SUPER BOWL AIR
It was about 6:30am when we awoke. The weather appeared to have calmed down quite a bit, but we could see the rain approaching as the morning grew brighter.
By 7:30am, we checked out, loaded up the car, and finally left Castle Hilo. As we headed to the Saddle Road, we continued to hope it didn’t suffer from any issues from yesterday’s torrential rains.
Still, the rain persisted as we climbed up the saddle, but not as vigorously as yesterday. By about 8:30am, we finally made it beyond the military training base where we finally started to see sun and a hint of blue skies.
By 9:15am, we returned to the Marriott to check out their beach. I guess this was a welcome break from the chaos of the last couple days.
With our 2pm flight looming, that didn’t leave us very much time to find a good lunch back in Kona. The sushi place we had eyed was closed and we didn’t have time looking for a sandwich place that Julie wanted to try. So we ended up settling for Mexican burritos, which Julie complained immediately was not even close to the calibur of King Taco back at home. But we knew Hawai’i wasn’t exactly a place that makes good Mexican food.
By 2pm, we had already returned the rental car and got onto our scheduled flight. There were no televisions in Kona’s open-air airport so all my hopes of even getting a glimpse of the Super Bowl were dashed.
On the airplane, the captain gave scores at the end of each quarter. I had a feeling before the game that the New York football Giants would pull out this game against the undefeated New England Patriots. I always thought that you could throw away everything done in the past when it comes down to just one game – you know, any given Sunday, as they say. Still, I had no way of seeing how they’d go about doing it.
It just somehow always seemed that I miss the good games and end up watching blowouts or uninteresting games.
Eventually, the crew managed to get Channel 9 on the audio system to hook up to the YES Network’s broadcast featuring the familiar voice of Marv Albert and Phil Simms. Gee, I wonder who they’re rooting for?
Anyways, I managed to catch the last 8 minutes of the game through horribly crackly audio. That was when the Patriots went from being down 10-7 to up 14-7.
Then, the Giants managed to pull out the stunner in the final 2:42 of the game.
Indeed, in a weekend of such unpredictability, it seemed fitting that the Giants would keep the Patriots from having the first ever perfect 19-win season.
And with our somewhat wasted (in a waterfalling sense) trip, I had to look forward to a return trip to the Big Island under more benign conditions.
I’m sure the Patriots feel the same way about trying to close out the deal in the Super Bowl…