It was the best of all possible worlds... seats on the glass (just slightly in front of the St. Louis net for periods one and three), a 0-0 game for two periods, a 2-0 St. Louis lead in the third, a Wings comeback to tie late in the third, overtime that didn't resolve the issue, and the Wings win in a shoot-out. YES!
So. I have a slight hangover this morning, mainly because I drank crappy beer... Bud Select... nearly all night. But yanno whut? When you put the word "free" in front of Bud Select the beer suddenly becomes acceptable. Good, even. So good you drink one whole helluva lot more of that swill than you normally would. "Free" changes everything.
I should explain.
Apparently our tickets also included access to The Blue Note Lounge, which is a club/bar on the mezzanine level of the Scottrade Center. We kinda-sorta stumbled in to The Blue Note by accident, Buck and I, and we had to have the drill explained to us by the guy who checked us in: free buffet (a great layout of food) for an hour before the game, free drinks for an hour before the game, during the game, an hour after the game, AND you could could carry TWO drinks out of the bar to your seat.
Well. Bud Select? OK. Beer Me!
The kicker: our hotel... the Sheraton City Center... was 500 feet from the Scottrade Center so there were no worries about drinking and driving. The only worry we had was remaining upright, and even that wasn't a big concern, mainly coz we could have crawled home if pressed.
So... it was a great night. We hooked up with some other Wings fans who were also staying at the Sheraton and continued the party in the hotel bar after the game. We Wings fans have this saying: "EVERY game's a home game." That's because you'll see a huge number of Red Wings jerseys in the crowd at every hockey game, everywhere. It doesn't matter where the game is... Dallas, El-Eh, Chicago, NooYawk, St. Louis, or on the freakin' moon (Denver)... there will be a large contingent of Wings fans at the game when the Wings are in town. And so it was last night. But you know what the best part was? Drinkin' the enemy's FREE beer in THEIR club after the Wings won.
And now I have to go find coffee, as the Sheraton staff took the coffee out of the Club Lounge a half-hour ago. The inconsiderate bastards!