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Friday, February 14, 2014

Royalty goes to New England in January for a three sport weekend!‏

Saturday morning January 11th I woke up early & I took a ride via public transportation out to Avis on Long Island so I could pick up a car rental for the weekend. I wound up getting a Toyota Corolla. After I got it, I went back to Astoria so I could pick up the King & our pal Paul Derrick who stayed over with us. 

I drove us to New Britain, Connecticut which is ten miles south of Hartford. We went to see the Central Connecticut Blue Devils play the Red Flash of St. Francis of Pennsylvania in a college basketball game at the William H. Detrick Gymnasium. As for the game we saw, the Red Flash beat the Blue Devils, 75-67.
William H. Detrick Gymnasium in New Britain, Connecticut
After the game we drove towards Foxboro, Massachusetts where we went to see the Patriots host the Colts in the AFC Divisional Playoff Game. Since we had some spare time, we decided to check in to our hotel first. We stayed at Super 8 in West Greenwich, Rhode Island. After we checked in & got situated, I drove us to Foxboro. We parked by the golf course like we always do when we go there for $20 which is the cheapest you're going to find along Route 1. On the way to Gillette Stadium, we stopped off for dinner at Papa Gino's which is on the way. 
Live action from AFC Divisional Playoff Game in Foxboro
When we finally arrived at the Stadium, Paul Derrick had to go to the box office to pick up the tickets we ordered from Ticketmaster. Since they only accept Visa, Paul who has one was willing to use his card to get the tickets for all of us. It worked out well. As I like to say, teamwork makes the dream work. We barely made the opening kickoff but thankfully we did. The Patriots capitalized on an early turnover by Andrew Luck as they scored first to go up, 7-0. They added another touchdown on their next possession to make it, 14-0. The Colts like they did the week before fell behind. With that being said, I knew the game was far from over. The Colts did come back but when it was all said & done, the Patriots prevailed, 43-22. We did meet up with our pal Sean MacDonald  who took Megabus to Boston where he was staying for the weekend. He then took a train to Foxboro from South Station so he could join us. During the game, we all met up. After the game, we went back to our hotels.
Warm ups at Dunkin Donuts Center in Providence
Sunday the King, Paul & I drove to Providence to see the Providence Bruins play the Manchester Monarchs at the Dunkin Donuts Center. On the way there we stopped off for breakfast at P.J.'s Diner in Coventry, Rhode Island which turned out to be a great decision. It looked like a house on the side of the road. We got there just before noon. Luckily for us, they were closing up but they let us in so we could enjoy a late made to order breakfast. After we finished eating, we continued on to downtown Providence.

As for the game we saw, the hometown Bruins lost to the Monarchs, 2-1. It should be noted that it wasn't a total loss because Paul Derrick & I got to meet up with another roadtripper, Paul Baker who was at the game with his wife. We got to say a quick hello to them between the second & third period intermission. They live in the area & they have season tickets. It was nice to meet & greet them. Hopefully our paths will cross again down the road.

After the game, we drove Paul Derrick to the nearby train station. He arranged to meet up with Sean MacDonald since he planned to spend a few days in Boston with him before he returned home to Houston Wednesday morning.
On our way back to NYC, the King & I stopped off at Texas Roadhouse in West Haven, Connecticut where we enjoyed another great meal. It's conveniently located off of I-95 exit 42. After we ate, I drove us home. 
It turned out to be another memorable weekend. I want to personally thank Paul for coming back to the Northeast to see us again. 

Stay tuned as I will continue to recap the rest of our adventurous month of January when time allows me to do so.

Thank you for reading & following along.

Yours truly,

Gary Herman

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