Ahhh what a tremendous morning! I got out of bed, made the morning coffee, caught up on a little news, all the while counting down the minutes till the clock struck 10:00.
Every year on the day Browns single game tickets go on sale I perform the same ritual, along with logging into my Ticketmaster account, making sure the credit card info is current and pulling up the page for the season opener's tickets.
The opener is by far my favorite game to go to. I got my tickets this morning and thankfully this year we open the season at home again. I was very disappointed last year to find out we were on the road for the first game. There is nothing like the atmosphere tailgating in the Muni Lot on a hot, sunny September Sunday. A big party where everyone is happy (except maybe those wearing the opponents jersey) and the air is filled with optimism that has yet to be tainted by a game lost.
In the past I've bought a four game package, sometimes just three. After my experience the last couple of years I only bought two games this year, the opener and Dawg Pound tickets for the Ravens game. If the past is any indication, I'll end up getting phone calls from friends with extras or some comp tickets from work and go to my usual four to six home games.
I've wanted go to an away game for years. I seriously considered San Fran and Houston this year, and Arizona in December sounds awfully tempting too, but the finances may put off the experience for yet another year.
I'll probably never be a season ticket holder. I enjoy experiencing the games in many different ways over the course of the season. My wife and I frequently have a house full on football Sunday's, with a big pot of soup or my famous chili on the stove. My fantasy league tries to get together at a bar with the Sunday Ticket at least once a season for some face to face trash talk. Two bars in my neighborhood have Steelers Backers Clubs for every game, so defending our honor (or absorbing abuse, depending on the game) once a season is a must. My mom usually takes a turn cooking, if she's not at the game - it would be hard to determine which of us is the bigger Browns fan.
All this brings me to the questions; What is your favorite way to experience a Browns game, and what are some of your Football Sunday traditions?