I told myself I might not go. But who was I kidding?
I sat in a new-to-me section: 121, row 13..got a great deal on a ticket (117 with fees, 89 without); I could hardly believe it.
The scan: I need to clean my case, or maybe get a new one.. eventually it worked. And I got hassled because of my bag; the coat inside the bag made it appear larger than authorized, but it was an official stadium bag.
But..my walk to the stadium was a joy; no pain (wish I had worn my walking shoes instead of boots) and I never got cold. Never needed my second sweatshirt.
The second walk was about .2 miles further, but it didn’t matter. It was so unlike last year. Damn; that walk hurt last year. And it took a LOT longer; it was dark by the time I got to the highway. This time: I was home by 6:47.
Oh, what about the game itself? It started out promising enough; the Bears drove for a field goal then their star QB busted a long touchdown to put the Bears up 10-0. Later it was 16-3 due to a long drive (aided by a spectacular long pass..but a botched hold on the extra point kept it 16-3; Green Bay made it 16-10 at the half.
3’rd quarter: long pass..field goal…19-10 but when the Packers retaliated in the 4’th to make it 19-17, the Bears hit a long pass, stalled, and then got a kick blocked. Sigh…you could hear the Bears fans anticipating what came next.
And yes, it did..with just about 4 minutes left the Packers kicked a field goal to take a 20-19 lead.
Then..on the drive INTERCEPTION …..still time to get the ball back.
Then the Packers pulled off a superb end around (I saw the runner play for North Dakota State vs Illinois State). I was fooled..I was looking toward the misdirection ..as was the Bears defense. I didn’t see the runner until he was already inside the 20.
The Packers hit a two point conversion. The Bears tried to fight back, but threw another interception to end the game.
I took a few short clips.
And so…no problems with the trip or the walking. I like that. And I got to sit in a new-to-me place in Soldier Field.
For my suggestions for Soldier Field, go here.