By Braddah Lance
Living in Hawaii we have a few draw backs, one of which we do not house any major professional sporting team - obviously because of logistics. Da closest thing we have is at da collegiate level and even dat is fair weather at best so every year in late January, those who follow da NFL, really appreciate da Pro Bowl. Although even then, loyalties are split if your team isn't represented.
My friends and I have continued a long tradition of attending da Pro Bowl for many years albeit da last few years we prayed and cheered if none of da players on our respective teams evah came.
Well you see, if we don't see them here, dat means they're preparing for da Super Bowl.... or still recovering from a heart breaking lost in da conference championship game. Injury is a big factor as well but there are enough "stars" selected to attract even da most fairest of fans.
It is amazing though dat it seems like da mainlanders who make da trip down here appear to out number kama'aina in our own house.
Wassup Wit Dat!
Even with da game having been televised, it used to sell out all da time but now da top yellow section is spotty at best and there are visibly open seats no matter da section.
It's plenty sad as da Pro Bowl really has something for every NFL fan but I guess it's come down to da efforts aren't worth da price. There used to be a multitude of events but now it's really "too hard" for many to fight da crowds and of course parking sucks okole wea evah da event is held.
I've been to a handful of NFL and NBA games both here and on da mainland and honestly, da difference is hugemangeous! Da vibe, da atmosphere da people are.... fans.
Have you evah been to a professional sporting event? Which one? Was your experience "different"? Would you be able to be dat weekly fan? How many times - if evah - have you been to da Pro Bowl? Do you think the Pro Bowl should stay in Hawaii?
** A big Mahalos to a Seattle reader - a lurkah now - who hooked Da Wife and I up many many moon's ago with FRICKIN' AWESOME game tickets to watch my beloved 49ers play da Seahawks. While the Niners lost at dat time too, it's an experience I'll nevah forget and something I can scratch of my bucket list.