For The Boy's big Christmas present, Santa brought him 4 tickets to a New York Rangers game. As faithful readers know, The Boy is an absolute, die-hard Rangers fan. I have even written in the NY Times about how his room is a shrine to the team, which you can read here.
He used his 4 tickets to take the family to the game, which was really nice, because he could have easily taken friends instead. Walking into Madison Square Garden was amazing. The place is alive and intense, with music pounding out from the jumbotron or whatever the heck that big score board/video player thing is over center ice. Our seats were great. And I didn't feel like a jerk in the huge Rangers jersey I had borrowed from my son - I was one of hundreds decked out in fan gear.
It would have all been perfect, except for one thing. The New York Rangers. They ....well, I won't tell you what the fans were cheering, but let's just say they were really, really, really bad. They lost to the Philadelphia Flyers 0-6. It was ugly. Even the Boy admitted that had he been watching it on TV, he would have turned off the game.
We stayed til the end of course. All in all, it was pretty fun to watch a game live. It would have been even more fun if they had managed just once to get the puck in the net.