goal line (it was a tough race but our running game was just as pathetic as our passing game). The final insult was that the Cardinals went the other way with about 1 minute left and scored a field goal.
The evening sunset is beautiful as you can see from high above Soldier Field, from our non-PSL seats...