A Slushie in Philly

I haven’t been to an NFL game in probably 10-15 years – at least.  The last one that I would have gone to would have been the Seahawks when they still played in the Kingdome.  Not to say I don’t enjoy the NFL – I do, it’s just that tickets are expensive and if I’m going to go to a game and lay out the cash I’d prefer that I do it watching my ‘hometown’ team – the Seattle Seahawks.

So a few months back a few friends of mine (all from Seattle, but translated along the East Coast now) hatched a plan to go to Philly to see the Seahawks play the Eagles.  Of course tickets were sold out – but we managed to get them through Stubhub and the prices were only about $30 above list, not bad at all.

A quick check of the weather revealed much uncertainty.  It could rain, it could snow, it could ‘ice’, it could gust, and it could do nothing but be cold.  Helpful those weather people were.

So I packed enough winter gear to go on an expedition across the ice caps and set off for a quick 2.5 hour drive to Philly.  Of course, the first stop was Pat’s to get a cheese steak (Wit-Whiz – translated – With Onions and Cheese Whiz).  While there are a number of ‘famous’ cheese steak places – I tend to frequent Pat’s, mostly because that’s about all I know.  And if I’m going to drive 2-3 hours for a cheese steak; I don’t want to screw around and get a bad one.


From there it was a quick jaunt over to the stadium.  Our seats were the second to last row on the upper deck, but really it was a fine vantage point as we were about on the 35 yard line. 


And the best thing is that while during the majority of the game the sky rained a slushie mess down on everyone else, we were covered by a little portion of the roof.  Sweet!  My clothing plan worked well and I managed to stay warm the entire time.  It’s much more difficult to plan for staying warm while sitting still for three hours than it is to stay warm while doing something athletic (running, biking, skiing, etc…).


After we finished watching the Seahawks take care of the Eagles – we went back to Pat’s for a dinner-time repeat.  Oh – and I had made chocolate chip cookies last night, so we ate about the whole batch as well over the course of the day.  Good stuff.


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  1. You could’ve visited Toronto with all your winter gear!

  2. You are so right about trying to stay warm in December at football stadiums. My parents had season tix to the Jets at Shea when I was in HS. The Mets claimed the stadium all fall while the weather was nice, and all home games seemed to be in Nov-Dec. Every Christmas we gave each other various articles of wear centered around staying warm–handwarmers, insulated underwear, battery operated socks, down vests. Nothing worked. Ice blocks for feet was always the worst.

    I drove to Philly this summer to sample an authentic Cheese Steak. I had a late lunch at Geno’s and, figuring I might never be back, I walked around the block to digest and then went across the street to Pat’s for an early dinner. Pat’s was definitely better. The locals laughed when I took a picture of my sandwich.

  3. I have to applaud you for your loyalty to your home team. I grew up as Falcon, but I haven’t really paid much attention to them in the past 10 years or so.

    Now if you want to talk college football-especially the SEC, I am your guy.

  4. I totally have never seem a pro game. I don’t think. And my college had a fake team and we would tailgate and never make it to the games.

    good baking skills! i’m impressed.

  5. Nat

    I have never been to a pro football game either. The outdoor ones seem to be for the die-hard fans since in MN here, I’m used to seeing the good ol dome!