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Super Bowl XLV – Steelers vs. Packers

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So my friend John and I went to the game on Sunday and it was pretty awesome despite the outcome.  My Steelers fandom has never been a secret and having them play only 3 hours away, I really wanted to go.

At one of the local bars there is a small group of us who watch the game together on Sundays.  John and I

Kemp, me, John and Paul...the weekly watchers

made a pact at mid-season that if the Steelers went to the Super Bowl, we’d do our damnedest to go since it was going to be so close.  We set a limit to how much we’d pay per ticket of $1500.  As soon as the AFC championship game ended, we started looking for tickets.  Prices were through the roof and we were both contacting brokers, checking eBay, StubHub, Craigslist and NFL Ticket Exchange trying to find something within our price range.  So far the only things popping up were party plaza tickets and standing room only tickets.  Not only no, but HELL NO.

The Thursday before the game I sent John a message telling him that I had given up on my search and was OK with just watching it at the pub with our other friends.  he called shortly after and felt the same way, but we left the door open that if something popped up, we’d take it.  I didn’t expect anything to happen.

About 2 hours later I was hanging with some friends doing trivia at a bar and he called to ask and make sure that I was still in for going at our price range.  Of course I was.  He said a friend of his wife’s sister or something like that had won tickets in Pittsburgh and was selling them to the highest bidder on their Facebook page.  I told him to get in touch and let me know.

Our tickets...obviously

An hour later he called back to let me know that they accepted our offer and that his wife’s parents were hand-delivering them to us the following day as they were already planning a trip from Pittsburgh to Austin.  It was the perfect storm.  After resigning myself earlier that day that we weren’t going to finding out a few hours later that we had gotten tickets, my brain was on overload.  I was super excited but in a bit of shock.  It wasn’t until we left for game on Sunday morning that I really believed that we were even going.

The trip up was good.  Sun was out and the temps were getting into the low 60s, much better than they had been in the DFW area earlier that week.  We got to our reserved space parking lot and started tailgating with some other Steelers fans who had traveled from all over to be there.  We were about a mile from the stadium but could see the top of the dome clearly.  That place is huge!

Iron City Rotgut...erm, I mean Iron City Beer.

It was nice that one crew of folks had driven in of Pittsburgh and brought some Iron City Beer with them.  Yes, it’s rotgut beer, but you have to have it for a Steelers Super Bowl!  We met some cool folks in the lot and decided to start walking to the game around 3:30.

As we got closer, the crowd got larger outside the stadium.  Large amounts of fans for both teams.  It was great.  We walked by Brian Billick in the crowd and Steelers fans were hazing him pretty badly.  It was funny.  We ended up having to walk around to the far side of the stadium to get into the security line.  It seemed like it took forever but in the grand scheme it was pretty quick.  Our excitement was building and was peaking when we finally got inside Cowboys Stadium.  People everywhere.  We take the escalators up to our level (nosebleed!) and hit the bathroom then the frozen margarita line.  The margaritas were $19 ea!  Holy crap!  It was good, but not worth $19.  Two margs and a bottle of water came out to $43!  Damn!  Oh well.  It really didn’t matter.  We were there to see our favorite team.

Damn!

We find our seats and were the 3rd and 4th seats in, sweet!  The 2 girls in the first 2 seats were from Virginia (my home state) and John went to school at UVA, so we had a little Virginia clan going.  The guy to my left

The view from up here

was from South Carolina and he and his girlfriend had won tickets to the game.  Super nice guy.  He told me before the game started that even if the Steelers didn’t win, he had already won the game.  I asked how and he showed me his camera.  He met Franco Harris in the hall before the game!  Awesome!

Our seats were pretty high up, Section 437, Row 12 and I found myself watching the massive screen in front of me instead of the field.  The Steelers gave a good effort after going down 21-3 at halftime.  Second half, as you know, they mounted a decent comeback but it wasn’t enough as Rodgers and co.  were playing great football.

Even with the loss, we had a great time and decided to drive back after the game.  Had the Steelers won I am sure we would have found somewhere to go celebrate.  I have no regrets and felt pretty good about the price we paid, especially knowing that seats in our section had been selling for over $4000 each in some instances.

I say that this trip was once in a lifetime, but since the Steelers didn’t win, I leave myself open for going again if/when they return to another Super Bowl.  I’ve already started putting money back just in case.  ;)

Henry from S. Carolina. He met Franco!

John with Jerry World a mile behind him. Place is huge!

