I took my 7-year-old son today to the season opener for Connecticut’s new professional football team, the Hartford Colonials of the United Football League.
He didn’t want to go, but ended up having a good time.
The Colonials beat the Sacramento Mountain Lions, led by former NFL quarterback Daunte Culpeper, 27-10 before an announced crowd of 14,384 at Rentschler Field in East Hartford, Conn.
The Colonials played a solid game, highlighted by an outstanding performance by former UConn running back Andre Dixon, who rushed for 94 yards.
Colonials quarterback Josh McCown, an NFL veteran who rejected an offer from the Chicago Bears two days before Hartford’s training camp opened, was 11 of 21 for 265 yards and three touchdowns, according to the Hartford Courant.
UFL games make for good family entertainment thanks to affordable tickets ($15 to $30), quality football and stadium entertainment.
The stadium speakers pumped out lots of pop music between plays and whenever the Colonials scored men dressed as Revolutionary War colonial militia fired a cannon. Plus, there were lots of pretty cheerleaders on the sidelines.
The halftime entertainment was recording star B.o.B who performed his hit songs “Airplanes,” “Nothin’ on You” and “Magic.”
Not everything was perfect though.
The lines at the concession stands were astronomically long. And the souvenir stands didn’t sell any of the tri-corner colonial hats that some fans had procured elsewhere.
Talk about a missed opportunity.