What a great time!
We got down to Florida on Friday afternoon and I was sick as a dog. Stomach virus or something. Stayed in a hotel in West Palm and didn't do anything.
Luckily, the next day, it wore off a bit. We went shopping at City Walk in West Palm and I was able to have a drink at lunch at the Cheesecake Factory. By that night, I was fully recovered and we headed down to the beach at Fort Lauderdale where the NFL was sponsoring a party. It was a blast!
The NFL erected this on the beach.
We had dinner at Bubba Gump's Shrimp Factory (awful and will never EVER go there again) and partied at a place called Elbo Room much of the night. Danced and drank with my wife. Tons of Colts and Saints fans out and about. The atmosphere on the street was like that of a huge block party. Friendly atmosphere, too. I didn't see any fights or smack talk.
We also went and bought some souveniers. I fully expected to be able to buy some bootleg stuff on the street, but somehow the NFL works with Law Enforcement to crack down on that on Super Bowl weekend. There was only 1 guy we saw the whole SAT and SUN who was selling unlicensed t-shirts. I ended up buying a $35 hat and some other stuff for family and friends. A big splurge for the normally frugal Litz, but what the hell, right?
The next day, we headed to the stadium at 1:30 and partied inside the stadium grounds.
Lots of food and beer, live concert, etc. Daughtry was playing for a private $500 a ticket Tailgate, but we could see him from the back of the stage. There were lots of other distractions. Under Armor ran a "Combine" and people were running the 40, doing the high and long jumps, and there was also a shuttle run set up. W saw P.J. Brown, but I was never a fan, so I didn't stop to say anything or take a picture. DeSean Jackson made an appearance, though.
OK, so that's not the real DeSean, but the real Lombardi Trophy was on display.
Inside, the atmosphere was electric. For every 1 Colts fan, there were 3 Saints fans. Who Dat chants were EVERYWHERE! And when the stadium played N.O.-themed music, Sun Life Stadium simply erupted. It was awesome. I really wished the game was in N.O. so we could stumble down to Bourbon Street afterward! Since the Eagles weren't in it, we just wanted to see a good game, but since the stadium was so pro-Saints, we cheered for the Saints at every opportunity and had a great time with the surrounding fans. Here's a shot of the Saints celebrating right after they stopped Indy on 4th in the 4th.
Bag up, no more Saints fans! You are Super Bowl winners!