Adventures in Thanksball: Travel Edition
Date: Thursday, November 24th 2011
Objectives: Reach Las Vegas in time for Thanksgiving dinner; watch a football game.
1000: Arrive at airport. It’s dead quiet. Make my way through security to my gate. Read The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and drink coffee until we start boarding. Feel very independent and cool.
1130: Packers vs Lions kickoff. I miss it (I thought the game started at 12:30 dammit!). Also–boarding begins.
1145: Realize the game is on, watch until a few moments before they close the door and I have to get on the plane or risk missing my flight. Catch minutes 10-11 of the lst quarter. Lions drive, no score.
1311: Arrive in Minneapolis airport for my connection. Try to run to a television Starks style but am immediately shut down…by my family (since they have boarding passes they can meet me at my gate for the first time in 10 years). Have to play it cool…”oh, there’s a football game today? The PACKERS, you say? Weird.”
1312: Sister (who has a fancy phone) informs me Packers lead by 7. Do a happy dance in my head.
1330: We reach our gate for the flight to Vegas.
1400: We reach our gate again after backtracking 3 terminals so my sister can get Caribou coffee (some people say it’s the same as Starbucks, but it isn’t. OHHHHH NO).
1401: I locate a television showing the game in time to see Suh ejected for unsportsmanlike conduct. HA!
1405: Boarding begins. I miss the subsequent Packers touchdown. Boo.
1515: En route to Vegas they show Rise of the Planet of the Apes. It may be the worst title in history, but it is actually a good movie, which many people have told me but I was reticent to believe it due to said stupid title. My bad.
1730 (CST): We land in Vegas where upon, while still taxiing to the gate, my sister informs me Packers win 25-15. I throw a mental parade.
As you can see, my interactions with the Thanksgiving day game were limited, and another downside to not having my own DVR is I couldn’t record the game and watch it after my vacation either (though I did explore several other methods, questionable in their legality, which in the end didn’t come to pass anyway). In the end, I had to rely on secondhand sources and a printout of the games highlights, available on the Packers website.
From what I heard and read, they did well. Rodgers had over 300 passing yards, there were a number of interceptions (including Matthews! Sorry I missed that), and rumor has it the second touchdown for the Lions was a bit of a gimmie. If I’d been there to see the Packers give scores away I probably would’ve been annoyed, but I guess this is the Thanksgiving game we’re talking about, so they can afford to be generous. Just so they don’t make a habit out of it.
The only negative thing that caught my attention on the printout was Finley. 5 passing attempts and he only caught 2 of them? And correct me if I’m wrong, but didn’t he bobble quite a few last Sunday too? Hmm…a very disturbing trend if you ask me. I’ll be watching him.
Next week: The Giants (dun dun DUN!) Should be an exciting game, both for the matchup and because I will be back safe and sound on my friends couch, watching the game with my own two eyes and mocking the plays with my own loud, half-drunk, snarky little mouth.
Whether we win or lose, it’s good to be home.