My grandma Lois loves watching football, and she loves her Patriots just like I do. And as I learned this last weekend, she has started to make a day out of it. She lives in White Plains, NY, and has become a hit at one of the local sports bars called Bob Hyland’s Sports Page Pub.
But when I say she wants to make a day out of it, she truly makes a day out of it. One of her friends in town named Tony owns a Limo Company, and she calls him every week to take her down to Hyland’s and watch the games. Since I was in town, I had the pleasure of being escorted around town by her, and introduced to what seemed like everyone in White Plains.
Tony (limo driver) took us to the bar around 10am, and Lois had a table right front and center with a great view of one of the big TV’s so we could watch the Patriots hopefully destroy the Bills in what was a one of the most talked about games of the week. It’s always nice to be able to see the Pats shut Rex Ryan up, and last week, he was doing his traditional mouth running, which gets old very quickly.
Grandma loves watching football. I can remember as a kid going over to her house, especially when the Patriots were very bad, and she would be constantly rooting for them, even through the down years. Up until 1985, when they went to the Super Bowl and lost to the mighty Bears, she would lament a little bit about how they needed to find a great quarterback, because Tony Eason wasn’t doing the job.
Nowadays, thankfully we have Tom Brady, who arguably is one of the top 5 greatest quarterbacks of all time. And yesterday, he certainly played like it again, throwing for over 450 yards leading the Pats to a win on the road at Rich Stadium.
We stayed at the bar until about 7pm watching some of the late games, but she wanted to get home so she could fall asleep while watching the late game. She doesn’t stay up very late anymore, and can’t make it past about 10pm, which tends to be at about halftime of the Sunday night game. That turned out to be a great game with the Packers beating the Seahawks, but she always likes to catch the highlights in the morning over breakfast.
And that’s what we did this morning, with me making her french toast and watching Sportscenter while catching the highlights of the game.
When I head back up to Mass today, I’ll do so knowing that I had a blast of a time with grandma, but before I do, I had to drive by my old High School football field in Mamaroneck, which you can see below. Pretty cool to revisit my old stomping grounds!
Great visit to see Grandma, and I’ll be back again later in the season to see her again.
Next time on jsomass.com, we’ll talk about how we think the Pats are gonna finish out the year.