So normally I would write a little about how great or terrible the Super Bowl was. However last night this was all I really got, Vernon Kay (dickhead), Man vs Food guy, ex-Blue Peter presenter. Channel 4 coverage began straight after Dragon’s Den on BBC2, and I was falling asleep during that last Dragaon’s Den pitch. I understand the Patriots won – despite them being bastards, I’d much rather them than Richard Sherman after he slaughtered the Bronco’s last year.
5. The walk. We parked quite far away, so had to walk through the crowds and soak up the atmosphere. By the time we arrived we proper smelt of barbecue smoke, and didn’t buy a hundred t-shirts. Wish I’d bought a flag on the way though… Anyway, in 2014 the 49ers are moving to a new stadium even further outside the city, we saw the building site a few days later in the way to the outlet at Milpitas, at the moment though they play at Candlestick Park ::
4. We get the tickets, exciting times! No different to any other tickets, they scan them and check your bag and you’re golden. Make sure you have cash, and your ID with you though, because I (at nearly 30) got ID’d for buying two Coors Lights, at $18.00 (£11.00). Another tip – get in early, the queues for the shop and the bar were enormous.
3. Play starts. And goes on for hours. Seriously. Three hours. The photo below is the touchdown celebration in the 2nd quarter. Again, I’m sure my Mexican got fed up with all the questions, and it’s a lot more difficult to keep an eye on what’s happening without the TV drawing the lines on for you. You need to keep a careful eye on the men with the bright orange markers, or as I call them – the Lollipop Men.
2. The teddybears come out! Daniel’s dad bought us girls a teddy each, cue distraction! At least it was sunny 🙂
1. The score. They won, the 49ers won. I know I was only a fan for a day, but I was genuinely pleased that they won. A fantastic day out, and I managed to stay awake for it. They actually won 27-13, after the Broncos won against the Kansas City Chiefs, putting both the 49ers and the Broncos top of their divisions, and through to the play-offs. We then went to the Olive Garden to watch the Dallas Cowboys game, who lost and out of theplay-offs unfortunately, but it was a brilliant day all round.
If like me you are starting to panic a little bit with Christmas shopping, I’ve come up with my top five novelty NFL gifts for any hardcore fan :
5. NFL Monopoly
In the UK this will set you back about £90 on Amazon (www.amazon.co.uk). No customer reviews, neither on the US site, so what does that tell us? Instead of Chance and Community Chest you draw National and American cards, you buy the teams and the rest of the general rules of Monopoly. Not my favourite game, mainly because my Mom wins every time and I can’t be bothered anymore. But one for the board game geeks – if like me you’ve got about six or seven different editions, from Aston Villa to Barcelona streets, you might find a pang of “I kind of need that”.
4. NFL beach shoes
For the woman in your life? The Arizona Cardinals seem to want to bring the beach to you with these wedges, $65.99 (£40.90) from www.nflshop.com. These look a bit hardcore for me though, a 4 inch heel and I’ve never been comfortable in wedges. Still, look forward to an all-year-round Summer in these shoes!
3. NFL Beer Cooler
Now this is actually a good idea from www.bedbathandbeyond.com, selling at $55.99 (£34.70), you can keep up to 10 cans cool in here, perfect for a picnic, Sunday night game, or just a normal Tuesday morning if you live in the scabby flats at the back of ours. The blurb does say outdoor concerts, but you can’t really take your own beer in here in the UK, so stick to popping it down your pants there!
2. NFL Tape Measure
Who wants to spend $17.99 (£11.20) on a tape measure? It’s www.fanzz.com, that’s who! They really do sell it too : “You can measure with style and pride with this Officially Licensed 25′ Pittsburgh Steelers Tape Measure decorated with a hand crafted Pittsburgh Steelers Team Logo. This is a great gift for any Pittsburgh Steelers fan!” This puts me in mind of those Cath Kitson flower hammers…
1. NFL Keyboard
How much do you need this?! Again, www.nflshop.com, for $69.99 (£43.40). I have several internal conflicts here, it’s a keyboard – I have a laptop, and it’s the Patriots – as my Daniel once said “Hate is a really strong word Katherincita, and I don’t hate anything, but I really hate the Patriots!”