Hopefully, this will not be the only Super Bowl I have the opportunity to attend. I was the guest of a friend going on a corporate trip. The weather was great in Miami, sunny and in the 60s, a lot better than the blizzard my wife was dealing with back home. Transportation by bus to the dinners and game had a police escort.
We met several NFL players. At one event, Jerry Rice talked about the mountain he would run up in San Francisco, he felt those extreme workouts prepared him to outperform opponents in the fourth quarter of games.
The fan fest was a lot of fun before the game, there was music, interactive games and a cake baking contest. Most everyone was patient and polite. Once inside the stadium, it really was not a lot different from other big games, except that the pregame and halftime shows were a lot more elaborate and we saw a few celebrities.
The television broadcast creates lots of hype, but leaves those in the stadium with plenty of time between the moments of action. Not many children, mostly a lot of middle aged people like us taking everything in and stopping for pictures. Hope you liked my photos.
Most of the fans attending who were not from Indiana were rooting for the Saints, so it was a neat atmosphere. This Super Bowl will be remembered as the duel between Payton Manning and Drew Brees. Manning made one sloppy pass, which the Saints intercepted for a touchdown which largely decided the game.
The stadium was packed but orderly, not the excessive beer drinking noticeable at other games. For each person in the stands, there were over 1,000 watching on television. Overall, it was a great winter trip, nice weather in Miami, my host and I drove drove down to the Florida Keys for a couple of days–which I can highly recommend. Hopefully I'll get to another Super Bowl, but who knows, this one was a blast!
Ken Kraetzer covers West Point football and Iona College basketball for Bleacher Report. In the the fall he broadcasts the West Point Football Report on WVOX 1460 from New Rochelle, NY. Mondays at 2:30, he broadcasts the Sons of the American Legion Report covering veterans and military issues on WVOX. Both shows can be heard nationally on WVOX.com and recordings are available on www.legionpost50ny.com. He can be reached on firstname.lastname@example.org.