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Old 08-19-2006, 11:49 AM   #11
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Default Re: I"M GOING TO THE GAME TONIGHT!!

Cool, hope to see ya there, take my cell number with ya.
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Old 08-20-2006, 06:40 PM   #12
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Wo0t!!

Well... I hauled ass out there and made excellent time. The drive from my home in Spring City took about 4 and a half hours till I got off the turnpike.

Went and met my brother. We talked at his place for a few hours and then headed for the game.

We decided to park at Station Square and then ride the boat over. I was surprised that it was $10 for a round trip ticket. Seems a bit steep, no?

Our boat was delayed a bit because of this:: http://www.pisnnapalm.com/pics/08-19-06_1823.jpg Nasty thunderstorm that rolled in on us. The downpour hit us as we were walking down the ramp to the boat and continued for a while after that.

It passed and then I we got underway and I saw this. http://www.pisnnapalm.com/pics/08-19-06_1834.jpg Oh man... what a gorgeous sight!

A little while later, after one more little downpour.... http://www.pisnnapalm.com/pics/08-19-06_1910.jpg

The seats were good. The half of the field closest to us was easy to see and for the other half we watched the jumbotron.

Now.... What I saw at the game...

1. Ben looked sharp. His throws looked good.
2. First team offense marched right down the field and scored. The no huddle offense surprised me. I enjoyed watching it alot!
3. The first team D looked pretty good. I know they were holding back. You could tell they were.
4. Troy missed a couple of tackles. He was overpursuing. He'll get it undercontrol. I'm not worried.
5. Duce looked rusty. I think his longest carry wasn't more than 4 yards..?? I'll look at game stats later.
6. The 2nd/3rd/4th team offense and defense were... well It was a bit boring to watch actually. Quite a few mistakes.
7. Holmes and Reid got a lot of play time. They both looked pretty good and made some good catches.

I would absolutely love to go see a regular season game. I think that I would pass on another pre-season game though. It was good to go and see an actual game live, but... I can't justify the money output for a preseason game.

The tickets only cost me a case of IC Light. That's what the guy wanted in exchange for the tickets.

However, gas, tolls, food, parking, boat ride... That was expensive.

I'm tired, but happy I went though.
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Old 08-20-2006, 06:43 PM   #13
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Nice pics...looks like you had a good time....

Good analysis...

Dude..you gotta be tired...that's a haul!!!

Congratz on going to the game!!

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Old 08-20-2006, 06:46 PM   #14
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Default Re: I"M GOING TO THE GAME TONIGHT!!

The drive home wasn't as bad as I thought. Traffic was absolutely flying on the turnpike. I did 241 miles in about 3 and a half hours. All I did was stay with traffic.

I'm gonna sleep well tonight for sure!
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Default Re: I"M GOING TO THE GAME TONIGHT!!

Gas : about $50 round trip.
tolls: $27
parking: $10
2 boat passes: $20
Food at the game: $30
Food on the road: $15
1 case IC Light: $18


Total:: $170 <==ouch. (stings a little more coz I'm unemployed until school starts. I'm a school bus driver)

Seeing Big Ben connect with Cedrick Wilson for a TD pass....




bet you thought I was gonna say "priceless" didn't ya. hehe...



EDIT:: On a side note... I worked out the milage for my car on the trip into Pittsburgh. I did 336 miles on 8.6 gallons. That's almost 40 miles per gallon! Wo0t! I love my Toyota Corolla. :o) And that was hammering along at about 75 mph too.
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Old 08-20-2006, 10:39 PM   #16
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Sorry but i think it's worth every penny
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Old 08-21-2006, 08:47 AM   #17
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Don't get me wrong, I'm glad I went. It just seemed that the crowd wasn't what I thought it would be either.

There was a mass exodus of fans at half time and even more after the 3rd quarter was over. I was still yelling my head off, whistling and waving my towel though.

Somehow the overall experience seemed a bit lacking. The first quarter was fantastic! The place was loud. Then it died down quickly.

I was surprised at the number of people I saw who weren't wearing anything that said Steelers on it. I wonder if they were Vikings fans incognito or people who maybe aren't diehard fans and just went to have something to do. I dunno.

I do think I will have a chance to go to a regular season game this year. A friend I made last year and who I went to the Fan Blitz with, knows several people with season tickets. He's optimistic about getting me to a real game. :o)
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Old 08-21-2006, 08:51 AM   #18
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Well, the tsunami before the game didn't help the mood. On top of that and most importantly, it's a preseason game and it wasn't exactly the most "exciting" preseason game ever witnessed in Pittsburgh. Hit up the Dolphin game and it's completely different.
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Old 08-21-2006, 08:58 AM   #19
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Yeah...preseason is a different animal ....still a blast though!!!

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