Friday, December 08, 2023

2023 Army/Navy Game - Day #2

Everyone had a leisurely breakfast in the hotel [berry pancakes]. Max had thrown out the idea of touring the USS Constitution on Thursday night. This is one of the few things that we didn't do when Sharon, Jack and I walked the Freedom Trail in 2015. I helped push the idea.

We walked from The Boxer Hotel across the North Washington Street Bridge to Boston National Historic Park. We toured the USS Constitution and wandered through the museum. The USS Constitution is the world's oldest commissioned naval warship still afloat. She was launched in 1797, one of six original frigates authorized for construction by the Naval Act of 1794.

Wandering into the North End, we took over the bar at the Ristorante Villa Francesca. We had a couple of drinks and some oysters. Making plans for the evening, Nooter and I each bought four tickets to the Boston Celtics versus New York Knicks NBA Basketball Game at the TD Garden.

From there, the group split up. Several of us explored Paul Revere Mall.

Heading back to the hotel, the group met back up and set up camp at Porters Bar & Grill. With the group expanding to ten and everyone interested in going to the basketball game, I bought two more tickets.

We had a quick dinner at Halftime Pizza. Over the course of the day, I just didn't have enough to eat. This would come back to haunt me.

After dinner, the group headed to the TD Garden for the basketball game. The Celtics won the game by the score of 133 to 123.

Jalen Bruson and Rj Barrett were the high scorers for the Knicks. Bruson had 23 points on 8 for 17 from the field, 0 for five from three and 7 for 9 from the free throw line. Barrett had 23 points on 9 for 16 from the field, 2 for 5 from three and three for four from the free throw line.

Derrick White was the high scorer for the Celtics. He had 30 points on 10 for 16 from the field, 6 for 10 from three and 4 for 4 from the free throw line. Jayson Tatum added 25 points.

Porzingis looked good, scoring Boston’s first eight points with a dunk and consecutive 3-pointers. Jaylen Brown was ejected in the fourth quarter.

By the end of the game, I was a little overserved. The group headed back to the hotel. At one point, Larkin and I wandered back to Porters looking for Nooter and Gribi. I crashed about 12:30 am.

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