For those of you who like to beat the traffic after sporting events, you need to stop that. You may think that you are saving time by leaving early while your team is up, but anything can happen in those few minutes.
Take my recent trip to the Chicago Wolves game, for example. It was the February 25th game against the Wild, and Chicago had a 2-1 lead going into the 3rd period. As many fans do with a lead, they decide on a time to leave before the game is over in order to beat the rush out of the stadium. And that was our plan.
At the four minute mark, our group decided to make our way from the seats, use the facilities, and beat everyone else out of the crowded parking lot; COMPLETELY unaware of what was about to happen next.
In the concourse, we hear the horns blare and the stadium erupt, signaling that our hometown Wolves have extended their lead to two goals.
Not thirty seconds later, while we make our way around the concourse to our exit, we hear yet ANOTHER siren blare, and the Wolves go up 4-1.
“GREAT,” the three of us yelled, annoyed.
“We are never leaving early again,” my friend belted out.
Now, with a 3 goal lead and roughly two minutes left, we were sure that it was all over. The fat lady was singing and it was time to drive home safely. Until, we saw it. The TV, which hung merely feet away from the entrance to the arena itself, displayed the lone fight of the night.
But this wasn’t just any fight, it was an all-out brawl! Three guys from each squad were throwing haymakers at each other, one after another.
We stood there in awe, watching this unfold. Then, my friend blurts out, “Why the hell are we watching it here when it’s live just inside?”
We raced back into the arena to catch the tail end of the spectacle, including the ejections of all parties involved. We were even able to catch a fight that was being videotaped on the runway from the ice to the dressing rooms between Dunn of the Wolves and Gabriel of the Wild.
It was probably one of the greatest endings to a hockey game that I have ever been to.
Please don’t do what we did here. Please don’t CONTINUE to do this if you regularly do. You need to think of this as a public service announcement for all sports fans.
Glue your butts to the seats, watch the game, screw the traffic.