Last night, the New York Mets completed a sweep of the Chicago Cubs to book their first trip to the World Series in 15 years.
Being a diehard Mets fan, I watched every single pitch -- from the comfort of my couch.
It was the second straight night I was prompted to chill with my friends and watch the game at a bar. In other words, turn up and forget about my alarm going off for work in the morning.
As hard as it was to decline Tuesday's offer, it was that much tougher to say "no" on Wednesday.
But you know what? I'm glad I did.
I'm tired today, sure, but I'm not hungover, and I'm not looking at my bank account wondering how it's possible to spend a quarter of one month's rent in just a few hours.
You've heard it since you were a kid, "just say no." But as we all know, that's so much easier said than done.
However, watching the game from the comfort of my home was hands down the right call and by doing so back-to-back nights, I think I just convinced myself to never initiate watching a sporting event at a bar ever again.
Here's why you need to ditch the bar stool in favor of the couch.
If it don't make dollars, it don't make sense.
Honestly, not a day goes by I don't spend money. Whether it's dropping way too much on going out or simply getting a morning coffee, bread is bread.
And when you go out to a bar to watch a sporting event, you have to recognize that your wallet is going to take a hit.
An evening sporting event doesn't start before 7 pm, so you know you're already spending money on drinks before the game even starts.
Depending on what sport you're watching, a game can last anywhere from two hours to four hours and beyond. And that means multiple rounds of both food and drinks.
You know how much it costs to watch the game in my living room? About $9.99 for the six-pack I pick up on the walk home from work.
Is there such a thing as healthy bar food?
Inevitably, if you're out watching the game with all your friends at a bar, you're going to have to order food.
Wings, quesadillas, fries, nachos and anything else you can think of will have you feeling funky fresh by the time you're shaken from your boozy, greasy slumber by an aggressive alarm clock.
You want to get lit on the weekend and eat crap, go for it. I certainly do my fair share of damage.
But if you're going out on a Tuesday or Wednesday, filling yourself with beer and freezer food, you're not going to be a happy camper in the morning, and probably not even by late afternoon.
I need the week to eat clean and feel right, pretty much so I can treat myself on the weekend.
Sit at home, eat that salmon with mixed veggies and cheer your team on knowing the morning won't look and feel like hurricane Sandy just rolled through.
If there's one thing essential to a productive workday, it's a good night's rest.
If a game doesn't start until after 8 pm, what are the realistic chances you're going to be in bed before 12:30 am? Hint: slim to none.
We may think we can still go out all night and be ready to roll in the morning, but reality says otherwise. You're not in college anymore, Toto.
Granted, whether I watch the game at my apartment or a bar, I'm still going to be up later than normal on a weeknight. If I'm home, though, I'm ready to turn over once the clock reads zero or the final out is made.
See how quickly you get home from the bar when you're trying to finish a pitcher, get your check from an inattentive waiter and then figure out transportation.
A train ride home at 12:30 am can quickly ruin what you thought was a great night.
The last thing you want after a long day at work is to stand for four hours.
Call me crazy, but the only thing I want on a Wednesday at 5 pm is to sit on my couch and put my feet up.
If you go out to a bar to watch a game, especially in the case of a playoff game, you're probably going to have to stand and watch. Yay!
Because who doesn't want to spend money on overpriced food and drinks and not even be comfortable while flushing money down the toilet?
I used to think I had to watch at a bar with my fellow fans in order to get a proper experience, but I'm realizing a proper experience is not waiting on line in my apartment to pee during game breaks.
At home, you can actually here the commentary and your friends.
I don't know about you, but I actually like to hear what the guys who get paid to call the game have to say about what I'm watching.
If a player gets hurt, or simply isn't out there after a commercial break, I'd prefer to know why rather than listen to every idiot in the bar try to speculate about what happened.
I would also like to talk to and hear my friends. You know, the people I wanted to share this experience with in the first place.
Watching sporting events are social events -- don't you want to share the experience with people you're comfortable with as opposed to a bunch of strangers who may or may not root for the same team as you?
Having a group of friends over for drinks and food beats going out to a crowded bar with them any damn day of the week.
I used to think otherwise, but I've seen the light... and that light is WiFi, a front-row seat and not having to wear shoes.