My first (and probably last) Super Bowl

Super Bowl XLIX
Me with Thunderbirds 7 & 8 at Super Bowl XLIX

My education into football continues, this time with my attendance at Super Bowl XLIX. The USAF Thunderbirds were tapped to perform the flyover during the opening ceremony, so I drove to Glendale to help out with the media/PR piece.

For football fans, I assume being at the Super Bowl is a great time. But for me, it was work. Don’t get me wrong, it was indeed LOTS of fun as well, but I didn’t enjoy it as a spectator … I had work to do.

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Fox News’ Brian Kilmeade

I arranged a few media interviews, including one with Fox News’ Brian Kilmeade.

Then the Thunderbirds did a few practice runs over the Arizona sky the day before. (It takes lots of practice to time the jets to fly over just as the end of the National Anthem is sung.) I bumped into singer Idina Menzel (again,) as she was the singing the Anthem.

Major Joshua Boudreaux had a camera inside his F-16 cockpit flyover during practice for Super Bowl XLIX
Major Joshua Boudreaux had a camera inside his F-16 cockpit flyover during practice for Super Bowl XLIX

Singer Idina Menzel sang the National Anthem at Super Bowl XLIX ... The Thunderbirds met with her to discuss timing of the flyover.
Singer Idina Menzel sang the National Anthem at Super Bowl XLIX … The Thunderbirds met with her to discuss timing of the flyover.

For practice, I just hung out on top of a nearby hotel roof with a radio and waited for the F-16’s to fly over the stadium.

 

 

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Waiting for the jets to fly over on practice day, Super Bowl XLIX

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I quickly snapped this shot of singer John Legend before the bodyguard in the hat noticed. Legend also sang at the beginning of the game.

On game day after the flyover, we were invited to be on the field to watch the game. We bumped into a few celebrities, but of course, they were surrounded by people whose job it was to ensure I didn’t approach them. (It worked. This pic of singer John Legend is as close as I could get to him!)

 

The NFL was kind enough to give us tickets. The “complimentary” ones they gave us had a FACE value of more than $1200 each … Understanding that tickets usually go for 3-to-5 times face value, I imagine this will be the last Super Bowl I ever attend. Side note: Did you know that up until April 2015, the NFL has been a non-profit organization since 1942? Someone forgot to tell the NFL!

This $1200 ticket was the “complimentary” ones the NFL gave us … I’d had to see the actual street price!

Halftime was nuts, with Katy Perry and Missy Elliott putting on a great show. The Patriots beat the Seahawks that day, but since the Broncos weren’t there, the Lee family wasn’t too concerned.

It was a fun day, but I’ll continue to rely on Taj to get my football education from now on.

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