LC battled hard and refused to go away at the end, but Ferris held onto their lead to come away with the 61-54 victory over the Tigers. The girls also won their game 52-49 which has to be their first rubber chicken victory in several years if not longer. LC didn't leave the Arena completely empty hand as their fans earned the spirit award and took Chuck back home.
Ferris's theme this year was basically 50's rock and roll (Rock around the Chuck maybe?) so the boys coaching staff opted to wear our white team polos, jeans, and leather jackets. I have a leather jacket I could have worn, but I wasn't totally feeling it. Then earlier this week it occurred to me that I could wear my Ferris letterman jacket1 since its style is of that era and it seems to be rare for high school kids at Ferris to get them anymore. I brought my jacket, but didn't put it on right away because I was second guessing myself all day. Happily when I got into the Spokane Arena I saw right away that our girls head coach Scott Ward was wearing his so at halftime of their game I went back out to my car to grab mine.
Changing my jacket shouldn't have been a big deal, but it did lead to some unexpected pregame stress. Going back out to my car meant I had to go through the metal detector again at the back gate again. Not a big deal since no else was getting processed at the time, but I did have to empty my pockets of keys, phone, and wallet. That was completely uneventful and I zipped through and back to watch the start of the third quarter. About twenty minutes later in our locker room I reached into my jeans pockets and discovered to my surprise and dismay that my car keys were missing. I was thinking maybe I locked them in my car by mistake when I switched jackets, but I was pretty sure that I had put them in the dish at the gate. I messaged Mary to let her know the situation and try to figure out if I could coordinate with her to have her drop off my spare keys. The logistics of that would have been ridiculous, but fortunately as I was messaging back and forth with her I realized that I hadn't lost them afterall- I just put them in my back pocket with my wallet after the metal detector. D'oh!
First time in almost 30 years!