First and foremost, wow! That game was awesome! Colin Kaepernick, Michael Crabtree, Vernon Davis, Anquan Boldin, and Frank Gore all came up clutch for the San Francisco 49ers‘ offense. It does not get much more intense than that. Of course, I did not get to see it live, unfortunately, as I was on board a flight to London. This was my experience.
I get to the Atlanta airport for my layover, find my gate during the end of another depressing Cincinnati Bengals season, and prepare to watch what little I can of the 49ers-Green Bay Packers game on the frozen tundra known as Lambeau Field. Like most of you, I was excited when Crabtree caught that 4th down pass, and nervous when, after two great drives, we only had a six point lead. Then it came time to board the plane. So there I am, sitting for a good 50 minutes waiting to head for the runway, with my phone and NFL Mobile providing me with a miniscule but pretty darn good depiction of the game. 7-6. Ouch. Then I get a text from Verizon saying I’ve used up practically all of my data. So there went that. I would be cut off until the plane landed, unless I could get a stewardess to find out the score.
The Boeing 767 took flight. I, of course, was more than a tad bit nervous. I politely asked a stewardess if she would be able to keep me updated on the score by any chance. She seemed more than happy to do so. One benefit of wearing 49ers garb while traveling is that it reminds stewardesses to update you on intense rivalry playoff games in America’s most popular sporting league. Naturally, though stewardesses acknowledged they intended to find out the score, I had yet to hear it five hours later. With about ten minutes left in the seven hours flight I felt a tap on my shoulder, “23-20″ a stewardess said. “Who won?” I replied. She pointed at my San Francisco hat. It was the best twelfth day of Christmas present I could have ever hoped for (granted, not many people give presents on Epiphany, but that’s beside the point.)
I now sit in a coffee shop in London, having watched as many replay videos as I can get my hands on, excited and hopeful for next Sunday’s showdown in Carolina. This time I will not be on a plane, thank goodness. Let’s go 49ers!