Is it appropriate to take kids to an NFL game?
This, dear friends, is what I've been asking myself since last weekend.
The testosterone-heavy crowds didn't bother me.
The sketchy parking lot with broken glass everywhere, and the greasy street sausage didn't make me hesitate either.
Nor did the beer and cuss words...of which there were LOTS.
As season ticket holders, I knew what to expect. But I haven't been to a game since the twofer was born.
However... the minimally-dressed ladies promoting a questionable club, and lining the street corner is what made me question my judgment.
were the ladies there 5 years ago? Or do I just look at things differently now?
ProtectionWe took precautions to increase the fun factor and reduce the "eeew" factor. We chose a pre-season game, got seats much closer to the field than we usually have, purchased 2 mini jerseys and said a little prayer that the crowd around us would keep the belligerence to a minimum. It paid off!
They loved, in this order:
1. the junk food
2. the cheerleaders
3. spying on people with the binoculars
The Mister loved sharing the experience with his little Ravens fans and discussing which players have "the power".
And I loved returning to the parking lot to find the car still in one piece, with all 4 tires inflated, and her beloved Sirius radio still on the dash.
All in all - a great night. Would I do it again? Maybe. I've done scarier things twice.