Man, LeBron James has provided people everywhere with opportunities for cheap jokes, hasn't he?
Anyway. I believe I've made my feelings known on the Winter Classic. At least as it pertains to Pittsburgh appearing in the game.
Now, we're less than two weeks away from the game and I still don't know if I'm going to attend the spectacle or not. Acquiring tickets isn't a problem; I have them already. The question is whether I wish to use them or if I choose to sell them.
I suppose, when the game was made official, I probably would've decided on going. Then I received my invoice in the mail. And I saw the price I'd have to pay, and read the bit about how I can't choose where I want to sit, that I'd be stuck with wherever the NHL allocated me in relation to my location in Consol Energy Center.
And I was not happy.
From that moment, I was like the Duke brothers at the end of Trading Places, when they realized they'd been duped by Billy Ray and Louis: "SELL! SELL!"
After searching around for buyers, and finding some prospective ones, I now have a conundrum. As the date of the game gets closer, and as I'm seeing more and more commercials for it, I start to want to go. On the one hand, as others have pointed out, it's potentially a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. (I maintain that the NHL will give Pittsburgh another game in a few years.) I haven't sold my tickets yet, however I can anticipate seller's remorse, that I'll regret not attending the game.
It would be a really neat experience, I'm betting. It's also likely to be chaotic, cold and miserable. Not to mention that I'm not a morning person and I hate afternoon hockey. The later I can wake up, the better. I have no idea what kind of sightline I'll have; I know where my seats are in relation to the rink, but that doesn't tell me what I'll actually be able to see.
My seats are high up. That means more likely exposure to the wind. Brrr. But I might be able to see more than the people who are in the front rows of the lower level of the stadium.
On the other hand, playoff tickets are expensive, man. And if I can get a round or two paid off in one shot, that's awfully tempting.
So, I don't know. Do I take my talents to Heinz Field or not? Do I be who other people want me to be and attend the game?