Thank you VetTix, the IFL,
Footprint Center, Arizona Rattlers, Northern Arizona Wranglers, vendors, and your fantastic staffs for such a great time!
It was my fifth visit to Footprint Center to watch the Rattlers play. It's always a fun time no matter what! Of course, Mike accompanied me as well as did his mom and my wife.
Getting to the game was quite an adventure. First, Highway 10 was closed, so we had to take a long, crazy detour. Then, we got caught in the torrential rains that hit Phoenix. By the time we walked the half block from the parking garage to the stadium, we were drenched, which you will detect if you look closely at my picture. The four of us had to buy new team shirts, which was not really a bad thing.
This second round playoff game was exciting, as the lead went back and fourth. The Wranglers were a tough team, particularly since this was only their second year in existence. Best wishes to them in the playoffs! However, having said this, the officiating was the worst I have ever seen at any game in my life, especially Referee 34. It seems he was intentionally looking for penalties to call against the Rattlers, but refused to call violations against them by the Wranglers. I'm not one to blame a loss on the refs, but they were pathetic! Also, losing at home by "one point" is very sad!
Following are two excerpts from a report by arizonasports.com:
"The Northern Arizona Wranglers defeated the Arizona Rattlers 52-51 in what was a competitive shootout that featured a controversial ending."
“The biggest play of the game was when we made our extra point after scoring, they call holding, our kicker gets roughed, he’s on the ground hurt,” Rattlers head coach Kevin Guy said. “Then our medical team is out there looking at him, we are trying to get him off the field and they start the clock.”
In any case, attending a game is such a happy time for families. There are contests where fans can win prizes and money. There are also crowd-involved activities and camera searches for various antics, such as the best air guitar, fist pump, dance cam, kiss cam, and football toss, throughout the game, and a 50-50 raffle. After games, there is the golden opportunity to take pictures with the players and those gorgeous cheer leaders as well as get their autographs.
Footprint Center is an awesome arena! We sat in Section 101, which was on the 20 yard line, but there are no bad seats in the house. The food, beverages, team gear, and services are varied and a huge plus. I'm glad there were extra shirts to purchase. On top of everything, my wife caught another during the Shirt Toss. It just so happened it was my size in a color I didn't have.
Again, thank you VetTix, the IFL, Footprint Center, Arizona Rattlers, Northern Arizona Wranglers, vendors, and your stupendous staffs for all you do for us vets. We sincerely appreciate you!
By the way, this was our first year attending Rattlers' games. You have made us fans. We can't wait until next year!