|The King and I with Rick Morris|
On my way home, I returned a call from our pal Rick Morris of the FDH Lounge who had left me a voice mail when I was still at work. He wanted to finalize our game plan for Saturday in Akron.
Rick said he was going to get to InfoCision Stadium in Akron which is the home of the Zips around 11-11:15AM. I decided to text him with a progress report when we stopped at a rest area on the way. I wound up parking the car around 11:30AM on the street across from the stadium. I got a text from Rick shortly thereafter he said he was by the will call window. We walked around the stadium and we met up with him.
After I picked up the King at home, we drove to the Post Office on 45th Street and Lexington Avenue where we arranged to met our pal Mike Carroll aka Sabre Mike who joined us for the weekend.
Once we met up with Rick outside the stadium, we went to the box office to see what the tickets cost. They had general admission available for $15 each. Since we had some spare time we decided to see if we could find someone who had extra tickets first for less. Patience is a virtue. We waited a little while and we wound up getting a few free tickets and a few others for $5.00 each. Overall we paid $10 for four tickets. Rick was impressed with the way we operate. When you do as much as we do, you need to cut corners whenever possible. It was a team effort. Like I like to say, teamwork makes the dream work.
When we got inside the stadium, we proceeded to go to the upper deck so we could have a nice elevated view of the action. We sat right at mid field. It was a sparse crowd that gathered for the game on a rather cool nasty day.
We saw a game with two teams that were headed in opposite directions. The hometown Zips of the University of Akron came in with a dismal 1-6 record while their opposition, the Huskies of Northern Illinois University were near the top of the MAC conference with a 6-1 mark. It should be noted that Rick Morris' alma mater Ohio University is 7-0 and they're ranked #23. Too bad we didn't get to see them play. I hope to see them play a home game in the future.
As for the game we saw, the teams played to their records. The Huskies raced out to a 13-0 lead before the Zips got on the scoreboard with a touchdown. At least they didn't live up to their nickname. Unfortunately for them, that was the only score they got as the Huskies went on to beat them easily, 37-7. It could have been a lot worse. Their quarterback, Jordan Lynch threw for 223 yards and he ran for another 131 including an amazing 35 yard scamper for a touchdown.
Since we had plans to go to another game nearby at Kent State University, we decided to leave with 4:54 left in the fourth quarter. We hate to leave any game early but it made all the sense to do so.
In retrospect, we didn't see a good game but the company was priceless so it was well worth being there.
I want to personally thank Rick Morris for sharing some of his precious time with us. It was great to see him again.
Stay tuned as the next installment of this latest getaway continued.
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