As I was in the middle of frying the last of my freezer walleye for dinner Saturday night the phone rings. It’s the bro. “Wanna go to the Bear game tomorrow?”
Me: …uh…ummm…kinda’ late…got a parking pass? What about food? Can we tailgate? Who’s goin, who’s drivin?...what the hell, I had no plans. He had no answers since the opportunity just popped up. We’d worry about it later. Why not? Let's go.
As it turns out the owner of the tickets is a business. The business also owns a high-rise penthouse near 12th & Michigan. There was a parking spot in the building. We went up to the condo and the balcony over looked Grant Park, the lakefront, and on one side Soldier Field. Breathtaking.
Click and enlarge the above photo. Notice the white tented area on the right side. That's where you know who is planning on being you know what Tuesday night. The thought sickens me.
They fired up the grill and cooked brats and salmon on the large balcony. Inside was shrimp cocktail and munchies. I brought two jugs of Bloody Mary’s. What a nice spread it was.
I did not take photos of the condo inside out of respect for their privacy, but take my word it was splendid.
We walked over to the game. Perfect weather. Tried to hook up with Carl but we left the condo late.
The game was a stinker, even with the win. Kyle Orton went down with an ankle sprain. You know what that means. Grossman goes in. The fans seated in my area did not give him a chance. They do not like him one bit, no sir! The words from many ruined any hint of a family environment. At least he did not give up the game thanks to forced play calling that gave Forte the ball more in the second half because Rex still sucks. At least he didn't lose the game. I will be surprised to see him in the NFL next year. The kid does not have NFL talent, sorry. Not even the team we bear-ly beat…the worst team of all…from Detroit... would be dumb enough to sign him.
I have been to many memorable Bear games but what I will remember this one for most was the tailgate in the sky. But I did miss seeing drunk Bear fans in the parking lot and all the cooking contraptions the fans bring.