Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Abba Goes to a Football Game

So after my recent adventure with Kiki to the baseball game, eBalz asked if I wanted to join him to "Defend the Dome" and go to my first NFL game. It was a decent game with the Chicago Bears taking on the Atlanta Falcons who have been on quite a heater lately, especially coming off the previous trouncing of the 49ers the previous week in San Francisco. The game was on Sunday evening so we had some time to go eat at Ted's Monatana Grill, throw a football around at Centennial Olympic Park and walk around the craziness outside the Georgia Dome before the game.

Here's what I mean by craziness outside the field (awesome cameo by eBalz):

We were the only two people there who had no idea what tracks were being played. And with the whole crowd going nuts after just the first three notes were played of each song, we felt old and out of touch. Oh, well.

We walked around for a bit and then got to see the Falcons Drum Line perform before heading to our seats:

Our seats were way up near the rafters, but at least we had a great view of the entire field. For some reason the whole section we sat in was full of Chicago Bears fans so I had no idea who the cheers and boos were for for most of the game. Good thing I had eagle-eyed eBalz next to me to tell me what was going on.

Here comes the photo dump.

Introducing the players with cheerleaders and flares:

By the way, the cheerleaders were all dressed in pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month which was a nice touch. But they didn't stop there. The players had pink shoes and gloves too. Which was a nice touch but looked kind of weird. Back to the photos.

They had a giant flag out on the field during the player introductions:

Here are the Falcons kicking one of their 3 extra points:

And after every one of those extra points they had these guys run across the field with huge flags:

The game started out very badly for the Falcons and for the first quarter they could not get past their own 30 yard line and could not get a first down. Eventually during the second quarter they started playing better and ended up winning 21-14 after some great defensive play that stopped the Bears from scoring after getting to 1st and 1. They fumbled their 2nd and 3rd down and when the Falcons recovered it the second time around the crowd went nuts after we all helped "Defend the Dome"!

Can't wait for my next game.


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