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Friday, July 24, 2009

Let's Go, Mystics

Don't know who the Mystics are?

Don't feel bad because I didn't either.

When I was contacted about taking the dudes to a Washington Mystics game at the Verizon Center I thought, who are the Mystics? Is that the Hockey team? 'Cause I hate hockey.

Nope. It's the WNBA team that calls Washington D.C. it's home.

I almost said no thanks.

I don't want to take the Metro (even though #2 thought this was the best part), stay out late, deal with the crowds, crap, crap, crap.

And, in case you can't tell (although I think my thighs are pretty good about giving this one away), I'm not much of an athlete.

Even in the days before my thighs (and my butt, and my stomach, and my back, and my floppy arms) told the story, I was more of a rah-rah-shish-boom-bah type of chick.

And, I don't mean the back-handspringing-college-scholarship-seeking-competitive rah-rahs. I mean the OMG!-Becky-look-at-her-butt-do-I-look-fat-in-this-skirt-I-think-he's-checking-me-out-OMG! kind of rah-rahs.

So, needless to say I'm not too into basketball, particularly not when played by females. Really, just not my bag.

But, then I thought why not?

The dudes might like it, and I'm not one to turn down stadium food (if you're wondering, while I'm far from being a sports enthusiast in any sense of the term, I am a huge lover of snack bars, so I will attend any live sporting event, even hockey, provided there are concession stands offering various unhealthy, deliciousness in close proximity) so, what the heck, let's go!

And, go we did, along with two of our favorite people:

BFF (lookin's all cute and stuff)

And, Bruncle (aka Brother Uncle, my brother, their uncle, who has so much in common with the dudes, they used to think he was their brother, hence the name Bruncle).

He's the one hiding in the back of the photo. Yep, that's him, the one with the cheesy (and by cheesy I mean dorky) smile.

I'm so glad we said yes to the wonderfully generous people over at the Verizon Center who run that team because we had a blast!

We enjoyed watching the game (they beat the Chicago Sky 75-64, and since I'm such a bandwagoner it's a good thing or I totally woulda been rooting for the opposing team).

We had some great snackage (hot dogs, chips, soda, popcorn).

The kids got a free bag filled with all kinds of Mystics fan gear including the most annoying funnest set of maracas which they played for the duration of the game (luckily these "prizes" didn't show up until like the 3rd quarter).

And, there were even celebrities in the house: Cedric the Entertainer, some Denver Broncos football player everyone recognized, me.


That football player wasn't even a celebrity.

We even got to meet potential WNBA Rookie of the Year, Marissa Coleman (who, incidentally is a blogger, too!).

I had a pretty good time, despite being nearly struck by lightening on the way there (seriously, it touched down like 10 feet from me, I peed a little it scared me so much), and completely drenched to my soul, leaving me to smell like raw steak for the entire game.

Dumb Mom Tip #1: Do not attempt to pull off a car seat transfer during a torrential down pour or an electrical storm. You could die. And, apparently, if you wait like five minutes it passes and leaves you standing, soaking wet, looking like an idiot, in a sun drenched parking lot. Just sayin'.

Both of the dudes (we left dude #3 at home w/Dumb Dad to prevent me from having to run across the court in hot pursuit of a naked 1 year old, because we all know that's how it would go down for me) gave the experience a thumbs up, too.

Good, old fashioned, family-friendly fun. Who knewthe WNBA even existed it would be so fun?!

And, it's not too bad in price (except for the snack bar, can you say rape?!). A family of five (like mine) can get in the door (at the Verizon Center) for about $75 (not much more than a movie, really) and the nose bleed that accompanies these seats is free!

Check out your local team here, you may be surprised by how affordable these tickets actually are.

And, isn't it worth it to see a face like this?


Tammy Howard said...

Aw, almost anything would be worth it for a smile like THAT!

I'm not much of a sports fan, either, but we try to take our girls to a couple events every year just to keep them well rounded.

TubOfLard said...
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TubOfLard said...

WTF? Seriously? Thanks.

Rita/Fighting Off Frumpy said...

Sports are sooooo not my bag, but anything that makes the kids that happy is worth it. :) Glad you had a good time!

