Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Welcome to the SNAKEPIT...

Saturday night found us in downtown Phoenix at US Airways Center to watch the Arizona Rattlers play some arena football! This is a first for the McCrakens and we all had lots of fun! Thanks to Hud for the free tickets!

We got there about an hour before kick off so the boys were able to go close to the field to watch warm close that as the team ran on the field they high fived the fans!

Getting ready for kick off

Arizona Rattlers vs San Jose SaberCats

Coin toss...the Rattlers won...the chose to defer. Oh the reason for the title of Welcome to the Snakepit??? Yea...that is what they call their home field..get it...rattlers...snakepit...bbbaaahhhaa!!!!

And the game begins...

Now this isn't like the football that I know and the entire game I was asking Ryan questions right and left...which he was not so happy with but answered anyways!! This is 8 man football where players play both sides of the ball. They play on a 50 yard field instead of a 100 yard field and the clock doesn't stop. There is no punting and the score is usually very high!

Although there are different rules there are cheerleaders...even in arena football and since AZ is the Rattlers their cheerleaders are the Sidewinders (another kind of snake!). Here they are performing one of their routines. (the changed into these outfits for this specific dance. The wore black dance pants and white tops)

Throughout the game they had fun things going of them being the 'fist pump cam' and guess who made the jumbo tron???...

...that's right...the McCrakens! Brendan & Colin pumping away and you can see me taking their pic and Ryan on the other side of me!! To say that the boys were excited to make the big screen would be an understatement!!

Oh...and there is no out of bounds...if they hit the wall OR go over the wall then they are out of bounds and if the balls went into the stands the fans got to keep them! Sadly no balls came our way!

And when the final second ticked off the clock the Rattlers came away with a VICTORY! The nearly won with a last minute touch down and I do mean last was more like last 20 seconds!!

And with that win brought the Rattlers the honor of being the West Division Champs!!

After the game players from both teams met at mid field to pray...thought that was so awesome!

What a fun {free} family event!! We all had a GREAT time!


sara said...

what a fun night!!!

and impressive that they all prayed at the end!!!

RaD said...

They prayed at the end? I don't remember that happening before, cool!

I don't know if you remember but Kurt Warner came from Arena football. Those guys don't get paid very much and responsible for paying for their own gear, shoes, etc. I noticed the cheerleaders were all mismatched even down to the boots. Maybe that was on purpose but I think it's because they had to buy their own stuff.

How fun to be on the big screen! My kids always try to land there too but haven't so far. Maybe one day...

Bridget said...

Sounds like lots of fun! So cool that they got to high-five the players and then got featured on the big screen!!!

He & Me + 3 said...

I already saw all these on facebook. Lol I am ahead of your blog.