Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Hammer of the Gods

I built a fire tonight, the first one of the season. It created a beautiful backdrop for a cozy evening... Essie is making jewelry, and I am flipping back and forth from the Capitals/Flyers game on Versus and the baseball game on TBS. The scene in Minnesota must be pandemonium. It's the top of the 12th, and the Twins are tied with their divisional rivals, the Tigers, 5-5. I almost went to that game... But as fate had it, by the time I got around to calling the box office for a ticket this morning, the game had already been sold out. I was in Minneapolis already, an able witness to the Brett Favre circus that occurred the night before, fighting a hangover/lack of sleep combination that made my brain feel like it had been snapped in a mouse trap. Despite the morning cobwebs, it was a night I wont soon forget... Sports in Minneapolis are at a frenzy state right now. The Vikings are playing with the force of the mighty Thor, and the fans are whipped into a surrealistic and hypnotic state fueled by this frenzy like sharks in a sea of blood. The Vikes are the real deal... This I am now convinced of... And all the drama created by the retirement/unretirement of Brett Favre this summer has been forgotten. Watching Number 4 pick apart his former team amidst a human sea of purple will go down as one of my all time favorite sports memories... And I have a few. Viewing the game from a neutral standpoint made it all the more alluring, but also made me feel somewhat like an impostor... After all, what is a Chief fan doing at a sports event that is probably the single most hyped up game in the history of the Minnesota Vikings... Or Monday Night Football for that matter? I can't imagine that the Roman Coliseum ever rocked as loud and voracious as the Metrodome did last night. Throw in the fact that the Twins are battling for the final play-off spot tonight against the Tigers (which the Twins just won by the way, in the bottom of the 13th) and it would be easy to say that Minneapolis, Minnesota is the single most important place in the world right now in the world of sports. Wow. So yeah, I tried to get tickets to the baseball game tonight, but it wasn't in the cards. (I guess I could have squandered up to the Metrodome tailgating area and tried my hand at scalping, but that would have meant standing in the cold rain and probably dishing out two or three times the original value of the ticket.) Already tired, I decided instead to just come home, get in an afternoon nap, and enjoy the game(s) on TV next to the coziness of a fire while cuddling up with my sweetie... I LOVE this time of year.