By Paul Castronovo; Radio Host; Football Fan
With last week's Castronovo suite winners
I have all sorts of excuses: “well, I’ve got to get up tomorrow at 4am to do the show”, “well, my parents have been at my house all day watching my Son”, “well, The Prime Time Emmy’s are on, and I don’t want to miss Bryan Cranston’s acceptance speech (he lost!)”. But really, why did I leave the Dolphin game, the home opener against the Falcons with just over 4 minutes left in the game? Apparently, because I’m a big pussy.
Here’s where it began: I had a big wine drinking and eating party Thursday night at Blue Moon Fish Company in Ft. Lauderdale, then I had to fly to Orlando for a radio seminar (more drinking) and then drive to Gainesville for the Gator-Tennessee game on Saturday. Things began going south for me here. These idiot buddies of mine insisted on tailgating beginning at 9:30am Saturday! The game doesn’t kick off until 3:30. Do you realize how much rum I can consume in 6 hours, not to mention various sausages, burgers, hot dogs and shots? Gators game ends at 7 and then it’s time to “party”! We start eating and drinking again and not necessarily in that order. In the back of my mind, I realize I’m hundreds of miles away and the Dolphin home opener is at 4pm the next day.
My wife LOVES the Dolphins, so there’s no way we are blowing off the game. I drive the 5 hours home from Gville, and as I begin to hit the rack for a short pre game nap, I am reminded by my wife, Gina that: “I have a Son and that he has a lacrosse game”. Oh, and It’s 130 degrees out and it’s noon. Kickoff is in 4 hours. I’m sweating profusely, a dog came by and licked me and got alcohol poisoning and I am now ready to pass out. At 2:30, we drive to Sun Life stadium. It’s pouring and steam is coming off the ground it’s so hot. The game was, up until 5 minutes before it ended: close and admit it…a bit boring. That’s when I leaned over to the wife and said these fateful words, “Lets get out of here and beat the traffic”. She obliged.
And then we turned on the radio to hear one of the greatest comebacks in Dolphin history. We didn’t talk to each other the rest of the ride home.
I’d like to apologize to Ryan Tannehill, he deserves better and Brian Hartline, who I can apologize to on our show Thursday morning at 8:30am.