Skins-Steelers Early Arrivals
Well, I wasn't the first one here. The scene above is from about 30 minutes before cars were allowed in the lots. The crowd, by the numbers:
10:45 am: Approximate arrival time of the first cars on Arena Drive.
4: Approximate minutes after my arrival that I saw my first traffic cone beer bong.
Three: Weeks since NFL Commish Roger Goodell engaged in his last Hip Hip Hooray chant. I'll give you three guesses as to which reporter asked him that question.
"With my girls," Goodell explained. "We Hip Hip Hooray for my wife all the time. Whenever she makes a nice dinner, we go 'Hip Hip Hooray' for her. Which is every night, for the record."
1: Pro sports owners at today's ESPN Chalk Talk event at Ruth's Chris's Steak's House's, which is where Goodell talked Hip Hip. Daniel Snyder spoke, briefly, saying "I get nervous on game day -- big time," among other things.
15: Approximate feet from the stage of Snyder's seat. This was interesting insofar as LaVar Arrington was on that stage.
"I have not made eye contact with him since I left," LaVar said after his remarks. "So that was just interesting, being face to face with Dan Snyder, [for the firs time] since my departure from here. I was very cordial. I'm happy with my life, he made that possible. No matter how it may have played out at the end. He still very much played a very intricate part in me being where I am today. So I was cordial."
At least four: Other special guests, including Michael Wilbon, Darrell Green, Mike Tomczak and Mark Moseley. "I played Dan Snyder in racquetball. I punked out and let him beat me," Green said. "It's been documented what Mike Singletary's done in San Francisco with his tight end," Tomczak said, and I got the wrong idea right away.
300: Minimum weight of a man I just saw wearing a Santana Moss jersey. If you're more than three bills, shouldn't you be mandated to wear a lineman jersey? Or maybe an ironic Ryan Plackemeier, I guess.
15: Approximate percentage of fans here wearing black and gold or yellow or bronze or whatever.
Zero: Battery life left on my computer. But a nice Skins fan named Mike Storck recognized me and handed me a car charger. Thanks, Mike.
(Bonus LaVar quote, concerning Tony Kornheiser: "I think Tony is frickin' awesome! I think his slow sarcasm, I think it's great, because some way somehow I think the luster of football is diminishing, some way somehow. Like, I don't think people really get into the games as much as they used to for whatever reason that may be. And to add somebody who has that type of, I call it dry wit. He has dry wit, and it's actually pleasant to sit there. In most cases it wouldn't fit into football. Like, back in the Steel Curtain days, it wouldn't fit, you couldn't have Tony Kornheiser on with, what's my man's name, Howard Cosell. It would not work, you know what I mean? But some way somehow, the game is evolving, and so is the entertainment side of it, so I'm actually a fan."
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