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Monday, November 12, 2007

Hypeless or Hopeless? You make the call!

posted by on November 12 at 9:21 AM

Let the countdown to next Sunday’s Bears-Seahawks battle begin. This epic showdown between two teams—one mediocre, the other really pretty bad—promises not much. Yesterday’s Bears-Raiders game was perhaps the most boring and badly played football game I’ve seen this century, and the Seahawks-49ers game for tonight doesn’t look like it’ll be much better.

Nonetheless, once I shell out umpty-hundred dollars to some season-ticket holder who’s given up on his team (thanks, anonymous stub-hubber!), and bought a ticket for a flight that leaves Chicago mere hours after my weekly bar shift ends, it’s psychologically necessary to come up with some reason to give a shit. So, tonight I’ll live-slog the Seahawks game, looking to see how they might handle our ridiculously inept offense, our clueless defense, or our pretty good special teams. (And holding up an NFL teams’ kicking and punting units as a strong point is like pointing out that the utterly unattractive person you just endured a blind date with “has a nice personality”).

So, I’m primarily interested in feedback about the quality of the food at Qwest Field. Anybody have any recommendations? I’ll be in line for concessions with the nephew a lot, I suspect, as there won’t be much on the field worth staying in the seats for. And how much is the beer? I might have to take out a bank loan before I head for Midway on Chicago’s sterling mass transit.

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It really depends on where your seats are. If you are sitting on the club level - the food is much better, but you need a club level ticket to enter the area. What you gain in food quality in the club section you lose in fan quality.

Everywhere else in the stadium the concessions are decent - not great - but there is pretty good variety.

As for the beer, it is about $7 a cup.

Posted by Poll Watcher | November 12, 2007 9:55 AM

What the fuck ever. I don't know anybody who can afford Seahawks tickets.

Posted by Greg | November 12, 2007 10:10 AM

Aw c'mon! We're gonna see the passing game today! If we can get any kind of pass blocking going then we'll be fine. Granted, it's going to be pouringówith bazillion mile an hour windsóso maybe we'll have to rely on Momo more than we'd like, but...well...crap. You're right. It's going to be an ugly game.

Posted by Jonah S | November 12, 2007 10:20 AM

I think good beer at Le Qwest is $8 for 16 ounces. But since you're from Chicago, you'll probably drink crappy beer, which I think is $7.50 for 20 ounces.

I fear tonite's game due to the sentimental "Dick Nolan Factor". Just like 2001, when the Mariners had to play Rudy Guilani's NY Yankees in the ALCS. Or Super Bowl XL when the Hawks played Jerrome Bettis in his hometown of Detroit.

Look for the refs to screw us.

Posted by DOUG. | November 12, 2007 10:40 AM

si just did a survey of all the football stadiums and what its like, Qwest actually came out pretty good

Posted by cbc | November 12, 2007 10:49 AM

best food is outside. the food inside qwest is quite possibly the worst in the western world. grilled dogs with onions, including monstrous kielbasas can be had outside and brought in the game. the dude with the reggae music blasting has the best ones.

games at qwest are fun as hell and loud, and hawks fans have been booing the team when they fuck up so its a very unseattle like crowd. very working class and old school crowd and very different from the seattle most people meet on the hill, queen anne, and belltown ( no offense)

hawks need to win cuz the sorry ass cardinals won. this conference is the weakest ever.

Posted by SeMe | November 12, 2007 10:51 AM

is this Slog or KJR's forum?


Posted by max solomon | November 12, 2007 11:10 AM

No, no: fuck pro athletes.

Posted by Dan Savage | November 12, 2007 11:54 AM

CF - You can also go to El Puerco Lloron. It's listed in the Stranger Restaurant Guide. It's contiguous to Pike Place Market if you want to fun it up there on the way. Solid Mexican food in an unassuming setting. You can drink beer; the kid can drink soda. Then a 20 minute walk to Qwest.

Posted by Alistair LeSoup | November 12, 2007 11:58 AM

@6 - hawks fans are also unlike real sports fans, who are willing to support the team thru ups and downs, rather than spit bile as soon as one bad decision is made.

The plus side of Qwest field is the wide mezzanines with lots of corner walls to dip in and smoke a quick joint. Just don't light up a cig, that's illegal.

Don't be frightened by all the methheads with green wigs, they can't really see you that well, so their fists won't connect.

Posted by wbrproductions | November 12, 2007 1:39 PM

No, fuck pro sports OWNERS.

There's a reason they charge so much. Does anyone here know why?

Posted by Fnarf | November 12, 2007 3:10 PM

Thanks to one and all. Specific responses:

@2: just give up on inessentials, like books and stuff, and you too can afford Seahawks tix.

@3 I feel your pain

@4 I drink good beer when I can get it. The difference between $7 for bad beer and $8 for good beer is no call: $8. Once you're beyond the Drink Till You Drop stage in life, that last dollar means little. and the refs will always screw us. Or you. Or Vegas.

@5, 6, 8, 9, 10 and 11: Thanks for sharing.

@7, if you don't like sports, don't read posts headed "Sports." It seems so simple. . . yet some people never get it.

Posted by Chicago Fan | November 12, 2007 6:33 PM

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