Brenda and JoAnn offered tickets to Friday nights Syracuse Crunch game to my dear wife Karen and I, and we thought, Let the Season Begin.
Our good friends handed me an envelope stuffed with six, coming to my bowling league play the night prior to the game to make sure I had them.
So I immediately invited my teammate Randy, who got on his cell to his wife. He said he’d sure love a pair so he could take his daughter.
When I got home, I handed another pair to Karen, who said she knew she’d be able to give the other two away the next morning at SMG. Sure enough, Robin wanted to go with her husband, Mike.
Happily, I ran into JoAnn on the concourse before she and Brenda had made their way to their season-ticket seats. We chatted for a few minutes, and I brought them over to visit with Karen. We have a cruise trip friends group breakfast coming up this weekend. Hooray!
Early on, an usher and a fire marshal I knew from my days reviewing concerts at the state fair asked to see our tickets. It turns out these six seats had been double-sold, he said. Somebody had bought a partial season-ticket plan after our friends had been given the seats as a bonus for buying their full plan. After discussing the situation with the partial plan holders — who let my friend Ed, who was working at the rink, handle the whole situation — we were allowed to remain in the seats. He told us they said they were happy sitting in empty seats higher up and did not want to have us move.
As usual, the Crunch put on a show, during and around the game. The costume contest between periods seemed tame enough until the children’s contest was won by a kid dressed as the dude in Magic Mike XL — I think. Anyway, the youngster — 10, 11, maybe 12, peeled off his suit jacket and shirts to a bare chest and twirled his clothing around over his head. Yikes!
The action on the ice and they jerseys the Crunch actually wore keyed me in for this week’s Mark It Up community column for Syracuse Public Media site WAER. You can read it and find more photos by clicking on the link below.
What’s the last event you attended with friends? Have you ever sat in a seat that’s been double sold, and if so, what did the organizers do? What’s your reaction to a kid dressed as a stripper for Halloween?