Before I start this “rant,” here’s a little back story if I may. I’m a girl who’s never really been into sports– that is, until I met my fiancée. Now being the insane football fan that I am (by association of course), I took it upon myself to do some research because quite frankly I’m a little upset that the biggest game of the season is taking place at MetLife stadium, literally a half hour from me, and MY team isn’t playing in it!
So, in my opinion, The Big Game specifically has hit a new high this year in both positives (sarcasm) and negatives (but mostly the latter).
Let’s start off with positives shall we: The tickets are a lot cheaper than normal, but do you want to know why? Well that’s because both teams playing are from the West Coast and its negative four degrees outside. All I have to say is HOW? HOW are none of the East Coast teams represented? Especially when it’s taking place in MetLife stadium this year? One last positive is that it is The Big Game, and no matter what it’s a fun time of the year all around.
So now here are the negatives: As always when entering any sports arena or venue, we ‘the fans’ feel like we have committed a crime… well at least I do. Whether it’s getting patted-down like crazy or rummaging through your bags with random searches. I’m not sure what’s scarier- not expecting it and being slightly caught off guard when it happens, or the fact that it’s a 20year old girl performing the frisk itself. Don’t get me wrong, I am ALL about taking proper precautions to keep our safety as fans a top priority but still to this day I feel violated- not cool.
As we all know, tailgating is the “pre-game” of any event and the official start of EVERY football game. Even if you aren’t physically attending the game, you are definitely having some sort of drinking / eating ‘type’ of party either at home in your man-cave or at the nearest bar or local watering hole right? C’mon let’s be honest with each other here. For most of us Sunday Funday is our cheat–day, which gives us an even more obvious reason to look forward to it. My point is, if you’re going to the game then YOU’RE GOING TO TAILGATE! Best of all, you are with your friends and/or family and just rockin’ out having the best time EVER!
Now listen up, because I have some upsetting info ahead so please grab a hold of yourselves (because I know I had to). For those of you attending the game this weekend, guess what ?… TAILGATING IS NOT ALLOWED. Yes sir, STRICTLY FORBIDDEN. Oh, but if you’d like to ‘pseudo-Tailgate’ then you must do so in your car! Wait, What? Yup you heard it correctly… you know, just grill up some burgers and cheese fries, get some flip-cup going and have a few beers in your car– doesn’t sound hard or potentially dangerous at all. But wait, it gets better- if you decide to take your own vehicle you must not only spend $150 per car, but you should probably leave now because the traffic is going to be horrendous. Nope, you cannot take a cab or limo- can’t even go by horse & buggy or magic carpet ride if you’d like. Maybe get dropped off? Sorry, you can’t (shoulder shrug). Whatever means of transportation you are thinking of taking to make things easier, stop thinking about it because everyone else is also. Finally… Oh right- YOU JUST CAN’T!
You’re probably thinking to yourself, “Wow, is there more?”– ummm yea there’s more. The NFL has an approved shuttle system that you have the ability to utilize. Good thing this aforementioned shuttle system is for You and only You Mr. High-flyin’ VIP… NOT. You and the five million other people who are looking to pack into that shuttle at $51 a pop. Not $48 or $50, but $51 so be sure to carry some singles on ya. If you are a commuter already, does this sound at all appealing to you? I know for me, being a commuter myself, it sounds like a bunch of CRAP. Definitely not my idea of spending a Sunday Funday. I mean make no mistake that if my team were playing then that’s a different story entirely, yet even so I don’t think I’d chance it in all honesty. (Side note: my team clearly isn’t playing so I say Booo- thumbs down). At this point the game looks better from the my vantage point of sitting on my couch watching on my TV. Sounds way more appealing and A LOT cheaper than all of this craziness that will ensue.
According to ‘Sports Illustrated’ the NFL had “logistic concerns,” but now let’s think about this… shouldn’t they be prepared for something as “crazy” as The Big Game? Is this not something that they should have mastered at this point? Especially since they have about twenty weekends of madness every season? So I think the NFL caught onto the fact that people aren’t as dumb as they think (or look) because now they are worried about “security”, which goes back to our transportation issues and most of all TAILGATING. It’s money at stake- that’s what it’s always been about and always will be. Period.
Is it wrong to think that soon football, and sports in general, will probably explore a Pay Per View format? Will The Big Game become as expensive as ‘Wrestlemania?’ Will we be forced to purchase one ‘mega-game’ a month, like we do for boxing matches and UFC bouts?
How about this NFL- I’m definitely going to WALK to the game… from my bedroom to my living room 😉
And one last note– Who are you rooting for and why? Seahawks or Broncos (for all those local Seattle / Denver fans in NYC haha)?
FUN FACT: History continues as it has every single year wherein NO hosting city has ever had its own hometown team play in the game. The closest have been the Rams (who were in Los Angeles and played in Game XIV in Pasadena) & the 49ers (who played in Game XIX in Palo Alto).