It pays to read newspapers, y’all.
Two weeks ago, I entered and won yet another newspaper contest. The first win consisted of concerts tickets to the Under the Sun tour (from the Post and Courier), and last week, I won tickets to the USA vs. Canada Rugby game, courtesy of the Charleston City Paper.
The Charleston City Paper is a free, weekly, alternative newspaper that covers mostly local events and happenings, and also has a lot of editorials and opinions. Let’s just say, it’s not your ordinary newspaper- they do things differently. This past week’s issue was geared toward incoming and returning College of Charleston students and featured coloring pages, word searches, and games.
The City Paper is super fun to read, so if you’re ever in Charleston, SC, pick up a copy of it to find out what’s really happening in the Holy City.
I picked up my tickets the day before, and after last Saturday’s run and resting, we headed to Daniel Island for a delicious meal at Ali Baba Deli before the game. Nothing like a hummus and falafel pita to refuel after a 22 miler.
It was mine and Clay’s first rugby game, and we wouldn’t have experienced it if we hadn’t won tickets, so it gave us an excuse to give it a shot. The game kept stopping and starting (which I heard isn’t traditionally how it’s played?), but it’s similar to soccer and football- like a cross between the two.
Before the game, I googled Rugby for Dummies and asked around on Facebook for tips, but honestly… I never fully understood what was going on. But, the weather was great for August and the cooler temps and atmosphere made us long for Carolina Gamecock football!
(Excuse the bad picture, my makeup was sweating off on the walk to the stadium.)
Of course, one of the most fun parts of seeing any sporting event in person is seeing the craziness it brings out in people. People travelled from other states and all over for this game and really showed their American spirit (I also think some people used it as an excuse to wear their red, white, and blue and yell “MERICA” at the top of their lungs).
We had fun at the game and hanging out with Clay’s coworkers. Charleston doesn’t have any rugby teams, but I heard the teams visit every few years for these tournaments so people get really excited. I’m not sure if I’d go back to a rugby game (we really just like football better), but it was a fun experience that I won’t forget.