"It never gets old" I told my Wifey as I got my 1st glimpse of the stadium while driving in. I love going to games, the tailgating, meeting new friends, good eats,......then head in to The Deep End ( which are some awesome seats ). All the while hoping beyond hope that the Fins can find a way to eek out a victory. That victory once again eluded us all,....again !
Now, once in the lot the Wifey & I were welcomed back with open arms, it was like we never left. Hugs, high fives, and fist bumps were a plenty.
Here's Stripe, M.M., myself, & the dolphin statue and pedestal I brought from home ( that was kind of a bitch finding room for that on the way down ). He invited us into The Deep End ( he likes my style ) and has been a good friend to us every since.
James ( AKA Chucky,....he wears a chucky mask in The Deep End ) also made a sign. You can bet your ass I was rocking mine time & time again throughout the day. What do ya think of it ? ( just noticed,....WTF am I looking at ??? LOL...)
Most of the gals got decked out in pink for this game. Wifey was no different, she's rocking a brand new wig. She got it last night, and about 6 times I heard exclaim,...."I LOVE this wig ! I just feels so good." It must be a woman thing, but it does look hot on her !
Now here is where my Dolphin karma kicks into high gear. While in NY I met Claudia, a Dolphin employee that does video production for them. She interviewed me in NY for part of the piece about DolFansNYC. A few days after that she sent out an E-mail to a few of saying she if any of us made it down for a game to contact her and she would arrange some "special treatment". I replied I was coming down for all remain home games and would love to take her up on her offer. She showed up at our tailgate around 11AM and promptly upgraded our seats ( or lack there of ) to field passes. It was here I had to physically pick my jaw up off the floor ! I am grateful,......THANK YOU !!!!
Now for my Canes fans, many of you my know of Shelton ( The 12th Man ). I made a bet with him on the Canes vs Bucks game. I lost and today was the day to pay up. I wore it gladly during part of out tailgate as I thought the whole honor the Gators where the Canes play their home games was bullshit ! However there was one thing I said as I was honoring the bet. "it ain't touching my body" as I first put on a BEAT MICHIGAN t-shirt. GO BUCKS !!!!!
M.M,....he is a star. The Deep End crew loved him. And so did Jim "Crash" Jensen. He didn't remember my name, but soon as he saw us he flagged us over and invited us to join the party. They tailgate close to us with a large group where someone has a custom Dolphins RV that parks right next to the stadium.
After all that it was finally time to see what being on the field was all about. It was a nice view,...
M.M. suffered his 1st minor setback today. In going from the parking lot to the field somehow I managed to lose his facemask off his helmet. So, now I'll be on the hunt for a new helmet for M.M. Truth be told, I think he likes it better without his lid as half the time it sits funny on his head he says....
While hanging on the field I stood next to my guys Manny & Shane The Dolphin Bandits. Here I'll ask a huge favor from all of you,....GO "LIKE" THEIR FACEBOOK PAGE ! Hope it helps Manny,....your my dude !
At halftime we headed into the lounge they have for the field club. Swanky set up they have under the stadium. I fit right in with the face paint. On a side note, while on e the field today I must have posed with twenty kids at different times,....it's almost like I'm some sort of quasi-celebrity. Weird,...but happy to make a kid smile : )
Give up ? i'll let you work on it. However, I talked to the two on the left for about ten minutes. we chatted about the adventures of M.M., the DCC, and how we come to Florida every year for the Fins. Pretty cool....
A little Q&A, I asked which ring he was wearing. " 1972" he said. To my reply, "perfect". I asked if he every wears the other one, which he said "sometimes". As it turns out he gave it to his Father who had it for many years. I am assuming it is now back in his possession. I went on to tell him how met one of his teammates and Toledoan Curtis Johnson. Ya know,...I get around....
2nd half, we made our way back to The Deep End as M.M. wanted to see what that was all about. The energy there was amazing,.....until we turned the ball over on the 45 yard line,....in over fucking time !!!! Somebody tell me when will these guys get it right ? When !!!!!!!
How about one more for the road,....
In conclusion,....I'm spent. Both emotional & physically ( not really, just a little tired ). Next week,......win # 1, Tony gets the axe, Ross sells minority shares to Daniel Tosh & Marilyn Manson ( that way I'll have somebody around to make me laugh and give me make-up tips ) ?????