Well, in Alabama you need to be either an “Auburn” or “Alabama” fan (college football). Everyone takes their football VERY seriously. Now, I’ve always been an Auburn fan – “WAR EAGLE”; as opposed to Alabama – “Roll Tide”. Big rivals.
Of course Alabama has had the best football team for a number of years. Auburn doesn’t manage their sports very well and gets rid of head football coaches like I get rid of leaves on my deck.
Anyway – enough of that. It turns out Auburn was invited to play in this year’s “Birmingham Bowl” (definitely not one of the big bowl games), and my #1 son got tickets and took me to the ballgame. I’d never been to an Auburn game and never been to a bowl game, so I was excited to go.
This turned out to be a serious adventure. We’re about 1-1/2 hours from Birmingham an knew the traffic would be bad, but had no idea it would be as bad as it turned out. We had prepaid parking at a nice parking garage – but getting to it was a nightmare. The Birmingham police were useless in traffic control. SO, a 1-1/2 hour trip actually took almost 3 hours by the time we got parked.
THEN we had to get to the stadium – which was 1/2 mile away. Now, I knew this, I guess I just didn’t realize how FAR 1/2 mile was for an old lady who hasn’t walked much in the last few years.
We finally made it to the stadium (along with 9 million of our closest friends) and discovered our seats were all the way at the other end – another very long walk, a lot of which was uphill. FINALLY got to our seats for the ballgame.
Forecast was for rain, however…. it was about 70 degrees and bright sunshine. Not a problem, I was not looking forward to rain. Brand new stadium and the nicest cleanest rest rooms I’ve ever seen at a public facility.
My favorite was the band – they did a great job.
P.S. Auburn lost 🙁