In the interest of diversifying my entries, I resisted the urge to drive to Miller Park this past Saturday, and instead allowed my Honda to make the very familiar trip down to the Bradley Center. It was about time I checked out the Milwaukee Mustangs. And what better timing? They hosted a tailgate party outside the BC prior to the game against the Kansas City Command. So I finagled a friend into joining me and soon we both found ourselves ready for some football.
Now, once again I’m going to draw attention to the fact that I am not a reporter – or, at least, not a good reporter. In a move reminiscent of my roller derby experience, I went in not knowing the rules of the game. I guess I figured, “it’s football. I know football.” And it is, and I do, but there are some differences. I was glad when they posted the rules on the big board about halfway through the first quarter; I was upset when I couldn’t read them all before they took the graphic down. Of course, I’m nerdy enough to look it up now. If you’re interested (you don’t have to necessarily be nerdy – curious will do), check it out the rules here.
I’ll fill you in on my experience in just a moment, but let me just say I really had fun. In fact, I could see myself going to Mustangs games on a regular basis. I was into the game, but told my buddy that if I followed the team and knew the players, I’d really be into it. Despite the shorter field and the subsequent rule adjustments, it’s good ol’ football. As such, I’m in! If you’re interested, here’s what you could be in for…
– Exciting intros, but more exciting if you’re looking to check out the ladies (which I am not…not that there’s anything wrong with that…am I right, Seinfeld fans?). Pretty sure the dance team introduction creates more buzz than the team as the women roll in on Harleys. Then there’s listening to what I think is the long version of Mötley Crüe’s “Girls, Girls, Girls” before the guys are finally introduced. Moving on.
– Some real horse heads – or whatever Mustangs fans call themselves. It seems the biggest fans wear the Mustang version of a cheesehead. And a lot are sporting orange and black t-shirts and jerseys. I have quite the t-shirt collection already myself, but like I said, I liked the experience. When I prove myself a worthy fan, I may just get myself some gear as well.
– A fun fan experience. Milwaukee always seems to do it right in this regard. Seemingly following the format of teams like the Bucks, the Admirals, and the Wave, the Mustangs have plenty of fan interaction and giveaways. Plus, the community’s invited and involved. I mentioned the tailgate earlier, but the team also paid special attention to the Variety children’s charity at the half, and made mention of a group of sailors invited to take in the game.
– Some clever commentary. My favorite call of the night came after an incomplete pass for the Command: “Pass is incomplete, intended for the AstroTurf at the 20 yard line.” Love it.
– Good football from start to finish. On this particular night it all ended with an interception return for a Mustangs touchdown in the last play of the game.
So the only question left is…are you ready for some football? Check it out at mkemustangs.com and live at the Bradley Center.