My “Journey” to the 2012 Winter Classic, Journal Two; Twas The Night Before The Big Game!


Tonight marks the eve of the infamous 2012 Winter Classic; The Philadelphia Flyers vs. The New York Rangers. As most of you have probably heard, the game has been set back two hours from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. due to “possible weather issues”.  As seen in my previous journal entry “Ready, Set, Go”, I am the only Rat Trick member attending the 2012 Winter Classic game this year and my boss requested that I keep a journal throughout my trip to Philadelphia. I will be updating you with pictures, videos, and my entire experience before, during, and after the game. Keep checking in everyday for the inside scoop!

Journal Entry Two

9:10 a.m.

Our flight landed in 45 degree Atlantic City, and might I say, it is probably the smallest airport I have ever been in. After picking up our “snot green” Ford Fiesta rental car, we headed straight for our hotel right outside of downtown Philadelphia, about an hour away from Atlantic City. I was expecting a beautiful scenery, but instead it was just full of dead trees, and aggressive drivers. Nonetheless, it was a fun and exciting drive, especially for a girl who rarely goes out of Florida.

11:00 a.m.

Due to last nights New Years festivities that took place at my house, Dixon and I pulled an “all nighter” since we had to be at Ft. Lauderdale Airport at 5:00 a.m. So as soon as we got to our hotel in Philly, it was lights out for the two of us.

4:00 p.m.

After a much needed nap, it was time to cause trouble in downtown Philadelphia. So we hopped in our little green monster and headed straight for Broad Street. Unfortunately, all of Broad Street was shut down due to the “Mummers” parade throughout the city for the New Years festivities. But once we got into the heart of the cold and rainy city, I was able to get up close and personal. I have to tell you, as much as I despise the Philadelphia Flyers, it was quite interesting to see the street that houses the home of the “Broad Street Bullies”

6:00 p.m.

As the rain began to fall even harder and the temperature began to drop even lower, we decided to step in for a bite to eat at a fancy Brazilian Steak House called Fogo de Chao. If you’re ever in Philadelphia and feel like spending an entire weeks pay check worth for dinner, I would highly recommend coming to this restaurant. It’s all you can eat Steak, Pork, and Chicken, and the service was just wonderful. Even though our waiter had NO CLUE what the Winter Classic was. Fail.

7:45 p.m.

This was very interesting to me and something you would NEVER see in Florida. The 157,940 square foot Macy’s in downtown Philadelphia is showing on display tons of Flyers equipment. You have to admire this cities love for the game.

8:00 p.m.

Since I am still recovering from the flu and the city was pretty much a ghost town due to the excessive amounts of rain and all the drunks huddled closely into various bars, we decided to head back to our hotel. But first, we took a little detour to check out Citizen Bank Park and the Wells Fargo Center. As most of you know, the Wells Fargo Center is where the Flyers and the 76ers play when they’re not hosting the Winter Classic. And Citizen Bank Park is where the Philadelphia Phillies play. But tomorrow the Rangers and the Flyers will be taking over!

Well, it’s time to get a goodnights rest for the big gam tomorrow! I will be sure to take lots of pictures and give you a quick update after the game. Goodnight everyone and enjoy the game tomorrow! And remember, it was changed to 3:00 p.m. ! Go Rangers.

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