Last weekend the handsome Mr. J and I grabbed some amigos for a double date to cheer on the Everett Silvertips hockey team at Comcast Arena. Check that one off of the 2013 Bucket List! We had such a great time. C & E just got their own little darling puppy so on the carpool down us girls chatted about the joys and despairs of raising our adorable little terrors. Poor C has already lost some beloved clothing items to her cute 3 month old labradoodle, Opie. If we get our pups together for a play date the pictures will be precious and I’ll be sure to share. Because everybody loves puppies, right?
If you make a trip out to Everett I highly recommend checking out Scuttlebutt Brewery for a meal. It’s a little off the beaten path and hard to find (we got lost even though I’ve been there once before) but so worth it for the excellent brews and tasty eats. Plus it’s a great place to show up with a group of friends and watch the game. On Saturday night the Canucks were playing it up and the place was hopping with energy. We visited much, ate ourselves silly, and laughed a lot before it was time to catch our own game.
The Silvertips are a junior ice hockey team but their fans treat them like pros. The place felt packed as we made our way to the ticket stand and found our seats. C and I were well prepared with scarves, gloves, and beanies to keep us warm. The guys toughed it out like men are wont to do. Families were crowded all over with their boys practically pogo-ing from excitement. And the groups of guys who had come down for a boys’ night were ready with beers in hand. I love the atmosphere of hockey games. There were kids hanging from the higher balconies ringing cowbells for all they were worth, and we quickly had a sense of camaraderie with those seated around us.
And here’s where I guiltily admit to my dastardly secret: I love hockey fights! I’m not a terribly violent person, really. For someone who can’t stand to watch UFC or boxing matches I will never understand why hockey fights are so awesome to me. There’s just something about watching the rivalry between teams build to a breaking point until those guys in pads throws off their helmets and gloves and decide to settle the score a little differently. So I cheer them on and jump up and down and laugh like a loon. You can judge me. I judge myself.
This time I can’t say that we saw any fights, only a slight disappointment considering that the game was great. The Tips won after a slow start in the first period and we cheered each goal. We might just be back for another game soon or go see what the Abbotsford Heat is up to just over the border.
And then we came back to this bit of cuteness at the end of the evening.
What did you do over the weekend?