At last, a few thoughts on the game.
First, finally found some official video. Not sure how long this one will stay up on YouTube, so watch fast.
- The best part of the game for me didn't happen on the field. It came from the girl behind me, who was maybe fifteen. Every time one of the guys would get in a tight spot, she'd be screaming things like, "Man on! Man on!" and "Switch it! Switch it!"
I hear this all the time from guys of all ages. Rarely ever from girls/women. Yes, we have a higher proportion of female fans relative to a lot of leagues in the world, but the ones who are both knowledgeable and passionate are few and far between. Hearing her made this female fan insanely happy.
- Almost as good was the little kid, maybe nine, standing in front of me on his seat after the Keller ejection, screaming, "YOU SUCK, REF! YOU'RE FIRED! YOU SUCK, REF! YOU'RE FIRED!" I'm not sure I should have laughed as hard as I did, given that he seemed to be there with a party and I'm guessing his parents probably wouldn't want us encouraging this kind of behavior, but...damn. It was funny.
- Speaking of fans, what did you guys think of the post-match booing? I know it was for the result and not the team, but it still made me uncomfortable. Am I the only one?
(This could just be my fan-of-French-football baggage, given that in France, teams are routinely booed off the field after underperforming.) Curious what you guys think.
Still, though, losing Seba felt almost as bad as losing Keller, especially since he's been so strong defensively in past games. Wonder if the result would have been different if he'd taken out Jaqua instead?
You don't have to worry, though. If this whole blood-and-guts thing were to actually happen at Qwest, the gore would soon be washed away by all the guys spitting onto the concrete at their feet. (Ick, gentlemen. Just...ick.)
At the time I was there, no one had yet voted for Keller.