It is a rare occasion that Sandra and I have a matching day off. With Mallory out of school on Winter Break, it is even more rare for the three of us to have the day off. So, what did we do? Why, of course we drove to Fresno to watch our beloved Stockton Thunder play our second favorite team, the Fresno Falcons.
I've gone to Fresno to watch hockey for the past 5 or 6 years. I'll grant it is a bit of a hike to Fresno, and not many were as happy as I when the Atlantic City Boardwalk Bullies moved to Stockton to begin play as the Thunder for this season.
A long time ago, Moon took me to a Sharks game at the Cow Palace. We sat close to the glass and I didn't like the seats. I thought they were too close to the action and all I could see were the skaters wooshing by and that was about it. Not very impressive.
When the Falcons played at Selland Arena, I found that sitting up in the cheap seats in the corner allowed me to see the entire ice and not be too scrunched up. Two seasons ago, the Falcons moved to Save Mart Center and now I like to sit at the end of the netting on one end of the ice and high enough up to see the entire surface and also see over the glass that surrounds the surface.
When Sandra and I went to the new Stockton Arena to see the Thunder for my birthday, we sat in the cheaper seats on one side and fairly high and I was happy with that. Both the price and the view of the action on the ice.
Because I'm a softy, I let Sandra and Mallory talk me into sitting low. We sat on the blue line in the second row off the ice. You do see the game up close, and if there's a check into the glass by you, you can hear and feel it. The action is as close as you can get sitting that close.
I was hoping that Sandra and Mallory wouldn't like sitting that close but they loved it. Mallory told me she wants to sit in the very front row so she can bang on the glass.
As for the game, Fresno won 2-1. Stockton is in last place and have lost both games I've been to.
I like watching hockey. I can't tell the skill level between the first line and the fourth line so I'm not really worked up about it like I am at the baseball game, where I have a keener eye for who has talent and who is a stiff.
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