Patriots fan Mark Wahlberg left THAT Super Bowl early, meaning he missed the greatest comeback in the game's history. Mark has a good reason, saying his youngest son wasn't feeling well. Plus, dropping several thousand on tickets for a family of four is a lot less painful to his wallet.
Still, he's being mocked a bit for bailing on his team. In the UK, the Daily Mail put quotes around 'sick son.' Twitter has been pretty merciless about it, as well.
But I'm wondering how many others left the game. One newspaper found about three dozen fans who'd left the game early and were watching the end of it on a TV outside the stadium. But not seeing much of this, and the stadium didn't appear to have emptied... really at all.
I'll admit that I was about to give up, as well....
And then there's this post that went out just a bit earlier than it was supposed to. CNBC with its "Dewey Defeats Truman" moment:
If I'm at a game in person, I'm usually a bitter-ender. So unless there's absolutely no chance of a comeback, I always stay to the bitter end of games. Sometimes it's just to see how bad it gets. But usually, I'm working a simple premise: If you don't stay til the end, there's no chance of seeing an incredible comeback. And when Tom Brady is playing, a comeback is always a possibility.
For most fans at Super Bowl LI, they either realized that possibility.... or they were not going to waste a minute of their Super Bowl experience -- no matter how bad it got.