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.
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.
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.
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!
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.