Paul and I had four friends visit from DC over the weekend — two married couples — and on Sunday we went to the Bills game at Ralph Wilson Stadium. My first professional football game!
We tailgated in the parking lot for an hour or so before entering the stadium. We had a delicious feast of…potato chips, Oreos, and beer. Obviously our tailgating skills need some work.
This is Frank, Scott, and Paul hanging out by our cars. This is the second season they’ve starred in a weekly Buffalo Bills podcast called Maybe Next Year. They used to get together in person every week but now that Paul lives hundreds of miles away, he participates via Google Hangout.
And let’s not forget the ladies — this is Andrea, Susan and me.
Our seats were only six rows up from the field! That angle made it a little difficult to see the players when they were at the opposite end but at other times it was really cool to have them so close.
The Penn State marching band put on a performance before the game started and again at halftime.
There was quite a bit of excitement as the players emerged on the field:
My only complaint that day was the cold. The temperature was in the 30s on Sunday, and while my upper body was warm due to the multiple layers I was wearing, my feet were freezing and my toes were numb most of the time. I was wearing snow boots made for subzero weather but I was wearing thin socks and not walking very much so I think I just wasn’t getting enough circulation.
Here’s the group I was with!
(Game verdict: The Bills lost to the Chiefs 23-13.)
I had a good time and I’m glad I went, but I probably wouldn’t attend a home game more than once a season. And next time I’d request to go to a game earlier in the year when the weather is warmer.