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Tuesday, September 14, 2010
The Life of Riley...Sports Weekend in Florida
My brother-in-law and I decided a number of months ago to be in Tampa for the start of the NFL season. He's a Bucs fan and I am Browns fan. Two bottom-of-the-barrel teams, so tickets would be inexpensive and readily available. We decided to bookend it with NCAA football on Saturday and MLB on Monday.
We arrive in Tampa around 5pm. Drove to Orlando to see North Carolina State take on University of Central Florida. We stopped at Krystal's on the way down. We are not fans of either school, but love college football. We bought scalped seats for $20 each. NCST won, but UNC made it a game in the second half.
On Sunday, we watched the Bucs beat the Browns in a not-all-that-exciting game, less the last few minutes. It was a scorcher. The sun was blasting us for that 1pm kickoff. It was near 100 degrees and nearly 100 percent humidity. We started out in the nose-bleed sections but after half-time, moved to the 40 yard line. There were 25,000 un-sold seats. The economy certain is taking its tool on certain NFL towns. Luckily, it rained in the 4th quarter. Cooled us down but stayed wet for the remained of the day. We watch the afternoon games at Beef O-Grady's.
On Monday, after catching some sleep, doing some work email and my brother-in-law buying some local Bucs paraphernalia, we had lunch at The Loading Dock -- good Cuban sandwiches -- and then headed to St. Petersburg. We got to see a true pitcher's dual between David Price of the Rays and CC Sabathia of the Yankees. This game was 0-0 in the bottom of the 11th when the Rays' Reid Brignac hit a solo, walk-off home run. It moved the Rays 1/2 game ahead of the Yankees in the AL East.
We hope to do something similar annually. We love to live the "life or Riley" at least once a year.
Raised in Ohio; educated in Southern California and Utah; served an LDS Spanish-speaking mission in Northern California; lived and worked in Texas, Missouri, Minnesota, Arizona and Utah; traveled to 49 states and 31 countries; one wife and four children.