What were the notable highlights of the first tailgate of the year? Well to start with Chef debuted his new sunglasses that apparently are designed to keep you safe if you are hunting in the woods. These glasses belonged on the top of a hotel in Vegas. It was like tailgating on a distant planet that has two suns. While the Chef's eyes were safe and sound anyone within twenty feed was in real pupil peril. We later found out that the glasses came along free with a knife that he bought that was the same color, he really needs to stop shopping at GayAccessories.com. The Colonel did surprisingly well with the music mixing up a nice variety of all the music that was promised beforehand. Although, for my taste, he did not seem to be in a great hurry to play Rush, but I remedied that on the ride home. Then there were the chairs. Lot's of chairs. I know we were missing a few of our normal fringe Footers, but honestly we had more chairs than Ikea. We could have made everyone at the last supper comfortable and still had some to spare. I guess it just goes to show that we have our work cut out for us to put asses in the seats, and after their performance on Saturday so do DC United.
Greetings from the Grill: BBQ chicken and ribs supplied and cooked up by the Chef hit the spot for everyone. It was good eats. His new eye ware apparently has no negative effects on his cooking, just his looks. The Colonel chipped in with some cheese and crackers and figs in an effort to class up the tailgate. Mark my words: it won't be long before he is bringing wine to these events. Ha, what a fig. And I would be remiss if I didn't mention the pre-made Smores that were provided by the good Doctor's wife. They were big enough to build a house with and delicious. Toss in some pasta salad, chips and good beer and everyone's pre-game palate was satisfied.
With high hopes and high friends we headed into the stadium. Highlights from our first home game of the season? Our fringe Foot friend Tim cut off his hair and the Colonel caught a t-shirt at halftime. That's about it. The game was nil-nil at half and very unimpressive. Two quick goals in succession for the New England Revolting in the second half and the game moved from unimpressive to un-everything. We can only hope that our returning players are taking a while to mesh with the new players, that Perkins remembers how to play goalie very soon and that Clyde gets healthy quick. Otherwise it is going to be a looooooong season.
Before I wrap up this first recap of the season, and don't worry, they tend to get better as the season goes on, I want to mention one last thing. One of our BlackFoot faithful has recently made a big move out West. Though all of his Foot friends will miss him greatly we completely understand this move and completely stand behind him. The Foot has often talked about a trip out west and now we have one more solid reason to do so. And we know that the Man from Mrrrrrrrrrrrr has not attended his last DCU game nor his last BlackFoot tailgate. So wherever you are raise a Pepsi for the Merman and bid him a fond farewell, and of course, wish him the best of luck. We will miss you Danny boy.
Allright boys and girls, one final parting shot. Get your ass out to a United game! Our numbers were not the only poor thing about Saturday, but it is the one thing that stands out in my mind. Laziano, get a move on son! Timetable, check that schedule and make an appearance. Professor, how about you cut class and come check out a game? Rally round the Foot and let the festivities begin because we may very well be the best thing about this newborn season.
As always, I can't wait to tailgate!!