Local high schoolers opened up on Friday night with our hometown Wildcats lining up against the Cardinals of Irving MacArthur.
Cats won going away, 33-17. But as usual here in the home of high school football and higher expectations, the football game was only half the experience.
Esposa and myownself found our way up to the General Admission section, yes there are reserved seats here for high school football games but all the good ones go to the season ticket holders. We had the distinct “pleasure” of sitting in front of what had to be the most obnoxious guy to ever purchase a ticket for a high school sporting event. With the footballers a little rusty from the long hot summer and making a few mistakes, the gentleman I came to call “Eeyore” started muttering “Oh come on!” after minor execution errors. This escalated into full blown “Are you kidding me?!” and ended with the stink eye I shot him after he exclaimed “How incompetent are you?!” at a kid who dropped a pass. He was quiet after that until halftime when we left to seek a less confrontational venue to take in the rest of the game. I’m not one of those “Well at least you did your best” kind of guys but I do tend to cut 16-17 year old kids a little slack if they don’t execute every play like the Dallas Cowboys. What a maroon.
Speaking of professional football, the Arkansas State University Red Wolves (nee Indians) certainly played in a league of their own against the Aggies at Kyle Field on Saturday night. We made the trip down to visit with The Princess and attend the home opener. The F-15 flyover (video not available because the camera operator is an idiot) was the highlight of the night as the visitors from the Sun Belt Conference outscored the Aggies in the first game of the Mike Sherman era. Hope it doesn’t turn out to be the Mike Sherman “error”.
I think I can speak for the other 78,866 Aggie faithful, some pictured at right, when I say….
Tank full of gas for the MegaSUV?: $85
Tickets to the home opener?: $135
New fan t-shirts and caps for the family?: $128
Watching your new multimillion dollar former NFL coach and your team looking like Ned in the First Reader against a middling school from a middling conference coached by guys who were high school assistants last year with a color-animal mascot lose their first home opener since the Reagan administration and then facing a two mile walk to the car and a 4 hour drive home?: Priceless.
But I’m not bitter.