Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Supporting the Armor

Last night, in the middle of the latest winter storm, I braved the icy, snow-covered streets to head to the MassMutual Center to watch the Springfield Armor of the NBA's D-League take on the Erie Bayhawks.  the Armor won a pretty spirited game. 

We watched from some pretty sweet courtside seats, complete with waiter service.  I have to say, though, the whole experience was a bit strange because there couldn't have been more than 100 fans in the whole place.  Check out this picture from Masslive's coverage of the game and note the empty seats in the background:

Here's a picture I took from our seats just before tip off:

Overall, it was a lot of fun.  We even got on television when local ABC40 sports anchor Scott Cohen interviewed us as part of a "braving the storm to support the Armor" story, most of which ended up on the cutting room floor.  It turns out he was there mainly because the Armor game was literally the only game in town last night, since everything else was canceled due to weather. 

One final note: I checked the box score in today's paper.  It listed last night's attendance as 1,910.  I can only assume that a lot of those people were disguised as empty seats. 

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Late But Still Nice

Every year I appreciate the kind elves who every year decorate this spindly but hardy evergreen on the bike path for Christmas.