Mike, McKenzie and John

Christina Aguilaera right before she botched the Star Bangled Banner. She's put some weight on; looks good on her. I think I'd look better on her. :)

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February 9, 2011 at 7:47 pm

The Steelers are going to the Super Bowl…

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and so am I!  A life-long dream is coming true.

HERE WE GO STEELERS. HERE WE GO!

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February 3, 2011 at 11:30 pm

Here we go Steelers! Here we go!

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Oh man, I was a nervous wreck for the first 2 quarters of that game. The Ravens looked tired and with good reason. 19 games in a row? Amazing really. But you know what? Screw ’em. They have become the Raiders of the modern era. Dirty team. Loud mouths. Punk asses.

Nothing was more satisfying than seeing Ray Lewis’ face at the end of the game. Screw that thug.

So Steelers v Cardinals. Personally I think it’ll be no contest and I hope I won’t have to eat my words in 2 weeks. I really want to go to the game but so far the cheapest game ticket I found was $1600. OUCH. Maybe I’ll just watch it in HD at home.

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January 19, 2009 at 1:22 pm

The weekend…

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Pretty interesting weekend. One of my good friends is in town for a few weeks so I get to see him a lot. Nyk is a great guy and it had been about 3 years since we last hung out. He came to our show Friday night and took about 1000 photos…literally. He’s a maniac! The show was great. I was a bit worried when we went on because there was only about 15 people there. By the end of our 2nd song the place was packed. It was pretty nifty. The crowd was very into it and the guy who books there is already asking us to do a headlining show in the next month or so.

The night started out great as a friend kept showing me her breasts all night. I almost felt like a rock star! haha. She has a nice set by the way. Too bad you probably missed it.

Another friend of mine tried to rush the stage when we were in the middle of a song. I swatted him down once and he tried again so he got a face full of my boot. That’ll teach him to try and get on my stage. Like Lemmy said one time, if you want to get on stage, get your own fucking band. Amen brother.

Saturday Nyk and I moved some boxes into my new apartment. I’m pretty excited about it now. I hurt my ribs and back a bit though. I’m getting old. It sucks. Hopefully we’re moving the furniture this coming weekend and i will be in there for good. It’ll be cool and it’s in a great location and uber convenient to downtown.

Sunday I packed up my CDs and moved them to the new place. That is a task in and of itself. I also watched the Steelers game. What a stroke of pure luck.

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December 8, 2008 at 4:29 pm

3-1

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Barely. The Steelers’ o-line look terrible. The defense is still pretty good but that will only get you so far. You need points on the board (duh). Mendenhall is out. Simmons is out. Davenport and Russell are being re0signed to the team. I am glad they have a bye week after next weekend’s Jaguars game.

I wish someone would break Ray Lewis’ leg(s).

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September 30, 2008 at 5:28 pm

Mis amigos…

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I’m pretty excited to start Spanish classes next week. Five weeks, every Tuesday night for 3 hours. I hope I will not be too far in over my head, it’s been a long time since I have used my Spanish. We’ll see. I’ll of course keep you posted as if someone really cares. Will Amelia enroll in time? We’ll see. Her bitch ass better be there!

This past weekend? Not too shabby. Friday…what did I do? ummm…oh…I went downtown to hang out for a bit but it was pretty lame, even with all the people there. Mohawk had an RSVP only show and i tried talking my way in because a friend of mine wa sin there that I wanted to see. It was one of the rare occasions when I couldn’t BS my way in the door. I must be losing my touch! I ended up at the Chili Parlor for a little while. Saturday I went to a cookout just north of Dripping Springs that was put on by one of the guys I work with. Lots of German and Spanish cuisine. It was fun but I only last about 2 hours. I went back to the Chili Parlor (no shit, really) and hung out with Stewart, his daughter and her boyfriend. His daughter and her mother grew up a few miles from where I lived in my teen years and I knew some of her family. Small world. he boyfriend is super cool. he had a ’68 Bonneville that was badass and was telling me about the ’55 Chevy he has that needs some body work. I told him I’d help him out. I adore old cars. I ended up giving these 2 older broads from new Hampshire a ride back to their hotel at 51st/IH35 as their wait for a cab was going to be 2 hours. They were here for ACL. Right on, older broads! They were pretty cool actually and really knew music. Yesterday, as with most Sundays this time of year, was about football. I was lounging in my boxers all afternoon being a total sloth. It was awesome.

Tonight I’ll find somewhere to watch the Steelers game. I haven’t had cable TV since about 1994. Yes, I am that lame.

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September 29, 2008 at 3:26 pm