Jenn & I just got home from the Steelers/Bengals game. We left for Pittsburgh on Saturday and spent the weekend shopping, eating and hanging out with our friends Bob & Tina from Indiana.
Saturday we did some shopping and went head backed to West Virginia in the evening to see the Festival of Lights at Oglebay. I've been wanting to get over there for years—I've always heard good things. Unfortunately, we were all a little bored with it. Perhaps there was too much build up for it, I'm not sure. Don't get me wrong, there are some really neat displays, but it wasn't the experience I thought it would be. Perhaps it was just because there was no snow on the ground—that can make all the difference.
On Sunday, we basically hung out and went to Fatheads for lunch. If you're in Pittburgh, Fatheads is a great bar & grille. They actually have fantastic sandwiches. I always forget just how good there food is. They also keep about 50 various microbrews from around the World on tap. There's always lots of really good stuff on tap and this time of the year they always have a really good selection of Holiday brews.
While the game was a raining one, fortunately it wasn't terribly cold. Actually, the warmest it was while we were in Pittsburgh was about 12:30am Monday morning (after the game.) Since we managed to get our hands on some ponchos before the game, we stayed dry for the most part. I actually had to take my coat off before the game because I just wore too many clothes for how warm it actually was.
As for the game itself, it was great. We had tickets in section 130—which is on the home side of the closed end zone. We were just 7 rows from the field. The best part is all but 3pts were scored on our end zone, so we got to see lots of great action—including Hines' career tying and career setting TD receptions. It's exciting to know that we were at the game when he surpassed John Stalworth's record.
The Steelers started slow, but were able to take advantage of a momentum shift when the Bengals missed a FG attempt at the beginning of the 2nd quarter. The Steelers went on to score 17 unanswered points which set the tone of the entire game.
We had great views of Ben's TD dive (we could see his eyes light up when he decided to dive for the end zone.) We also had great views of Hines' catches. The one thing about sitting in the endzone is that it seems to be real hit and miss. You either end up getting all of the action at your end or none of it. I'm just glad we had seats in correct endzone this year!
Anyway, we had a really great weekend in Pittsburgh. Jenn & I get together with Bob & Tina a couple of times a year and we try to see at least one home game together a year. We always have a good time just chatting and hanging out.