I have never been a big fan of the San Jose Earthquakes home ‘stadium’ (Santa Clara University – Buck Shaw Stadium) and I have never been very shy about that fact. It is a great place to ‘watch’ a soccer game – but a less than great place to go to a professional sporting event. Over the past few years the construction that Santa Clara University has done has taken away the little ambience that the place has and rendered it a tough place to enjoy a professional sporting event. Again – except for the game itself where there may be no better place to watch a game and no seat in the house is bad.
Yesterday – I think my opinion changed somewhat dramatically. I think my opinion on a lot of things has changed dramatically since I became a grandfather. We are fortunate enough to have been able to purchase seats right down on the field (which honestly you cannot really do at other professional venues). And for the last two games – my daughter-in-law has allowed me to take my Pequena Chefona (Little bossy pants) – Emersyn Wondolowski – into the stadium for pre-game warm-ups by myself. It was surely against all protests by other family members but Emersyn and I have spent 45 minutes before each game within feet of her daddy warming up. So --- long story a bit shorter --- I have never been a big fan of Buck Shaw Stadium for a professional sporting event --- but I will always treasure the moments it gave me with my granddaughter.
By the way – we have good season tickets at the new stadium as well. Mrs. Wondo and Mr. Wondo pony up their own money for their seats (Buck Shaw Stadium and the new John Wondolowski Stadium) – we go to untold number of sporting events and there is no better value.
For those who wonder about my Fantasy Football League – I have good news and bad news. My youngest son, Matt, got a win this week. My two older sons, Chris and Stephen, looked again like they were nuns trying to play with the big dogs and got drilled. Me? Oh – I am undefeated – but that’s not important … I just want everyone to have fun. In case you missed it – my winning was the good news and Chris and Stephen being completely humiliated (again) is the bad news.
Finally – for the Earthquakes soccer fans – nobody on planet earth could have been happier to see Lennie on the field yesterday. His presence is incredible … Mrs. Wondo understands as much soccer as Emersyn does Quantum Physics (right now) – but Mrs. Wondo LOVES when Lenny hits the field.
I have said it before and I will say it again – 3 wins in a row changes everything … it can still happen as long as we get the 3 points in Montreal.