Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Friends in High Places

A few weeks ago, I got to go to Madison Square Garden, to see my first ever women's basketball game. (Yes, I got free tickets courtesy of the NBA. I'm pretty sure that they're trying to recruit me to be one of the Knicks Chicks or something) It was super awesome, especially since my daughter's best summer camp friend invited her to go with them to the same game (they had court side seats) and I got to say, really casually, "oh, we'll be at the same game," as if going to The Garden is a normal thing for us on a Thursday night. I didn't mention that our seats were going to be not-courtside, but more aerial, because I don't like to brag and didn't want to make them feel like they had inferior seats where they could get splashed with lady sweat or get rhinoplastied by basketball.

So I tell my son that we're going to see the game and he is super excited and then I tell him that it's women's basketball and his face sort of drops and for a second I think he's going to put on a wifebeater and get a beer and start talking about "those dam feminazis". But that doesn't happen and soon he's excited again.

The game itself is super fun. Especially because we got to buy a foam finger, which for some reason I thought only existed on The Simpsons. (Incidentally, the next day when mama and papa saw The Foam Finger, I overheard them say things like 'no wonder this country is in trouble'. I wag my foam finger at their judgmentalness.)

Because I am super economical, I fed my kids dinner before we arrived at the Garden (you know, Madison Square Garden, not the Garden of Eden, nor the Garden of Good and Evil), so we wouldn't have to spend money on snacks there, but unfortunately, I forgot to eat dinner myself. Husbandrinka went to get snacks and I asked him for a Pale Ale, because (i) this was before my alcohol break and (ii) apparently I mistook the Garden for a microbrewery or something. He came back with a Bud which made me feel all patriotic and shit.

The Liberty Ladies lost and as the writing was on the wall, or in their case, the scoreboard, Young Ladrinka asked if he could go on the court to help them out a bit. Nice. Of course I won't mention that when Husbandrinka was telling me who the dominant player was and Young Ladrinka said "yes, the one who looks sort of mannish."

I'm sorry that I'm not a basketball expert or anything, so I can't do scintillating play by plays (she shoots, she scores!) but it was totally enjoyable. By the way, how come the foam finger comes in pointer only? I'd totally buy a thumb.


Blogger Pseudonymous High School Teacher said...

I think they should also sell middle foam fingers.

July 22, 2009 at 1:43 AM  
Blogger RenĂ©e aka Mekhismom said...

Would you buy a thumb to hitchhike around NYC? Somehow I don't think folks pick up strangers, although you just never know.

July 22, 2009 at 4:11 AM  
Blogger Christy said...

Are you breaking your alcohol abstinence vow this week? I hope so!

I'll be the one at the bar, with the giant thumb.

July 22, 2009 at 6:14 AM  
Blogger *Akilah Sakai* said...

Good idea, Marinka. The pointer finger is sooo overrated at these games. You do realize that if you manufactured thumbs you could become an instant millionaire, right? And for egging you on, I want 10%.

July 22, 2009 at 7:18 AM  
Blogger JennyMac said...

LOL. If they DID sell foam middle fingers would half (or more) of NYC buy in?

And good for you to be so positive about women's bball. I would make a face like your son. I love college bball but WNBA does zero for me.

July 22, 2009 at 8:21 AM  
Blogger MommyTime said...

You could start a whole line of Patriotic Foam Fingers. There would be one for the English that involves two fingers (I forget which two, I'm no historian) -- the ones they wagged at the French as a kind of "nah nah nee boo boo, we can still shoot our arrows" thing. Something about amputating fingers rather than killing warriors. Emasculating. Okay. This comment is going to hell in a handbasket fast because maybe the French did it to the British. But I'm sure 15 minutes of research on Wikipedia (which I'm too lazy to do right now) would turn up a whole slew of nationalistic hand gestures, and then the hands themselves could be colored like the country's flag, and you'd make a fortune.

When you become a Fortune 500 company with this idea, will you give me a kickback?

You're welcome.

July 22, 2009 at 8:57 AM  
Blogger Vodka Mom said...

yeah. sign me up for the thumb.

July 22, 2009 at 9:07 AM  
Anonymous C @ Kid Things said...

I think they should sell just a regular hand with all 5 fingers. That way, you can give foam high-5's. And wave at one another with your foam hand. It could be kind of like Michael Jackson's glove, only, you know, foam.

July 22, 2009 at 9:36 AM  
Anonymous Wendi said...

I'm an awesome basketball player, but I must have been shopping when they did the WNBA draft this year.

July 22, 2009 at 9:53 AM  
Blogger LoopyLu said...

I really want a foam finger!!

July 22, 2009 at 10:21 AM  
Blogger Heather, Queen of Shake Shake said...

I would comment but since I live in the South where football is a religion, I'm not allowed to speak of basketball.

July 22, 2009 at 10:21 AM  
Blogger Keyona said...

How about a pinky. The are so dicriminated agains. The middle finger and the thumb take all the good jobs.

July 22, 2009 at 10:23 AM  
Blogger Denise said...

For me the only redeeming thing about gonig to a sporting event is if they have foam fingers, or thumbs for you!

July 22, 2009 at 10:37 AM  
Blogger Comedy Goddess said...

No slice of cheese hat?

July 22, 2009 at 10:56 AM  
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July 22, 2009 at 1:26 PM  
Blogger Elenka said...

I'd buy another finger....I don't like basketball.
Altho, going to Madison Sq. Garden once might be worth it. Would it?
Glad you had fun.

July 22, 2009 at 1:32 PM  
Blogger Frogs in my formula said...

See, I'm not the only one who craves decent beer at the Garden. Screw patriotism, Bud sucks.

July 22, 2009 at 1:43 PM  
Anonymous Maureen at IslandRoar said...

Kudos to you for supporting the women.
I love the thumb foam finger idea; you should market that one.

July 22, 2009 at 3:13 PM  
Blogger bernthis said...

I always say I love to go to Live games but I am so lying. They bore me no matter where I see them

July 22, 2009 at 9:44 PM  

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