Jennifer said...

Awesome! And you also got to teach them that girls can do anything that boys can do. Even better.

Shannon said...

I used to love watching basketball (NBA), until it got all thug and crazy! WNBA might be a good alternative... can't really see the ladies kicking the sh.. outta a fan, because they are rooting for the wrong team!? Glad you all had a blast!

parentingBYdummies said...

I don't know. Some of the ladies were pretty, um, masculine. They may elect not to kick the crap outta a disloyal fan, but the definitely could. No doubt, some of the guns on those chicks...

ShellSpann said...

Look at that smile!! Totally worth watching a sport you don't dig! :)

The Main Ladybug said...

Bruncle is the cutest title EVER - Love love it!

Glad the lightening gave you another chance . . . whatcha goin do with it?

Lee said...

My kids love to go to the Rocket Games. It is the end all be all for them. We have to eat at the restaurant there, which overlooks the court, so they can sample everything from the buffet, they get all geared up, my 5 year old is screamin for the team. Games are so much fun with the kids!

Aleta said...

What adorable pictures of the boys! I'm not a sports going gal either, but every now and then, it's a good thing to do to bond with a hubby or kids and have some fun. Enjoyed your post!

Mira is triplet crown said...

Sounds fun, even with metro, and I know you had to drive 40 min past that! That's quite a commute for a game, but a great experience for the boys. I am also nuts about concession food! The ONLY reason I go to Giants games here in SF. Fantastic crap food. No wonder I'm fat.

Kimberly said...

Too funny! I love bruncle, how cute!

Keyona said...

Aw! That looked like so much fun!

Becca said...

They'll never forget the fun they had on this trip!

Kathy B! said...

Beautiful smile!

I'm glad you had fun :)

Amy B. said...

OMG, snack bar food is second only to fair food. I'll go anywhere for nachos.

ck said...

"Who knew the WNBA even existed..." hahahahaha!

My husband and I took our older daughter to a game last year and once the lights came on after they announced the players she was ready to leave.

Michelle said...

Stopping by to say hi. I found your blog from Jen, Cheaper Than Therapy.

Just moved to Maryland from Colorado in March and saw you are in Maryland too.

confused homemaker said...

I have never seen our WNBA team live, then again I haven't seen a basketball game live either. Oh & because I admire your ultimate blog you have been given an award (I know another award), but hey you can stop by to claim it if you like:)

Life with Kaishon said...

What a fun outing : ) So glad you had a great time. And your boys are so cute. I can't get enough of them! Your brother is pretty cute too : ) Grown up cute of course.

Kristin said...

I'll go pretty far for great snackage!

Superstar said...

I just can't get over the fact that basketball should be a 3 minute game...I mean really all that back and forth?? For what? HMMMM that is funny!

LOVE the pics of your adorable kiddos. I say that b/c they are in pics and don't live in my very quiet house! Kiddin' so

We have so many new teams that have moved here to phoenix, I can't keep them all straight!

Thanks for poppin' by and I can't wait to visit your recommendations!!!

Adrian's Crazy Life said...

I love the concept of the Bruncle. I may have to borrow that one. You see my youngest son is only 2 years older than my oldest grandchild, so it makes for a very odd family dynamic. That's what I get for having 3 kids 9 years apart! Popping by from SITScation.

blueviolet said...

I woulda said no thanks. I'm glad he asked you and not me. Of course, I'd say no thanks to just about anything sports related. Unless it was a sports related fling with Michael Jordan and my va-jj. That I might agree to.Twice.


(but for reals...those smiles, that happiness, what an experience.)

Cindy @ Chalk it Up! said...

sounds like you had a great time! I have to take my kids to a Magic game. They give out free tickets all the time at school for good grade. I never take advantage of it.But now maybe I will.
Happy Saturday SITS sharefest!

Marina said...

Great pics...and a great day!!!

Happy Saturday Sharefest!

PS Come visit my blog and enter the 2 giveaways...while at my blog please could you help me build up comments for the blog giveaway I'm trying to win? Thank you

Alicia said...

mmmm....snack bars....i'm so hungry! looks like you guys had an awesome time!!

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