Originally invented by bored henchmen looking to pass the time at Doctor Berserko’s secret Antarctic lair, hockey has since overtaken polo and unicycle jousting as America's pastime. Hop on the bandwagon with today’s Groupon to the wall-slamming, stick-banging, puck-flying, figure-skating fun of a San Antonio Rampage game. Choose between two seating options to see the Rampage play in the AT&T Center:
- For $8, you get a lower-level seat (a $16 value)
- For $10, you get a charter-level seat, with some seats as close as three rows from the glass (a $25 value)
You can also choose from two puck-packed games:
- Friday, December 31, 2010, vs. the Oklahoma City Barons at 7 p.m.
- Friday, January 7, 2011, vs. the Texas Stars at 7 p.m.
If you choose the charter-level seating, your ticket will include access to the private Saddles & Spurs Clubs, where you can purchase sandwiches, freshly grilled items, and freshly refreshing beverages. The San Antonio Rampage is the American Hockey League affiliate of NHL's Phoenix Coyotes. Cheer on Brett MacLean and Matthieu Beaudoin as they attempt to maintain their team's cold tyranny with swift passes, speed-of-sound shots, and gentle camaraderie composed of deep, meaningful silence and smoldering eye contact. Every Friday night Rampage game is also Dollar Drink Night, a promotion that includes both beer and softer beverages.
Hockey is like the magnificent mutt of the sporting world. You get the suspense of watching an object swish through a net (as in basketball or soccer), the thrill of rambunctious brawls (boxing), the tear-stained emotional fragility of ice skating or football, and the utter brutality of golf all combined into one explosive, sequin-studded event. Take your whole family or only your estranged dog walker. Hockey's family-friendly nature and pro-fisticuffs political leanings also make it an ideal activity for antsy out-of-town relatives visiting for the annual "It's December!" celebration of the month of December and all that December stands for as a month.
The Express-News recounts a contest last season against the Peoria Rivermen:
- The Rampage used a three-goal outburst in the second period to bury the Peoria Rivermen 5-2 in front of 4,534 fans...Sullivan was the trailer on a rush led by Kyle Turris, whose shot was stopped by Peoria netminder Joe Fallon. But Sullivan followed the shot to slip in the rebound...Less than five minutes into the third, defenseman Shaun Heshka put a well-directed laser from the Peoria blueline high into the Rivermen cage for a 4-1 lead...David Spina added an empty-net goal with 32 seconds left to seal the Rampage's fourth win in five games. – Tony Uminski