The following is my review of the 2012 Winter Classic as fan without a ticket but with a great tailgating party and a victorious attitude.
As a partial-plan holder, my options to purchase a ticket were limited. As such, I did not attend the game but decided to accompany a co-worker and his friends to the ballpark for a tailgate party. I work in south jersey and my co-worker and friends are all Flyers fans. While I debate in my head how this will end, I arrive at the house for the convoy at 8:00AM and find several Flyers fans awaiting departure. The fans are calm, as it is early, and my Rangers gear is welcomed but they know I am the lone fan. I knew going into this event my attendance as a Rangers fan would be isolated but I forge on knowing that the men I am with are not only fans, but gentlemen, and their demeanor reflects their attitude.
As the part departs Hamilton, New Jersey, I am welcomed not only as a fan, but as an equal in this experience which anxiously awaits the game with great anticipation. Following the pick-up of the tailgate food at the local deli, we depart for Philadelphia. We get on the road quickly and following a brief stop in Burlington, New Jersey to pick up the final member of our party.